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THE WHISPER KIDS completed first draft.

I have finished the first draft of my latest short story, called THE WHISPER KIDS.

It’s sent in high school from the perspective of your typical “new kid” who gradually learns that a secretive cabal made of only teenagers harbors a dark secret.

I’ll be sending it willing readers after a day or two of polish.


Look to the right. (Not if you’re on Facebook or an RSS reader, of course; only if you’re at my actual website.) See the progress meter?

That’s right. 52%.

Beyond 25,000 words.

And almost finished with Part 2 (out of 3).

Bear in mind that this is still very early in the life of a novel. 90% of writing is what?


This is 50% of FRAGILE GODS’ first draft only.

Nevertheless, it’s a very enjoyable benchmark for me. And the scene which crossed the threshhold was very satisfying to write; not merely plodding words on a page for the sake of the wordcount.


What more needs to be said? One-quarter of FRAGILE GODS’ first draft is complete.

My pacing seems about right too, since I am nearing the climax of Act 1 (of 3) of my outline.


DeterminationThe old apartment is empty, the new apartment is full. And more or less unpacked, with the exception of my would-be office, temporarily dubbed “the box room”.

The other office, the one for video gaming, exercising, or web browsing, is now clean and organized enough to work in.

My computer has been fixed and seems stable thus far.

It’s time to return to my 500 words per day.

There’s no denying that I was blown significantly off course by the pressures and stresses 0f moving first, but further compounded by technical issues (or as I like to call them at work, “technical opportunities”.)

Looking at the calendar, my anticipated first-draft-completion for October for FRAGILE GODS is now over ambitious. However, my original goal to finish FRAGILE GODS this year is still quite manageable.

Let the games…resume.

It’s done.

golden-retrieverIn its first draft, Woman’s Best Friend is done at over 6,800 words.

The last few scenes were more complex than I had anticipated, and once I got there I wanted to do them justice.

I don’t want to say too much about it for fear of giving anything away, but I can honestly say that never before have I felt so emotionally and psychologically drained after finishing a story.

I hope it was worth it, because now I’m exhausted. I’m sure it still bears significant polishing, but the hard part’s over.

I’ve added a brief note about this story on the Short Stories page.

It’s already helping.

upwardgraphSome writers dread the blank page; not I.

I love the blank page. A whole world of possibilities awaits, and not one clumsy phrase yet clutters the concepts. Drafting the opening line of a story may well take me several hours, but it’s a process I enjoy.

For me, the challenge is the middle of a project. I find myself awash in a sea of words. The opening glow has been lost, and no fruits of my labor are in sight. Minor changes to the first paragraph can send ripples through the rest of the work causing untold grammatical or continuity errors until each is painstakingly fixed. I recently found a sentence in Perfect Justice that lacked gender agreement from the first half of the sentence to the next. That’s a pretty basic mistake, and I’m pretty sure one I’ve NEVER made in stream-of-consciousness writing. It occurred only because at some point, I changed the gender of a minor character, and failed to correct all the related pronouns.

Last night I wrote for about two hours, working on Woman’s Best Friend. Afterwards, I logged into the site and updated my wordcount.

Now when I look at it today, that progress bar has leaped forward. Before when I worked on a story, particularly the first draft, I got no sense of progress or accomplishment. Even now, I still don’t know how many drafts it will take before I submit for publication, and afterwards it’s anybody’s guess how many rejection slips it takes before publication. (And some stories may never see print.)

But the progress bar is something and it’s giving me a sense of achievement and more motivation to go back tonight. It’s made my progress quantifiable at a glance (if not qualifiable).

Quite likely 3,000 words will be too short for that story, but I wanted a very attainable goal for the first project undertaken along with the website. And it will make a good benchmark to try and stay within before going longer to make sure I’m no wordier than necessary.