WHEN LAST WE LEFT OUR intrepid protagonist, he had 28,529 words on the page of his latest story, “Report From the Field” (still looking for a better title). At this point, I suspect I should acknowledge the thing is a full-blown novel and it will have to go to 40K to be finished in that regard — not to mention finishing the actual — you know — story thing.
As of 2:15 Friday afternoon, when I broke for lunch, I had 29,900 according to Scrivener’s Project Stats, for a net gain of 1,371. (Remember, I have a daily goal of 1,000 words minimum.) Tonight, after dinner, and until shutting down for bed at 1:30 AM, I brought that daily production number up to 2,313 words, for a new grand total of 30,842. Yes, indeedy, folks, we have broken 30K. Since the beginning of November. Not great, but not bad, either. So, to make it to official, league-rules minimum novel length, I need a round 10,000 words more. And, looking at the scenes yet to be done, I suspect it’s quite doable.
Not going to do it before I go back to work at the Patch Factory, but I think I’ll be handing the story off to the Alpha Reader within a week.
Then we get to work on the cover art. (Cue dramatic music.)