Work Trains, Miraflores,
Alson Skinner Clark,
oil on canvas, c.1913.
Pardon me while I mix metaphors and mention a boring subject.
My urban fantasy WIP, A Malignancy of Ghosts, stands presently at 75,000 words.
I see light at the end of the tunnel.
Lillie's in deep shit and I'm about to get her out of it.
If I am able to fully implement the advice of an excellent beta reader (who has seen 80 % of it and whose advice is 90% dead-on) the MS should pull into the platform after revision around or over the 80,000 word mark -- the minimum target length for a standard novel.
During this process, I found two items slowed my progress past my original projection of a late winter completion: short stories and short stories.
Short stories already written. Short stories bugging my wee behind, hollering and whining to be written.
For, as I discovered, with Stone Child (already pubbed) and Corpse Candles (due out next month) A Malignancy of Ghosts amounts, essentially, to prequel, to backstory. The whole bloody novel must remain consistent and congruent with chronicles already published about the character of Lillie St. Claire. This progression of both plot and character requires careful handling and considerable thought.
It's been a bugger.
Then there's been the distraction of the unwritten sequels and short stories: the cat lady ghost, the ghost with the bloody knife, the hostel for homeless ghosts idea, and half a dozen others -- partial, half-formed plots that sit and yammer and distract me from the WIP.
As well, these potential stories force me to make presumptive decisions about which minor plot line doors should be left open -- or at least ajar -- for future exploration of Lillie's adventures with the paranatural.
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