Monday, November 19, 2018

The Elliptical Crown – Day 19

Based on my current word count, I could write less than 1000 words per day and still hit 50k by the end of the month. Though of course my goal is still to make the Rhino finish line ahead of schedule and complete the whole book by the end of the month.

At my stopping point this evening I had to leave things in the middle of the ceremony. Because I'm anxious to see how it's going to turn out, I may come back to it after midnight and get an early start on day 20.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Elliptical Crown – Day 18

Like last week, I’ve managed to bounce back from two bad days in a row. I topped 3300 words for the day, getting me back on my 2k per day track.

I reached the total at least in part by continuing writing after midnight, so I woke up this morning with approximately 1000 words already done.

The day began with the start of negotiations and ended at the end. Or not quite the end. Nothing's been signed yet. But that's just a formality, right?

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Elliptical Crown – Day 17

Though this still wasn't exactly a stellar achievement day, I did manage to get a little back on track. In the quest for word count, I'm currently where I should have finished the day yesterday. I just need to keep chipping away at the damage done by Day 16.

Today's start found Rose and Ellie having dinner, and it ended with Ellie's post-examination report about the crown. Tomorrow the negotiations get underway.

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Elliptical Crown – Day 16

Terrible day. I don't even want to think about it anymore, let alone try to write anything.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Elliptical Crown – Day 15

Crossed the 30,000 word mark early this evening. Judging by where I am in my outline, I'm guessing that I'm somewhere around halfway done with the novel. That tends to suggest that it will be longer than the Novel Rhino 50k finish line by more than a small margin.

For what it's worth, I'm having second thoughts about the title. "Elliptical Crown" sounds intriguing if you think about it. As the characters have already asked more than once, what kind of head could wear a metal crown with an elliptical base? Trouble is, titles aren't there to provoke thought. They're there to sell books. So now I'm wondering if "The Innsmouth Crown" wouldn't be a clearer advertisement for the book's content, doing a better job of getting through to its most likely audience.

I'm not going to change it before the end of the month, but for anyone who comes back, reads this blog later and wonders why the entries call it "Elliptical," that's the explanation.

Today's writing session began with Rose and Alison leaving Innsmouth and ended with Ellie's imminent arrival in Newburyport.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Elliptical Crown – Day 14

Here's something I should have mentioned two days ago when it happened: I've passed the word count for Grandma Gillman, my previous foray into Innsmouth country. Though publication of the current project is still some distance in the future, I'm considering offering it as a stand-alone novel and also in a package of both Innsmouth tales priced cheaper than buying the two separately.

Today's writing task was the sad tale of our heroes' visit with their client. So at least that's done.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Elliptical Crown – Day 13


Halfway there. Actually roughly 1100 words past the midway point.

Today's writing was mostly action – the attack in the hotel – so it went swiftly. At the end of the evening our heroes were outside the Marsh Refinery getting ready to enter.