Monday, November 26, 2018

The Elliptical Crown – Day 26 – Done



A snow day away from the college gave me the extra time I needed to put in a 4000+ word sprint and finish the novel.

As usual, I plan to take a day or two before blogging my final thoughts and other end-of-project materials.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Elliptical Crown – Day 25

It's super strange to be done with the Novel Rhino challenge but still be working on the novel. It's now officially the longest thing I've ever written in a single month, and other than last year's Rhino project that was one third done before the first of November, it's the longest thing I've ever written period.

Today's writing wasn't the mammoth marathon of yesterday, but it was still a respectable total. It took me to the end of the final meeting at DDS. So the only major piece left is the showdown in the museum.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

The Elliptical Crown – Day 24 – Winner

This evening I topped 50,000 words with around 30 minutes to spare before midnight. I've decided not to verify my Novel Rhino victory until the novel is actually finished or the month runs out, whichever comes first.

I didn't get a lot of writing done this morning, but this afternoon I hit some long passages with a lot of action. They carried me forward to a 4,843 word day, shattering my previous single day record by more than 800 words.

At this point I'm guessing that the novel has another 8000 words or so to go. But that's just a ballpark estimate. By the middle of the week I should either be finished or have a more concrete idea of what remains to be done.

The writing this evening stopped at the end of the bridge attack scene. Tomorrow should find our cast back in Boston and headed for New York for the final showdowns.

Friday, November 23, 2018

The Elliptical Crown – Day 23

Another predictably dreadful day. But now Thanksgiving and post-Thanksgiving festivities are finally behind us. Absent unforeseen circumstances, I should be able to make up for lost time on Saturday and pass the finish line on Sunday.

Today's brief writing session ended in the lobby of the Marsh Refinery.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Elliptical Crown – Day 22

Not a great writing day, even with the head start I gave myself after midnight before I went to bed. But then it's Thanksgiving, which I already knew was not going to lend itself to writing.

Today's session ended in the middle of my adaptation of the Beast of Berkeley Square.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Elliptical Crown – Day 21

Once again saved by a late evening sprint.

Today I covered a great deal of distance, going all the way from the start of the crown's expanding effects to the moment right before Rose calls Jeff to set up a meeting.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Elliptical Crown – Day 20



Crossed the 40k mark with room to spare this evening. It really helps that there's almost no set-up or back story at this point. The plot's moving along at a healthy clip, and I'm hoping the words will keep flowing from here until the end.

I'll go ahead and speculate that I won't get a ton of writing done on Thursday or Friday, but otherwise maybe I can stay on track.

Today's writing began after midnight, picking up in the middle of the ceremony. I wrapped up at the end of the post-ceremony conversation between Rose, Ellie and Alison in the restaurant.