Saturday, September 18, 2010


At 6:00 PM PST!

wordcountometer = 79,537!

It's come in a bit shorter than my target minimum of 80,000. But I'm sure I'll add scenes during the rewrites in October. That always happens. On Halloween, or thereabouts, I'll send the revised MS off to my agent and hopefully in 2011 we'll be submitting it to publishers. But for now: phew! It's been a rough six and a half months. Mighty Reader and I are going out for dinner at a fancy restaurant to celebrate my victory.


  1. Congratulations. You're a better man than I, Gunga Din.

  2. A well-deserved celebration. Congratulations.

  3. Yay, Mr. Bailey! Congratulations! And, I believe you met your deadline, thereby avoiding the dreaded "or else" punishment you set up for yourself. I'll admit I was looking forward to the various torture devices you had planned to use, but I suppose reading your finished book will be satisfying for me too.

  4. Nevets: Thanks! I have an odd sense of freedom now.

    Tara: Yay, me! I repeat my offer to let you see the draft I send to my agent if you want. Let me know.

    Stephanie: Thanks!

    Mary: Hey, I know you! Dinner was swell; thanks for being my date.

    Anne: I only had a shorter distance to travel, that's all.

    Ric: Thanks!

    Michelle: Damn right.

    Big D: I was genuinely frightened about the "or else" and I'm glad I don't have to find out what was entailed there. Dodged a bullet on that one.

  5. I hope the freedom you're feeling is more enjoyable than I found the freedom from homework when I was done with grad school. I remember finding that freedom confusing and disorienting. lol

  6. Nevets: I do feel weirdly unpinned from things, like I'm a helium balloon floating away. But I like that feeling for now. I am already making plans for the research books I'll read for my next project, but I am happy to just pile them up in a corner and not start in on that yet. There's never a question of what I'll do next; it's just a matter of how much of a break I'll allow myself before diving into a new story. Anyway, for now I'm just content to drift along until the end of September, and then I'll revise "Killing Hamlet" and send it off to Mr. Agent. After that I'll either revise "Cocke & Bull" or I'll write something new (I have a couple ideas for novellas that I might work on before I tackle the next new full-length novel).

    Hey, were you an actual ME, or did you do other work for the coroner's office? Or am I totally off base?

  7. Color me impressed. *does flying split leaps on your behalf*

  8. Enjoy the break. You've definitely put the work in to earn it. As long as you're enjoying it, it's a good thing and should charge you up.

    BTW, I don't know that much about your working style, but if you ever want a different pair of eyes to look at something, I'm always game.

    I was in a forensic anthropology lab. We dealt with mainly with remains that either could not be identified or needed analysis beyond soft tissue stuff. My masters is in biological anthropology / bioarchaeology.

    Bones and teeth are my friends.

    I call the tibia Timmy.

  9. Felicitations! Bravo! It always feels good to finish another step in the writing process.

  10. Lois: Thanks! Don't hurt yourself! It's just a book.

    Nevets: The number of people I let read my works in progress gets smaller every year. I'd be willing to let you see the draft I send to my agent, but probably not anything before that. There are only two people who get to see it before then.

    Wow, you're like a real-life CSI guy! I'm going to call my left tibia Timmy from now on.

    Crimey: Thanks! I've now written four full-length novels. I figured out this weekend that I have, so far in life, written over 400,000 words of fiction. Most of them not very good, but one learns from one's mistakes. One hopes.

  11. Scott,

    I don't blame you at all for having a small group of people you let see it before draft. I'm pretty much the same way.

    I would never say no to a chance to get a sneak peak at what you send to your agent!

    Treat Timmy well and he will treat you well.

    And you should see the funny looks I get from cops when I go on an ambulance run at 3am with my old forensics lab hat on.

  12. Nevets: I dimly recall that you've made noises recently to intimate you're now an EMT or something like? Is that right?

    Timmy and I get along as long as I remember to stretch before I go running and wear decent shoes. Let's talk about a sneak peek around the end of October...

  13. Scott, we have a largely volunteer EMS system in our county. I run with the local unit as an assistant. I'm currently taking the EMT cert course and should get that all wrapped up in December.

  14. Congratulations, sir! It's been fun and rewarding watching your progression. You've inspired me to keep on writing many a day.