Work in Progress: The Whispering Bandit

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 4/12/18

Last actual wordage added: 4/12/18

Pages added, 4/12/18: 2

Current page count: 17

Estimated final page count: 30? 40? I don’t know.

Deadline: June 1.

Comments: I skipped a progress report or two, in which I went back, reworked some stuff, and added a page.

Famiris has been renamed Errilsa. Lady Malzin is still named Malzin.

Errilsa is hiding. Malzin is listening to her father and uncle make somewhat alarming plans. (He wasn’t originally her uncle; that was part of the reworking.)

Don’t know if I can get this done within the anthology’s word limit. It may wind up going elsewhere and I’ll write something else for the antho.

(All character names are still subject to change.)

Word-count is 4,228.

Work in Progress: Stormchildren

Progress Report: Stormchildren

Last time looked at: 4/12/18

Last actual wordage added: 4/12/18

Pages added, 4/12/18: 1

Current page count: 13

Estimated final page count: I have no idea. I still don’t know for sure whether it’s a novella, a novel, or a series, or whether it’s YA.

Deadline: None. Purely speculative.

Word count: 2,951

Comments: Skipped some progress reports; sorry about that.

I’ve just moved the break between Chapter One and Chapter Two; I decided Chapter One was pretty short, and I didn’t have enough to make a complete chapter of Chapter Two at all, so I merged them. Chapter One went from nine pages to twelve. Chapter Two now starts a few days later, when Darris, Rell, Lesma, and Arrith are at the port preparing to book passage to the mainland.

Work in Progress: Elfshot

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 4/12/18

Last actual wordage added: 4/12/18

Pages added, 4/12/18: 2

Current page count: 17

Estimated final page count: 300? I don’t really have any idea.

Deadline: None. Purely speculative.

Word count: 3,951

Comments: I skipped a couple of updates, I’m afraid. Sorry about that.

Anyway, the body’s been taken to the Watch House and Hyacinth is rejoining Lily.

For those coming in late: This is a murder mystery in a vaguely Tolkienian setting. Our protagonist, Hyacinth Undercliff, is one of the Folk, small, delicate humanoids who live in a community called the Vale. To the north of the Vale is a riverside highway elves use; to the south are cliffs, and atop the cliffs is human territory. North of the highway is forest which has its own mysterious inhabitants, and under the cliffs to the west is the underground home of the delvers.

Hyacinth is granddaughter and heir to Poplar Forestedge, the town’s hereditary librarian and historian, but alas, Poplar is no longer able to carry out his duties, so Hyacinth does the job.

Linden Watchhouse is the Vale’s constable, aided by his wife Marigold.

The story opened with young Lily Riverbend finding the body of her murdered boyfriend Mulberry Thicket, and Hyacinth hearing her screams and coming to her aid.

And here we are.

Work in Progress: The Whispering Bandit

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 2/22/18

Last actual wordage added: 2/22/18

Pages added, 2/22/18: 1

Current page count: 14

Estimated final page count: 30? 40? I don’t know.

Deadline: June 1.

Comments: This is a short story/novelet for an anthology I’ve been invited to submit to. It’s set in the Cousins, east of the Walasian Empire, in the same world as A Young Man Without Magic and the other Bound Lands stories. I’m hoping to keep it down to about 8,000 words, but fear it may get away from me.

Anyway, Lady Malzin has realized her scheme was not very well thought out and is trying to improve upon it.

(All character names are subject to change, especially Lady Malzin and Famiris.)

Word-count is 3,378.

Work in Progress: Charming Sharra

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 1/30/18

Last actual wordage added: 1/30/18

Pages added, 1/30/18: 4

Current page count: 49

Estimated final page count: 300? I don’t really have any idea.

Deadline: None. Purely speculative.

Comments: I’ve skipped some progress reports again.

Finished Chapter Five, started Chapter Six. Sharra has sought advice and received it, and is about to follow it.

Word-count is 12,092.

Work in Progress: Tom Derringer and the Steam-Powered Saurians

Progress report: Tom Derringer & the Steam-Powered Saurians Tom Derringer & the Steam-Powered Saurians

Last time looked at: 12/31/17

Last actual wordage added: 12/31/17

Pages added, 12/31/17: 4

Current page count: 94

Estimated final page count: 250

Current word count: 23,470

Deadline: None. Will be self-published.

Comments: Finished Chapter Nine, started Chapter Ten. Tom has been forced to accept a change in plans.

Work in Progress: Tom Derringer and the Steam-Powered Saurians

Progress report: Tom Derringer & the Steam-Powered Saurians Tom Derringer & the Steam-Powered Saurians

Last time looked at: 12/29/17

Last actual wordage added: 12/29/17

Pages added, 12/29/17: 3

Current page count: 90

Estimated final page count: 250

Current word count: 22,742

Deadline: None. Will be self-published.

Comments: Skipped at least one progress report. I’m nearing the end of Chapter Nine. Teddy is explaining something to Betsy, Tom, and Peter.

Work in Progress: Charming Sharra

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 12/1/17

Last actual wordage added: 12/1/17

Pages added, 12/1/17: 2

Current page count: 43

Estimated final page count: 300? I don’t really have any idea.

Deadline: None. Purely speculative.

Comments: I’ve skipped some progress reports.

Sharra got her spell, but it isn’t turning out the way she thought it would. I’m halfway through Chapter Five.

Word-count is 10,564.

Work in Progress: Tom Derringer and the Steam-Powered Saurians

Progress Report: Tom Derringer & the Steam-Powered Saurians Tom Derringer & the Steam-Powered Saurians

Last time looked at: 11/7/17

Last actual wordage added: 11/7/17

Pages added, 11/7/17: 4

Current page count: 84

Estimated final page count: 250

Current word count: 21,088

Deadline: None. Will be self-published.

Comments: Finished Chapter Eight, started Chapter Nine. Betsy is doing some scouting because she’s the only one small enough to fit through an opening.

Work in Progress: Tom Derringer and the Steam-Powered Saurians.

Progress Report: Tom Derringer & the Steam-Powered Saurians Tom Derringer & the Steam-Powered Saurians

Last time looked at: 11/3/17

Last actual wordage added: 11/3/17

Pages added, 11/3/17: 5, but it’s complicated.

Current page count: 80

Estimated final page count: 250

Current word count: 20,119

Deadline: None. Will be self-published.

Comments: I skipped a couple of reports again. Since my last post here I realized I was getting off-track, threw out ten pages, and worked my way forward again. I was on page 80, then back on page 70, reworked some of the cut material and added a little new stuff to get to page 75, and then tonight I wrote five new pages.

Tom and his companions have encountered something mysterious, and been spotted by an as-yet-unidentified person.