Work in Progress: Beyond the Gate

Originally posted to SFF Net July 19, 2013:

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 7/18/13

Last actual wordage added: 7/18/13

Pages added 7/18/13: 3

Current page count: 6

Estimated final page count: About 300-400

Deadline: None. Purely speculative. Started it on a whim.

Comments: So this is something I started on a whim last week which now meets my minimum standard for being a work in progress. I am embarrassed to admit that the idea for it came to me while watching “Sharknado,” and was so compelling I started writing it on the netbook I keep by the living room couch.

The basic premise is that Eric’s mother is an eccentric physicist who has accidentally opened a portal into another universe, and Eric has to go and rescue her from the natives of that world. (Eric’s an only child; his father is on assignment overseas somewhere.)

I wrote the first page during “Sharknado,” two more pages somewhere in the intervening time, and then three pages tonight; the fact that I had more than two pages and the file had been open for a week makes this an official work in progress.

It’s first-person YA. Eric’s fifteen.

Word-count: 1,366

Work in Progress: Graveyard Girl

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 5/7/13

Last actual wordage added: 5/7/13

Pages added 5/7/13: 0

Current page count: 186

Estimated final page count: 300-350

Deadline: None. Purely speculative. But my agent and my wife want it written.

Comments: Revised Chapter Two, which didn’t need much. Added a mere 65 words.

Still mulling over ending possibilities and other stuff.

51,583 words.

I’m a bit confused by this post, as it appears to be from May 7, 2013, but the original is actually dated May 31, 2013. And it bears a little explanation — I had thought Graveyard Girl (a YA novel about a girl with the hereditary ability to see how people will die) was finished at about 51,000 words, but my agent said it wasn’t, that it needed a different ending. So I started revising it, intending to expand it — but then I got distracted, lost interest, and never went back to it. This was the last progress report, made when I was revising.

Work in Progress: Mirrors and Shadows

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 2/11/13

Last actual wordage added: 2/11/13

Pages added 2/11/13: 1

Current page count: 18

Estimated final page count: Maybe about 300?

Deadline: None. Purely speculative.

Comments: I looked at my various works in progress and decided this was the one I wanted to tackle next, so I wrote a page. Alicia is experimenting with the images, trying to decide whether they’re hallucinations or not.