Originally posted to SFF Net July 19, 2013:
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.
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.
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.
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.