Right now, my word count is at 16,390 and today's benchmark is 13,336, so ... I'm rocking it. 1,667 words a day is turning out to equal about an hour of work if the words aren't fighting me, and since it's been so long since I felt able to really dive in here, they're not fighting me at all. I still have a few worries about what, exactly, is going to go down in the climactic scene, but sometimes I have to treat writing as though I'm sitting in a theatre, writing the play script as it gets improvised in front of me, and trust the characters to do their work. Usually, when I do this, they surprise me in some really great ways: Buster's conversation with Cameron at Charlie's Bar in the first novel is a great example of this: it's how I ended up with the coconut rum anecdote ... something which comes up again here in Adjustments and really helped me learn a little more about my favorite anxious accountant. So far this month, it's also given me a place for Troy to share a crucial story about how he got to Aviario, and is quietly driving an unexpected wedge between some of the villains. Ambition is a dangerous thing - I just have to figure out how much it's going to cost them.
I'm keeping it short and sweet this time, so I can get back to things, but next time you can expect another update, and maybe a character or place feature. I'll see you then!
Until then, I remain your hostess,