And last Tuesday, I finished the first draft of the urban fantasy I started back in May, which now has a tentative title of Murderous Girlfriends, Grimoires, and Other College Hazards.
After deleting a bunch of extraneous stuff (notes to myself, scenes I ended up taking in a different direction), my final word count came to 67,813, making it the shortest first draft I’ve written since I was 15 years old.
Right now I’m taking a short break from fiction writing, by which I mean I’ve been reading a lot, watching movies, and outlining some blog posts. Hoping to have some more reviews (and some other things for you) up soon.
In other writing-related news, I have a post up on the Fictional Ferrets blog today, talking about my writing strengths and weaknesses. Come for the structure talk, stay to see how badly I handle secondary characters.
And now, a final excerpt for you:
Mick elbowed me hard in the side. I yelped. “The hell was that for?’
“Oh my God,” she mouthed. “Go ask him out!”
Heat raced up my face, and I shook my head. “I can’t.”
Mick pressed her fingers to the bridge of her nose. “Seriously? Seriously? Your last date ended like that.” She flung her arm out to encompass the dark hulk of the library behind us. “At the absolute worst, he’s going to say no thanks. You don’t even end up with a broken arm! This is a step up!”
How’s September treating you? Read any good books/seen any good movies lately? Anything I should add to my list?
Beer picture by Bernt Rostad