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Back to the Nose to the Grindstone

I’m finally back on the wagon in terms of writing: I put in 1000 words on “Moe Yuki Ona,” my J-fetishizing-expat-in-Japan horror story, and I spend an couple of hours slowly working my way through “A Killing in Burma,” a project I left by the wayside a while back to focus on other things, but which I want to get out of the way before I start anything new.

If you search the latter title in my blog, you’ll see babblings about it going quite far back, and since I like the vaguely cartoon-like quality of the characters and story, as well as the madness of the plotline, I’m happy to go there again. It’s currently at almost 18,000 words, though, and the plot is just coming together. I don’t know if it will finally end up being a novella, or a short novel, or a novel, period. But I figure if I put in a little time every day on it, I should be able to figure that out by the end of February, and maybe set it aside if need be to meet other (short-story/anthology) deadlines.

Of course, work is also intruding, in the form of various things I need to get done by the middle of February if possible, or at the very latest by the end of the month, before the new semester begins:

But even so, I figure I can spend enough time to write 1000 new words a day, and to do a little editing on older work that’s waiting to be polished off and sent out. My forthcoming fiction is about to drop to zero new pieces, and I don’t like that situation in the slightest!

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