I need to figure out a way to double the word count on one of my unpublished short stories, because that’s a sort of tie-in to one of the novels Paul is working on now, which means I can finally do something with it. The short story is told from the POV of one of the secondary characters in the novel.
Normally I’d say this is a good time for me to read a lot of short fiction, but today is March 23, and I decided earlier in the month that I ought to get back to something I used to do every year at this time: re-reading a series of fantasy novels I read for the first time when I was 15. I have actually forgotten enough of the specifics that I can no longer quote some of my favorite scenes word-for-word. That’s how long it’s been. Also, there’s a scene from a later book in the series where the main character is talking to his cousin and says something along the lines of, “So how’d we turn out so normal?” and his cousin just looks at him like he’s crazy… I need that quote, and I can’t remember exactly how it goes. Arrghh!
Anyway. Current word count on Project Brimstone (working title) still stands at just short of 60K. The clone is recovering from a bad respiratory infection, and the thing about having difficulty breathing is that it can impede one’s ability to creatively string words together into a coherent and entertaining narrative.