This book has been a little bit of a pain in my ass.
I was aiming for Redemption length, around 110k. When I hit 100k, I told my wife: “I’m there. On target for 110k and a January finish!” She smiled and nodded and I went back to my writing cave. I imagine she laughed at me and took a huge drink directly from the 1.5 liter bottle, ’cause she damn well knew I wasn’t close. She’s much cleverer than I look.
Here I am now, a month later, 20k words further on, and not yet over the finish line. What the hell? I need someone sitting here over my shoulder deleting things as I write them.
“No, I need that! We had to see what motivates him to pull the gun to his shoulder and squeeze the trigger ever so softly! We have to see why he feels what he feels! Pain is an illusion! Love is everywhere. Clouds are ponies! Dance, Mike, you monkey boy, dance! Zombies! Run!”
(Anguished voice) “No, I can’t possibly!”
“Cut it, or I cut you.”
(Sulking voice, finger over the delete key) “You’re kind of a dick, man.”
(Sound of knife being drawn slowly) “Okay, okay.”
THIS would motivate me.
Stay on target. Stay on target.
Sooooo….anyway, what’s the point? We’ll deliver soon on the fourth book, LZR-1143: Desolation. Here’s some fun pieces just for your patience:
1. It’s my first one over 110k words;
2. It’s got a submarine, a nuclear explosion, an earthquake, a tsunami, and volcanic eruptions;
3. It’s got Kate’s daughter in it;
4. There are a few Canadian jokes;
5. I like Cheetos
6. Sorry about the last one–this is why I’m having problems
Okay, back to work.