Something like a plan

Got an excellent chunk of writing in over the past couple of days! Between lunch yesterday and this evening, I ended up squeezing my word count over 40k finally. Went out to lunch with Kelley today, which we try to do every Friday when I work from home, and got a good amount of planning in. After that, I feel like I have a much better grasp of where my villain comes from and why he does these (horrific) things. In the end, he’s almost a sympathetic character in his own right, but I’m tossing thoughts back and forth as to how much of his back story I want to include. At the moment, our protagonists are still trying to figure out what it is exactly that they’re up against, and they’re pretty much grasping at straws.

A monkey wrench also got thrown into the plot the other day, which I’ve been battling with as to whether or not it ought to stay. After some deliberation and talking with Kelley about how it changes the story, I’ve decided to leave it. Sometimes randomly tossed monkey wrenches can make things run smoother, right? Good. I’ll just keep telling myself that then.

On to word metrics for the day! I’m hoping to get a bunch more writing in this weekend as well. I know that Camp NaNo is coming up next week, and if I can finish up this piece around the time that that’s starting up, maybe I can work on both WIPs. I know, wishful thinking, but a girl can dream, can’t she? 😉

Project: Ghosts of Pikes Peak

Summary: The old, abandoned Davis Farm just outside the bustling city of Pikes Peak is riddled with malicious spirits. Werewolf detective Colton Fen has been assigned to a half-vampire partner, Rennick Dalton, to handle the troublesome ghosts, but even their combined strength may not be enough to dissuade the poltergeists from plucking victims from the outskirts of town. Is this a simple case of ghost infestation or is there something far more malicious going on beneath the farmhouse?

Current total words: 40,219
New words written: 3,570

Progress in Story: Colton realizes something that may change the entire dynamic between him and his two friends. Plans are (kind of) made, and an awkward night commences.

Total Words for 2012: 49,800

Snippet:

Rennick was watching him so closely, he might have been staring at something behind him. “I’m not jealous or anything, if that’s what you’re so worried about.”

He gave a nervous laugh, “Didn’t think you would be. Not with how often you see women.”

“And men,” he smirked.

“And men,” Colton sighed, realizing how much more comfortable life had been when the man was passed out in a shack. “I wanted to let you know that she can’t come with us, even if she wants to. You’ll have to back me up on that.”

Rennick’s smile faded, “I agree. She’s a good shot, I know that much, but it’ll take more than that to take on this creature.”

“How much more?” Mary crooned, stepping out from the threshold. “You boys may not think I’m cut out for this line of work, but I’m involved whether you want me or not. Question is, you want me to have company while I go hunt down that monster child, or do I strike it out alone?”

Colton and Rennick were dumbstruck for a full minute before Colton finally rallied his tongue, “It’ll be dangerous, Mary. I don’t think you quite understand what we’re dealing with here.”

“And you boys do?” She laughed, taking a drag on her cigarette as she glared at each of them. “Seems to me you two are just as lost in this work as I am. Is it normal to be going around town blind and searching for scraps of food? Or is that just part of some grand scheme?”

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