My current work-in-progress, MINIMAL, is coming along at the normal, snail's pace, I am used to, and I know the next three chapters, and what they're about. But the key is getting it down on paper.
That's my motivation at the moment, finding the "gumption," (now, there's a word you don't hear too often) to plop down the needful on these three new parts.
The first is all about "Cavanaugh Bing," a character briefly introduced much, much earlier in the story, who returns to give some details she seems to have to the police. Is the info valid? Is it worth the drive to interview her? We'll see...
The next is all about victim Five, who has been located. Poor thing. She was the most "advanced" of "The Count's" work to date. This chapter will fill in a little about the journey "The Count" is on, and hammers home that Dr. Yuri was right...
The one after that sees the return of Genevieve Cordeaux, who, in a change of form, having been traumatized by seeing her relative dismantled upon the coroner's slab, actually changes her tune and becomes somewhat helpful for a change. Hey, she's not a total bitch after all, whaddya know? ;)
So, if you're on the list of friends that get to see MINIMAL before it's edited, these are the things to look out for.
Now, if I can only muster the strength!
I know that MINIMAL has approximately 15,000 words left before it's finished. Which will bring the rough-draft -- and boy, is it rough -- to conclusion. And then we let it simmer before digging in for the first round of real edits. It's been a long road getting this far, and the end is slowly coming into view. Then I begin to worry the major bit of "will anyone care?" Will MINIMAL turn into just a piece I wrote just for me?
Stay tuned... We'll just have to see how it goes. You're on the ride, too. Ain't it grand? ;)