Currently, I'm sitting at about 52k words and I'm guessing I have about ~20k to go on this story. It's coming along nicely and as long as life doesn't toss a few dozen hurdles in my way, I should have this completed by the end of Nov, getting it to the editor on Dec 1st. I'd like to see it published around Christmas, if possible.
Right now I'm finishing up a section where M is doing a solo investigation - the first for him. Usually Thomas would be right at his side, but he's been forced to split away to handle his own situation. There's also a third story going on involving Uhler, Albert and a deranged nutcase that I don't want to discuss because he's far too fun to spoil.
As that is the end of the update for the week, I'll leave you with a couple samples of writing from a chapter. It contains no spoilers, but shows how M is thinking these days. I've barely given them a second glance, so please excuse the grammatical issues. Enjoy :)
Sample 1: I explain to the manager why I’ve come by and she happily takes me to her office to discuss the situation. Luckily, she recognizes me from my time on TV, so there’s no resistance when I ask if the suspect, a twenty year old named Spencer, had the day off. If Spencer didn’t have the day off, did he at least enough to time to run to the library? The all rainbows manager assures me that the suspect hardly had a break that day because of the big sale at the time. I thank her for her time and get out of there, doing my damnedest to ignore the poptastic music, filling the store with horrors. It's a modern triumph of auto-tunes, drum machines and overly-direct lyrics about having sex. It makes me want to jam a pencil in my ears.
Sample 2: I don’t even bother going home. Instead, I stretch out in the back of Jenny and chow down on some fast food goodness. By goodness, I mean a greasy sweat burger that doesn’t require chewing before effortlessly sliding down my throat. For now, my hunger is sated. In a few hours I’ll probably have to fire one off and then toss in a heal spell for good measure.
Oh, I almost forgot, I revamped the front page of the site and the pages that detail each book. So, check that out when you get a chance. I also added a section for book 4 - http://www.chroniclesofm.com/com-consequences-book-4.html
It's been a busy day.