The Body Electric

I like to think that I’m the only person who would title a post about dropping a corpse with a line from the musical Fame. Maybe there’s a reason I’m the only one who would do it…

But yes, Houston, we have a body.

At 30 pages and about 9,000 words the first body dropped in book two. It’s not who I thought was going to die and it’s sooner than I thought somebody would die, but hey, who am I too complain? The corpse has added a nice new dimension to the story and a conflict I set up earlier has now taken on a whole new strain which is nice. In the first book I was so concerned with the one major plot strand and keeping it straight that I never ventured out into subplot territory. This time out it looks like there will be at least two, if not three strong story lines.

Yay me.

That 9000 word mark has been hard to hit lately. The last time I worked on the book, four or five days ago, I dropped off a couple of pages shy of my five page minimum goal. Those two pages have been taunting me all week. There were a couple of days I just didn’t feel like writing, but a few times I wanted to write, but I didn’t want to get into the rythm and have to shut down again after only two pages. And I really didn’t want to go over the two pages and have another dangling page situation so I didn’t write. Well last night, after an entire day of distracting myself and drugging myself with Beneadryl so I could fall asleep, I still wasn’t tired so I figured knocking off those two pages might be just what I needed to go to sleep. And it was. So now I’m back into even numbers and hopefully should do my five pages today.

This will be my last post from Ann Arbor for a while. I’m heading home to the Flint area for Christmas. At least they have cable and I’ve got a stack of books to knock out. Retro by Loren D. Estleman, The Back Door Man (Shut up John) Rob Kantner’s first Ben Perkins novel and Gates of Eden, a collection of short stories from Ethan Coen.

So I’ll quote the great scholar Herschel Krustofsky here and say have a Merry Christmas, Chappy Chanukah, Krazy Kwanzaa, Tip Top Tep and a Solemn and Dignified Ramadan.