Monday, April 30, 2012

Instruments of His Will

Alright, this week is looking rough what with final projects due for class and twice the work I'm used to.  Here is a quick scene involving Bill and Rico from early on.  I have been toying with a prequel story involving how these two came to work for the books major antagonist.  Might put some of that up later in the week.

“These boots are too loose.” Rico shifted his weight from heel to toe as he said it.  Bill didn’t spare him a glance as he swept the blade of his knife across the dead woman’s dress.  Blood streaked the yellow cloth in uneven patterns.  Slipping the blade into the sheath on his hip, Bill turned to watch his partner sway.
“Might try buying yourself a pair someday,” he said, studying the shoeless corpse nearby. “Or kill someone who wears your size.”  Rico stomped his left foot a couple times to make sure the boot would stay.
“Used to get boots made at this little shop back in Rolin Creek.  Fit like a second skin.” Rico said, his voice heavy with the memory.  Bill grabbed the woman by the legs and dragged her off the road.
“Yeah, I know.  You can’t go back there because you’ve got an 80 dollar bounty on your head and a dozen angry brothers who are dying to collect.  Or was it husbands?  I can never keep your bullshit straight.” Bill stood up and stretched his back, watching the sun dip below the hills.
“90 dollars and it was both.  And it ain’t bullshit!” Rico growled back as he dragged the dead man over.  Bill didn’t actually doubt the truth of it.  Rico was half-mad when he wasn’t piss drunk, which was rare.  Twice he’d seen the man snap and twice it left someone dead who truly didn’t warrant it.
“Never mind that.  We better get to the south road and set up camp.  Boss says that new lawyer is supposed to ride through in the morning.”  Bill snatched his gun belt from the tree where he’d hung it and slipped it back into place.  The weight of the pistol helped put him at ease.
“Are we killing him or scaring him?” Rico asked, and his emphasis on the word killing making his preference clear.  Rico had always carried an obvious disdain for greenhorns and city slickers of all stripes.  Bill had asked him about it once and only gotten that they were greedy and spineless.  His own experiences with folks from back east were minimal so he didn’t really have an argument against it.
“Boss wasn’t too clear on that.  We will start with talking and see where it goes from there,” he said, turning to face Rico and closing the distance between them.  “Talk first, you get me?  Not like last time.”
“I got it.  I done apologized about that.” Rico replied, his eyes dropping to his new boots.  Bill was the only one who ever seemed to get that kind of reaction from him.  It had been that way since they first teamed up in Nevada nearly a decade back.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A New Tack

Yeah, it's been awhile.  I haven't called or written.  I am going to try to make posts here on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  With the exception of situations where I cannot access the blog for whatever reason (such as last night), I should be able to keep to this.

So, writing.  It's been more difficult lately and I believe that would be true even without the distractions I've dealt with these last couple of weeks.  Two Fridays back I hit the 10k mark on the novel and it almost felt like a wall.  I've made small progress since then but I keep going back and changing things instead of moving forward.  In order to prevent a complete burn out I am working in a couple of side projects so we will see if that helps.

I had a story accepted for an online young adult publication.  It is a very short piece of a YA fiction about a boy and his ghost.  It feels significant to me because it was the first story I completed since I decided to start focusing on writing again.  It's nice to find it a home.  I'll direct you to that piece when the anthology is published.

Now, I know I promised some information on Rico and Bill but instead I think I'll do you one better.  Tomorrow's update will include a section of Rico and Bill interaction from one of the chapters.  First draft material, of course, but it should be fun.

Total Words: Novel - 11,750

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Back on Track

I know, I know.  It's been too long.  I never call, I never write.

Sadly, March was a difficult month to get things off the ground and the variety of crap I had to deal with has put me behind on my goal.  That said, I've gotten things back in running order over the last couple of days and can proudly declare a 5,700 word increase over my previous total.  There is still a lot more to do but at least I'm working steadily at it again.

This month is Script Frenzy, for anyone in the know about such things.  It's basically Nanowrimo with a 100 page script instead of a 50k word novel.  Since I've been making little headway with my side projects, I thought I might give SF a shot in my down time.  I am now 3 days behind on it but I think I can keep up.  Hopefully it will keep me from burning out on the novel.

Next update will carry the promised info on Rico and Bill, henchmen extraordinaire, as well as a synopsis of my script attempt for the month.

Total Words: Novel - 8798, Script - 0