Writing in Public: Day 04, Month 02

“UnCivil Engineering” is coming along nicely.  Basically, it’s turning into a series of “Let’s Try This” Wily Coyote moments, where the main characters are doing different things to deal with the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse and fulfill their epic goal of cutting down on their commutes to work.  If anyone here has worked in or around New York City or Atlanta or any other major metropolitan area knows how annoying the travel time can be, with or without the zombies (And some would argue that their fellow commuters might as well be zombies).

That could be where this story originally came from.  I lived on Staten Island for a little over two years, first commuting into Manhattan and then commuting to Long Island.  In both cases the travel time was at least two hours one-way.  Traveling into Manhattan called for a train ride, a ferry ride, and a subway ride to get to my destination.  Traveling to Long Island required an automobile.  I’m not sure which was worse, but neither were fun.  With the Manhattan commute I could read a plethora of books, which I was happy to do.  My guilty pleasure during that time was the Gaunt’s Ghosts series of Warhammer 40K books by Dan Abnett.  Excellent series if you’re looking for straight-up action with characters that eventually grow on you.

On the other hand, the Manhattan commute led to a lot of pushing and shoving as people fought each other to get on and off the train/ferry/subway.  So, that could be annoying.

Anyway, on to today’s numbers.  Still not to the daily goal I want, but the day job kept me longer than planned:

  • Nonfiction: 305
  • Planning and outlining: 1,000
  • Short Fiction: 1,500
  • Novel Fiction: 000
  • Salable words: 000

Total Fiction for Month: 1,500

Total Salable for Month: 000

Total Fiction for Challenge Year: 51,723

Total Salable for Challenge Year: 10,944

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