Smoke & Mirrors Progress Report

WRITING on the Smoke & Mirrors typescript comes along apace. Here are some stats:

  • Scenes written: 97
  • Scenes total: 133
  • Scenes remaining: 36
  • Words written: a bit under 67,000
  • Estimated final word count: neighbourhood of 90,000

Not as good progress as I’d hoped, but then I spent some of the time going back over recently-written scenes to tighten up some stuff and fix a few problems, which skewed the numbers a bit.

Meanwhile, my copy editor read the ‘script of The Artemis Device in a day (good sign!) and came back with a list of things to change, including some things to give characters a  bit more depth, and also to improve the pacing. I have a couple of ideas on that but for the time being I’m continuing with Smoke & Mirrors. I’d really like to stay on track with it and get the first draft finished before I switch back to Artemis.

In other news: Thanksgiving—our first in our new house—was a blast. Good food, good company, and good fun (apart from one blemish that I won’t go into here).

And on that note, it’s time for me to close this and think about some dinner, and get back to some writing.

Until next time . . .

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