Wednesday, September 2, 2009

WIP Wednesday: Cold, Wet, Tired

My MC, that is. I'm about a week out from the end of the first draft of Loathsome at my current writing rate. At 56K, I've been able to ad 8K words in the last week. Huzzah! I'd love to knock this baby out, let it sit for the rest of September, and beef it up during October. October is a good month for adding a few thousand words to a horror project, right?

A tense minute passed. The woods filled with dark forms. I pressed against the tree as if I could become one with the bark, melt, and disappear. Olson leaned his back to a pine. His eyes pressed shut, but his lips worked on some unuttered prayer. Branches scraped against the arms, legs, and faces of our monstrous pursuers. A howl sounded, then two voices bunched together, low and guttural, like wild beasts engaged in mortal combat. Risking a look, I peered around the edge of my protecting tree and saw two of the Ruined Men tearing at each other, dark streaks across one’s face as the other gained the upper hand and tossed him to the ground.

In other horrific news, The Devil's Food is available now. Delightful unpleasantness awaits!

15 comments:

Alan W. Davidson said...

Ah, man, you stopped just as it was getting good! I loved the line "I pressed against the tree as if I could be one with the bark, melt, and disappear."

Jamie Eyberg said...

great, now i want to hear the rest of it. Good luck finishing. You are going at a much greater clip than I am right now.

Natalie L. Sin said...

I love how you bring a scene out so vividly!

Aaron Polson said...

Alan - surely you didn't want to read the bit about driving a knife into the neck of--no, of course not.
;)

Jamie - I have to finish. I have some beta reading to do. ;)

Natalie - thanks...I hope the whole thing works together in the end.

Barry Napier said...

Loathsome is looking better and better by the week!

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Barry. It'll look really good when I'm done.

katey said...

Vivid is indeed the word-- your powers of narration are pretty massive, you know. Just saying.

Cate Gardner said...

Your first draft, Katey's they are about several drafts ahead of my first draft. Nice word count too.

Aaron Polson said...

Katey, Cate - if only I wasn't sharing only the good parts! This one has more than enough work left for me...trust me.

ElanaJ said...

Nice, Aaron! And October is a great month for beefing up a horror novel. :)

abrokenlaptop said...

Aaron, Aaron, he's our man!

I'm just cheering you on as you knock that baby out. Fantastic! :)

-Mercedes

Aaron Polson said...

Elana - October happens to be my favorite month...wonder why?

Mercedes - cheers are awesome. Thanks.

BT said...

The rate everyone is going, October is going to be a big month of polishing for most of us.

Excellent wordage week!

K.C. Shaw said...

Just reading the phrase "the Ruined Men" made me shiver. Very cool!

Carrie Harris said...

Sooo awesome. And October is my favorite month too.