Wednesday, May 5, 2010

WIP Wednesday: Finish Line? What Finish Line?

Borrowed Saints is now longer than my final, soon-to-be-published draft of The House Eaters. That being said, the book is still 4-5K away from completion (and that total doesn't include additional bits I need to add upon rewrite). Right now, it stands at 43K.

Phoebe's uncle, EG, signed her out of the psychiatric hospital, and on the drive home:

He hadn’t said a word since signing her out of the hospital.

Something about his face—she couldn’t quite place it, but something was wrong with EG’s face. The lines around his cheeks and nose had sharpened, become less the soft, rounded kindness of her burly uncle and become more angular and stern. She’d seen the look before, but couldn’t place it.

The hum of the engine and the tires against blacktop filled the cab of the truck until the sound joined with the chilly fear in her stomach and became something new. Something vile and wretched. “I think I’m going to be sick,” she said.

The EG-thing grunted.

Yeah...it's not really just her uncle in there anymore. Tomorrow, I blather on about "identity", and on Friday, I send out a free, unpublished story to my newsletter subscribers. Join the club, eh?

18 comments:

Jamie Eyberg said...

The story really has moved right along for you. here is to almost being finished.

Brendan said...

No longer her uncle, eh? Thanks for pointing out the obvious!

(:>)

Gay Degani said...

just want you to know your site is looking real good. love your new profile picture. Somehow you look so much younger than I envisioned.

Alan W. Davidson said...

I'm dying to know what EG has become... Looking forward to the newsletter story, eh? That was a nice touch of Canadian at the end of your post. We'll lure you to the dark north yet!

Aaron Polson said...

Jamie - Once I "unblocked" it just flowed.

Brednan - Yeah, well. I didn't want to make an assumptions.

Gay - Thanks. Younger and so much like a well made-up Boris Karloff. ;)

Alan - Egads! I thought it was the "great white north". Darkside...here I come.

Cate Gardner said...

Intriguing... I signed up for the newsletter several times, but I'm not certain it worked. I believe I've already told you - technophobe.

Aaron Polson said...

Cate - I'll sneak your email addy in there. I think you're supposed to receive an email confirmation which (most likely) landed in the junk folder. ;)

katey said...

Okay, that's creepy. And cool.

Awesome progress though, considering the weekend you had!

Aaron Polson said...

Katey - Most of the writing happened Monday and Tuesday. I feel like Borrowed Saints is all dialogue at this point, but I often feel pretty lukewarm before I finish a project. Time will tell, right?

Natalie L. Sin said...

Oh dear...I worry for Phoebe.

Aaron Polson said...

Natalie - Never fear. She kicks him in the nuts and runs away in the next chapter.

K.Hinny said...

"The hum of the engine and the tires against blacktop filled the cab of the truck until the sound joined with the chilly fear in her stomach "

Fabulous Aaron!!

katey said...

Yeah-- and I mean, that's an easy thing to fix next time you read it through, isn't it? When you're watching the scene in your brain as you readthrough, the needed visuals and actions will punch you in the stomach!

I know, sounds fun, right? :D

Danielle Ferries said...

I've tried to sign up for your newsletter but the damn thing won't let me.

Andrea Allison said...

I signed up for your newsletter. At least I think I did. Haven't received anything since unless you haven't sent anything out. I don't know. I'm just sitting here quietly wondering why everyone is in the redesigning mood.

BTW, I'm glad Phoebe escapes. EG-thing doesn't sound too good.

Aaron Polson said...

Hinny - Thanks. I'm trying to squeeze a few lines of narration and imagery between dialogue.

Katey - Easy and fun (I hope).

Danielle - I'll sign you up myself; hopefully it'll work.

Andrea - Yep, you're on the list. I blame the redesign on spring cleaning.

Cate Gardner said...

Thanks, Aaron. I'm all signed up now.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Hurray!