Word Count Update

My word count for my current project was divided into

5,000 words — Done (first draft)
9,000 words — done (first draft)
14,000 words — 7,862 words complete (first draft). This is pretty goshdarn good, given that deadline is Friday.

Tonight is pottery class, so I’m taking a break from writing to get my hands dirty. Dirty in this case meaning, “covered with white clay slip.” We’re doing lids, so one of my first tasks today, likely, will be to throw a jar or vase shape. I’m thinking about making a couple of canisters for my kitchen counters — I need one for arborio rice for risotto, and maybe one for quinoa, my favorite new grain, and maybe one for granola/muesli.

I’m also curious to see if my pitcher survived the bisque firing process, and how/if any of my glazed pieces turned out. I have a number of projects I still want to do in pottery, and I’m running out of time to do them. I think we only have two — maybe three — more classes left, and I have only five hours of studio time left, as well. Not so good. I’m thinking about buying a month of studio time, but at $95 a pop it’s expensive, and I wouldn’t be able to get in every week thanks to the school schedule. This is to say nothing of the fact that during September I’m going to be doing the second and final draft of this gaming project.

The nice thing is that the 5,000 and 9,000 word pieces have already been submitted for redlining. So in the near future I’ll be able to go back to poetry, at least for a little while. With the completion of the August Moon Sonnets, I have only eight more in that series to do, at least until the moon phases shift enough that I need to think about doing a new set. At the moment, I’m looking forward to going back to work on the epic — finishing Book II by the end of 2005 is high on my priorities list, along with participating in National Novel Writing Month in some form or another. Oh, yeah, that’s right — National Novel Writing Month is coming up in November. Already a spectacularly busy month for me, and I’m wanting to add to my busyness? Oh, well.

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