Life/work/family has kept me away from the blog for a while, but I wanted to give an update on the current project I'm working on. It's a science-fiction prison-break novel. I've got it completely outlined and have just started to do the actual prose-writing. Here are the numbers:
Current word count: 10,200
Chapters done: 3/52
If I keep up this pace, it should take me about five months to complete a first draft that will be in the neighborhood of 170K words. Although I anticipate chapters getting shorter as I go, especially around climactic moments, so 150K is probably more reasonable. It's going slower than I'd hoped, but the chapters I'm finishing are coming out much richer and denser than I'd anticipated, and I'm fine with this. I'd rather overwrite and cut than underwrite and balloon.
I'll post an update every few weeks here and more regularly on my twitter feed.
One last note: I'm not quite ready for alpha readers, but I will be soon. So, there's that.