So, I know I promised myself that I would have the zero draft of MoC done by Christmas Day and out to beta readers just after the first of the year. And I’m only about 15,000 words away from finishing it. It’s just…well… You see, my muse has ADD and I seem to have re-injured a previously broken finger in a fit of Scottish rage.
I blame the fact that my muse has allowed herself to be distracted from MoC on the TV show “Castle”. Have you seen it? It’s pretty damned good. Sure, it’s no Supernatural or Numb3rs, but it does have Nathan Fillion in it and well, he makes me happy. Plus the writing is funny and the acting is tight. There was a show about an aging jewel thief on last season and that got me thinking about how much I love caper movies (The Thomas Crown Affair, Ocean’s Eleven, The Italian Job, etc) and how I’d love to write a caper book. So I started thinking about my thief, The Dragon, and then an idea blossomed in my head and I’ve been throwing myself head-long into research for this new book for the past two days.
Now, about the hand injury. If you’ve ever known anyone of Scottish extraction, you might be aware of our tempers. We do have a long, slow-burning fuse, but once we ignite – LOOK OUT! Big, giant, messy explosion. Add in female hormone issues, daily stress and two weeks straight of both children being out of school and under-foot, and you’ve got a very tense situation. A probably pointless argument with The Man touched it off this afternoon and in a fit of rage, I punched the kitchen counter, re-injuring my right pinkie finger, which was broken in two places some 15 years ago.
Anyway, long story short, I’ve typed this entire thing without the benefit of my pinkie finger – the finger I use to hit the enter, period, and backspace keys – and my wrist and finger are throbbing now. I think I’m going to have to put off finishing MoC until this heals and until I can get The Dragon out of my head. I sincerely hope that it won’t be too long and that The Dragon will learn to be quiet and wait his turn. I’ll have revisions to do, Mister, and then you can have your turn in the spotlight.