Well, more news, some good, some bad, some mixed.
The good news: I'm on chapter 25. I am close enough to the end to be able to estimate the book at 35 chapters. That means about 70 pages left in the novel. I have sketched out what needs to be accomplished in the remaining chapters, now the only thing to do is finish it.
Which brings me to the bad: I can't see how I'm going to hit my June 30 deadline. I'd need to get at least twenty pages done over the next three days. I can't tell you how disappointed in myself I am. We'll save the angst and pity party for July 1st :) At least by then I will have a clear idea of how close I got and what went wrong. Or if I aimed too high.
The mixed: I went to the Locus awards this weekend and attended a writer's workshop put on by Connie Willis and Gregory Frost. I do consider it time well spent (the awards ceremony in particular was a hoot) but that was two full days of writing more or less lost. (though I did manage to do a chapter each on Friday and Saturday. Sunday....well...let's just say I'll be unplugging the phone next time I get into a writing deadline like this)
The workshop was on the 'Periodic Table of Literary Elements'. We only covered a few areas: Plot, Irony, Secondary Characters, POV and Distance. But I did learn some things I wish I'd known when starting Smooth Running and my second novel. But that's what re-writes are for. I came away pretty encouraged. I do feel I'm on the right track with what I'm doing and how I'm doing it. The hard part may not actually be the writing for me, but the selling of my work. But that's a musing for another post.