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Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I.O.U. One Post

It’s coming. It’s long and bone-chillingly confessional. It’s almost here. But not yet.

The reason it’s not here yet is that I’m working frantically on The Magician King. Some fun facts about this as-yet-unfinished book:

— It was due at the publisher six (6) days ago

— It is currently 105,850 words long. I would guess I’ve got somewhere between 35 and 40,000 words to go.

— I expect I’ll have a decent draft by the end of October.

— I have suspended any attempts to control my caffeine intake during the month of October

— These days it is mostly getting written in this armchair:

— On a good day work goes from about 10 in the morning to about 8 at night. That’s a good day. What happens on a bad day? There are no bad days! Who are you? Get out of my office!

— Bands I’m listening to while I work on it include Metric, The Beta Band and Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians

— There is a small creature who lives in my house who actively sabotages work on my book. She looks like this:

Scary, right?


14 comments on “I.O.U. One Post

  1. Jaimie says:

    She is so cute! And oddly shiny.

  2. Leverus says:

    I know. She may be a vampire.

  3. Tonya says:

    look at that stare!! she’s seeing through all of your facades. 😉

  4. Melanie says:

    Your little saboteur is adorable. She stares well.

  5. Rik Speed says:

    She’s beautiful! If she is as good a saboteur as my 5 (geez! how’d THAT happen??) you are doomed…

  6. Rita says:

    She is precious. And here’s reason #492 why you are a published author and I am not. I’d be holding the baby and leaving the book unfinished, depriving the world of The Magician King, which would be sad.

  7. Kat says:

    Lev, she is seriously beautiful. Also, she looks like she Knows Things.

  8. sandra, tvgp says:

    great post! too funny…

  9. Zach says:

    Write strong, Lev. Write big.

  10. I love your honesty about the process of being a writer. Especially in light of all the fears, obstacles, and loves a writer may feel on any given day from 10-8 pm. It must be an act of love or how can it be. Break a leg, (mozol tov in finishing your book. Gregory D. Rothbard

  11. M says:

    i refrain from doing this in public
    but
    “LOOK AT THE CUTE BABYYY!!!”

    and so on

  12. […] count: 113,321. Which actually isn’t that much higher than when I posted about this a week and a half ago (it was 105,850 then). But these words are of significantly higher quality than those old words. […]

  13. Church says:

    Just so you know, I totally used this picture to sway my book club to read The Magicians. “You wouldn’t want to take food out of this child’s mouth, would you?”

  14. Leverus says:

    @church The system works! I love that picture. She looks like the hypnotoad.

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