I remain concerned about the burgeoning length of the episodes in my novel. On the one hand, I wanted them to resemble one hour episodes. On the other hand, I have this theory (unconfirmed!) that longer segments about fewer characters will be more appealing to readers than the shorter vignettes about a larger number. Some point around two thirds of the way through, I swapped from snippets to relating the whole adventure, which naturally bumped the word count up. I may operate and remove some of the connective tissue later.
Somehow, that sounds painful.
I finished a story this week that is rather unlike me. It's somewhat plotless (though there is a throughline about the main character's husband, it's not the central focus), instead exploring the various ways people cope with or deny the realization the world is going to end. Best classified as soft science fiction. This is either one of the best things I've ever written or one of the worst. No middle ground, and gosh if I know.
Still working on catching up on my old free-writes. The next one is my cyberpunk take on The Seven Swans ...
Word count for 1/13 - 1/19: 8,963