Friday, October 23, 2015

The 7/7/7/7 Challenge

A couple of weeks ago, fellow writer and AW denizen Maggie Maxwell tagged me in the 7/7/7/7 Challenge.

I had no control over it, obviously.

There I was, in the Congo, when I felt the sharp sting on the side of my leg.

Looked, saw the dart protruding from my thigh, the attached tag reading: "I have tagged you thusly. Also, there may or may not be poison."

I huffed. "Thusly," indeed.

And then the jungle around me exploded in a symphony of noise and heaving earth and foilage. The shockwave catapulted me through the undergrowth, snapping vines and low-hanging branches, down a sixty-foot slope, and into a croc-infested lagoon.

Lucky for me, the crocs had already feasted on taquitos and chimichangas so I was safe for the next six moments whilst I recovered my wits which had washed up on the lagoon shoreline.

Whilst, indeed.

Now, onto the Challenge.

Here's how it works: The damned tagged pick their WIP, turn to the seventh page, count down to the seventh line, share the next seven sons lines, and then tag seven other unfortunate souls writers to share their own.

The current WIP is, of course, an upcoming KAT AND MOUSE episode called "Devil's Night."

And, lo! the excerpt:
"You're the one who--"

"Yeah, yeah. I know. Shut up."

"Fine," I said, fighting back a grin. "Now focus."

"Fine," said Mouse.

#

Five minutes later, at 20:00 on the dot, two pairs of SUV headlights rounded the corner of xx and xx and rolled east toward us. The first pair of headlights pulled to a stop in front of the salvage yard.
/end excerpt

Now, I will tag some peeps...

Hillary
Josh
Bettie
Sean
Anna
Suzanne
Tiffany

For the curious, the "xx" in the above excerpt are placeholders. At this point in the writing process, I don't know the names of the streets in question so I put those there to keep me writing instead of coming to a screeching halt just to go back through my notes and city map just to find street names.

I'll fix that during the first revision pass.

See? You learn mysterious Writery things! What fun!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Serial Lives! No, Really! I Swear! It's True!

As I noted in this post, KAT AND MOUSE did resume with Season 3 back on September 7th. And in recent serial news updates, you can see the latest installments are posted.

But it looks like I didn't quite do my "due dilligence."

By chance the other day I happened to wander over to the Web Fiction Guide's listing for KAT AND MOUSE and discovered it had been tagged as "abandoned" and "unfinished."

Look at the red arrows!

What?! Unfinished? NOOOOOO!!!!!!

Abandoned?!? KHAAAAAAAANNNN!!!

Not true, KAT AND MOUSE Readers! Not true at all!

We are, in fact, back on.

Granted, we were on an extended hiatus due to extenuating circumstances.

But no longer.

I'll be contacting the fine folks over at WFG to let them know the Ladies are back.


Did you get here from the KAT AND MOUSE serial site? Click here to get back there and read more cyberpunk pulp goodness.

New KAT AND MOUSE installment is live!

We've got a new episode and a new installment for you this week. Part 1 of "Shanghai Squeeze" is now live.

Props go out to fellow writer Regan Summers who gave me a "throwaway" suggestion that the Ladies take on the Triads.

And here's the result.

Head on over to the KAT AND MOUSE serial site to read. And feel free to leave comments.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New KAT AND MOUSE Episode!

"Consequences," Part 2 is now live at the serial site. There's a big story reveal. Don't miss it!

Head on over to read then let me know your reaction in the comments.


Did you get here from the KAT AND MOUSE serial site? Click here to get back there and read more cyberpunk pulp goodness.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Progress Notes: Back In The Saddle, Y'all

We're back.

As you may already know, KAT AND MOUSE began Season 3 back on September 7th and five installments are now live at the serial site. Check the current archives to catch up on the story.

For those of you just joining us for "Progress Notes" this post explains what this series of posts is all about.

And now, to progress...

KAT AND MOUSE: Tales of Episode #304
We are in the middle of drafting and are at:

2,510 / 6,000

The plan is to get the draft done in the next two weeks and the final version queued up by mid-November.


KAT AND MOUSE: Tales of Episode #303
When I last did a Progress Notes post I mentioned this episode would be called "Kung Pao Killshot."

I've since changed the title to "Shanghai Squeeze" and it's now queued up ready to go live in about 2 weeks.

Still, a hat-tip goes out to fellow writer Regan Summers for the "throwaway suggestion" (read that last Progress Notes post for the details).

Did you get here from the KAT AND MOUSE serial site? Click here to get back there and read more cyberpunk pulp goodness.

(photo: abcdz2000/stock.xchng)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

KAT AND MOUSE News and Updates Now Linked Here

For quite some time I've been posting updates on KAT AND MOUSE here on the blog. Usually anything to do with episodes, serial news, and so on.

But it only occurred to me recently that the folks who'd probably be really interested in hearing about that would actually be the folks who read the serial. And I don't post such things on the serial site because that's specifically for the serial story (not counting announcements of breaks and hiatuses [hiati?]).

So I've now set up a link on the serial site (desktop and mobile version) that sends folks to this blog and to the category/label for KAT AND MOUSE news.


Did you get here from the KAT AND MOUSE serial site? Click here to get back there and read more cyberpunk pulp goodness.

New KAT AND MOUSE episode!

The latest episode, "Consequences,"  is up at the serial site.

Head over yonder to read it.