Wednesday, 17 February 2010

WIP Wednesday - In which I call Jane Austen a Zombie

Phew! I have words. I have many, many, many words. I'm sitting here, shining my writer's badge and wondering how my head will fit through the doorway. I am -- drum roll please -- 17,057 words into the final(ish) draft of Grim Glass Vein. I'm all shiny and happy, and...







...sorry couldn't resist. Anyhow, here's a teeny-tiny excerpt in which I mock dear, dead Jane Austen. May she crawl from her grave and throw a few witty lines at me along with her rotting fingers and toes.

Besides, except in old books about silly girls in ridiculous dresses, no one died from a soaking.

I swear my character made me do it. She has been reprimanded. I've been checking out my Flesch-Kincaid Grade level, trying to make sure I don't go over a twelve and found a 21.3 grade for one sentence. Does that mean only Harvard / Cambridge graduates can read it? Maybe that's why so often I make no sense at all - I write sentences for geniuses. Ignore me, I'm on an I wrote 14,000 words in a week high.

20 comments:

Jamie Eyberg said...

Congrats on making it back. I knew you would find your way. (14K in a week! you rock!)

Cory said...

Yay for cruising along! Progress is always nice.

But. Um 21.3? I just checked mine and I'm awfully self-conscious about that score of 6 now...

K.Hinny said...

I don't think you should be too hard on your MC. Sometimes they have bad days too...

AND it sounds like that line is a pretty good one.

Bity and Bitchy is a part of personality. It all works. :D

Great work! Nice post!
Hinny

Cate Gardner said...

Jamie, I'm no longer crying, 'words, words,' instead it's 'water, water'. Erm, makes sense in my head.

Cory, I should have added that grade was for one sentence and I'm hoping my book rounds out at a 9 or 10. :D

Cate Gardner said...

Thanks, Hinny. She was having a bad day.

katey said...

HAHAHA! Oh you mock Austen AND Marianne in one sentence. (Well, she doesn't die, but she comes SO TRAGICALLY NEAR.) I love them both, and I love mocking them both. THAT is progress!

Cate Gardner said...

I felt as I love Jane so much, she'd forgive me.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Now I'm curious about my sentences! Do you download the program from this site?

http://flesh.sourceforge.net/

Cate Gardner said...

Natalie, I think you get an automatic 18+ rating. :D

Cate Gardner said...

Oh, and no. Mine is part of the Word package.

Natalie L. Sin said...

I downloaded the program and tested RELENTLESS SODOMY: The Musical!

It got a 5.82. I weep.

Rich said...

I'm not even sure what your talking about, but 14,000 words!! That's massive.

I managed 7,000 for the whole of January...and that was good for me.

Cheers
Rich

Danielle Ferries said...

14,000 has to be some kind of record. I'm not word counting with the editing so much as going chapter by chapter. I panic less that way.

K.C. Shaw said...

Dang, did you even take time to sleep? And breathe? And Twitter? :) That's a fantastic wordcount, and congrats on finishing!!

Andrea Allison said...

Your post title reminded me of that book Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Bought it but haven't read it yet.

Congrats on the 14K! I actually wrote something the other day. No where near that much but at least something. Hoping to do more today.

David F. Weisman said...

Congratulations, but You're So Vein!

Sorry.

Aaron Polson said...

That's a nice, nice high to be on. And that sentence...made me smile Cheshire Cat style.

Cate Gardner said...

Natalie, well that's proof that the software doesn't work. :D

Rich, January hated me.

Danielle, it's probably because I'm redrafting and most of the hard work has already been done by previous-life me.

We both know, I twittered, Kate. And hey, you do way more than that all the time.

Andrea, I refuse to buy any of the Jane Austen mash-ups. Ooh, look at me all snobby.

Ha! David, thanks for making me grin on a grim morning.

Aaron, I hope you're more than a floating head this morning.

Barry Napier said...

I already love this book, for that one line. Well done.

Demon Hunter said...

LOL. I love that line. :-D Keep writing. You rock, Cate. ;-)