Word Count Wednesday #5

Progress has happened! Shocking!

Current word count: 55,225 (210 pages; +14,843 words from the last update). I have completed chapters 1-16 and am nearing the end of chapter 17. I plan on finishing 17 and 18 this week. I’m a little worried about how many words I have so far, considering how few chapters I’ve written… with 50 chapters planned in the book, it may be up to 150,000 words by the end! Yikes! I really hope I don’t have to split it into two books.

I appreciate the feedback I’ve received so far on Bookboro! Keep it coming. πŸ™‚ Chapter 5 will be up tonight at 6:30 MDT (8:30 EST). About the fact that Gray Haze is set in the near future: that will be partially explained in Chapter 17. So don’t worry — I have this entire story planned from beginning to end, so nothing is there without reason. I’m trying to reveal only tiny pieces at a time, and there are many chapters to go. It may or may not be effective, but keep in mind that this is the first draft, LOL. The published version will be much better, I hope. For now I’m not going to worry too much about perfection so I can just get it done. Once I at least have a strong backbone, I’ll be able to go back through the book and add the extra oomph it may need to be a more engaging story.

It’s not too late to leave feedback on Chapter 4! I’ll make a post tonight announcing the reading test for Chapter 5. πŸ™‚ Here is the schedule:

Chapter 1: When The Lights Go Out – October 10th – October 17th (3,655 words)
Chapter 2: When The Dead Linger – October 17th – October 24th (4,108 words)
Chapter 3: When You See Them – October 24th – October 31st (4,265 words)
Chapter 4: When The Leaves Fall – October 31st – November 7th (2,784 words)
Chapter 5: When Lightning Strikes – November 7th – November 14th (1,841 words)
Chapter 6: When They Come Back To Bite – November 14th – November 21st
Chapter 7: When The Sky Breaks – November 21st – November 28th
Chapter 8: When A Stranger Calls – November 28th – December 5th
Chapter 9: When Worlds Collide – December 5th – December 12th
Chapter 10: When The Sun Sets – December 12th – December 19th
Chapter 11: When A Storm Brews – January 2nd – January 9th
Chapter 12: When Shadows Flee – January 9th – January 16th
Chapter 13: When They Can’t Get Out – January 16th – January 23rd
Chapter 14: When The Tide Turns – January 23rd – January 30th
Chapter 15: When Nothing Happens – January 30th – February 6th
Chapter 16: When The Truth Is Revealed – February 6th – February 13th
Chapter 17: When Safety Is A Prison – February 13th – February 20th
Chapter 18: When Tragedy Hits – February 20th – February 27th
Chapter 19: When All Guards Are Down – February 27th – March 6th
Chapter 20: When The World Knows Your Name – March 6th – March 13th
Chapter 21: When Hope Turns Sour – March 13th – March 20th
Chapter 22: When Fear Is Deadly – March 20th – March 27th
Chapter 23: When Infection Spreads – March 27th – April 3rd
Chapter 24: When Trolls Attack – April 3rd – April 10th
Chapter 25: When Loved Ones Depart – April 10th – April 17th

If you are an editor, beta reader, or you simply have a passion for reading, please consider providing feedback when you can! It would help me tremendously! ❀

Gray HazeΒ is a fantasy novel with a strong horror element and a subtle romance. I plan to release it in October 2019. It should be appropriate for ages 14 and up.

Here is the synopsis:

In Fog Creek, a small town in New York, the high school principal dies of a heart attack. His eldest son and daughter, MARCUS and MERCY, return home to attend his funeral and support their widowed mother and their younger, adopted brother, MALIK. The death of their father was sudden and unexpected, but clearly not out of the ordinary.

AMORA, a girl who lost both parents in a car accident when she was eighteen, left university to care for her four younger siblings. Three years later, she still works at the same popular diner and sells her art on the side. After serving a mysterious customer at the diner, Amora begins noticing lights flickering and voices wafting through her window. She inadvertently catches the source of one of the voices on video: a dark creature with red eyes.
As the paranormal occurrences increase in frequency and intensity, the townspeople fear that they will spread outside Fog Creek and wreak havoc on the world. Further conflict arises when a powerful stranger appears to shed light on their unusual circumstances. Is this newcomer their invaluable ally – or their greatest enemy?


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