... since I last posted on Pemberley House progress. I made little headway during my time off at the holidays, due to a multitude of other things that cropped up, which was disappointing.
Today I came to a point in the manuscript where some things came together and it made sense to incorporate a prequel story, "The Shades of Pemberley," into the overall novel. "Shades" will be a tale which a character in the novel will read, in chunks, as the action progresses. I hope this will end up working out. Not absolutely sure if it will until I get to the end.
In the meantime, though, it added 6,750 words to the manuscript. Hurray!
Add that to the 4,000 new words I generated today, and the manuscript is up to about 41,500 words.
For a final word count, I'd be happier with 75-80,000 words, but I'll take a minimum of 60,000.
If I have 5 more 4,000 word Sundays like I had today, I could be done in 5 weeks.
And "done" would mean done with the first draft. There would still be the review, subsequent drafts, copyediting, etc.
Still... I am going to try my damnedest to maintain this pace and momentum.
Wish me luck.