4,438. That’s how many words I’ve written so far in the second draft of “A Prince in Patience Point” (formerly “Be True). This story has grown from a quick, shorter piece into something longer, though I’m not quite sure how long yet. Maybe a longer novella. Maybe a shorter novel. In any event, it’s changing, and I’m excited to be working on it. In addition to my word count, I’ve done some character background work and some world-building. And I’m getting back into the swing of things with social media.

photo by Jenny Kaczorowski, WANA Commons
photo by Jenny Kaczorowski, WANA Commons

One of the most amusing parts of the writing life is the randomness that we get to research. Today, for example, I got to research the history of taffeta. I now know what the word means (it’s Persian for “twisted woven”). What I was specifically looking for was when it started being used. Part of my story is set in a Regency-esque fantasy world, and I want the details to be as true to that period as possible (with the addition of magic and dragons, of course!). I’m going to be moving later this summer, and I’m teaching in the fall, so my goal is to finish this story by late July. I doubt I’ll finish it before this round is up.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop!

What about you? What project are you working on this summer? What odd things have you had to research as a writer?

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