12 for ’12 Update

On Friday, just in time for the end of NaNoWriMo, I finished off Dangerous Games Book 2, tentatively titled How to Cheat. I’ve shipped off first-draft PDFs to my high-end backers, and I’m starting in on Book 3 today.

In November, for NaNoWriMo, I wrote over 102,000 words for Dangerous Games Book 1 and Book 2, plus the script for Magic: The Gathering: Path of Vengeance #4, my twelfth comic in that series. For December, I’m hoping to amp it up to about 150,000 words, which will include Dangerous Games Book 3 (How to Win) and the first two books of the Monster Academy trilogy.

That’s a hellaciously tall order, but if I can make it, I’ll have written a dozen novels in 2012, as planned. You might note that this still leaves me with a third Monster Academy book to write, which I plan to tackle in January.

This past summer, I replaced that one in my 2012 writing lineup with Leverage: The Con Job, a tie-in novel based on the Leverage TV show on TNT. That book was 80,000 words, much longer than the 50,000-word 12 for ’12 books. I also had to polish it and turn in a final draft. As a result of all that, it’s going to be in better bookstores everywhere at the end of this month. It took up a lot of my time, but I think it’ll prove to be worth it.

So, wish me luck on this final sprint to the end of this insane project. All I want for Christmas is another week. Barring that, I’ll take a metric ton of coffee!