Passed 5000 words on Bashtyk Nokyd. Plus new snippet

Last week was rough. Got fewer than three thousand words done TOTAL on the episode. Today started a little better. Got 2113 words for the day, and I like what I got.

I also managed to get the Bashtyk Nokyd tracking bar up in the right sidebar, so if you’re so inclined, you can follow along on my progress even on days when I don’t do a word-count post in here.

Here’s a tiny snippet from today’s work.

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Three days later, with the Longview refueling at the Paderick’s Free Zone Station, Shay was still floating on the coup of having successfully snatched Bashtyk Nokyd out from under the universe’s nose.

Sullying her happiness, though, was her current mission, which was to pick up the replacement for Charlie, the Longview’s previous Pact Covenant Observer, or PCO.

PCOs came to the Longview and other Death Circus ships straight out of their training, lasted a few years before the horrors of their job overwhelmed them, and either fled while on leave, or joined the Longview crew after the Longview reported they’d committed suicide. Committing suicide was one of the Pact Worlds’ expected outcomes for that particular job class, and flight while on leave was another. No PCO administrator ever questioned the truth of either report.

PCOs were malleable, and sometimes, like Charlie, they were salvageable.

But they were also mandatory spies for the Pact Worlds, and bringing each new one on board was a fight. Fresh out of their training, they thought they were fighting a war for the preservation of the Covenants, and they were pains in the ass until reality rubbed the green off of them.

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4 comments… add one
  • Olivia Oct 5, 2016 @ 13:46

    Ur books changed my life nd I thank u for that Miss Holly

  • Rebecca P Nov 27, 2014 @ 22:15

    Great writing for a raw first draft! Very intriguing universe you’ve created. I’m a Sci-Fi fan myself and I have been searching for more Sci-Fi works to get my hands on (being a full time mother of 2 under 3, and another due in a few months, I don’t have much time to spare).
    When I first found you as I began my writing journey, I discovered I actually have one of your fantasy novels on my bookshelf (it’s the 2nd in a series so I haven’t read it yet, and I can’t think of the name since it’s packed into a box for yet another move.)
    You’re so wonderfully passionate about everything you do and I am go grateful to have discovered your sites and all of the assistance you provide to writers.
    I’ll definitely be looking into the Longview series, it must be incredibly written, if this piece is a first draft standard.
    Kindest regards and many thanks for all of the help you have unknowingly provided me,
    Rebecca P

    • Holly Lisle Nov 28, 2014 @ 6:08

      Thank you, Rebecca. I’m glad you’re finding the site useful.

      Struggling a bit with BASHTYK NOKYD at the moment—I had to add an additional plotline through the story, which is probably going to make it longer than I planned, though at the moment I’ve managed to keep these scenes short.

      I’m very happy with the way the first two stories turned out—and I want this one to hold together as tightly. 😀

      • Rebecca Nov 28, 2014 @ 7:45

        I guess you go where the story takes you hey? Though that’s a bit tougher when you’re a professional with contracts bound to your work and outside expectations.

        I bought Episode 1 and am hooked but I had to stop so that I could actually get some time in for my own writing haha

        I wish you the best of luck for your word count goal; in managing to get out the story you feel is right into the right amount of words.

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