Alright, halfway through the month. While I have indeed been lazy about my writing, I haven’t been idle. But I also haven’t written anything that I could include as an excerpt for you.

I’m trying to follow some advice I got last year for NaNoWriMo: Just keep writing! If you have no idea where your story is going and you have another story in your head, write that one and then maybe turn it into a dream sequence, or some secondary character’s backstory. Whatever you have to do to pound out the equivalent of 1,667 words per day.

Thinking about that, I have decided that McGill listens to a lot of old ragtime music. He has an old-timey gramophone and some antique 78s that he plays. When questioned about it, he tells the story of his great-grandpa, Joe McGill, who was known as Ragtime Cowboy Joe, because he would sing his herd to sleep with ragtime music.

With this short story about Joe, I can keep writing and include it in my 50,000 word count, but not really be writing my novel. (About which I have few ideas.)