WiP: The Social Club – 98,500 words

Work in Progress

¦ dialling in from Sky Bunker ¦
Skidding around a corner to find myself on the final straight. Maybe.

Had an utterly blindingly good weekend of writing.  Bank holiday here in the UK meaning Monday off-work on the back of a normal weekend.  Had a lot of social pressures Saturday and Sunday so only a couple of hours of writing here and there, but come Monday I was on a mission. I had invitations but I had the burning need to sit there and write. And I did.  I managed to nail 11 hours straight. DaVinci session after DaVinci session. Every 45 minutes recharged by a 15 minute snooze in the spare room next to my study.

So I’ve managed to hammer out 8,000 words since last Tuesday, most of them yesterday.

Senior verifier Jadon Purgo is being told an uncomfortable truth about the survivors he’s been living and working with. It’s not good news:


His hands came up to his face and stayed there, fingers cold and clammy, digging into the bristle-peppered flesh of his cheeks.  He closed his eyes as half-imagined visuals rose up from the floor of his mind like tormenting spirits.

Abruptly, I find myself reaching a point in the plot where I know I’m not far from the end. Wow. A moment of surprise followed by delight. The trick is not to get too excited and rush the ending. I’m supposed to be switching into a no-writing month at the start of June but to hell with that, I’m going to finish this book. At least, that’s the plan.

The Social Club will be the third novel set in the post-apocalyptic survival horror universe of Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur; it follows Dog Eat Dog and The Black Lake (which recently received critical review in the Guardian newspaper website UK) – all three of which are separate stories but sharing the one universe.  Another five novels exist taking place in this shared universe before Yellow Dawn wrecked such global havoc and devastation, you can view all of these novels here


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