Current total: 6364 words
Current deficit: 1971 words
Not bad, for week 3 of the Mystery Headache.
In the first two days of November, all my writing attention went into conference stuff. Since then, I've been chipping away at that deficit. Through Monday, I'll probably fall behind again--what with six hours of teaching, Tai Chi, and a visit to my perplexed doctor--but I can reasonably expect to be caught up by the end of the week.
Today, my protagonist finally defected. I've played that defection scene probably a few hundred times now in my head, in maybe a few dozen variations. The handy thing about having an obsessive turn of mind is, by the time I sit down to write a scene, I've already been revising it, ripping it out, and revising it again, usually for weeks, often for months. I don't know if this scene's any good yet--sometimes they're not, even after all that--but there are a lot of worse ways to write it that didn't land on the page.