So what is this new name you might ask? The Cold Kiss of Steel. Yep that's right. I gave it the name I was going to give its sequel.
I recently realized that in order to write the story I wanted to, I was going to be just outside of novella territory and into short novel. That just would not do. If I'm going to write a novel, I'm going to write a NOVEL.
This got me to thinking that the name for the sequel actually is more fitting for the first book in the series. I have changed the name to the sequel and it is now called, "The Cold Arms of Death's Embrace."
I am currently reworking the outline for The Cold Kiss of Steel (formerly known as The Siege - and no I'm not hopping on Prince's bandwagon) to include several new chapters. My goal is to finish somewhere around 80,000 words. I am currently at 13,000 words (that's 16% complete for those keeping score at home).
I have been writing quite a lot lately and I owe a lot of it to my good friend Ed Wilson, aka Choate. He read the outline for the entire story and strongly encouraged me to finish the book. After that I made a point to make time for my writing (a lot more productive than making excuses).
I am now writing every morning for at least an hour no matter what. Even if it means I have to wake up an hour before any obligations. I'm on day 7 in a row of keeping up this routine and I've doubled more than half of my original output. Won't be long now before I'm announcing the novel is complete!