I’d like to think I made up this weekend for not getting any typing or revising done on Maelstrom of Fate last weekend. Here are the current standings:
Word count: 54,816
Chapter in progress: 24 out of 31 + epilogue
The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe is coming along nicely, as well. I’m currently working on Episode 20, and had the backstory for a major villain present itself this past week. I personally believe to write a good, meaty villain, he/she has to have a good backstory and motivation. The reader should be able to understand why the villain does what they do; not approve or like it, but understand it. This is a luxury fiction writers can afford. Too often in real life, we never get an explanation or insight into why real villains commit their atrocities and crimes; we only see the results of their actions.
To be honest, even if we did get the background and explanation, I doubt we’d understand how they could tell themselves those things are okay for them to do.
And now on to the new video reading.
First, let me say there is no Maelstrom of Fate update this week. Errands and personal time with my husband took priority this weekend, since I had to work Friday night.
I did manage to get this week’s episode of Readings from the Log of the Pirate Ship Incubus posted on schedule, however. I have added it to the excerpt page and book page, per usual.
Here, for your listening pleasure (certainly not viewing pleasure going by that horrid thumbnail Youtube stuck me with) is Tension and Frustration from Silent Fathoms.
This past weekend proved more book/revisions related than I’d planned. The upshot, I didn’t get my latest video reading posted to Youtube until this morning.
Here, without further fanfare, is the 8th entry in the Readings from the Log of the Pirate Ship Incubus.
I’ve been busily typing most of the day and part of yesterday after errands. With 50+ hour work weeks right now, I don’t have time to do much more than work, shower, eat, and sleep during the week.
Things are coming along, and I’ve already made some drastic revisions to a couple of scenes. I still can’t figure out where my brain was to have some characters standing at the aft rail then go to the liquor cabinet. How did they get into the captain’s cabin from there? Fixed that. Other corrections were to keep events or facts consistent with the previous books.
Belladonna still managed to keep her exact age a mystery. In the past she’s mentioned visiting the Library of Alexandria in her youth to study her human prey. In a recent scene, she claims to have been around as a child for the Great Flood and that her kind fed well on the watery purge of humanity. I realize some may see this as an inconsistency, since the library came along a few millennia after the flood. I’ve never actually described how long it takes a siren to reach adulthood, however; so I decided to let that statement stand as is.
I may do some more typing tonight, but I also plan to record, edit, and post the next video in the Readings from the Log of the Pirate Ship Incubus series. I’ll be reading the excerpt titled “Tomcat” in the Convention Reads and Excerpts section of the Readers’ Refuge.
My current stats on Maelstrom of Fate are:
word count: 39,555
I’m on chapter 18. I’m not going to give a paragraph count, since a lot of recent paragraphs have single sentences due to dialogue. I am well into the chapter, however.
I’ve solidified my plans for the summer beach reading ad campaign. Weather permitting, I will scout some locations Easter weekend.
Things are moving along. As of last night, I have reached chapter 14, paragraph 21. Page count in the current format is 93, and word count is at 28,311. I was able to get a little typing done during the work week for a change, but the majority of this week’s progress was attained Saturday.
I just posted the seventh entry in my Readings from the Log of the Pirate Ship Incubus video series and have added it to the appropriate excerpt page and the landing page for Silent Fathoms.
While doing laundry today, I began to brainstorm a Summer Reading book marketing campaign similar to my Take a Pirate Home for Christmas campaign. This will ideally involve using images of the books in a beach setting with appropriately themed props.
Now if I can just find the time to get to a beach to take the photos before things get crowded (before Summer, in other words).
Finally, I am well into episode 18 of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe. Episode 24 will mark the end of the second season. I need to start hunting for a publisher.
First, I have typed through to the end of chapter 9 of Maelstrom of Fate. The page count in its current format stands at 66. The word count is 20,119.
Second, I have an announcement to make regarding the current Redshirt Contest I’m running.
There are still TWO spots available for the drawing. The spot which was awarded to Jonathon Morris in the drawing I conducted at ConNooga has been revoked. Mr. Morris is a coworker of mine and doesn’t seem to realize when to stop with the teasing (like when I am dealing with a genuine issue with the current task and not in the mood for it). The character his name was to be applied to dies too quick of a death to appease my current annoyance with Mr. Morris.
Therefore, his spot is once again available.
The final drawing will be of two names and will still be held at LibertyCon during my first Authors’ Alley appearance.
I’ve added the reading of Pirates Ashore in New Orleans from Demon Bayou to the respective pages and my Youtube channel.
(That is such a horrible screen shot. Also, as you’ve probably noticed, one of the strings of twinkle lights has died. It is now basically an extension cord with blown bulbs.)