Maelstrom of Fate Progress Report 3 & Redshirt Contest Update

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 The spot which was awarded to Jonathon Morris in the drawing I conducted at ConNooga has been revoked.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.

New Video Reading is Up

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.)

Maelstrom of Fate Progress Report #2


This is why I’m the ship’s scribe, not Viktor. Just kidding.

This has been a productive weekend, both in typing and revising on Maelstrom of Fate, and in catching up on my video readings.

The typed manuscript currently stands at  39 pages typed in the Smashwords’ submissions guidelines format, which my publisher uses. The word count is at 11,898. I am three paragraphs into chapter 6 out of  31 chapters total plus the Once Upon a Tide prologue and an epilogue.

There is still a lot of work ahead of me. I also still have the final redshirt spot to award, which will be done in the drawing at LibertyCon the last weekend of June. (In a side note: I saw on their website, when I sent in payment for my three Authors’ Alley time slots, the convention is sold out.)

I firmly believe that I will have the manuscript in a suitable form to be ready for publication by October. I only hope my publisher is able to do so at that time. I would dearly love to debut the book at Hallowcon in East Ridge, TN.

I also started writing episode 16 of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe, which is my current writing project during work breaks. And I’ve done a quick, preliminary sketch of the cover art for Maelstrom of Fate. One element will be a new challenge for me. I have never attempted to paint an explosion, and haven’t done a line-art (comic book style) drawing of one in decades.

Maelstrom of Fate Progress Report #1

Word count is currently at 2025. Once Upon a Tide is complete, and I’m three paragraphs into chapter 1. Almost completely rewrote that third paragraph; too many passive verbs in the rough draft.

Fixing to type a little more soon. I’m only getting 30-60 minutes a day to work on this, so I think that’s not bad for two days into the project.

Day Late Update

evil-laghThings are about to get REALLY busy.

I’ve been pulling 11 hour days on both shifts with at least half a day Fridays on day shift weeks. (My normal work week is on a 4/10s basis, Monday through Thursday.) My employer has ramped up production demands and just started requiring a full 10 hour shift on Fridays on BOTH day and night shift.

The upshot for me will be more writing time, since I do most of my writing during work breaks, but far less computer time. I will have to make the most of my screen time, so social media will probably end up being limited to mostly promotional posts.

Why, you ask? I finally started typing up and revising Maelstrom of Fate  this morning. So far, I’ve gotten most of the Once Upon a Tide vignette typed; not a bad start.

I’ve also sent the balance of typed up episodes of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe to my main beta readers. I really want to get on it with prepping and shopping around the Steampunk serial.

I promise I’ll have the next installment of my video series, Readings from the Log of the Pirate Ship Incubus posted by next Sunday night. The head cold is almost completely out of my system now.

I fully expect to hit burnout by this time next month. Heh.