Last Video Reading for a While

This is the third reading from The Daedalus Enigma. I probably won’t be doing another reading video until after the publication of Maelstrom of Fate in October. I’d thought about doing readings from The Dungeon section of Readers’ Refuge, but those would be age-restricted videos due to some of the subject matter. They may still happen, but not at this time.

Here, for your viewing and listening pleasure is The Bathing of Sniff.

Video Reading from The Daedalus Enigma

Yet another busy weekend; not so much on the writing and book production front, but productive nonetheless. We replaced the carpet in the cats’ room with vinyl tile: easier to clean. (Cricket-of-Boundless-Energy has earned the nickname “Spootz”.)

The only progress I’ve made on the cover art for Maelstrom of Fate has been to mask off the borders on the canvas board I have for the painting.

The only other accomplishments this weekend have been to record and edit this week’s video reading and to complete a hidden object game and bonus game I started last weekend.

Without further ado, here is this week’s reading selection: the Once Upon a Tide… from The Daedalus Enigma, Sirens at War.

Lotsa Kinda Important Stuff!

First: THE BANNER HAS ARRIVED! This is my first ever professionally created signage for promotion of my books.

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I am extremely happy with how it turned out (and the height of the stand, which didn’t look that tall on the Vistaprint website, but was the only style available for this size vertical banner).

The manuscript for Maelstrom of Fate is complete with the exception of the addition of the last two red shirt winners. That drawing will be held at LibertyCon at the end of June. The current word count is 77,251… subject to change upon revisions and edits, of course. For instance, MS Word tends to count the asterisks I put between scene breaks (which are converted to little skull and crossbones in the finished books) as words.

I hope to get started on the painting for the cover this Memorial Day weekend. I already have the concept and image layout in my head.

There will be a new video reading from Hell’s Dodo later this weekend.

I am now fully stocked with 10 full sets of books for LibertyCon; I also have a fresh batch of author cards to give out.

Okay, I think that covers everything for now. If I think of something else, I’ll let you know.

Here’s a random pic of Star to send this off. (Louie is photobombing in the back.)

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Maelstrom of Fate Almost There and New Video Reading

I am on the final chapter of Maelstrom of Fate. With a long weekend coming up, I will be finished with the initial revisions. I’ve just this chapter and the epilogue to finish up. Here are the current stats:

Word count: 73,982

Page count: 235

The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe has slowed down quite a bit. I’ve run out of steam on my Steampunk serial, so to speak.

My mind is more focused on prepping for LibertyCon right now. I’ve already ordered and received a fresh batch of author cards from Vistaprints. I also intend to have my very first banner for the convention. Jessica Werner is helping me tweak the design to fit the printer’s specs and did the Photoshop work on it. (I do not have PS loaded on either of my computers, nor the free time to learn it well enough for something like this were I to download it.) Neither of us have done banner work before, so it has been a learning experience.

Meanwhile, here is this week’s installment of Readings from the Log of the Pirate Ship Incubus:

Reading 11 is up

I’ve posted the 11th reading video.

I still haven’t done the photos for the summer book promo. I simply haven’t had time to scout the location I want to use or to prepare some of the props. I would have had time last weekend, except for the overabundant rain we got… all weekend.

This weekend was taken up with errands and the cleaning of the cats’ room.

Naturally, these activities also interfered with getting any typing done on Maelstrom of Fate.

So, here’s a pic of the cats to make up for it. (Okay, it’s just Wally, Tribble, and Louie. Star and Cricket wouldn’t stay still.)

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Maelstrom of Fate Update 5

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

pages: 130

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.

Maelstrom of Fate Update 4 and New Video Reading

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.