Maelstrom of Fate Update 7 and New Video Reading

This was an even shorter weekend than last weekend. Still, I managed to get chapter 28 typed up and initial revisions done.

Page count: 214

Word count: 65,908

I managed to finish the rough draft of episode 21 of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe  this week. Night shift is rough on me, writing-wise. I used to love working nights, but switching back and forth every week is growing to wear on me more than it did when I was younger.

There is a warning attached to the following reading video for those who have trigger issues with domestic violence. This scene is heartbreaking.

Maelstrom of Fate Update 6 and New Video Reading

This was a productive weekend, if a short one. Hopefully next weekend will prove just as productive, provided they don’t call a Friday night shift.

The current stats on Maelstrom of Fate:

Chapter: 27 complete; 28 started; 28-31 +epilogue left

Page count in current format: 206

Word count: 63,471

It won’t be long until it’s ready to send to the editor.

I also made good progress on The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe this week during my work breaks. The story ideas began to flow again, now that I’m writing on episode 21. For some reason, episode 20 seemed to drag on sooooo slowly. I’ll probably end up doing heavy revisions to it when the time comes. There was a lot of repetitiveness to bring different characters up to speed on recent events. still, I have the basic story down in the rough draft, which is the point.

Finally, I uploaded the 12th entry of Readings from the Log of the Pirate Ship Incubus on Youtube this morning. I’ve also been contemplating creating a “Meet the Crew” video.

Without further ado, here is the video reading of Belladonna’s First Drink.

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 and New Video Reading

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:

Pages: 180

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.

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.

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.