Edit Time

November 30, 2009

The NaNoWriMo challenge is over. Shifter Born is in the editor’s hands for the final round and I took the holiday weekend off to party with some old and dear friends.

Now we are in the holiday season and for many of us, that means making lists, sorting priorities and focusing our attention on edits.

I was actually a bit surprised when I refreshed my ToDo list and realized that I have three novels and three short stories that need to be finished and submitted. Two of the short stories are sequels to Shifter Born (more on those, later).

Happy Holidays!

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November 23, 2009

That’s right, gang! I said a kissindontlastcookbook

The Authors and Editors at Red Rose Publishing gathered some of our favorite recipes and Delilah Stephans put a lot of work into assembly them into a Cookbook.

Just click on the Kissin Don’t Last link to download your free copy.

NaNoComplished!

November 23, 2009

This past week was hectic to say the least. As I mentioned in my last post, I was on a roll with my NaNoWriMo novel and this all came to a head, early Saturday Morning.

I woke up at 3:30 in the morning with images and dialogue running through my head. Nothing would do but I had to get it out. Finally, just before noon, I wrapped up a really ugly first draft of my new novel. It was officially at 50,006 words. It is now on the back burner, while I work on last-minute edits for Shifter Born and a surprise project.

It will be a little while before I start the first round of edits on Cloud Dancer and by then, I’m thinking it will undergo a name change.

More to come!

On A Writing Role

November 17, 2009

Wow! I’ve been on a roll, today. I’m finally into the really exciting ‘meat’ of Cloud Dancer. This is one of the parts I’ve been waiting and so far, I like how it’s come out.

It was rather hard to imagine an air-sea battle between a destroyer and an airship. After all, even in the early stages of World War II, it was a given that airships were too slow and made way too big of targets to be of any serious use in an offensive role. They were considered very expensive transport for rich folk.

Since I was determined to not only fight my airship, but to have her win, it took a lot of day-dreaming to work it out in my head, before the first words hit paper. With that in mind, I managed to break thirty seven thousand words before noon!

Oh! And one other thing to report… I’ve started another drawing. This time, I needed to have a firm idea of how and where the Cloud Singer was armed and how she would relate to an enemy destroyer and the Cloud Dancer. With any luck, I should be able to wrap up the new set of plans this evening and I’ll share some of them with y’all.

Keep on writing!

A Change of Pace

November 11, 2009

I was spinning my wheels a bit, while trying to write and I realized I had only a very vague idea of what the Cloud Dancer looked like. This was not acceptable, so I took some time to draw up a rough sketch that gave me an idea of proportion, crew size, armaments, etc.

So, it looks like I’ll share this first peek at my dieselpunk warship.

First Rough Drawing

Click to enlarge to full size.

Opinions and questions are appreciated.

Ain’t Nuthin’ Bettah!

November 10, 2009

One of my weaknesses involves apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, etc…

This just came out of the oven a few minutes ago!

Fine Dining!

Thanks, Bren!

Day Nine of NaNo

November 9, 2009

Wow! Time passes when you’re having fun! It has been a week since my last post and I’m now up to over seventeen thousand words in Cloud Dancer.

So far, there have been two romantic interludes, two battle sequences, many historical references and some required expository text. Things are shaping up nicely and I’ve not even revealed the Cloud Dancer.

Just to give you an idea of some of the research I’ve been doing, here are just a few of the more than two dozen links I’ve bookmarked just for this novel.

http://www.prinzeugen.com/SBOATIND.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waychinicup_River

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_Australia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS2U_Kingfisher

Those are just part of establishing the initial backstory.

NaNo Day Two

November 2, 2009

Well, I managed to break six thousand words in the NaNo challenge this evening. It would have been better to hit my initial goal of eight thousand, but I got sidetracked.

It seems that there were several spots where my memory failed and I had to do some quick historical research. That led to adding a dozen more links to my note document. After adding text, two more characters and some historical quotes, I managed to double the size of Notes to more than fourteen pages. The good news there, is that once I have built these research tools, I’ll not have to revisit them very often. If I were to count the typing I did in those notes, I’m sure my final numbers would have been higher.

There was another pair of projects kept me busy for several hours. As I was describing the fictitious town of Tupole Rocks and the surrounding area, I realized it would be nice to have a map. More time was then spent on creating several graphic map files. I’ll add to these later on and they may show up in part, here. The other project was the first of several design drawings for the Cloud Dancer. More on that fine ship, later on.

At the risk of sounding like I’m whining, I woke this morning with a splitting headache and running nose. I truly hope this isn’t the start of the same plague some of my coworkers have endured, the past few weeks.

NaNo Count

November 2, 2009

As of shortly before midnight, last night, I made it to 5070 words. Not bad for a first day, but I wouldn’t recommend it for a daily run.

Off to a Flying Start

November 1, 2009

Today is the first day of the NaNoWriMo challenge and I started at midnight, last night.

So far, I’ve added over a couple of hundred words to my note file along with a half dozen more URLs for research as I get deeper into the tale.

The word count on my actual novel file is up to 2400 and with any luck, I’ll be able to add another couple of thousand before the day is done.