Two weeks into the year, I had a heart attack. it is hard to remember what my goal for the year was then, but I think perhaps it was to write 1,000,000 words for the year. At the end of the first two weeks though, i was on target for 1.5 having written 30K each week.
The heart attack changed that, as too did other events of the year. Bankruptcy, losing our house, trying to find a new house. These all took away from the task and pleasure of writing. The year ended though with having written 1,306,711 words. Over 25,000 words each week, and 108,000 words each month. I make no predictions about the next year. I need to pursue a day job as soon as we move and find a place to live.
My writing will be cut I am sure then.
I edited also this year, readying books. The Shattered Mirror is done and just awaiting a final copy edit from my friend Melinda before it goes to publication.
The End of The World was published and has 93 sales through Regency Assembly Press
My total word count is now 3,190,404
Writing and where we are at, what I have accomplished:
Amount of writing, number of words, number of pages
||Words written in 2010
||# of Pages
|Born to Grace II, The Turmoil
|The Shattered Mirror (A Regency Romance)
|Beggars Can’t Be Choosier (A Regency Romance)
|Two Peas in a Pod (A Regency Romance)
|Steam and Thunder
|Tempest and Sword
|The Three Lastoleers
|You Ought to Trust Your Mother (A Regency Romance)
|By the Book
Total 1,306,711 4,356
Synopsis of the Books Written
Born to Grace 2 The Turmoil
This is part of a trilogy, the Born to Grace series. Here Caradoc the son of a duke, third in line to his father’s title starts the series as a squire to a prince of his realm. Now, after adventures in the first book, he is becoming a battle general. A very good one. Also a very good fighter. At his side an effective magus and they help defend their realm which at the start of the book is doing it’s best to help it’s neighbor settle a civil war.
By the end of the book they will be involved in their own civil war as relations of the king try to take power.
The Shattered Mirror (A Regency Romance)
Our hero is a retired sea-captain, wounded in the Napoleonic conflict and our heroine is having her first London season. The war is over and our heroine looks forward to meeting all sorts of eligible men who have been away fighting the war. Little does she realize that the best man she meets is the broken sea-captain that she had grown up near.
Beggars Can’t Be Choosier (A Regency Romance)
Our hero is a near penniless as a lord can be. Wishing to make a name for himself in politics, but not able to find 100 pounds a year to live on with estates rented to pay off debts that his family has incurred. Into his life comes a very rich heiress who has no status, but tremendous wealth. They strike a deal to join together and each shall realize their dreams of status and a political life before they shall part.
Two Peas in a Pod (A Regency Romance)
Two identical brothers return to London society from Waterloo not wishing to do more then rest from years of war. Little do they realize that their lives shall be turned upside down by a pretty smile. Except the one they wish to see they fear is meant for the other and as they switch places with each other, confusion ensues.
Expanding to the stars, mankind is controlled by the richest planets. This is fine until the colonies begin to think they should have a say also. Someone, on some planet, will be the vote that starts and avalanche of changing how mankind governs itself, or how it will still be governed. Dealing with those concepts in the future as we have dealt with them in the past, is what is explored here.
Steam and Thunder
The first of a duology, what happens if the steam engine was invented in a time period similar to Henry the II? Will the neighboring countries sit still for such technological advances? Will the nobility be quiet as their lands are denuded of men seeking a better life and working in the factories where this new tech is used?
Tempest and Sword
The second book of the duology, we see how those citizens now think they should have some say in their lives. How still the neighbors have issue with one country possessing the technology that advances them further than anyone else.
In a world where we see the crisis like Henry VIII to Edward VI. Here though the regents will be out to carve up the kingdom and even have a hand in the kings death, as we see the world through the heir’s eyes and worry that his head won’t be long on his shoulders should the regents have their way. The neighboring countries also want to ensure that the country our hero will rule does not grow powerful and divided regents or a young king is an opportunity to break the kingdom.
The Three Lastoleers (Star Musketeers)
What if the universe, several millenia from now adopts the very essence of Dumas’ France of the 3 Musketeers? What if we see our favorite characters in space?
You Ought to Trust Your Mother (A Regency Romance)
For NaNoWriMo 2010, a regency focusing on a young girl of great beauty realizing that man do not see her other qualities until she meets a lord who she really thinks misses her essence. The truth is he sees her better than any other and our heroine’s mother believes him to be an excellent match. What young girl wants to trust her mother in such things.
By The Book
Not wanting to be a warrior, and not wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps, our hero is stuck, for he is good at being a warrior. He knows though he could be better and reads about it. He reads ancient tomes and adapts those thoughts to his own situations. He writes these down to help train his friends to be better at warfare and they are. Good enough that the local lords see it and through all their success, our hero advances to lead the armies, though his hatred of war is ever growing.
This is part of a seven book series. The first was written in 2009. Here the idea is that the gods saw many years before our current events that the ruling dynasty they favored had those who would destroy it from within as well as without. They hid our hero with the aid of some influential people from those who took over. Now the hero is grown and finds he is the heir of the old dynasty. The empire of 7 kingdoms also has been crumbling. He is to visit each kingdom, one per book, and do heroic actions that bring the people behind him to reunite the broken empire. This book sees him forming an army in the southern most kingdom. It teaches him to be a general. A skill he will need to build and also gain the loyalty of men for the threats should only continue to grow in the following books.
Books that were read (reviews can be found at David’s Reading List) :
1) Julie & Julia
2) A God in Ruins
3) The Fireseed War
4)Mrs. Kaputnik’s Pool Hall and Matso Ball Emporium
5)The Keeper’s Son
6) Servant of a Dark God
7) The Lost Fleet:Victorious
8) Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Manners
9)The Time of Terror
10)The Art of Digital Photo Painting
11) Hidden Empire
12)The Red Wolf Conspiracy
13)Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
14)Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict
15)A Forest of Stars
17) Scattered Suns
18)Of Fire and Night
21)The Ashes of Worlds
22)Irons in the Fire
24) The Edge of the World
25)In the Stormy Red Sky
26) Blood on the Water
27) The Accidental Billionaires
28) Towers of Midnight
29)Banner in the Wind
30)The House of Durrow Street
31) Little Fuzzy
32) The Way of Kings