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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 PastedGraphic.5bLsW6Hc6HZk.jpg 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

Book Title
Words written in 2010
# of Pages
Born to Grace II, The Turmoil
142,926
476
The Shattered Mirror (A Regency Romance)
98,085
327
Beggars Can’t Be Choosier (A Regency Romance)
102,390
341
Two Peas in a Pod (A Regency Romance)
104,535
348
Terra’s Birthright
78,767
263
Steam and Thunder
102,639
342
Tempest and Sword
108,274
361
Succession Crisis
124,830
416
The Three Lastoleers
82,650
276
You Ought to Trust Your Mother (A Regency Romance)
93,715
312
By the Book
151,404
505
KoTohLan II-Hoveria 100,013 333

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.

Terra’s Birthright

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.

Succession Crisis

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.

KoTohLan II-Hoveria

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.

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Books that were read (reviews can be found at David’s Reading List) :

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2) A God in Ruins        PastedGraphic1.kFt9HnI3xfGb.jpg

3) The Fireseed War         1__%23%24%21%40%25%21%23__1__%23%24%21%40%25%21%23__PastedGraphic.A6TS4mlsXOLD.jpg

4)Mrs. Kaputnik’s Pool Hall and Matso Ball Emporium          1__%23%24%21%40%25%21%23__PastedGraphic1.ryOshBpspLml.jpg

5)The Keeper’s Son         PastedGraphic2.LmTOs2YOeWGk.jpg

6) Servant of a Dark God        PastedGraphic3.Cvi6FBZZu5Gj.jpg

7) The Lost Fleet:Victorious        PastedGraphic4.xbraOEX7LvRW.jpg

8) Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Manners        PastedGraphic5.t5WiF8lVbq1l.jpg

9)The Time of Terror        PastedGraphic6.mTxV81qHnbIg.jpg

10)The Art of Digital Photo Painting        PastedGraphic7.bhDFy2ozPwQf.jpg

11) Hidden Empire        PastedGraphic8.fT0C0ldJrIbe.jpg

12)The Red Wolf Conspiracy        PastedGraphic9.dDfudorcGXGY.jpg

13)Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict         PastedGraphic10.1xVNz7XPvMvw.jpg

14)Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict         PastedGraphic11.rbNl8WQY4rdx.jpg

15)A Forest of Stars        PastedGraphic12.myKjoXkXnSih.jpg

16)Horizon Storms        PastedGraphic13.tne7YwaB5YR5.jpg

17) Scattered Suns        PastedGraphic14.i3Xv6L9bUhFv.jpg

18)Of Fire and Night        PastedGraphic15.9iUEr6gIdDtw.jpg

19)Metal Swarm        PastedGraphic16.5qKjEVXICOs9.jpg

20)Maelstrom        PastedGraphic17.bPaiYNscQ1hx.jpg
21)The Ashes of Worlds        PastedGraphic18.J1ud4vLTU7p2.jpg

22)Irons in the Fire        PastedGraphic19.4eNgFM7SCCox.jpg

23)Invasion        PastedGraphic20.B2Qo8BfmtQf3.jpg

24) The Edge of the World         PastedGraphic21.ZjAVDcU8qI86.jpg

25)In the Stormy Red Sky        PastedGraphic22.kz418QrrVJkh.jpg

26) Blood on the Water        PastedGraphic23.6aLHABm8Sfuc.jpg

27) The Accidental Billionaires        PastedGraphic24.2gVwLVskRT8H.jpg

28) Towers of Midnight        PastedGraphic25.bmaKkW5GrHGN.jpg

29)Banner in the Wind         PastedGraphic26.58toKBThKtX9.jpg

30)The House of Durrow Street         PastedGraphic27.yzHUoaeKPYHK.jpg

31) Little Fuzzy         FuzzyPapers%2CThe%3ALittleFuzzyandFuzzySapiens.HIJlb6a1gybg.jpg

32) The Way of Kings        2__%23%24%21%40%25%21%23__PastedGraphic.eq3gBkdibCOr.jpg

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Just before the year end numbers, KoTohLan II-The Hoveria (2nd of the seven kingdoms of the former Karnexian empire Karn, Hoveria, Haltoria, Jorland, Camoria, Ottoria and Fellane) book has reached 300 pages.

Currently 90,036 words long. A quick break to shout out and then back to it. We are closing in, about 11 pages, from a 1.3 million word year.

Also this last week read another Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, PastedGraphic.WoRJOOqYeYok.jpg and reviewed at my book review page and other places.

The novel has reached the first major action point and that is spanning a few chapters. As before with such action scenes my initial plot outline seems to make this area grow. One chapter is never enough to develop battles. It always seems to take more. Further in hindsight in this tale, I do not know if I flesh in the growth of our characters enough leading up to the chapter I am at. In editing I might have to add a flashback, a scene, or certainly one or two lines here and there that suggest other events happened that got our heroes to where they are.

Otherwise the tale has come along well.

From Chapter 3

The Shrinking Border of the Empire

“Jack, this is by rights your home. Any ideas?” Magnus sat next to him as they came up to the town of Lemore. It was the last town of Karnexia before they crossed into Hoveria.

“I have been waiting for you to ask. Here I am Hoverian, Master Farthing is from Fellane, John is from Jorland, and Mischa from Karn, you, well by rights you were born here also landsman, eh?”

They had all accepted the tale of his birth, being the son of Willfred Larstier and that a group of people were hiding the secret. “Yes but I left here a short month or so after my birth. Taken to Haltoria where my childhood memories are.”

“It does seem that our little group has some tie to nearly all the kingdoms. We do not have anyone from Ottoria or Camoria. Would have liked that man Bix with us. Older than spit, but I think he can pull a sword near as fast as Farthing.”

The Ko Master had been showing them what he could do with his short blade. He said that no Lord of Fellane was truly complete unless they had both the long and short blades to show rank. He had given his long blade to his second son, for the oldest did not want to lead his clan when Farthing decided to retire. His son would have to give him back a long blade so that he could now continue his work. In the meantime he was showing the men he travelled with how to better use their swords. He had techniques, even tricks, that more than twelve years of blade work had not taught Magnus, and he had spent time with masters of the blade from Fellane before.

“I expect you may be right about Bix, but he guards the Duchess and she, I believe went to Camoria to visit her father. Now however, we are on the border of your old homelands and I must, or we must make some decisions.”

“You must, Carl. We follow you. It seems I have followed your lead from the moment I met you and I had over two hundred men in my company. No, once you came to our aid at the Blue Boar, it was foreordained that I was your man. I had placed aside certain parts of the code of honor when I became an Imperial Officer, but that was part of the oath. The Imperials are smart enough to have we of Hoveria and those of Fellane do so. Else we might not only be tied up in our own rules, but end up sparring with our brother officers and soldiers. Sparring you know that could turn deadly.” Jack said.

“Yes, I have made a study of Hoveria as the years have gone by. I come here because I want to see if those who were witness to my birth still live, or spread this story. It will not take the emperor so long to remember that if Willfred did have a child, it would have been with Ballene, his lover and that they both were here throughout Hans’ reign as well as his coup. That Joss sent Duke Mikal here to kill them and he said he had done so. Never reporting that there was a child.”

“But Mag… Carl, I mean. It still is hard to remember to call you that. You said yourself that Trader Cortier whisked you away weeks before Mikal reached your parents. That you were safe on your way to Haltoria and all who knew of your birth were sworn to secrecy, first because they did not want Hans to know of it.”

He nodded. He also agreed it was a struggle to call him Carl, but he had to be known by another name else things could indeed be difficult. Soon enough, unless Joss was totally stupid as well as vindictive, the man would send agents to investigate the source of the rumors. If they had said that the Larstier heir existed, then Carles might have been the father of such, or Saul. Saul could have fathered a child before he became a priest. Certainly before he castrated himself.

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The grind continues and has now passed the milestone of 200 pages in the second part of the KoTohLan series, the work our hero Magnus Thistle is doing in Hoveria.

Reaching 200 pages in this, the exact amount I have written in all books for the year is 1,268,235 and for Hoveria 60,000+

I posted the first part of the first chapter a few days back so perhaps now would be good to post the first part of the second chapter

2) Welcome Home

“She’s here, that is wonderful and who is that next to her. I vaguely remember some little boy that looked like that at her wedding. But this is no little boy, she has brought a man home with her!” The general came down the stairs, slower then Celeste remembered he would walk down them before she had left her family to become a novice. He was grayer, but she had seen that the previous year when he came to her wedding. She had not noticed that he was slower, but he was past sixty now. It was inevitable she supposed and she caught back a sob as she realized she had missed many years of the love and affection that her parents could have given her by being away.

Perhaps wanting to be a sister of Nuln had been more of a curse then a blessing. Indeed sometimes and for other reasons it had been so. A curse to wed the monster that was Joran’s father and a blessing to be his stepmother.

Joran though looked happy. He had a wonderful time as they travelled on the road away from Karn and probably Duke Mikal as well. Adam had him at his side almost the entire time that they travelled, with his two cousins who were the first family members he had ever met, he seemed like he was the most joyous he had ever been.

Now a little more than year since his mother had died and he had not missed a day of smiling since they had left the capitol of Karnexia. Weeks had sometimes gone by where he did not smile at all.

“Do you remember your bow to the Vote-Holder?” Celeste asked. Her father was also called the General, or Council Leader, though a new election for Vote Holders and council leadership would surely be underway now that the Imperial was finished. Riders would have returned quicker than the column that Celeste had travelled with, telling the news that no one of Camoria, had won the Imperial Tournament, but also that General Adam had come in third.

After each Imperial the election of Vote-Holders took place and then from those election to the Council of Seven and its leadership. A position that General Zacharia had held for nearly five years since the last election. He had been a Vote-Holder for nearly ten years. Celeste did not wonder if he were too old for another term. Her father guarded a secret that she now knew and worried about. A secret that he was bound to keep and one that would cause him to seek a third term as Vote Holder and then do his best to remain at the head of the council of seven.

She caught another sob in her throat for the secret worried her greatly. Where was Magnus and what was he doing. He told her to come home to Lartes and Camoria, but he did not say where he was going. He did not even say if he would write or try and reach her. She might have believed he would for he knew where she was. Perhaps she had understood that he was going to do so. But neither she nor Adam remembered that he had said he would do so, and Celeste had quizzed Adam a great deal about what he knew about Magnus.

Her brohter didn’t know enough. Joran was happy, and Celeste was glad to be back with her family and home. But she was miserable as well. Her lover was in danger, more than she was, and she had no idea if he were safe or not.

“Bettia, look at our girl all grown up and beautiful as ever. Almost as beautiful as you my love when you were that age,” the general smiled to hint that he was teasing. “But there is something wrong. We must make that better while she is here with us. Now I shall take Joran for a time and show him the house though I do not think he will stay with us long. And you take our daughter and see if she remembers where the kitchen is. Perhaps she can brew you some tea and you can talk. It must have been a long trip on the road with Adam, his family, the other Ko masters, there fans and the regiment.” The general hardly paused for a breath.

“Yes dear, I shall do that. Remember that the traders guild is coming later to discuss the elections, before lunch,” Her mother had found purpose in keeping track of all his appointments and commitments.

“Come young man and tell me if you like this room here, or might want to spend time at the barracks with the other young cadets. You are the right age to begin your officer training. I do have a feeling about you, you know…” The general took Joran by the shoulder and led him away.

Bettia did the same with Celeste, “Well now that you are home, I do not see any reason to let you go running off again. Camoria has need of its daughters just as much as its sons. And you should know that the general is serious about having the Korman scion train in our army. Strange move that Duke Mikal would allow him to come to us. It places some stones in front of the Krache, but with the abundance of stones against us, your husband has to know that it is but a few years before we will be fighting the barbarians across the passes. I should not be surprised if one of your brothers does not find the proof that it is the Krache that has been stirring them up all this time as well.”

Her mother led her to the kitchen where three ladies were working, “I can fill the pot for tea myself, Olanes. Do you remember my daughter? Olanes is head cook here. This is a light group for her, for when the councillors are in town, or the house is full of guest we have five times as many helpers.” The kitchen was huge. Much bigger than she remembered, but then she had lived in the Vote-Holders hall but a couple years before she had left to become a novice.

“Oh the Chief Lady need not make water for tea. I put a kettle on the minute the guards tramped into the hall with the precious chick. And all her favorites for dinner tonight, too, provided your mother remembers them correct after these years and your tastes are still what they were when you was a child. Now my dear, do you still like the chicken with the rich brown sauce? Over rice from Haltoria? Costs are dear for that, with the trouble on the roads of course, but we have several bags of rice from when times were good,” the cook said.

“Oh, I do of course if it is no trouble, but if things are dear, I have money to help. I, I also like more vegetables now with my dinner. I think much more than when I was a child,” Celeste said. Her mother seeing that the water was hot, was looking for a teapot, for Celeste remembered her mother had several nicely painted ceramic ones, and then Bettia found them and chose one to pour the water into over her tea leafs. She had several tins of different quality and flavored leafs on a little shelf that she reached for.

“You dear, did not like any vegetables with your dinner when you were a child. Nor did any of your brothers or sisters except Mara. Such an angel.” Bettia laughed. “I say the same about you when I am alone with one of your sisters. I thought now that you are a mother you would see that it is a little fun to do so. No other child to think of. Your letters have been sparse to come by since you married.”

Celeste realized she was remiss and shook her head. “I am sorry.”

Then while this endeavor has been going on I thought of another plot for a future book. It just fell right into the world of my Steam and Thunder duology. It seemed to fall inline with a story for the children of our heros and the title of Shot and Tiaras came to mind. I have the plot thought out and it may be the work that follows this, though I have spent a great deal of time writing fantasy in 2010. It is a romance set in my fantasy world with the political, socio and economic background that would carry from all the changes of the first two books. Perhaps then the romance will set it apart.

I wrote recently of some of my downloads from Project Gutenberg ProjectGutenberg-freeebooksonlinedownloadforiPad%2CKindle%2CNook%2CAndroid%2CiPhone%2CiPodTouch%2CSonyReader.oR6X3AcH2TS7.jpg. I have an online book catalog and a program on the mac I use as well. For years I cataloged books starting with dBase, which those who really know computing will remember. It’s last iteration that I used was in Filemaker but since I have begun to use Bruji’s Bookpedia. I am at a loss though if now the downloads of public domain works, like that of GA Henty PastedGraphic1.nZMlmBXD8zWH.jpg which I have wanted for years, is something I put into the Catalog. Books that are just files here on the computer

The Gratitude Log

  1. Men of a Certain AgeTNT-MenofaCertainAge_Home.u4utDFhnowRg.jpgThis is me. I am a man of a certain age, nearing fifty. Some of the shenanigans these guy get into is not what i get into, but issues of health, relationships and other items they cover I can relate too.
  2. Project GutenbergProjectGutenberg-freeebooksonlinedownloadforiPad%2CKindle%2CNook%2CAndroid%2CiPhone%2CiPodTouch%2CSonyReader.KxXNkYzvkSyF.jpgI remember when this project had less than a hundred works and I found it. But reading them then on the computer was something that did not keep my interest for long. It took these many years and devices for better reading of the works electronically to make this truly be a valued resource. One thing, when i was doing research, having a searchable PDF copy of one of the transcribed works was invaluable.
  3. Bruji’s BookpediaPastedGraphic.xdX0g0hYt0ST.jpgHaving over 6000 books (now many damaged by rats) a cataloging system is a necessity. This one does almost all that I need so I can easily recommend it and say that it is a valuable resource.
  4. G.A. HentyPastedGraphic1.WAXFktakCSqG.jpg The writer of boys fiction. Historical fiction, they are works that I have always wanted and with Project Gutenberg, it looks like I can add to my collection and find some very inexpensive (free) reads.
  5. Little Fuzzylarge_advolfzy.cPR9apw1jio4.jpg I wrote a whole blog about this a few days ago. Now it is time to put in the Gratitude Log because i am thankful I have read it.

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Crossed another milestone in the year end milestones. The 4000 pages record has now been bumped out to over 4200 pages. With probably another 5 pages to go today finished up 1,260,809 words. What will be the next milestone before the end of the year?

As I achieved this victory, I was looking at Apple’s iBookstore and found a wealth of books that Project Gutenberg ProjectGutenberg-freeebooksonlinedownloadforiPad%2CKindle%2CNook%2CAndroid%2CiPhone%2CiPodTouch%2CSonyReader.agh4YJXRHTgx.jpg had transcribed. Little did I think I would find one of my favorites there, and one that I had been thinking of rereading. Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper which should still be under copyright. It is not 75 years since publication, though Piper did kill himself in the sixties.

I wrote a review for it at LibraryThing in my copy of the Fuzzy Papers

http://www.librarything.com/work/178808/book/37839520

This is a dual book combining Little Fuzzy and Fuzzy Sapiens, and though I have read it several times, my memory, specifically is a little fuzzy. Charming, heart-warming are keywords that I can attribute to these tales. It deals with our human expansion to the stars and our encountering those little green martians we have always expected. Accept they are not what we have thought.

That have not always been there in their UFO’s spying on us, or are part of a xenocidal race that wants our extinction. If anything man wants to see the end of the alien. Perhaps bleeding heart liberals would be the thought of the defender of the Fuzzy, but Piper writes of Fuzzy in such a way as to make then an endearing race. Part little child, part puppy dog, if my memory is correct.

The conflict is that if there are alien intelligences out there, who owns that world. We have seen Cherryh look at this from a distance in Downbelow Station, and the same with Weber in On Basilisk Station, but those books were not focused on the thought of someone speaking up for that Alien’s rights and ensuring that they are protected. That is the plot line here. We have a company world that wants to exploit the world, we have a native intelligence that needs to be defended working within the system, but unable to articulate for themselves their defense. Hence a really great set of books that led to two additional authors writing books about them, and then years after Piper’s death, a third tome being unearthed and published.

Here are 4 pictures of this work from the Internet
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Downloading the manuscript onto my iPhone, I was thus able reread this work that has stuck with me for more than 30 years once more, my copies of the books in the series are in storage. It took an hour here, and another there and went pretty quickly. The screen size of the iPhone only allowing 3 or 4 sentences per page.

In comparing my review to the reread the book is dated and the editing, while the subject matter does reflect science fiction of he sixties, a great deal of time is spent on the subject of sapience in the creatures, who are more cat like then puppy-dog like. Perhaps Piper had a kitten at the time he wrote the book. The conflict is there, and there are heartwarming scenes. Point of view changes too drastically sometimes. And some character could be better fleshed out. Once the action shifts to the courtroom and the scientists, we become victims of the sixties and their exploration of things that had not been worked on before.

A great deal of the court room drama is over the scientists definition of sapience, which had been discussed when our lovable aliens had first been met. Now as a forty year old instead of in my teens so much closer to when the book was first written, I see the technical mistakes as well as see that the scenes could have been better worked on. To heighten the drama there are red herrings and these probably need some more interaction, or build up so that the areas that are thick with science can be reduced.

We love these Fuzzies and though I know having read this many times that the Fuzzies have to be regarded as sentient, there should be more drama showing that it is not going to be a homerun. More doubt, less assurance. That would sharpen it.

Yet still a great way to spend a few hours with a book nearly fifty years old and a story though dated, still brings tears to my eyes and a giant smile at all the right times.

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The question I am asking myself these days as the countdown to the end of the year creeps closer, is how many pages and how many words will be my total. At the moment I have reached, 1,236,837 or 4,123 pages. 30,139 are for the second book of the KoTohLan saga which I started monday morning. Last post I told how I was re-reading the first book so I could tackle writing this.

Some thoughts on Hoveria emerged, though as I read the first book, it seemed clear I meant for the characters who would be in the second adventure to go to Fellane, a land that is a great deal like medieval Japan. Instead we end in a land of Feudal Europe. Knights and such where one of our favorites, Captain Jack Anhalt hails from. But the feudal lords power was broken somewhat when they were part of the empire. No great Dukes and Counts ruling and commanding large fiefs and countless men. Every manor or castle has a knight, or a lord with a higher title, but only enough armed warriors for just that place. And they were direct vassals of the Emperor. The Emperor before Joss of the Krache, our enemy, let them go.

That Krache Emperor making another mistake that put people at risk.

Hoveria known for Cattle, Knights with hair trigger, Musketeer like honor, and wine. Our Jack tells a tale right out of French Kiss about why he had to leave Hoveria and went to Karn, where he meets Magnus. His family has one of the Fiefs, an old barony, known for its vineyards. BUt now close to where the incursion of enemies from the south are coming, as well as close to the location where Magnus’ parents, his true parents were killed and are buried.


1) A Tavern on the Road

Magnus knew he should answer the question, “Why Hoveria?’ He stared at the Inn’s game board, a few feet beyond him. Farthing would be down soon from the room they shared. Magnus and he one, the other friends clustered a little more cramped in a second room. They thought they had the worst of it, but as far as Magnus had determined Anhalt, Barron and John did not snore. Master Farthing did.

Magnus smiled, for he would not have been without his friends. It would have been decidedly scarry without his friends. Joss had sent men to kill Master Frederman. Would he not do the same against Magnus? He was certainly capable of it. They had outdistanced the game papers, or other news of what was occurring back in Karn. Perhaps they should slow and wait for the news to catch up to them.

Jack had told him that he was recognizable for the papers had shown his likeness for some days. Master Farthing said that was easily taken care of he could cover his head still with the hat of the Emperor Returned. Take away his hair that shouted Fellane and Magnus Thistle the color of the bronze stone, and he would look rather nondescript.

That was one thing that he had to decide what to do. He knew Master Farthing and now Young John had validated their thought that he actually was the Emperor Returned, but they only thought of him as the great player of the game. Would he have to tell them the truth. Would he even want to keep the disguise up. Did he need a disguise the further from Karn that they were.

“Ah, dinner is to be braised game bird sandwiches,” Mischa said as he sat with two mugs of ale. One for Magnus that he slid over. “Did you smell the bread baking as we came in? It will still be warm when we are served. I like that. The cooks at the barracks never thought to make bread but once in the morning. If we had it at dinner it was cold and already going a little stale.” Magnus smiled and took a sip of his beer. Halfway to Hoveria and Mischa had a comment about everyplace they had stopped to eat on their way.

“Where are John and Anhalt?”

“The Captain is looking about the town to make sure, you know,” Mischa said. He meant that Jack Anhalt was looking all over the town to see about lanes of defense and retreat should there be an attack on them. It would look ill if five men camped anywhere but the village, but that did not mean they should not know a little of it. “John is with the horses taking care there.” They had been on the road over a week and this was how things had worked themselves out.

John saw to their mounts, Anhalt to their defenses, and Mishca to their supplies. Farthing and he had little duties at all. Perhaps to be the bank, provide leadership, and wisdom. Farthing knew all the inns that the should stop on the road. Magnus, the Imperial Master, was giving them the direction.

“Are you going to play Master Farthing in a game? I know he should like that. You are going to do so one day?”

Magnus looked at this friend. That question was hard to answer. “We need to talk all of us, and best to do it privately. There are some things that you all don’t know and I suppose you should. It is a little more than your Colonel telling you to stick to me because we are friends and I may be in trouble with…” Magnus stopped before he mentioned the emperor by name, “that man.”

“You want to talk finally and you tell me. Do you tell me first, or have you told any of the others as well?” Mischa asked.

“No, you are the first,” Magnus said and was a little startled as Mischa laughed and struck the table hard.

“Ha, I knew it. They each owe me a silver now. We had a wager on it. Silver from each of us to the winner, and I should like to buy me some more of this ale. Especially if tomorrow is another day in the saddle. It is Holyday tomorrow and they have a ecumenical hall here. We could take a day from travel. We missed last Holyday.”

Magnus nodded. “Let me talk to all our friends first. There is a room that the innkeep said he had that we could use if we wished. Let us talk and then Farthing and I might have a game and we might not. Go tell the others while I find the Innkeep and make those arrangements.” Mischa nodded, but first he took a great quaff from his mug. Holding his hand up higher and higher as he tilted the mug letting the ale pour into his mouth.

“Ahhh! Very good. I’ll go get the Captain and Young John.” He said and rose to go about his task.

The Gratitude Log

  1. Kevin Kline–Kevin-Kline-French-Kiss.7.XW0FjpaweDpW.jpg Mr. Kline is a wonderful actor and as I thought about Jack Anhalt, some of the actions that Mr. Kline has shown us, for he is the Pirate King images.XQxg6tQ3phJ5.jpg you know, seem to vividly occur to me.
  2. Gilbert and Sullivan– sullivan_gilbert.v3LIhYSMvtHM.jpg These two composers have given us great musicals. Fun and frivolity in this topsy turvy51Q3YFQRY0L._SL500_AA300_.EaHeJ6pFQZXk.jpg world. How can you not appreciate ‘I am the very model of a modern Major-General.’
  3. Bridget Jones Diary51GAS3VCA2L._AA115_.Qsgpj4ChKRc2.jpgThis arises from thinking of Gilbert and Sullivan that leads to the movie about the Mikado51M05ZHNSZL._AA115_.PL6WD1ezZQ0s.jpgtopsy turvy 51Q3YFQRY0L._SL500_AA300_.RqcCxRSmVsQ2.jpg. A great insight into how these shows and the power of Gilbert and Sullivan came to be. But the lead is Jim Broadbent 1945169.28.OAlVTij5WNK5.jpg in topsy turvy 51Q3YFQRY0L._SL500_AA300_.0Tm0DVQQ8dyn.jpg and thus we go to Bridget Jones Diary, the movie where Mr. Broadbent 2099-25626.jrRwMF5KyjlB.jpg is featured as Mr. Jones, Bridget’s father. I have the book but have not read it yet. Love the movie.
  4. Pride and Prejudice51GIYlE19KL._SL500_AA300_.pQH4oYHLIuIg.jpgOf course we are drawn here because of the similar story line we find in Bridget Jones Diary.
  5. Colin Firth–Which brings us to Darcy playing Darcy?0.uHbcdrsAvwCs.jpg This is my wife’s favorite Darcy, mine is an actor he had almost his first major role with, in the show Lost Empires edea810ae7a02655d0503210.L.h1lpxX7s2x4q.jpg, Laurence Olivier pride-prejudice-1940.XjByDU68fvBW.jpg51D0iAEOTZL._SL500_AA300_.iaZCBBocxpF2.jpg

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Reached the conclusion of this today, the final scene.

Unlike the first few paragraphs, it is not the same to give a glimpse here of how a book ends. It would be like jumping to the back of the book.

But in my books we try to reach a conclusion. This has some openness in it, for in my mind this is a duology or trilogy. I have always scene the second big section of this work (if you have looked at the map I posted before, the march to the sea) and now while writing this draft of part 1, I laced into the story events for our hero, or his descendants to reach part 3.

By the Book finished at 158,059 words. A good many.

Over the last three days I reread all that was KoTohLan, and I liked what I wrote. I started to edit some of my typing errors, but then I stopped for I want to do a formal edit of the draft later. I read it so I could begin book 2 in the series, what happens after the great tourney. Where do our heroes go, how evil is the Emperor going to continue to become.

Now I have my plan and I shall begin the next chapter and work on how Magnus Thistle evolves his skills.

My goal is to try and complete 43,000 words in the next three weeks. I do not think that the time after Christmas will be spent writing much as I hope we are focusing on prepping the new house to move into and start moving.

So perhaps two more weeks of writing this year.

As there was a Gratitude Log just a few days ago, I feel that i shall forego one right now.

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I just passed the milestone I have been working on for months. 1,200,000 Words for the year. 4000 pages.

Excellent feeling.

Last night I reached the last chapter of By the Book. The chapter was to have three scenes, getting our hero to a ceremony, the ceremony, and then what happens with the menacing enemy that has been working itself into the story for most of the last two-thirds of the book.

It was coming along very well, and I was conscious of my goal number getting closer. Then Cheryl took over the computer so my writing ended for the day.

Today we had an errand for six hours, but I finally got back into the writing and was able to reach the final tape. Like a runner at the end of the race…

There is more to write, the second scene in the chapter has not finished, nor have I then gotten to the third scene.

I will.

I also have to choose the next project which I think will be KoTohLan book two. I am rereading KoTohLan to remember what I wrote. I know that I have to really flesh out the other books, the plan being that it is a seven book series, one book per country of the old empire. I have to reread and look at my notes to see how much work I had

The way I got to 1,200,000 words is as follows

Book Title
Words written in 2010
# of Pages
Born to Grace II, The Turmoil
142,926
476
The Shattered Mirror (A Regency Romance)
98,085
327
Beggars Can’t Be Choosier (A Regency Romance)
102,390
341
Two Peas in a Pod (A Regency Romance)
104,535
348
Terra’s Birthright
78,767
263
Steam and Thunder
102,639
342
Tempest and Sword
108,274
361
Succession Crisis
124,830
416
The Three Lastoleers
82,650
276
You Ought to Trust Your Mother (A Regency Romance)
93,715
312
By the Book
151,404
505

There are also some pages devoted to the editing of second drafts as well.

Three weeks to go, though I expect there will be little time between xmas and New Years to write as we hope to moving into the house at that time.

At the moment though, we have The Gratitude Log

  1. Fleece-What a great thing and cheap too. I have a fleece jacket i got in Alaska that keeps me very warm. It has been lower than 40 at night here.
  2. The Green Bay PackersPackers.com%2CtheofficialwebsiteoftheGreenBayPackers.Y1lrtZn7XvbW.jpg my favorite team and now 8 and 4 for the season. Go Pack!
  3. AmazonAmazon.com_OnlineShoppingforElectronics%2CApparel%2CComputers%2CBooks%2CDVDs%26more.5Meh5FLJAtNP.jpgWish lists, iphone aps, the prime shipping deal. It is just way too easy to shop. Brick and mortar will never disappear, but a lot of stores will, and small retail business will have to work hard to think how to adapt.
  4. email–in 1994 I was learning to love the internet. Where were all of you, eh? But as I was, I would buy books, sure what little web we had, and attend lectures. One I did at a Borders Book store, had a speaker who had placed his email address on his business card and said that in the next few years (he meant before 2000) we all would do so. And we did. Email is great. I just wish syncing worked like it should and there was no junk mail.
  5. Border Book StoresPastedGraphic.dQSgFCcQkz80.jpgJust as I love Amazon, i love Borders as well. Amazon has a ton of stuff and they do it well. They do books well also. But they do not do browsing as well as you can do if you are at a book store. I shall miss this store if they succumb. It is a great place to hang. B&N the rival, I shall always remember for the remaindered catalog on old newsprint that used to come out. They are nice, but Borders I always felt had a more homey feeling.

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