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When I turned 50 I wrote the following blog post:

The Punks

We have Steampunk.

It is a concept I have been noting and following for some years.

I read Amazon.com_TheDifferenceEngine252897804404236212529_WilliamGibson252CBruceSterling_Books-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg The Difference Engine by Gibson and Sterling when it came out.

I played PastedGraphic-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg Space 1889 when it came out. (Probably before many of the current practitioners and fans of Steampunk were born.) And the computer game PastedGraphic6-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg Rise of Legends which is based on PastedGraphic7-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg Rise of Nations before it. I watched Q.E.D. when it first came out and then so quickly disappeared.

Those though who follow my blog, (and I know, it has only been a few of you going back to the beginning) will know that I worked on two books that takePastedGraphic2-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg Steam, and Steam engines and marry them to the medieval era, to fantasy.

I take the historic and technological creation of the engine, for it was an engineering achievement and not a scientific one, and craft this through men and women who apply themselves to build things, not just think of things as a scientist might.

In my mind such a joining leads to a Renaissance in the countries that comprise the world of these stories. Natural evolution, for great invention brings great accelerated change, and the steam engine as it develops leads to factories, and the transformation of agrarian economies to industrial ones. I had a fascination with Steam and thanks to PastedGraphic1-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg Burke’s Connections saw that this could be worked with

I found another few blogs that have thought to label this melding Medievalpunk, Clockpunk, Castlepunk or Candlepunk. Some of them wanting to label everything in sight with the suffix Punk. Why does it have to be Punk? Because Steampunk has become part of the vernacular and describes one type of literature does not mean it applies to all genres that brings technology together with an era that did not have it.

This is not right to my mind.

The Steam Era in our true timeline and history is that of the Victorian Era. Though steam engines had come from the Georgian Era, and during the Regency Era, men had begun to make locomotives. Such as George Stephenson and Richard Trevithick 1__2524252125402521__PastedGraphic-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg. It was in 1830 that the Liverpool to Manchester Railway1__2524252125402521__PastedGraphic1-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg opened, the first commercial railway, drought with drama, but surely an action that all those attached to the project knew it was going to change the world and which I have previously blogged about. This great change was in the reign of William IV

1__2524252125402521__PastedGraphic2-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg

Thus Steam was coming long before the Victorian Age. Should the movement have really equated itself to the earlier time? People in Regency Clothes with all the fantastical attributions. Perhaps we owe this to the literature of HG Wells and Jules Verne? Authors who did not seek a special genre for their fictional works.

I think it is clear that I find the uniting of Technology to an age when such inventions did not exist an intriguing one.

Several other authors have done this in two ways, I find. One is the creation of an entire world where the technology is part of it, and the other where time travel or time displacement occurs.

In time displacement we have such works as:

AConnecticutYankeeinKingArthur_sCourt2528CambridgeWorldClassics2529CriticalEditionWithCompletain2529_MarkTwain252CSamuelClemens252CCambridgeWorldClassics252CCambridgeWorldClassics_Amazon.com_Books-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg Mark Twain-A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court(Mythological) (Arhtur’s court though is portrayed as Middle Ages)

Amazon.com_LestDarknessFall2526ToBringtheLight252897806718773612529_DavidDrake252CL.SpraguedeCamp_Books-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg L Spraggue de Camp-Lest Darkness Fall (Historical) (End of Roman, leading to Dark Ages)

CustomerImageGalleryforLordKalvanofOtherwhen-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg H. Beam Piper-Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen (Fantasy-SciFi) (Hos-Hostigos is Pike and Musket-Thus end of Renaissance)

Amazon.com_16322528TheAssitiShards2529252897806713197242529_EricFlint_Books-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg Eric Flint-1632 (and all that has come after) (Historical)

(As an additional note, I wrote a short story for this series, and it was selected on the short list for inclusion in the first Grantville Gazette. The editors then ‘lost’ it as I document RegencyEraauthordoesFantasyaswell-FreeshortstoryTheThingsThatCatchMyEye-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg here. You can read the story YoYoafreestory-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg here.)

I recall one novel, where our time traveller returns to the age of Napoleon and his largest concern is to build the indoor flush toilet long before Thomas Crapper comes up with the better invention for it. Think how useful this would be to all. Think of the one thing that you really would want to take back with you to a premodern time and have to use.

Then in the actual marriage of a technology that is from something further downstream in the river of time married to a period that is upstream, that will give us an entire new fictitious and even fantastical universe we have:

PastedGraphic3-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg C J Cherryh, Mercedes Lackey series The Sword of Knowledge

Amazon.com_GoblinMoon252897811050472682529_TeresaEdgerton_Books-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg Goblin Moon and Gnome’s Engine by Teresa Edgerton

There are doubtless others and i will add to the lists those that my readers let me know of that I have missed.

For such tales as this we also have useful websites for research now such as wikipedia.
In the stream of our true timeline, we have Nikola Tesla PastedGraphic4-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg and Charles BabbagePastedGraphic5-2012-09-1-00-01-2014-03-14-12-01.jpg whose inventions could be used to build entire worlds of divergent technologies that we use today. And several in the genre are doing so.
The New Term
Before I delved into my own chutzpah and decided we need a new word, I did a search on the genre names the others who have written in the field had come up with.

Candlepunk had nothing come up, except Steampunk stories

Medievalpunk nothing came up

Clockpunk 12 entries with most on the american west.

Castlepunk Nothing came up

It is fine to label something that exists. But to create a label where nothing exists? That I question. And wondered why the ‘Punk’ community had to so quickly label so many genre’s when there was no story for them to do so.

We focused on Steam (and to me I think much of this occurs by placing the initial stories in the later part of Victoria’s reign, where the locomotive now had taken over much of the symbol for the change of the times.)

So instead of making things Victorianpunk we took the invention that makes the change and added Punk to it. Well, I can’t just copy that, since you would have Steampunk for every period where the invention of the steam engine is the catalyst.

And then once these changes begin to occur you are no longer in the era that you started at.

I think that the term RenTech, or RenaTech is apropos for those time periods that start before our own Renaissance, that are Feudal and Medieval, and are changed to something accelerated.

Yet you will point out that my choice based on Renaissance is an Era. I prefer to think of this

(as noun a renaissance) a revival of or renewed interest in something:

So here with the invention of a steam engine, about 300 to 500 years before it was invented, in my fictitious world, leads to a change in society, and culture, much akin to the Renaissance.

The world of Steam and Thunder, the country of Hornik, and the city of Firtoskin, is something that is not Steampunk, and not Punky. The clothing and the culture is still the Feudal world being changed by the invention of the Steam engine a few years before. Of an agrarian culture meeting a rising industrial one. Of this country having these new inventions and the rest of the world playing catch-up. RenTech.

Though, commenters, please let me know if you think it is worthwhile to coin a new term, or to be the first “Castlepunk” novel that comes up in a search at Amazon.

Starting Today (AGAIN-Once more into the Breach…)

I will begin to serialize Steam and Thunder. One new edited chapter. My goal is to get your feedback on this endeavor. To see how those who follow my work like this new piece. To bring you a story that you want to read every week. Much as Dickens and Conan Doyle saw their work serialized at first. Wish us luck and come back tomorrow for the first installment.

It is still available, those chapters I have previously put up over at the website.

But also now at Wattpad where they have given me a cover for it, that will change.

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Well, today I turn 50.

Happy Birthday me.

Babydavid7-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg DavidRegencyPain-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg IMG_0402-2012-09-1-00-01.JPG

But on this momentous occasion (It is important to me) I add my contribution to culture. (Though my writing, and you should pick up a copy or two, is a contribution.)

The Punks

We have Steampunk.

It is a concept I have been noting and following for some years.

I read Amazon.com_TheDifferenceEngine%2525289780440423621%252529_WilliamGibson%25252CBruceSterling_Books-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg The Difference Engine by Gibson and Sterling when it came out.

I played PastedGraphic-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg Space 1889 when it came out. (Probably before many of the current practitioners and fans of Steampunk were born.) And the computer game PastedGraphic6-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg Rise of Legends which is based on PastedGraphic7-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg Rise of Nations before it. I watched Q.E.D. when it first came out and then so quickly disappeared.

Those though who follow my blog, (and I know, it has only been a few of you going back to the beginning) will know that I worked on two books that takePastedGraphic2-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg Steam, and Steam engines and marry them to the medieval era, to fantasy.

I take the historic and technological creation of the engine, for it was an engineering achievement and not a scientific one, and craft this through men and women who apply themselves to build things, not just think of things as a scientist might.

In my mind such a joining leads to a Renaissance in the countries that comprise the world of these stories. Natural evolution, for great invention brings great accelerated change, and the steam engine as it develops leads to factories, and the transformation of agrarian economies to industrial ones. I had a fascination with Steam and thanks to PastedGraphic1-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg Burke’s Connections saw that this could be worked with

I found another few blogs that have thought to label this melding Medievalpunk, Clockpunk, Castlepunk or Candlepunk. Some of them wanting to label everything in sight with the suffix Punk. Why does it have to be Punk? Because Steampunk has become part of the vernacular and describes one type of literature does not mean it applies to all genres that brings technology together with an era that did not have it.

This is not right to my mind.

The Steam Era in our true timeline and history is that of the Victorian Era. Though steam engines had come from the Georgian Era, and during the Regency Era, men had begun to make locomotives. Such as George Stephenson and Richard Trevithick 1__%252524%252521%252540%252521__PastedGraphic-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg. It was in 1830 that the Liverpool to Manchester Railway1__%252524%252521%252540%252521__PastedGraphic1-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg opened, the first commercial railway, drought with drama, but surely an action that all those attached to the project knew it was going to change the world and which I have previously blogged about. This great change was in the reign of William IV

1__%252524%252521%252540%252521__PastedGraphic2-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg

Thus Steam was coming long before the Victorian Age. Should the movement have really equated itself to the earlier time? People in Regency Clothes with all the fantastical attributions. Perhaps we owe this to the literature of HG Wells and Jules Verne? Authors who did not seek a special genre for their fictional works.

I think it is clear that I find the uniting of Technology to an age when such inventions did not exist an intriguing one.

Several other authors have done this in two ways, I find. One is the creation of an entire world where the technology is part of it, and the other where time travel or time displacement occurs.

In time displacement we have such works as:

AConnecticutYankeeinKingArthur_sCourt%252528CambridgeWorldClassics%252529CriticalEditionWithCompletain%252529_MarkTwain%25252CSamuelClemens%25252CCambridgeWorldClassics%25252CCambridgeWorldClassics_Amazon.com_Books-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg Mark Twain-A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court(Mythological) (Arhtur’s court though is portrayed as Middle Ages)

Amazon.com_LestDarknessFall%252526ToBringtheLight%2525289780671877361%252529_DavidDrake%25252CL.SpraguedeCamp_Books-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg L Spraggue de Camp-Lest Darkness Fall (Historical) (End of Roman, leading to Dark Ages)

CustomerImageGalleryforLordKalvanofOtherwhen-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg H. Beam Piper-Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen (Fantasy-SciFi) (Hos-Hostigos is Pike and Musket-Thus end of Renaissance)

Amazon.com_1632%252528TheAssitiShards%252529%2525289780671319724%252529_EricFlint_Books-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg Eric Flint-1632 (and all that has come after) (Historical)

(As an additional note, I wrote a short story for this series, and it was selected on the short list for inclusion in the first Grantville Gazette. The editors then ‘lost’ it as I document RegencyEraauthordoesFantasyaswell-FreeshortstoryTheThingsThatCatchMyEye-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg here. You can read the story YoYoafreestory-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg here.)

I recall one novel, where our time traveller returns to the age of Napoleon and his largest concern is to build the indoor flush toilet long before Thomas Crapper comes up with the better invention for it. Think how useful this would be to all. Think of the one thing that you really would want to take back with you to a premodern time and have to use.

Then in the actual marriage of a technology that is from something further downstream in the river of time married to a period that is upstream, that will give us an entire new fictitious and even fantastical universe we have:

PastedGraphic3-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg C J Cherryh, Mercedes Lackey series The Sword of Knowledge

Amazon.com_GoblinMoon%2525289781105047268%252529_TeresaEdgerton_Books-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg Goblin Moon and Gnome’s Engine by Teresa Edgerton

There are doubtless others and i will add to the lists those that my readers let me know of that I have missed.

For such tales as this we also have useful websites for research now such as wikipedia.

In the stream of our true timeline, we have Nikola Tesla PastedGraphic4-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg and Charles BabbagePastedGraphic5-2012-09-1-00-01.jpg whose inventions could be used to build entire worlds of divergent technologies that we use today. And several in the genre are doing so.

The New Term

Before I delved into my own chutzpah and decided we need a new word, I did a search on the genre names the others who have written in the field had come up with.

Candlepunk had nothing come up, except Steampunk stories

Medievalpunk nothing came up

Clockpunk 12 entries with most on the american west.

Castlepunk Nothing came up

It is fine to label something that exists. But to create a label where nothing exists? That I question. And wondered why the ‘Punk’ community had to so quickly label so many genre’s when there was no story for them to do so.

We focused on Steam (and to me I think much of this occurs by placing the initial stories in the later part of Victoria’s reign, where the locomotive now had taken over much of the symbol for the change of the times.)

So instead of making things Victorianpunk we took the invention that makes the change and added Punk to it. Well, I can’t just copy that, since you would have Steampunk for every period where the invention of the steam engine is the catalyst.

And then once these changes begin to occur you are no longer in the era that you started at.

I think that the term RenTech, or RenaTech is apropos for those time periods that start before our own Renaissance, that are Feudal and Medieval, and are changed to something accelerated.

Yet you will point out that my choice based on Renaissance is an Era. I prefer to think of this

(as noun a renaissance) a revival of or renewed interest in something:

So here with the invention of a steam engine, about 300 to 500 years before it was invented, in my fictitious world, leads to a change in society, and culture, much akin to the Renaissance.

The world of Steam and Thunder, the country of Hornik, and the city of Firtoskin, is something that is not Steampunk, and not Punky. The clothing and the culture is still the Feudal world being changed by the invention of the Steam engine a few years before. Of an agrarian culture meeting a rising industrial one. Of this country having these new inventions and the rest of the world playing catch-up. RenTech.

Though, commenters, please let me know if you think it is worthwhile to coin a new term, or to be the first “Castlepunk” novel that comes up in a search at Amazon.

Starting Tomorrow

I will begin to serial Steam and Thunder each sunday. One new edited chapter. My goal is to get your feedback on this endeavor. To see how those who follow my work like this new piece. To bring you a story that you want to read every week. Much as Dickens and Conan Doyle saw their work serialized at first. Wish us luck and come back tomorrow for the first installment.

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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) :

1) Julie & Julia         1__%23%24%21%40%25%21%23__PastedGraphic.hi7PA0WGcYd0.jpg

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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I set this up to be written back in September, a month after the previous update, but i never posted it. Nor did any writing on it.

I have written since then. A great deal it seems, even if I have said not a lot in my blog about it

Since August 19th, what I have written is:

You Ought to Trust Your Mother (NaNoWriMo 2010) Novel-57240 words currently
The Conquest Story-48,448 Currently
Star Musketeers-82,650 words this year, completed first draft, 105K+ words total
The Succession Crisis-124,830 words completed first draft
Tempest and Sword-108,274 words completed first draft

At my august update I was just past 700K words for the year
I am now at 1,060,000+ words for the year

I spoke at another group and this was a little different then the first book group. Here no one had read my novel, while at the first group all had. I like it better when everyone has read my novel. It means that we have something to talk about in common. When i was put out there as a writer and publishing my book, it seems like I was pandering and standing naked in front of them. Not exactly what I wanted. The End of the World PastedGraphic.szeJmRazR5pk.jpg has reached 92 sales, and I hope for more.

Feedback about the story is good. Still working on the copy editor for The Shattered Mirror. Three of the chapters done. As soon as it is all finished it will be virtually ready for publication

You Ought to Trust Your Mother, YOTTYM-1inch.3OKWkulhsWZ7.jpg the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) effort this year is the story of a girl too pretty for her own ambitions, which she in unsure what they are.

Art and a flamboyant lord all play a part in helping her find her path in life and the man she should wed.

Here is an excerpt:

Ballateer

Lord Fallion finished his breakfast and then, after all he had done that morning, waking and attending to his toilette, dressing, and eating, he looked through the windows that framed the room. He noted that they were wet with rain once more. Three days, and winter was supposed to be finished already. Not that he was annoyed. He had spent some considerable time living where it was wet without a house to keep it from his head some few years before. That Ballateer had a sound roof, he was quite pleased with.
Sound everything. Fallion Lancealot Stafford couldn’t fault his father for the way he had left things to him, but two years since his father died and he had become Baron of Tweeddale, and his idleness was choking him. Idleness caused by indecision, if caused by anything at all.
Pushing his plate away, the servant Franks said, “Coffee in the study, my lord?”
“Drawing room today. And I’ll read the papers there. Have James lay a fire if one isn’t already…”
Franks said, “There is one doing quite nicely my lord.” Of course there would be. Despite his attempts to train the staff to economize, since four of five days he was sure he went to his study after he had dined in the morning, it made sense to ready a fire in that room. But as the whim took Fall, as he thought of himself and wished his friends called him, that he might wish to sit in the drawing room where large portraits of his parents faced his favorite settee, he would change his routine. Such was the case that morning as it had been others and he never failed to find the room ready for him, or the library should he go there.
Fallion had made it known to Bartman the head butler that laying a fire in all three rooms were a waste and he could call for a fire when he planned to use a room or went into one. Bartman had agreed and then did nothing to change the routine of the house. Fires were laid in all the rooms that the servant thought he would use. Thankfully they did not start one in every room of the house. Though Fallion was wealthy and perhaps his money did seem inexhaustible, he was sure it wasn’t. Though his men of accounts said each quarter it did seem to accumulate more of the stuff.
Ensconced in the room that had been a favorite of his late mothers, he sat and took a look at the papers. He did not truly care what was happening in the empire, or who was seen and whom they were with. But lords read the papers after breakfast. His father had read the papers and aloud to his mother. She had lived for two weeks after his father had died, not weeping because the last baron was gone in public, but behind the closed doors of her rooms, Fallion knew she was heartbroken and sobbed for hours. Surely it had affected her health and caused her to pass away so quickly.
That is what distracted him while he looked cursorily at the words of the newsprint, or glanced to the portrait of the late Baroness. If she were there with him now, he smiled at the thought, what would she say. Probably that his father had never idled his life so, though of course his father had, and that he should marry. That is what his sisters would say also, for they had taken such pages from their mothers book. Each married, and if he knew them as well as he thought he did, they would be either arriving or sending their emissaries shortly before lunch.
It was a cycle and well planned out. Sunday he always had to himself unless he chose to ask for company. Otherwise each day of the week, one or the other of his brothers by marriage would come, sometimes both. Or one or the other of his sisters, or both. Or one couple together, or even all four. The last permutation of such visits had them bring their children all in a cluster and let them run rampant. He didn’t truly mind that, for the children were good and respectful of the house.
Saverdale, the man married to his elder sister Jane was in the House of Commons, having the borough of him and might want to discuss politics, but that was a bore. Fallion should not like that, but then he remembered that the Saverdale clan entire had set out to London for the season was starting and the House was back in session shortly.
The Season which meant that Anne would be coming to visit with Lord Drakesmore, the third son of the Duke of Lege who had been given a manor next to Ballateer, fallen in love with Anne and married faster than one could read Chaucer. He would see Anne and Drakesmore daily until he succumbed and ran up to London for the season, it was inevitable, or had been the way they carried on the last two years.

In our personal life, we moved over this time. The first move since we had to leave our house of ten years. It took a lot away from my writing with trips to look at houses, packing and a great many trips to storage.

The Gratitude Log

  1. Youtube–I spend a great deal of time here watching the vids of people playing games that are not on the Macintosh just yet.
  2. NaNoWriMo–This is the challenge that got me focused to write more and publish
  3. U-HaulPastedGraphic1.q0rruX32MFa5.jpg–We gave them a lot of money and business. They are ubiquitous. They were the closest and most available place to rent a vehicle
  4. Apple–Still the best for all my computing needs
  5. Firaxis–The makers of Civilization V 1__%23%24%21%40%25%21%23__PastedGraphic.1sBn7KUtxlB1.jpg. The next iteration of one of the best strategy series for computer gaming.

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Have been asked again to speak to a book group on The End of the World! PastedGraphic.KDNnf7rugj9f.jpg

Sales should pick up and spent the last two days fitting into my writing schedule the design of a bookmark.AdobePhotoshopElements8-5.5L15PmhFAXvT.jpg

I’ll print that onto cardstock and laminate and give it out when I go to the group. Been thinking how to take the Toast of the Ton card game…ToastoftheTon.A7Dqkr7qICue.jpg to make it better than the cardboard stock I printed it on about 10 years ago and while working on the bookmark, did research into laminators. I can laminate the cards for about $1 dollar which should make for a much sturdier card. Soon that will be offered for sale at Regency Assembly Press’s website.

This week saw my inputing all the edit corrections I made to The Shattered Mirror. I would like to extend my thanks to my copy editors and prepublication readers. Deedira, Nora and David. It is being given the final edit by Melinda, and then it will be off to publication.

While doing that I have also started writing the 2nd part of Steam and Thunder. I was looking for a T word to start it off, so it would be T#### and Sword. Kevin, Regina, David and Melinda all had suggestions. At the moment the unnamed T has over 60K words, started on Monday the 9th. The progress slowed down a little this week as the days were taken up with entering the edits and comparing the edits of The Shattered Mirror. As of today, I am 100 pages shy of matching all the pages I wrote in all of 2009. Still four and half months to go.

For all these cut, copy and pastes I have started to use SkitchSkitch.com%2BSkitch%3Dfastandfunscreencaptureandimagesharing..vqLXyxURLtt7.jpg which has proven very handy.

The Gratitude Log

  1. 1) Family-We had a family day last sunday and these remind you how important the generation ahead and that which is coming behind are.

2) Skitch– I mention above how useful that is becoming
3) Brea Econo Lube N’ Tube-Mr. Park is the best. We went there for an oil change and have been taking all our cars, and the companies cars back for everything ever since…
4) Jerry’s Dogs–I started eating here right after it opened. The great thing about Jerry’s now that it is so busy you can’t get a table right away, is that when your dog is ready, you pick it up and have 30 toppings you can put on top of it. Jerry_sWood-FiredDogs__EverybodyLovesaGoodDog.VPxe3WDBszN9.jpg
5) Hallmark greeting cards–We have lost 2 stores in our neighborhood this recession, but there is still one and it has a great selection.

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