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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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It has been about two weeks since the last update. In that time Terra’s Birthright, first draft, has been completed. As I started this book 20 years ago, almost, I have become much better at my craft. The mistakes or poor writing that the initial chapters contain masks the story that is within. So this is definitely a first draft in need of editing. A great deal of editing. While writing that and finishing it over 114K, I am also 50K into Two Peas in a Pod and think that this shall be wrapped up next week.

The weekend before last I was with several people who are reading The End of the World PastedGraphic.dmIcNzGgxZvl.jpg and asked for autographed copies. Which I was happy to do. Total sales are now 80. I have struggled and succeeded in loading this to the iBookstore for sale and you can read it on an iPad. The editing of The Shattered Mirror has begun, though slower I find then other edits. Feedback has been positive so far from our readers.

For the month we have 140 pages of material, 1600 for the year so far, or 480,000 words. Not quite six months.

Here is the first excerpt for Two Peas in a Pod

It was a Close Run Thing

The Duke, he was that now, called and they went off to fight. At least that was the romantic way of thinking of things. “When father said that he would purchase commissions for us, I thought that we would do the normal thing. Parade about Town. Smile for the pretty girls. Chase actresses,” Percival Francis Michael Coldwell, the Earl of Kent said. He was a captain in the third battalion of the Grenadier Guards. It had been a terrible day. Hellacious was the word he was thinking, but if the rumors were true, the little corporal had fled again.

Major Peregrine Maxim Frederick Coldwell, the honourable, second in command of the second battalion of the Guards, looked at his older brother of seventeen minutes. He shook his head. Percy always complained about extra work. He did it, but if he could not complain about it, things were not right.

“And my lord, would you not have been bored beyond belief. I like that. It aliterates very well.” Peregrine scolded his brother. Percival would know it was a scold, since he had been called by a title and they were alone. They were the closest of brothers, not only as they were seventeen minutes apart in age, but in appearance, they looked exactly alike, though Percival had assured Peregrine that he weighed more. Peregrine noted that the way his brother had been eating and drinking, it was probably true.

“Should be much less bored chasing skirts and light o’loves then having some damn Frenchie try and skewer me, thank you very much. How many charges today? Do you really suppose it is true this time? That Bonney is finally defeated?” Percival asked. Peregrine knew his brother was upset by the day’s events. He was also. It was a difficult day, but then any day when their had been fighting had been difficult. Some damn near disastrous. Late last night when they had switched identities, again, had been to help calm the Earl’s nerves.

“I can appreciate a good woman and think that yes, we have finally sent the tyrant away for ever, now. Where is he going to get new men? France is bled dry. Hell even we are knocked up pretty badly. And them damn colonists in america are still fighting.” Peregrine said.

“I really don’t care about the americas. I pretty much care about me, and you a bit, well just so as I don’t have to write some dreadful letter to our sisters.” Percy smiled though to show that he was joking about that. He did care a bit about the Americas for their vast holdings had ownership in land there still, as well as the Caribbean. Percy was rich, and if the war was really over, he could resign his commission, though after today, they would call Captain Kent, for Peregrine was Major Coldwell, a hero. Even though it had been Peregrine who had been at the forefront of Percy’s company all day, repelling three regiments of Chasseurs. Everyone thought it was the Earl, while in the rear of the battalion, coordinating all of Colonel Askews commands and desires, everyone thought that Peregrine had done what was needful to ensure the Grenadiers fought excellently. It of course was not the case as they had changed position, and Percival had done his share and been in danger acting as Peregrine. Just not so foolish as to stand and exhort his men to bravery in front of them all as the enemy neared, or to lead charges and countercharges from the front. Madness is what it had been. But effective.

The Gratitude Log

1) Royal Pains–Several Bravo television shows today and this Screenshot2010-06-15at10.17.56AM.z7NCjHuWgnAa.jpg. This was fun that came out last year and the second season just started.
2) Work of Art–I have been feeling inspired, not just word creative, but wanting to learn to draw.Screenshot2010-06-15at10.17.10AM.glq6MYspEUw1.jpg
3) Top Chef & Top Chef Masters–Screenshot2010-06-15at10.16.26AM.IPq0xZrAnNhl.jpg I started watching during the second season and since have gone back and seen the first as they rerun this. Of course it is reality TV, but it seems far less scripted for drama then others, as the proof really is in the pudding.
4) Snap Art 2–In my Screenshot2010-06-15at10.21.54AM.TX8go7MQThqv.jpgexploration of Screenshot2010-06-15at10.21.10AM.uhq1L09DcODG.jpgdigital paintingScreenshot2010-06-15at10.20.59AM.j4UcQpc7SNSd.jpgI came across this. I first found Alien Skin in the 90’s and fabricated a pointillism picture of me in the regency from them, and even had their first offering. Long since gone. This is nearly $200 and I want it, but I can’t afford it yet.
5) iPad–Now that I got The End of the World PastedGraphic.Tdq3V0MoDQZJ.jpg onto it, I want it even more. Not of course just to check that the epub format for my books is coming out alright.

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Here on the last day of May I have been reviewing my word count and find that I have crossed over the 400,000 limit this last week. Since the last update I had entered all the changes of the second draft of Caution’s Heir so that is now finished completely and ready to be shopped around. I have composed a query letter and now must just find agents and editors to send this too.

Taking up the reins of the next project I struggled with an outline for another regency for several days and so revisited the manuscript of Terra’s Birthright. While the story and plot for that was decent, as I reread my earlier work nearly twenty years old, I find I am much better at the craft now than I was then. I have added to it, nearly 150 pages and this is one of the two projects I am working on concurrently to finish. I also have over forty pages of the manuscript now for the next regency, Two Peas in a Pod, the story of twins who are so close in appearance that they often switch roles with one another. I think that my regencies get better with each telling.

The Gratitude Log

1) Painter X–PastedGraphic6.WW7qOV829S32.jpgI have been playing with more and more and making pictures such as MomnDad-03-Flowerfinal.6cWhHeuOKNY8.jpg this.
2) We Rule–Screenshot2010-05-31at5.15.19PM.9OtGk0U1gONO.jpg a game for the iPhone and iPad in which I spend time every day growing my kingdom.
3) Cafe World–PastedGraphic.ACuYsMLDqzUM.jpg-another game. This one at Facebook. A great time waster also.
4) iPhone–PastedGraphic1.9pDPhYckO8O6.jpgWhich makes possible phone calls, music, games and so much more.
5) Exercise–I have been riding the stationary bike again this last week and that is a good feeling.

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The headline or title of this Blog entry suggests that I indeed finished the first draft of The Shattered Mirror over the weekend. On Saturday, actually coming in at 98,085 words. By my calculations of 300 words to the page for manuscript, that was 327 pages, 242 pages in the last two weeks. So I really cranked up the writing this month, and now am 6 pages into the next. I did 1 page Saturday and 5, on Sunday, even though I had not only hit my 30K for the week (Which is my high goal for each week of the year, (100 Pages) but blew past 36K (write every day 20 pages with the weekend at 2 days to hit the 20 pages, or make up the difference from missed pages during the week))

I have three Works in Progress, one fantasy and 2 science fiction. Star Musketeers, Steam and Thunder and Terra’s Birthright.

I might have mentioned each before. Star Musketeers is a little tongue in cheek adventure of the three musketeers in a space empire setting. Steam and Thunder is a fantasy that deals with bringing the discovery of Steam Engines to a medieval age, and carrying forward the changes that would entail with people who fall into building a corporate society out of the guild structure. The kingdom that has these engines first is vaulted ahead of other nations, but is also beset by the mass migration of people from the farms to the factories.

The last may never see the light of day without a major rework of the first third. One man trading empire that begins to do well, is beset by enemies… Why, then what? That is something I should map out before continuing forward with the project.

In The End of the World

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We are at 72 sales. Still no reviews from our readers. But 72 is pretty good. We have broken past the 50 that self-published generally does. Now onto 200 and then 1000 fans. Click on the picture to order a copy at Amazon or go here.

Gratitude Log for the day:

  1. Renaissance Pleasure Faire–Went on our decennial (every ten year) visit and had a good time.P1010375.AyFQLQcbe2cI.jpg
  2. Digital Cameras–Took near fifty pictures yesterday at the Faire and they came out very nice. Even the movie of a parade came out very adequately.
  3. Friends–A great many helped out on Friday and purchased The End of the World.

PastedGraphic.OyejndHrGok9.jpg​ which for a brief moment reached #11 and then later #10 on the Regency Romance list. Perhaps not enough to keep it there. It has fallen off since. But I hope it will return.
4)        Ice Cream–What a wonderful invention. A local chain in California at one time, Thrifty, used to sell cones. I had them when I grew up at a nickel a scoop. Now it is owned by Rite aid, but the cones are still there.
5)        Sunny Days–I like them a whole better then not sunny ones

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Feeling a little Ill today, Hope to get to the writing after lunch and the work on the websites

In any event want to do three synopsis of the in project books today and three tomorrow. The six books that are also being worked on, though right now the main focus is on Space Mine and Graces of Brantley, are:

  • Terra’s Birthright
  • Steam and Thunder
  • Rebellion
  • Roses War
  • Star Musketeers
  • Born to Grace II

While doing this I am listening to my good friend:
Ken Theriot – Mary Ellen Carter
His wife has on their facebook page so I think a link here is safe.

Terra’s Birthright:

This science fiction story deals with a successful merchant trading house whose CEO gets caught up in the politics of his world. The old establishment has a certain way of doing things but our CEO hero has not only found tremendous resources, but will be able to shape the future. I started this after a bout of playing Traveller and wrote spreadsheets that taught me to be a master of Excel. It is now twenty years old.

Steam and Thunder:

What if the invention of the steam engine happened in the medieval period? Here our hero sees a tea pot and applies the principles to build a steam windmill, that leads to an enterprise of inventors. They take men from the land and give them jobs at factories which causes the nobles to be upset with our hero. Further causing a rift is the king and princess realizing that the inventions keep the country viable, while the crown prince doesn’t. THen the neighbors don’t like the inherent disadvantage that the country has pulling ahead of them.

Rebellion

The inner planets have been coveting power too long and the situation is beginning to erupt. THe first years of the fall of the inner sphere and growth of several outer planets star alliance. A great deal of spreadsheets again outline the progression of how things fail and a new governments emerge.

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