I normally try to keep this to writing and my books, but sometimes I find something that can be classed as inspirational.
This time my source of inspiration comes from a sword hanger.
Design Toscano Dragon Claw Sword Holder
The sword mount shaped like a dragon claw appealed to my dragon hunting side and I had to order one from Amazon (the sword is the Pendragon sword made by the old United Cutlery company and no longer available).
Despite only being held up by a thin piece of metal and some tiny screws, it is working great even with such a heavy sword. I don’t like the colour and intend to paint it, but I am stuck on the colour scheme and that is the only things keeping it looking stock.
Just a quick post to post up the beginning of The Diaries of James Purcell Book #02 Æther Shadow.
Book #02 does not continue directly from Book#01 The End as several years and bad events that have been glossed over have passed between the two. One of these (Dragon Hunt which is part of the kindle only version) has been rewritten and will be published as Dragon World Book#00 Exiles.
The Diaries Of James Purcell
Book#02 Æther Shadow
Copyright 2012 James Purcell, All rights reserved.
The multicoloured lightning storm raged around the castle and mirrored the passengers anger as he stepped out of the carriage. There was no rain coming from the clouds as the storm was the result of wild magic that was slowly destroying the world of Albion. HighlordNorlanBracegirdle stormed across the courtyard into the entrance of his castle causing guards, soldiers and servants to scatter out of his way. He had just returned from Camelot after having been summoned to account for the loss of two prototype ships that had cost the equivalent of seven ironclad battleships and now the partners who had invested were calling in their loans. He stormed up his tower and entered his chambers dropping his cloak on the floor. How dare they treat him like this, he knew too well how much was at stake, but if it wasn’t for his designs then the ships would not have existed in the first place. He walked over to the large table that was covered in diagrams and glowing glass spheres. In the middle of the table laid the plans for the two ships he had now lost. His hand reached out and picked up the glass sphere that was wrapped in satin and looked at the pulsing glow inside. The sphere hadn’t existed when the first ship had been converted and stranded in the other world, but they had come out of the development of the second ship and now the second ship had been missing for three years. He needed to get the first back and install the new devices that would allow it to cross back across the Vail and arrive back in Albion
Queen Victoria Pendragon had been there and was most defiantly not amused over the constant delays in the planned invasion of the other world. “Why had she been there?” he thought to himself, these things were normally below her, “I sometimes wish that stupid fool Guy Fawkes had succeeded in blowing up parliament. The Highlords would still be in control of this country and not answering to a bunch of old bureaucrats who spent all their time arguing over petty things and never getting anything done!”
“Sir?” Norlan’s guard and assistant asked.
“Where is she is she back yet?” Norlan roared.
“Where is who sir?
“You damn well know who I mean!”
“Oh Lady Alison DuBlade.”
“Yes her!” Norlan shouted back.
“She just got back a few moments before we did sir, according to the stable master.”
“Summon her at once.”
The guard walked over to the door, opened it and shouted down the tower. A few minutes later, the crystal on Norlan’s desk glowed and a ghostly female voice emanated from it.
“My Lord, you summoned me?”
“Tell me you have good news, Alison.”
“My lord?” The voice had an ethereal flow to it which was a side-effect of the crystals. “The mission was a success.”
“Have you killed the target?”
“Yes, my lord.”
“And were the traitors as the information suggested?”
“Yes sir, but … “
“He wasn’t working on his own, he was working for one of the other lords.”
“Did you find out who?”
“No sir, he took that knowledge to the grave with him.”
“Very well, I have another mission for you. You have twenty four hours to recover, then I want you in my office.”
“Yes sir.” her voice responded before the crystal stopped glowing.
“Fools, this country is run by nothing but fools!” Norlan muttered to himself as he started pacing around his study stopping to look at the piles of correspondence that had gathered on his desk.
And as aways, if you haven’t picked up Book #01The End it is still available on amazon including a few exclusive extra’s
I have been looking more and more into setting up a Patreon account for my Steampunk/Victorian Fantasy series The Diaries of James Purcell.
When I think of rewards levels I feel confused. I have settled on one of two reward levels based on a monthly donation system, but now need you thoughts.
£3.00 pcm – Name listed in both digital and print as a Patron as well as access to the Patreon blog and Members area of the new site (when I get the UI sorted out)
£5.00 pcm – The above +free digital copy when available.
£10.00 pcm – The above+ free paper copy.
£15.00 pcm – All of the others except that the paperback will be signed and come with a special free gift.
Originally I was going to lower the levels but as with all things, the parts for the free gift are not available anymore and have to pick more expensive versions.
So having never done this before, what do you say?
Please drop me a message and let me know what your view is?
The only time I will not allowed a message is if it’s trolling or spam so please feel free to have your say.
The time has come for me to work on the web site for my books, but I have hit one massive road block.
When I started learning html and css I only had one screen size to worry about and that was a pc/laptop screen. Now I have to make things work for pc/laptops, tablets and mobile phones, but not only that I have to also make them work in both portrait and landscape mode…
I have put up my (Alpha test version) here, but it is for the iPad and I now have to redesign several elements to work on phones (its a bit lagging on the iPhone 5s)
The version above is for the pc version and sort of works, but only for pc/laptops.
Once I have the css working for the 3 versions, I then have to compile the css into one reactive fluid template.
Book #02 in the hands of the first Beta reader and work has started on the next 2.
I am a bit nervous as my beta reader has already picked up on a chapter that I had removed as I didn’t feel it fitted and commented that it should be returned and I fear what else she mind find.
I have also started work on the rewrite of book #03 and Dragon World: Exiles is now up to 14K on its rewrite. I have an idea how I am expanding this version from its short story, but at the moment I need to do some planning on how some of the background characters fit.
I have also made some progress on my Treatise on the Evolution and Existence of Dragons but that keeps grinding to a halt due to artwork.
I am tired and in need or rest and not work, maybe I should go in a joyride in the Æther Shadow and let it just fly where the wind takes it.
This happened to an author of my acquaintance. She got an email from a “fan” and the gist of it was this:
Dear Ms. Author.
I really like your books. I think they are well-written and I enjoyed reading them. (So far, so good, right? Hang on.) However, I have returned them all because you priced them at $0.99 to $2.99, and that is too much to pay for them. I can’t afford to pay that much for a book, even though I liked it. In the future, can you make sure you make all your books free so I don’t have to return them?
And, when the author in question blocked this “fan” (and it seems, reported her as an abuser of the return system on ebooks), she sent another email chastising the author for blocking her and forcing her to open a second account (presumably to harass the…