Book#1: Æther Shadow Nearly finished.


I can honestly say that after four years Book#1: ÆtherShadow is nearing completion. While I still have mixed feeling about it (it was the first one I wrote, but the second to be released) I can’t find anything else wrong with the book itself. There is still some formatting bugs to be cured and some issues concerning #Scrivener, but I will be glad to move on to the next books.

#NaNoWriMo is rapidly approaching and this year I will use it as an excuse to avoid #Dragon World:Exiles and work on the rewrite of joint books #Kitsune and #Shelly Lee which are the next in the story line and show the main characters taking separate paths.

I am still holding hope that it will be finished in time for All Hallows Eve, but one can never be certain.

Well, thats all for now,
See you in port next time Lords, Ladies and Airship Captains.


Branding and Icons on a website.

 Branding and Icons on a website.

So, you have spent ages writing a book and designing the look and feel of it and the cover and now you look to making a website.
Have you stopped to consider that tiny little icon in the web address bar?
Yup that small blue “F” that appears when you visit the social media site?
That icon is also part of your branding and trying to make one look good is going to be a challenge however, getting that tiny little 16×16 pixel icon is not the end.
Part of S.E.O is sorting out the icons to go on the site and the bad news is that there are quite a few different ones required.

While struggling to see my cup of tea this morning I came across this site >> << which gives a good explanation of the icon business.

So I throw this out to you.

How many of you, when designing a website for your books, have you considered working on the icons for the site yet?

Editing and Webdesign.

Currently Editing ÆtherShadow and have reached chapter nine. This is only the first editing pass, but at least it feels like I am nearly finished with Book #1.0 Æthershadow.

First alpha reader of Dragon World:Exiles enjoyed it so that a good start and the editor has Book #2.0 Kitsune. The next twelve months are going to be busy for me and I really need to knuckle down and put more effort into my writing. finally has the first test page up and while it is almost finished, there is still some work left on it.

That is all for now, see you in port next time, Airship Captains.


Distractions and Inspiration.

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.

Anyway, that is all for now,

See you in port next time Airship Captains.


The Beginning of the Æther Shadow

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. Highlord Norlan Bracegirdle 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 #01 The End it is still available on amazon including a few exclusive extra’s

Please enjoy and I will see you in port next time my fellow Airship Captains.