I’m going to University!

I’m going to University!

Well, not quite, I have signed up for the Open University – Start Writing Fiction course. This is the first course that I have attempted since I finished my beginners Japanese course with a pas rate of 92%. I am filled with mixed emotions of both fear and joy but with having several NaNoWriMo friend living geographically near also signed up, I am sure we will all be successful.

What about the books?

I am still struggling to get the first part of book 1 finished and this part alone is a shy under 20K words and its still waiting for one chapter to be finished and one to be written! I may post this up as a freebie to judge the demand for my book series while I work on getting the rest of book one edited.

So far the response has been wonderful, thanks everyone for fighting your way through the rough drafts!

Contact me?

I have been slowly building up the contacts sites but so far the graphical side has bee getting to me.
This blog is the primary contact site for me so far but I do have a G+ Page which is written by the good Captain himself, You can follow him @James Purcell
If it works, you can sometime follow me with this hash tag – #JamesPurcell
Twitter – Absolutely not, I am afraid I don’t abide twitter.
Facebook – I am waiting on pay day to get some bits and then I will hopefully get a proper photo of the good captain to start using as profile pictures. However, until then, there is no facebook page.

What else?

Due to work, there hasn’t been much progress on the revolvers.
I have also taken part in the Brass Goggles Community Writing project, but have pulled out of the Homestart Writing competition. I just feel that my piece didn’t have enough to it.
If there are any artist out there who feel inspired to make up some artwork, feel free but contact me with links to artwork using the DeviantArt website via the member ajb-2k3.

Well that is all for now, see you in port soon, airship captains.

Colt Navy 1851 MKII & MKIII Spectre.

Colt Navy 1851 MKII & MKIII Spectre.

 

Metal Colt 1851 parts

So the MKI Colt 1851 was interesting but while taking a brake from writing, I started on a second (well second and third). I learned some thing from building the first and that was, when working with acrylic, softly, softly is most defiantly the key. In the image above you can see a trigger and locking bolt made out of 1/4″ steel and the trigger is fatter then normal (just for me). The locking bolt was easy enough to make with a dremel and file while the trigger proved rather more hard. Just from rapid heading and cooling caused by high speed drilling and dunking in water, my wooden cutting block became burn’t and the trigger became so hard that it trashed a full dremel drill kit!

I am annoyed about this because the drill’s were in imperial and now the only ones available are in metric!

Anyway why two at once? Well like the first one, the Spectre is being made out of acrylic so that I can use it as a looking adapter to adjust the metal parts and see them working! The metal version wont be a full clone as well, I not that good, but atleast it should look close enough. hopefully when the acrylic is finished with it will also look like a gun but transparent and more respectable.

 

Well that is all for now, see you in port next time airship captains!

You can’t outrun death

You can’t outrun death

While reading one of only two pertinent articles in “Capital crimes – Seven centuries of London life and Murder” by Max Decharne, I came across an interesting piece of information about a murder in 1866. the murder had fled to New York. To track down and identify the murderer two groups consisting of Detectives, Constables and witnesses were dispatched on a month long round trip with there passports and tickets paid for by the magistrates court! 

Do they even do this sort of thing now a day’s?

1870’s Arrest, Trial and execution.

1870’s Arrest, Trial and execution.

So this is proving more difficult then I expected, while there is lots of information on people being executed by hanging for various crimes, trying to find transcripts of the events from arrest to hanging is proving difficult. While there are transcripts that do exist from this time, there is very little available online to read.

I have paid a visit to my local library to raid there offerings and have a few books to hand but it will still take time. Transcripts from the time do exist but most are kept hidden away in archives. I am starting to question why I am doing all this research and it falls down to one thing, I want part of my book to feel realistic even if it is Victorian fantasy!

Delving into history can be interesting at times and you can discover some interesting things about places that you may have been without giving a thought to. One of these places is an old stone building behind wooden hoarding near the engine shed in Bristol. This structure s the last remaining building of Bristol’s new Gaol which was closed in the 1870’s. This last building was (according to research) the site of the last public hanging in Bristol but it just sits there now falling apart.

I hate to see places like this going to waste and wish I could win the Lottery just to rebuild them, even if they have a grisly past.

Currently my book sits at 58,460 words and growing all the time. I am only 48 pages in on the first edit and still adding in paragraphs that I have been told that I need. Once I finish this pass, will see if I can find some to cast there eyes over it and point out anything that they think is wrong on missing.

Well that is enough thinking for now,

See you in port next time Airship Pilots!

The trial of James Purcell.

I have spent several days sat in the imaginary corner, moaning that the beginning of my book is crap. It fall down to the fact that the first stage has no definitive closing chapter and no real plot. Well after talking to a police friend and some of my NaNoRegional group members, I have been missing a very big section from my book. Even though my main character has legal help, he will have have to be arrested and tried for his fiancée’s murder. 

What will be the outcome if he is convicted? He will have to face the hangman’s noose. Apparently if he is going to get away and continue his story (which I really need him too) that there needs to be some serious intervention.

This has given me quite a bit to think about and now I need to re-plan the first section of my book to fit the pieces back together.

Se you in port next time Airship Captains.