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.

http://www.ajb2k3.co.uk/AETT/ 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.

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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 … “
“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

https://www.amazon.co.uk/End-Diaries-James-Purcell-Book-ebook/dp/B00N89UNIE

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

 

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Patreon – What do you say?

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.

As ever,

See you in port next time Airship Captains.

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Book #02 in the hands of the first Beta reader

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.

See you in port next time Airship Captains.

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Back matter.

 

 

I keep finding odd bits that need cleaning up in the editing section but the formatting is almost complete and after a rocky morning of bug fixing managed to get scrivener to compile it correctly. Still some things to sort out (artwork being top of the list), but thoughts now turn to the rear section. I have added the author biography and a page liking to the first book but now I find my self thinking about adding previews of the next two books that are (time line wise) also due out.

I still haven’t finished Exiles (which is also due this year), but atleast the deadline is looking like it will be possible.

I need a holiday.

See you in port next time Airship Captains.

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New layout and new page

Not sure that I like the new style but I had to choose it to get the menu.

I have also added another page to the blog listing my planned books and I now realise that I have a long journey ahead of me.

Anyway time to get back to work.
See you in port next time Airship Captains.

Twine: Change scene after event (Harlow).

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Changing the scene text after an event in the Harlow theme turned out to be quite easy (once it was pointed out to me, thanks Greyelf).

To do this, you need to create a variable in the first passage (launch passage)

(set: $visited to 0)

The variable can be called anything as long as it has the “$” before it.
Then is the passage that you want to change add

(if: $visited is 0)[

](else:)[

]

The first visit text goes between the first set [] between the $visited and (else) and the second set (changes to) in the second set.

The when you come to where you want the event that changes things use

(set: $visited to 1)

when will then trigger the change in passage text.

This just scrapes what can be done with variables, but it serves me