What does a key ring, a piggy bank, Victorian Handcuffs, and a bottle of beer have in common?
This post is separated into two parts. In Part one I show how they are all connected, and in part two, I will extend the connections. This post came about after an offhanded comment in work about not being able to teach pork.
The keyring is decorated with the crest of the Purcell family. The surname Purcell came from a common occupational name for a swineherd. The surname Purcell is derived from the Norman-French word Porcel, which in turn comes from the Latin word Porcus, which means pig(1) or piglet. The four boars on the crest are ancient pigs(2).
The Piggy Bank
Piggy banks get their name from the fact that they were made to look like pigs(3).
The Victorian Handcuffs
The Handcuffs are mostly used by police. The police were created in the 19th century by Sir Robert Peel(4). It is believed that Sir Robert Peel was believed to have been the originator of the Tamworth Pig after importing an ‘Irish Grazer’ into his estate at Drayton Manor. (5). It is believed that because of this connection, the police gained the nicknames of “Peelers” and “Pigs” (6).
The Bottle of Beer
One of the first police officers was sack in his first day for being drunk on the job after turning up for work with a tankard of beer (7). If you are guessing, no, I haven’t started on the Beer yet!
Let’s have some fun now.
In part one I continued to mention pigs so, keeping to that theme I will go off on a tangent.
Two most valuable foodstuffs derived from pigs are Pork chops and Bacon.
Bacon is also the surname of actor Kevin Bacon (yay, fifty shades of Kevin Bacon reference!) One of the film franchises he was most known for is Tremors. Tremors had a new film comes out this year and Kevin will be reprising his roll in a new Tremors TV series’s.
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.
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.
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 jest, but I have finally managed to get the iBooks version of “The End” compiled an uploaded.
So whats the problem?
I fear that the conversion has not gone down properly. I used the same source that was compiled in scrivner for the Kindle version, but I am nervous that the conversion to epub went wrong.
Again, what the problem?
I can’t see what the book looks like until it’s live because there is no preview. I have to trust that the finale version will look like the epub when it goes live!
Now that’s out the way time for a bigger update.
The following contains a big spoilers for those who only read the paperback and iBooks Version
T.D.o.J.P:Book #1.0 :Æther Shadow has finished the 7th draft and is now in the process for editing and Book #2.0: Kitsune still need the first draft rewritten (A 1/3rd has to be cut and moved to a different book leaving it far to short.) Dragons Rising: Exiles is about halfway through the first draft and has a change of series name, Sirens: Shelly Lee has begun the note taking stage.
Sirens is set in the same worlds as The Diaries of James Purcell, but is a side series that fills gaps between the main series from the perspectives of the other characters.
That’s all for now, see you in port next time Airship Captains.
“There is truth in the old saying that only the good die young!” a soldier said as he dropped down next to me.
“I know the truth in that,” I said trying to avoid eye contact.
The soldier lit a cigarette and offered it to me and I refused it with a shake of my head, missing my long hair. “Do you mind if I ask how old you are?”
I turned to face him and with a sigh I answered, “Over 60.”
“You are over 60 and still fighting!”
“I tried to avoid fighting.”
“Once a fighter?”