Book 1 Æther Shadow officially underway.

The original draft of Book 1 Æther Shadow weighed in at only 40K words. Today I reached the 17K mark of which only 4K is edited from the old version. The new version has a deeper story and now includes the protagonist side of the story that was absent from the first version. The self imposed deadline is getting worryingly close and I still have a long way to go, but this is a good start.

See you in port next time Airship Captains.

No I haven’t given up.

I have been struck down three time by a cold in four months and it has taken it’s toll on me but I haven’t given up. Those that have followed my other blog know that I have got a new printer ( a Prusa i3 extrusion printer) and have been trying to lean how to make use of it which has caused a few distractions, along with helping mum with her hobby which she hopes to make a business, I have been somewhat distracted.

Due to feeling not happy with the ebook, one the current paperback version passes muster and get’s published, I will strip “The End” back to the main story and will be removing the sections “Second Life” and “Dragon hunt” so that I can spend more time on redeveloping them. I also have the true book one and it’s equal nearly finished and need to get them done before going back to add to the prequel ( The “0” prequel series) and adding all the early years stories that are collecting.

To be totally honest, the main reason for this is something most authors face, I am bored of working on this book and need to get back to the actual story cycle that started it all.

What’s my plan for this year?
Aether Shadow which is the next book in the time line but the first in the actual series is planned for halloween release (just like the current book) I dunno if it will make it but the manuscript is further along in development then The end was.

I hope to meet up a few more times with writers this year so will be happy to keep in touch with the Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset and North Somerset writers.

See you in port next time Airship Pilots !

First paperback proof inbound.

After much hard work and swearing the current file drafts passed the pre-publish review and I have ordered the proof paperback.

Its costing me nearly £10 in P&P but hopefully it will arrive in time for Christmas.

To be honest, I’m sick of tired of re-reading this book for editing so am going to move on to the next book called Æther Shadow.

Some will notice that the current book is numbered #00, this is not an error, it is intentional. Æther Shadow was always intended to be the First book in the series but the test readers wanted to know about some of the back story and so The End was written. This one shouldn’t take much to get published as it’s near complete (bar the proofreading and editing).

After the writing course there are some thing i will add and some that need removing but I am eager to move on.

My neck hurts!

I’m once step closer to getting the book ready for its release next month!
I have now finished the low level formatting and cleanup and now can start on the high-level formatting that readers will see.

My neck hurts so now i’m going to try and get drunk!

See you in port next time Airship Captains.

Monocharacteraphasia

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So I made the title word up but this is why.

Monocharacteraphasia = An inability to follow more then one character in a story.

I thought that I would crack on and rewrite book two while book one gets looked over and, while the vast majority of it is written there are section which caused problems with certain types of readers. At one point in book two the story leaves the main character and follows a secondary character as they go about action that will an effect in the later part of the story and future books.

It would appear that some readers can’t handle the change from characters and loose the plot line. While struggling to rewrite the prologue I face the dilemma of do I leave these chapters in or pull them. The book can exist in most without them but I fear that If I do pull them then questions will be raised later.
What to do, What to do.

See you in port next time, Airship Captains.

OU Assignment Work :The Medieval Prison Cell

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The prison room.

Michael could not believe what he was looking at. He was stood in a castle in 1890. In his own world this castle was almost derelict, but here, in this world, it was as if time had stood still. His guards, who looked like a combination of medieval knights mixed with modern day soldiers, shoved him through a door that exposed a narrow spiral staircase leading up into a tower. The medieval chains that bound him, made it hard to climb. When he reached the top, a door was opened and he looked down into a narrow corridor that must be hidden in the castle’s outer wall. There was very little light in the passageway and he was roughly shoved down the small flight of stairs that lead into the passageway. The chains around his ankles caused him to stumble and he reached towards the wall to stop his fall. At the end of the cold and damp passageway was a single door which opened into a small round room. The only light source came from a small window in the wall and the fireplace. There was a small bed and a desk in the room, but little else. Another rough shove forced him into the room and as he stumbled to turn around to the door, he realised that there was no way that he would ever escape and see his daughter again. The door was pulled closed and he heard a key being turned in the lock followed by bolts being drawn across. Taking a look around at his small cell, he couldn’t help feel like he was living in some medieval story.

He pulled himself to his feet and lowered himself onto the crude wooden bed which had a straw mattress and a rough blanket. The fire not only provided light, but it was the only source of heat in the whole room. He wasn’t sure what was happening, but he had an idea that it was connected to the ship. If he was here, it meant that the ship, her crew and his daughter were safe from harm. He heard muffled footsteps echoing down the corridor along with a conversation outside the door. The bolts slid open, the door unlocked and as it opened he came face-to-face with his host.

“Norland Bracegirdle, I presume?”

The man bowed, “Do I have the pleasure Michael McClay, of one of the two current owners of my ship?”

“Our ship, you legally sold it to us then tried to take it back. What is all this about Norland?”

“I don’t have to answer that, I need my ship back and once I have the captain along with you, then I can persuade you to finally return ownership back to me.”

Michael laughed “Nice try, with all that you have done, there is no chance of ever seeing it again.”

“There is still time for that” Norland replied before leaving the room.

Images and Text Copyright © Adam Bryant, 2012. All right reserved.

CampNaNoWriMo Update ?

My OSX/IOS workspace

My OSX/IOS workspace

 

CampNaNoWriMo Update?

I thought I should write a post about how far along I am in the beta version of the book.

Using the Nanocounter my official word count (actual document word count) is sitting around 32,660 however, in the process of writing and the little distractions, I have written another 6K words on top of that! My original target word count for the first part of book one came in at 29K and 15 chapters (not to far short) and while there are still loads to do on it, I hope that the finial pre-publish will pass 30K.

Part 2-Second life MKII is only up to 3.5K, but I hope to get up to the 6K mark by drink o’clock (1759 According to Arthur Guinness)

I am at the point in the manuscript that I have an idea of where it’s going, but no notes on what to write.

I say this far too many times, but I am still amazed that a 2.2k word Halloween short has blown into a book series as more and more readers ask me questions.

I have a private hidden group on facebook where a few have had the chance to preview the first 14 chapters, but until the first part get epublished it will remain secret.

Integrated Editing.

Editing on Macbookpro and Ipad mini

Editing on Macbookpro and Ipad mini

There is just something about reading in book format that makes it easer to edit however all I had was an Android tablet and Kindle K3 keyboard that are unable to edit pages files (or scrivner!) so this weekend I picked up a cheap iPad Mini to use as a reader/editor. This makes it so much easer to read and edit my book in a more natural ebook format style.

Being able to edit on both OSX and IOS (via the iCloud) should make things so much easer.

 

Anyone else do this when working on there books?

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.