Showing posts from August, 2014

End of Part Five (and Draft 4)

Y'all--the writing/revising of draft 4 is finished.

To keep it uniform with the other posts related to this draft, here are the numbers:

Words: 100, 173
Pages: 358
Chapters: 55

First line of Part 5:
Once at home, Miles called the girls to him.
Last line (of the entire novel):
For this moment, Miles took a lungful of clean country air, nary a flame in sight, feeling peaceful.
If you're curious ('cause I was), the draft previous, number three, was 116,653 words. So I managed to lose 16,000 words from one draft to the next, which, for me, never happens. If I can trim this down to about 98K, I'll be happy. 

So, my list of post-draft Things To Do:
1. Sleep. It's legit 3:30 am here.
2. Commence editing: run Spellcheck, check grammar, cut extraneous lines, that sort of thing. 
3. Debate on whether to cut out this one character, which could shorten the word count, which is good. Possibly try to tighten up a few things that are bothering me.
4. Polish up that query! 
5. Get my lit ag…

Cool Things About the Victorian Era, Part 3

I was re-watching some episodes of this British TV series, Cranford, based on the novels of Elizabeth Gaskell the other day--as a break from the WIP, which is slowly circling the drain toward the end.

And by "the end," I mean, like, another a couple of scenes. This one may actually come in shorter than the last draft.

But anyway, Cranford takes place in the 1840s, in a small village in the north of England. The 1840s are very early Victorian times and the show really does have a superb cast; I feel like every British actor ever was in this show.

On my last Cool Things About the Victorian Era post, writing buddy Karla wondered how the Victorians would have felt about all their new technology.

There was a scene in Cranford that definitely expressed the feelings towards new modes of transportation.

Some background: a local landowner has decided not to sell his land to the railway company, thus ending the railroad five miles away from Cranford. The older people, including the la…

Downton Abbey Season 5 photo

Every year, there's a Downton Abbey cast photo and every year, I have combed said cast photo for any clues as to what's going to happen this season.

Here's season 5. Click to make it bigger.

So Molesley's in the picture this year, as is the dog. The kids have certainly grown!

I wonder what's in store for this year?

Cool Things About the Victorian Era, Part Two

Here are some more, super basic Internet researched Cool Things from the Victorian Era:

Benz had the first patent for an automobile design by 1879. Horseless carriage, much?
In 1896, Benz patented the first internal-combustion engine. The diesel engine was invented in 1897. Still, cars were rare in the early twentieth century. Only the very rich could afford them until Ford started mass-producing the Model T.

Motion Pictures
In 1888, Louis Le Prince was granted a patent on a motion film camera/projector.  He also tried to patent a single-lens camera, but was denied, although Edison later patented such a camera. (Patent wars, y'all). The Lumiere brothers patented a cinematograph, also a camera/projector device, in 1895. Unlike Edison's kinetoscope, which only allowed one viewer, the cinematograph allowed many viewers.

Anesthesia: ether and chloroform

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) was a hip thing to do for young rich men even as far back as 1799, but in 1846, an American d…

End of Part Four...Almost Done!

Two seconds ago, I finished the end of Part Four, which means I have one part (the denouement) left on this here revision. I have five outline pages to get through, which is, like, another twenty or thirty pages, manuscript wise, maybe? I've been cutting scenes in outline in order to streamline as I go, so it might be even shorter.

In addition, I wrote a draft query letter for The Keegans of Banner's Edge today. This was mostly spurred by (a) needing to have a query done before I finish editing the WIP, so that I have time to get that query right before I want to send it out and (b) because a few of my writing friends and I are exchanging queries and first chapters---some in preparation for the query trenches, others in preparation for #PitchWars and #PitMad.

Oddly enough, as I wrote the pitch portion of my query, which is a torture device designed for overly verbose writers, I realized that my next, as-yet-to-be-written story, the one I'm referring to as The Buccaneers-me…

IWSG: Literary Snobs

This is my post for the August Insecure Writer's Support Group, posting every first Wednesday of the month and organized by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Every so often, writers encounter those who are, simply put, snobs. You know the type. Writers who claim to not need outlines or notes. Writers who say they only write one draft. Writers who often reiterate how long they've been writing (I started writing as a hobby when I was 9 and decided I wanted to be a writer at 12, which is 16 years ago). Writers who don't ever (ever) need betas. Writers who say that if you catch the affliction known as writer's block, can't concentrate on your work for whatever reason, procrastinate, or don't write every day...

You're Not a Real Writer.

Luckily, I went to a college rife with various arts majors, all of whom spent a lot of time sneering at one another, proclaiming that so-and-so is a "poser" and that dude isn't "a real actor." This kind of attitude isn&#…

Cool Things About the Victorian Era

So, I did sort of promise a post on the cool things of the Victorian era, right? The Victorian Era is not completely frightening
I've done some preliminary, Wikipedia-level research for my next story idea and thought I'd share some of the cool gadgets that may make an appearance in my story. The Victorian Era--which officially started in 1837, when Queen Victoria ascended the throne, and ended in 1901, when she died--is a large span of time. So, as one can imagine, a lot happened! That's why this is going to be multiple posts.

The railroad grew across Britain. The first steam railway, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, was built in 1830. By the 1850s, Britain had 7,000 miles of railways. By 1900, there were 18,860 rail miles.

The London Underground
The Tube was built from 1854 and opened in January 1863, with gas-lit wooden carriages led by a steam locomotive.


Steamships actually pre-date Victoria's reign; the first sea-going steamboat traveled…