Working away here

I intended to update last night, but with a great new review I felt like that served me better. Actually, I got three new reviews over the weekend, but Robbie blogged about it and that means a lot to me. (Thanks, Robbie.)

Over the course of the last two days, I’ve managed about 5000 new words on my project. My characters made it to their destination city and are researching their options. In the mean time, another assassin is lurking about. There is a bit of small monster mayhem going on too. My main character, James, has been approached by a man with a shady plan. The new guy calls himself Johnny Jump Up. This little encounter led to James going missing.

Johnny has a past, and I’ll weave a bit of that into the story later. Particularly how he came by the name.

This one is tentatively called Voyage of the Lanternfish, and it’s pirate themed. I made a general piracy board on Pinterest, and it’s good for inspiration. There are some great angler fish images there. I chose the term Lanternfish for my fantasy story. I’d love to share one, but I don’t want to step on anyone’s copyright. You may want to check it out on Pinterest.

In author terms, I’m fast approaching the end of Act One. This is where the plan fails and the bottom falls out. I’m really looking forward to getting there. The section I’ve been writing involves a bit of deep tension. I like to jump ahead and get to the action, but some scenes like this are necessary.

One of the tough decisions I made was to set this in a fantasy world. This was an attempt to distance myself from a certain popular franchise. This means I need alternatives to places like Tortuga. It also requires me to include a few fantasy creatures, like the owlcats I referenced a couple of times. I plan to glance off some of this, just to give the world some flavor. Things like saltwater bay frogs, and pelicanfish. I’ll come up with a few more, but may not use them all.

What I need to be doing is chipping away at some blog tour posts. I have another book ready to go, and I want to release it before summer, because summer has been pretty dismal in my experience. I need ten posts, and really need to start on them.

In other news, I wrote and scheduled my next Story Empire post. It’s up on Wednesday. I also exchanged enough material to complete another of Lisa’s interviews. I admit to pecking away at these. I’m a bit ahead of the game, so I’m using that time to work on my story.

My wife and I are both off tomorrow, and that usually doesn’t lead to new fiction. This may be a good time to start working on those promotional posts.

I’ve also neglected blog reading, Twitter, and the rest. Maybe I’ll spend some time catching those up.


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31 responses to “Working away here

  1. You are one of the most diligent wordsmiths I know! To me, your grand success seems imminent…proud to know you, Craig, Keep on keeping on! ♥

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  2. I’d say that’s a satisfying weekend. Enjoy your time off 🙂

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  3. I really like ‘Voyage of the Lanternfish’. Really catches the imagination and attention. One thing that helps with making fantasy cities is to decide what you need them for and work around that. That’s the trick that always worked for me, but names were always frustrating. Oddest thing about Tortuga is that there are so many pirate cities like that. I wonder if they’re all based off Nassau, but I might have watched too much ‘Black Sails’. Have fun with your day off.

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  4. Oooo! A fantasy pirate book?? Now I’m REALLY excited about this!

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  5. It sounds like you got a lot accomplished. Glad you are making progress on the current WIP. Enjoy your time off with your wife.

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  6. Will you come and work on my WIP? Guarantee you’d churn out the words faster than I can.

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  7. For place names, you could decide your Caribbean had been colonized by central Europeans instead of western Europeans, and translate Tortuga and Port Royal and such into German or Polish.

    Um, maybe scratch that idea, I just put Tortoise into a translation engine, and the German is Schildkröte and the Polish is Żółw.

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  8. I love the flavor of your new story, Craig. I have a feeling you are going to take Pirating to a whole new level. 🙂 It’s such a balancing act trying to keep up with all the blogs we follow, respond to tweets and everything else we do. You seem to take a systematic approach to all of it. I feel like I’m all over the place, jumping here and there trying to catch up and failing miserably most of the time. 🙂

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  9. Good luck with your busy, busy writing plan! As for social media, I feel like it
    s a merry-go-round – I jump from one thing to another when I find time.

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