Hello all, I have been terribly negligent in my blogging lately, and I do apologize. In the past few weeks, I have started a waitressing gig which has consumed time and metal effort, and I have been plugging away at editing Draft 1 of Steam on the Horizon. The editing process is going well: I left off Chapter 14 this week before a cold claimed all my strength and focus. All 240+ pages of Draft 1 are liberally coated with crossing out marks, questions, comments, ideas, and an abundance of "Yuck". "Yuck" is my ever-handy, all-purpose word for "This section is ridiculous tripe that would have been better scribbled by a neurotic monkey. Please vigorously renovate said section until it is something approaching decent prose."
As I have read through the draft, I've realized I've not made Captain Roberts' character as consistent as it should be. Roberts is supposed to be a level-headed, intuitive thinker who does not anger or fluster easily. In sections, I have him reacting too harshly or quickly and I usually annotate these sections with "Calm down, Roberts". I also am recasting Victoria's background because since I am writing historical steampunk fiction, I am trying to better keep in mind the regulations and deprivations of women of the Victorian era. Originally I had Victoria tramping all over the world with a quasi-adopted brother named Jules as a companion, but I have decided to make Jules an actual blood brother of Victoria, plus changed some other aspects of Victoria's background to make her more consistent.
There is a terrific mess spanning about 30 pages and located halfway through the book that needs either heavy revision or exorcism and I'm not sure quite yet what would best befit it. I will be approaching this section sometimes next week, and it will be a sticky mess to wade through, that I know.
My goal is to have Draft 1 revised into Draft 2 by the end of the month, where I will then hand it over to a couple loyal beta readers to get some feedback. So far, I feel that I am on track to have a published version ready by the end of February, so keep your fingers crossed!
Right now, I am looking for full-time work after realizing quickly that waitressing is unlikely to support a mortgage. My brother Seth told me about an interesting job as a medical helicopter coordinator which I think would tie in quite splendidly with my steampunk writing because the job would entail learning about things such as latitude and longitude. As I was writing the cover letter for my application, I considered working this in but decided that it would look a trifle unprofessional to say, "I'm writing a fantasy book about airships and this job would really help me learn more about how stuff flies." If I get an interview, I will try to bring it up, but I didn't think I could express this in a one-page cover letter without looking like a total dweeb. Hopefully by the end of the month I have secured either a full-time job or an offer of one because I am broke as a clock right now!
Yesterday, I had a lovely 33rd birthday party with some great friends, and steampunks were in abundance. The wonderful Matt M, operates his own antique and parts-selling business and this was his gift to me:
Yup, these are awesome! I can't wait to make stuff out of this. I was glad to see the larger gears too as these are generally pretty hard to find, When I take apart the watch, there should be some nice tiny gears in there too. Okay, what shall I build first?