The design contest for the cover of my short story collection, “Empire’s Agent” is complete. I hope to have a proof copy in my hands in less than a week and a commercial release days after that.
At 57k words I have passed the MS of “American Imperium: Princess’ Crusade” onto one of my new copyeditors. He’s a little spastic about “?!” punctuation but I like the cut of his jib. Once “Empire’s Agent” is loose in the wild I shall likely begin another cover design contest. Tricky: the main character, 18-year old Faustina, spends half the book in a hospital bed with 2nd degree burns and no hair. Not the stuff for an eye-catching cover, is it?
And… speaking of Faustina: if there’s a part one, there better be a part two. Below the fold is the opening scene of “American Imperium: Empress’ Crusade.” Faustina is utterly full of herself and as arrogant “af” – as the kids say. I wanted to start things slow and humble. I have tiny, faint glimpses of where she might be going, but I won’t know until she gets there. Enjoy the ride with me!
I’ve a book cover design contest up on 99designs. If you are of the artistic vein, submit your ideas!
In writing, unlike retail, the reader is usually but not always correct. The fact that I was sailing serenely on with all the “likes” to the ‘Empire’s Agent’ short story, only to have NONE for the last installment, surprised me. I reread it and came up with some possibilities… there most certainly might be others (mild spoilers for Empire’s Agent – End)
I am seriously puzzled by this one, friends.
Finally! And what a way to end! This 21k “short story” will be the anchor of my collection of similar for my book in the early months of 2020. Right now I think the shorts will be arranged chronologically, so this will be pretty much in the middle. To-date this gives me ~31k words for that book; I’ll try to flesh one of them out a little more and am sure I’ll have one or two come to my mind in the next few months.
This was a lot of fun! Unfortunately what comes next, besides the final edit of “Worlds Without End” is the last tweaks to the awful “Crosses & Doublecrosses.” Yuck.
Finally! Saturday and it’s time for Arpad and Lily’s date! Here’s the lead in and parts one and two. I’m hoping to see part three (when they talk together in the park) later today and tomorrow. My goal is have their last scene – which is going round and round in my head – no later than Tuesday. After that I will turn my attention to my “Worlds Without End” edit to get it released by 30 September.
Finally got Friday over for Arpad! I’ve already written when he picks up Lily and have them just to the park late Saturday morning. Which, unfortunately, is likely when I’ll have the next chance to finish the scene. It’s there, just needs writing! Making good progress for once!
Finally getting back into the hang of things. Arpad meets Ai and Fausta FTF and then is about to have dinner – unwittingly – with a cousin of Lily’s. I’ll try to get their little conversation out tonight or early tomorrow (I’m off DayJob tomorrow) as I really want to get to what will be one of the hearts of this short story: their date in the park. In don’t know exactly was happens but I have been offered a glimpse into the following Sunday morning… so much to learn!
It’s what you do in English Saddle riding to collect your horse. That is what the last few days for me have been. In the last ten days we took more supplies to Daughter #1 at college followed by my DayJob becoming evening job for the last week. That means I wrote nothing for ten days. In that time my copyeditor informed me she will have the MS for “Worlds Without End” back into my possession by 31 August. I used that to goad my cover designer to get a-move on and wrap things up.
I was off yesterday, Friday, as well as this weekend. I made some minor changes to WWE and wrote the back-cover blurb as well. The stemma I revised and enlarged. Finally to DO SOMETHING I returned to the Arpad/Lily love story. It’s coming in fits and starts. Or complete stops. That’s where this installment ends: at the start of a fight. I know I don’t write those well and will need all my wits about me to flesh it out tomorrow.
It has been a long while since I touched on this short story. The thread of it is here (https://machciv.com/category/empires-agent/). The next installment is below the fold.
I’ve uploaded the final re-edit for T4L. The preliminary re-edit of Echoes of Family Lost is due in next week. After I give my poor copy-editor a week off she’ll be back into “The Saga of Nichole5: Part 1 – ‘Friend & Ally.'” That will have me essentially re-publishing and publishing three novels in three months.
To quote the smartest person on my planet, Dorina, “That’s SOOOO cool!”
On the first hand, I am not thrilled where this has ended. On the second hand, this is just a temporary pause! At 11k words, it would be a real pleasure to turn this into a canonical MC novel where, as a romance, no one dies.
[sit down, Will!]
On the gripping hand, I’ve much work to be done with the re-edit of EoFL and SN5-1 right on its heels. As I’ve pointed out, I can no longer not write, so I wonder… what’s next? Continue reading “Empire’s Agent, baker’s dozen”