Week 7 of 2019
Sorry about not having an update last week. I’ve been pounding away at The Feeding of Sorrows. I’m doing well, though I wanted to be farther along. I’m over 90k, though, so it’s not entirely vaporware at this point.
I’m currently ensuring I’ve got all the pieces in the right place for the penultimate battle. In this case, this is the part where I have to juggle all the timing to make it work right. The final battle follows easily enough, once we get the characters into place for this one.
Why two battles? Well, I like intrigue, treachery, and extra explosions.
Anyway, I’m really pleased with the story and I’m excited to finish and get it to the publisher.
Speaking of excitement, Those in Peril, the alternate naval history anthology that I’m in, went live yesterday. You can find it at: https://www.amazon.com/Those-Peril-Phases-Mars-Book-ebook/dp/B07NPG7QFW/. I really appreciate James L. Young and Chris Kennedy for letting me participate.
My story is called “Far Better to Dare,” and it’s about a certain memorable thing which doesn’t become memorable until ten years after it really happened. I really enjoyed writing this story, in part because I had to research an era of naval history I only knew a little about. It turns out to be perfect for this sort of exercise, with all sorts of interesting quirks and tidbits available to toss into the pot.
With that, I think I’m going to take the rest of the night off. A Cadfael mystery or two is calling.
Current Playlist Song
Blue Oyster Cult’s Don’t Fear the Reaper. Like many, not only do I love the song but I am also reminded of the great “More Cowbell” routine where Christopher Walken keeps demanding more cowbell from Will Ferrell. This skit got even funnier when I realized that there really is cowbell in the song, but it’s in the background. Ferrell picked it up, though, and, though I rarely say this about him, made comedic gold.
Quote of the Week
I might as well use the quote that provided my title for my story in Those in Peril.
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
News and Works in Progress
- The Feeding of Sorrows (approx. 90,000)
- CB (8,418)
- AFS (2,556)
Recent Blog Posts and Wiki Additions
- Interview (Meriah Crawford): https://robhowell.org/blog/?p=1653
- I might have a couple more to add, one the first weekend of March and one in April, but still figuring out details.
- 9-16 March, Gulf Wars, Lumberton, MO
- 22-24 March, FantaSci, Raleigh, NC
- 29-31 March, Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO
- 31 May-2 June, LibertyCon, Chattanooga, TN
Today’s Weight: 389.4
Updated Word Count: 15,187
Shijuren Wiki: 874 entries
Four Horsemen Wiki: 518 entries
Let me know if you have any suggestions on the website, this email, or cool story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Especially let me know of suggestions you have for the Spotlight section.
Have a great week, everyone.
Author of the Shijuren-series of novels
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