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Writing Update...

During the slow periods at work, I’ve been writing on my book again. The book has taken on a new life. It’s expanded. I’m now up to a total of 10,009 words. This might seem small potatoes to everyone who’s written a book before, but given my track record with writing, and starting projects only to abandon them completely, this is quite an accomplishment for me. In the terms of NaNoWriMo, I only have 39,991 left to go before it’s a real book! *ahem*

The story has decided to deviate slightly from the original concept. I have an actual outline for it, which has helped me keep on track for the most part. It’s the first book/idea that I’ve ever outlined from start to finish, more or less. I have a general idea of how I wanted it to begin, what I want to happen in the middle, and how I want it to end. When I first came up with the idea, several years ago, I was very happy with it. It was a proud accomplishment for me. Every time I add something new to the book, new ideas, new settings, new characters, those are additional accomplishments for me.

I have no designs to get it published really. Right now, I think the book is utter crap. But, the story wants to be told, so there’s little I can do about it being crap. I figure I’ll get everything down on paper, and then revisit whether or not I want to go through the process of editing it and improving on it. Or, I might just get it published for myself in book format from one of those book binding people. It’d be worth it to me, to immortalize my work. If I do that, I’ll get my sister, Sandy, to do the cover art. She’s talented as an artist, but does very little with her artwork.

So far, I’m enjoying the process of writing. I just wish the characters I’m defining in the book would tell me their names. A few have. Most have not. The main character will likely go through another identity crisis, but for now she’s sticking to Kristen as her name. The original ship will change names as well, now that I have a better idea of how ships have been named in the past.

Researching piracy, reading the stories of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and reading about maritime stuff in general as research has been pretty enlightening. I’ve already lightly used some of that research in my book, thanks to the book that I received for my birthday from paultucker. So far it has been an invaluable source. It is ‘Seafaring Women’ by David Cordingly. I already had his matching book, ‘Under the Black Flag’, which talks more about piracy in general – though I’d scarcely gotten through it. I am half way through ‘Seafaring Women’.

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