Thursday, March 19, 2020

Pierwalker Log: March 19, 2020

Writing start: 9:12 A.M.
Finish: 3:49 P.M.
Total new words (est.): Finished the DP
Edited (est.): Blurb + DP

1. Failure: Edited the blurb and completed the Dramatis Personæ
Notes: The next-to-last edit will begin next Friday. I will start putting together the manuscript as I go through the chapters.

This story is really sparkling now. What a challenge it has been! I lost track of the rewrite count a long time ago. Connection issues, pacing issues, learning more about tall ships, their crews, and the lingo, keeping the story on a character-based level, as opposed to an action level. And so on. And so forth.

I want in this novel to give the reader a sense of the size and scope of the Revolution, to bring them in close and personal to it, to make them feel like they are living it too. I want to strongly convey the fact that no hero works alone, that the rugged individualism so many hold to be the pinnacle of how to live life is actually quite dysfunctional and ultimately destructive. For Melody to succeed, the Revolution must succeed. For it to succeed means that warships like the Failure must succeed. It's a team effort--a massive one.

The Dramatis Personæ is one way of showing that the Revolution isn't one person, and that all doesn't rest on her shoulders. Not by a long shot. I had a great time writing it. I think it adds greatly to the tale that follows.

2. Book Three Melody: Off

3. Laurie: Off

4. Conversations With God: Off till 3/25

5. Fractalverse: Volume Six: Off

6. Dread Pirate Roberts 2: Off

7. The White City (Slum): Off

8. Firefly: Slingshot: Off

Transcribing Montaigne: Off