Writing Stats for August 2014

Here's the eighth "writing stats" post of the year, letting you know how my writing output is progressing.

No writing in August. The month started well with lots of books sold at OSFest. I took the rest of the month off. I watched the first season of Arrow, some Doctor Who in advance of the new season, and a couple of documentaries: Dear Mr. Watterson and Downloaded. Look them up if you're interested. I also read The Mask of Zorro and The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Not that I could completely stay away from writing. I did some poking around the internet, searching for ideas for upcoming works. I now have seven (yes, 7!) stories to write for the Defender series. I'll start on those this month, along with what might be my first steampunk story. I may also have the start of an idea for yet another Defender story, or more likely, a story arc.

So, back on the schedule, and back to writing!


Steam on the Horizon - book review

Steam on the Horizon is one of the books I picked up at OSFest from one of the authors I had the chance to meet at the con.

It's a steampunk novel, the tale of Gavin Roberts, an airman in 1850s Britain. Roberts is first mate of an airship when a boiler explosion damages the ship and kills the captain. As it happens, the captain is the incompetent son of the ruthless owner of the most powerful airship line in London. Roberts makes a deal to acquire the airship. He struggles to make repairs and assemble a crew as a brand-new Captain.

The novel is quite the zippy read. The language can be a bit much at times, but it does evoke something of the style of Victorian literature. There's the usual gears and gadgets as per any steampunk work. The story had some interesting detail touches, such as an inventor's drug habit and references to the Irish Potato Famine.

It's the first book in a series, and I'm interested in seeing where the story goes. Roberts is an interesting character, and the world-building is good.