Day 13 – Lucky or Unlucky?

20,000 words makes this a pretty lucky day I think!

Salve! Welcome to the 13th day of Blogging this November!

Today is really exciting, as I’ve hit the 20,000 word mark. This is a really big deal for me, as it means that almost 1/4 of Laurel Emperor’s first draft is finished! Also, I haven’t been the most focused today, so I also managed to write 500 words on another short story/fan fic idea I’ve been playing around with, which brings my total number of words written today to nearly 3,000! With all my major characters having gotten at least one chapter, I’m about to start working in several new characters that were introduced in the last book, and will begin to play a bigger role in some of the events in Rome.


“Did you bring back those newspapers, Marciena?” Aurelia asked. The young girl smiled mischievously as she clambered up the gangplank and entered the darkness of the hold. All around them crew gathered up large bags of mail, deposited them on the edge of a large ramp. The ramp was attached to a pair of hooks on the side of the airship, and led down to a series of waiting steam wagons below. The mail bags were slid down the ramp and deposited into the bed of the steam wagons with a very satisfying thump.

Marciena had already tried that on her own, with her and the crew watching warily. She had bounced up out of the wagon bed, a huge smile on her face. For the rest of the day, all Aurelia had heard was “Can I go again?”

“Yea!” She pulled off her messenger bag, liberated from somewhere in the ship, and revealed the half dozen newspapers that she had purchased. Aurelia looked at them greedily, desperate for news. The wireless devices on ship were limited to official purposes only, and, with her face being plastered on every streetcorner now, with a reward for any information in locating her, the newspapers were her only link to the outside world.

“Did anyone see you?”

“Nope!” Marciena’s voice was full of happiness. “Can I go down the slide now?”

“Maybe next time, we don’t want to draw attention to ourselves.”

“Of course, Aurelia.”

Aurelia and Maricena make a fun pairing, with her studious side and Marciena’s excitable, playful nature (Brain to Daniel – DUH, she’s a 12 year old). As always, if you have any comments or questions leave them below!

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Author: Daniel Ottalini

Author of the Award-Winning Steam Empire Chronicles Series

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