I’m pleased to announce the coming publication of Reflection of Brass, my print anthology composing the novellas Antioch Burns, Roma Aeronautica, and the Last Gladiator, along with a sneak peek at my forthcoming novella, tentatively titled A Brief History of New Caesaria. I’ll be doing some cover teases all this week and next, along with a blog blitz to share writing new and old! Here’s today’s first piece of artwork!
This is a combination post for both my Year of Accountability Project and my Camp NaNoWriMo Progress! I’ve been working on the novella pretty heavily over the last few days, and reached the first major milestone! 10,000 words! I’m excited to share a brief except from the short story in the novella below, but first I wanted to also share the goal for next week.
Goal for this week: Reach 10,000 words in the ‘Colonia’ book – Goal Achieved!
Goal for next week: Reach 20,000 words!
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Some more progress for the next novella in Camp NaNoWriMo, and Roman meets Nortlander in far away Iceland!
Here’s another Camp NaNoWriMo Update! I missed yesterday’s, but that’s fine. I’ve already been getting some good feedback from my beta readers as they look at the (very imperfect) writing that is underway. Today’s writing looks at some of the first Roman explorers to reach Nix Insulam – Otherwise called Iceland – and their encounters with the Nortlanders who were already there.
- Total amount of words: 7,197
- Progress today: 1,607 words
- Goal: 50,000 Words
If you like what you see, remember that you can get my latest novella – The Last Gladiator, on Kindle, Nook, and for all other e-readers through Smashwords! Onto some of today’s writing. Remember, this is the roughest of rough drafts, but any critiques are always welcome! Click beyond to see today’s snippet!
Here’s today’s first writing progress from Camp NaNoWriMo. The goal is to post a snippet of each day’s work. That way, you can see progress!
- Total amount of words: 5590
- Progress today: 1,424 words
- Goal: 50,000 Words
If you like what you see, remember that you can get my latest novella – The Last Gladiator, on Kindle, Nook, and for all other e-readers through Smashwords! Onto some of today’s writing. Remember, this is the roughest of rough drafts, but any critiques are always welcome!
Greetings reader, I hope you enjoy my trifling effort to summarize some of the most critical events in the history of the colonization of New Caesaria. I was commissioned by the Byzantium College of Warfare to compose this volume of primary resources on the development of New Caesaria. Exploring the time period from discovery to initial exploration and colonization efforts to the present day, it is my foremost desire that this volume sheds some light on the westernmost reaches of our Empire’s power. As always, all dates in this passage are in ‘After the Emperor’ – A.E. (although some sources use A.D. – Ad Dominum, especially those from Christian sources, and others use P.I. – Post Imperator, as in traditional Latin, rather than the more evolved version used today. But I digress…)
I make no promise of extensivity; rather I have pulled from the most original and noteworthy resources. Some may question my inclusion of so-called “barbarian” accounts of colonization. To them I say that Rome has always worked hard to integrate the people, including those ‘less civilized’, around our empire. We like to think of Rome as the most enlightened in the world, but as a nation we have much to learn from our neighbors.
Certainly, their ways, methods, and language are foreign to us. In some cases, such as the Aztlan Dominion, their methods are abhorrent and bloodthirsty. Others, such as the republican traditions of the Hausonadee Confederacy, leave much to be admired. I would be unable to tell the true story of our colonization efforts without their truth.
Some new maps for your pleasure. I’m excited to have these be part of my next project – a Brief History of the Colonies of New Caesaria! Which map do you like better?
It’s time! The next novella in the Steam Empire Chronicles is finished!
The Last Gladiator describes the complex transitions within the eternal city itself during the early years of Emperor Hadrian Appius’ rule. Following the exploits of Lucia Rhodanus Fortem, a female gladiator charged with a daunting task – defeat the first of the mechagladiators, or die trying. With characters and situations foreshadowing events in the Steam Empire Chronicles, you’ll want to pick up this novella! The Last Gladiator will be going on presale April 10th, 2020.
The Last Gladiator will be released on May 1st, 2020.
What exactly is a mechagladiator? Only the most technological advancement in the arena in the 1800s! One of my most favorite steampunk elements in my novels, Mechagladiators are impressive and awesome to see in battle.
It’s been a crazy week, but here’s a teaser of the new cover of The Last Gladiator to make your day!
It’s been a crazy week! Between starting soccer, and getting sick with a nasty bug that doesn’t want to let my voice go, it’s been a tricky time. Such is life! I’ve made only a little headway on projects due to convalescing. But I can announce that I’ll be ready to release the cover art for the Last Gladiator this upcoming week! So some progress!
I also realized that I never actually set a goal for this week! Eek!
So for this next wee, I want to get to the 35,000 word mark in the Last Gladiator. That’s my aimed end point, and I’d love to actually be able to get this thing done. Before that, here’s a teaser!
Let’s hear how accountable I was this week! What did I do?
I wrote a 4,000 word short story, so yay for being successful! I also published my latest D&D adventure – the Invasion of the Phandelver Valley. So lots got done this week. I ended up not submitting my short story. I felt it didn’t match the parameters of the request (a steampunk fairy tale) and instead was a more exploration with fantasy components.
So now I’ve got 4,000 words for A Brief History of New Caesaria 🙂
I just released my Invasion of the Phandelver Valley custom campaign (its a doozy!), and went through and updated all the resource home pages, so go check them out! (I’ve updated this with a new link to the finalized and upgraded version on DMs Guild. It contains of 40 pages of great content!).
- A link between the Phandelver Mine final mission and a series of escalating Orc attacks designed to pull in Neverwinter (and any missions you might have there!)
- An opportunity for characters to experience larger battles, and direct the actions of NPCs.
- Actions & Consequences for missions – which NPC do you throw your support behind? What resources can they muster to help defend the valley? If you chose not to complete some of their requests, how will that help or hurt you?
- Several maps to outline your battles and ideas for siege attacks, with stats for siege engines & defensive buildings.