July 14th, 2013

Beyond the Ocean's Edge

The Past Week

I guess it had to do with reducing the Nook and Kindle prices for Beyond the Ocean's Edge: A Stone Island Sea Story, and the large volume of e-mails I sent announcing that fact; but my Facebook "likes" reached the magical fifteen midway through the week.  I had Jessica (my daughter) choose a number between one and fifteen and then compared that to the list of likes to determine the winner.  Turns out to be a local, someone I've know for sometime, and who used to be part of a critique group I was with.  At least I'll save on postage and shipping.  However, it is possible that the winner could have been someone overseas.  I've at least one "like" in the UK and two in the Philippines.  Now, the individual that one and I just have to figure out when and where to meet so I can deliver it.  Something was suggested about meeting for coffee so my brain could be picked about this publishing thing.  (Right now I'm looking at another giveaway when "likes" reach thirty.)

Finished Patrick O'Brian's "21".  Well, I finished the part that was in print, or the first three chapters of the unfinished book.  For those who haven't seen the book, the left hand page is the typed version and the right hand a fascimile of his hand-written original.  Once the typescript runs out, there is nothing but hand-written stuff.  Quite frankly, I find it very hard to read the hand-written stuff, and wanting to get on to my own projects, decided not to strain my eyes and brain trying to interpret Mr. O'Brian's penmanship.

Even the typed pages might be considered as an early draft version of the story, although I found the writing to be typical O'Brian, with the flow of words sounding as if they had been written in 1800, rather than 2000.  The characters, their relationship with each other, and their view of life in general were all as they had been in the previous twenty books and filled the expected niches within the reader's mind.  I also noticed that the cover painting, like all the others, by Geoffery Hunt, seemed to be a little less refined and detailed.  Oh, it is a wonderful depiction of a seventy-four, sailing easily across the sea at sundown.  Still, it has the appearance of a painting, obvious brush strokes, and coarser details than are usually seen in the artist's other works.  Again, it is a wonderful piece of maritime art, just a bit different than I'm used to from him.  I wonder if, like the novel itself, the cover art was still a work in progress.

I've got half of the latest version of Sailing Dangerous Waters: Another Stone Island Sea Story printed out.  Friday I began the re-reading, re-editing, process, and got through the first chapter and part way into the second.  Found very little to correct, but I did find some.  Hopefully I'll progress well enough that come August I can contact the self-publishing service and assistance company I work with and get the process started.  I'll also need to find time and a space (the office is kind of messy) to try and paint a cover picture for this, the second book.  I have an idea in mind and a point in the story that it'll depict.  It took me three tries to get the painting (Hotchkiss' Paradox) done for the first, so I wonder how many attempts will be required for this one.

About all for today, so I'll say, so long.
Dave