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May 14, 2019
I meant to give a report much earlier, but having waited this long, I can now say: It’s the final countdown.
The Science Fiction Project is in its final stage before I send it to my Revision Team. The novel underwent a major restructuring and expansion of characterization. It is likely that I’ll rewrite some existing scenes. Although the minor changes I make now technically belong in the third draft, I’m officially calling it Draft Four. The focus now is to create a near-finalized novel and get it ready for team revisions. I hope to finish this week.
My Revision Team will be the first to read this novel. It is made up of five people who each bring with them a different area of expertise. These are the same people who revised The Red Flag and I’m eager to work with them again. They will also help me choose a title for this novel (right now I have absolutely no ideas).
While they read the Science Fiction for the first time, I will begin planning for the Historical Romance! I am so excited to get started on this new project. It will begin with research, but it’s too early to say much more. I will, of course, update you when the time comes.
The Red Flag has received a 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite and earned an official seal. The book’s cover will be updated to include this seal across all formats; paperback, ebook, and audiobook.
Readers’ Favorite is a book review and award contest company accredited by the BBB and recognized by renowned publishers, including Harper Collins and Penguin Random House. Here is the full review:
“The Red Flag by Julia Maiola takes the life of one Captain Stephen Boswell and spins a tale about how he ended up in the life he despised. His father was a pirate, and Stephen blamed him for his troubles. The choices he made along the way though were his own, and keeping young Alice alive was one of the best decisions he ever made. Little did he know the influence she would have on his life. As a pirate he was fierce, as a friend he was faithful, but as a savior he was sailing on uncharted seas. This brave ten-year-old was not the only piece out of order in his life, but she was also the last hope for his humanity.
The Red Flag realistically tells the good and the bad of a pirate’s life, which encapsulates the research put into this novel. Julia Maiola holds nothing back as she enlightens readers, or listeners, about piracy; the bond between the men, the dangers of trusting acquaintances, and the policy of no witnesses left behind. The author alternates current events with Alice reading Captain Boswell’s journal. The outcome of Captain Boswell and Alice will surprise the reader as the author adds a twist in the plot at the end. This is a treasure of a read with rich characters, adventures on the high seas, and dedication to a pirate’s code. This is a must-read for everyone who loves historical high seas adventures.
Other than the narration and individual characters speaking, Thomas Cardwell does not use added sound effects in his performance. He brings each character to life effectively and adds spirit to the novel that just words could not. Though most of the voices are male, he is efficient in voicing Alice and Jane without breaking the listener’s train of thought. He is one of the best narrators I have heard and I would enjoy more books read by him.”
Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf
February 18, 2019
Here’s a quick update on the science fiction project:
The second draft is complete, and I will begin working on the third draft this week. While I wrote the first draft, I left notes for myself along the way, and part of the third draft will be addressing those notes. This stage will also involve rewrites of major scenes and continuity fixes. Basically, the entire manuscript is about to get a huge overhaul. This will be the biggest step toward a final manuscript before going to my team of revisers. I don’t know how many drafts it’ll take before this project is complete, but the third draft will be a major milestone.
As I suspected, the first draft did not meet the word count goal. The second draft helped, and the third draft will also help. Having anticipated this, I did make a plan for expansion should it be needed. It’s not a plan that adds random scenes since that would be lazy and hinder the natural flow of the story. Rather, this plan will expand on character relationships and motivations, making them more complex and dynamic. These changes will take place within scenes I have already written, giving them more dimensions and benefiting the entire story as a whole. This is something I had wanted to do but held off on, so now is my opportunity to do it after all.
True to my word, I have stayed focused on this project and have not slipped into working on the historical romance despite my eagerness to get started on it. However, now that the sci fi is nearing its final stages, I may allow myself to start thinking more about the romance. I feel a rough outline starting to form….
The next update may happen a lot sooner than this one did, so be on the lookout. And as always, thank you for your support!
January 27, 2019
Thomas Cardwell and I were guests on the blog, Dab of Darkness! We answered some fun interview questions, so be sure to check it out.
Let’s give a warm welcome to author Julia Maiola and audiobook narrator Thomas Cardwell! They’re here today to share a little bit about their lives and to let us know about The Red Flag, a fast-paced historical fiction set in the Golden Age of Piracy. Scroll to the bottom for the details of the audiobook giveaway!
To read the full post and enter the giveaway, head on over to Dab of Darkness.