Progress Reports

November Progress Report

November 17, 2018

The science fiction project is well under way. The first draft is about halfway done. The original goal was to have it done by November 30, but it looks like a more realistic end date will be between December 8 and December 15. The story itself is progressing quicker than expected. My total word count goal had been 65,000, but it will most likely be closer to 60,000. For comparison, The Red Flag finished at 64,000. There may be opportunity for expansion to hit the goal after all, but we’ll just have to wait and see how it progresses naturally.

Once the first draft is complete, it will have to go through several rounds of revision, so I don’t expect to have a completed manuscript until early 2019. It’s too soon to be more specific as there’s no telling how much revision the draft will have to go through. I will, of course, keep you all updated.

I have lately been thinking about the historical romance project that I have planned to start once the science fiction one is done. Random scenes have been popping into my head and I’ve been writing them all down. I really only have a general sense of the plot and it wouldn’t do well to start planning it while I’m still working on something else. Still, I can’t help but feel eager to begin as the characters and story have slowly begun to take shape. The same thing happened while I wrote The Red Flag. When I was halfway through with that draft, ideas about the science fiction project continually came to me.

So, there is a lot to look forward to. Right now my focus is on finishing the first draft of the science fiction project. There are a couple of other developments relating to The Red Flag that I think will be cause for excitement, both of which I will announce within the month.

As always, thank you for the continued support. My aim has always been to please.

-Julia

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The Red Flag

Why Are We so Attracted to Pirates?

November 10, 2018

Julia discusses this question on the blog, Linda’s Book Bag, in her guest blog post, “Pirates!”

Ask any historian who the worst people in history were, there’s a good chance they’ll answer pirates. The Golden Age of Piracy from 1650 to 1730 saw men commit some of the most heinous crimes imaginable, well beyond the simple plundering for which they’re known. They were the terrorists of those decades. Yet some three hundred years after its end, pirates are celebrated like heroes. Today, we hold pirate festivals, participate in International Talk like a Pirate Day, and wear pirate Halloween costumes. If pirates were so terrible, then why are we so attracted to them?

Read the rest of the post here: Linda’s Book Bag