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Music Mondays- An Airship Named Desire

Well, we’ve got music to brighten up your Monday, and this time it’s of the steampunk variety! Let’s dip into my playlist for An Airship Named Desire and see what gems we uncover!

So what songs did I listen to?

Airship Pirate by Abney Park

Come on now, I’ll kick it off with the obvious. Anyone with half a brain could expect this one on the playlist. Even though it’s not shocking, the song’s worth a listen. I love the whirring in the beginning and the way it ramps up into the chorus. It’s got that trademark Abney Park sound, and epitomizes the steampunk movement for me–probably why my own contribution is of the airship pirate variety.

Iron Rose by Clockwork Dolls

The compositions this band did for their Dramatis Personae album are phenomenal and quite worth listening to. This song in particular gets a mention due to the frequency with which I played it during the writing of the final battle. What better to put you in the mood for the crescendo of your story than a song with such rises and swells as this one?

Captain Morgan’s Revenge by Alestorm

Of course I’m tackling regular pirate songs. It’s only proper. Alestorm, with their Scottish brogue that sounds all to reminiscent of piratey ‘arrghs’ fits the bill perfectly. I loved this song as it had a storytelling all on its own, and the fact that it was longer meant that I didn’t have to repeat quite as frequently.

She by Abney Park

I may have listened to a lot of Abney Park melodies while writing Airship, but this one strikes near and dear to me. It involved writing one of the most difficult scenes I’ve ever tackled, and I listened to it on repeat for most of a day to put myself in that dark of a place. The song has heartbreak, sadness, and longing, wrapped into one neat melody, and it really helped take me there.

Pirate Song by Alestorm

While this song is about the sea version of pirates, the spirit remains the same, and by gods what a spirit it is. If this song doesn’t make you want to take to the seas (or skies in my case), then the pirating spirit just might not be with you. It’s got the cadence of a shanty with a glorious refrain that you can just imagine sitting around a bar and caterwauling at the top of your lungs. (I may have.)

An Airship Named Desire

Airships, sky-pirates, smugglers, and soldiers…An Airship Named Desire will take you for a thrilling ride.

Ever since their last botched smuggling job, First Mate Bea and the crew of her airship can barely afford fuel, let alone a barrel of grog. So when a gentleman from Old Germany offers them a fortune to steal a locked box from a British merchant airship, they jump on the opportunity. However, their employer forgot to mention the box’s military escort and the Morlock mercenaries who would slit throats to get their hands on it. Oh, and if made public, the contents could engulf Europe in another devastating war.

Stealing the box was the easy part. Now, with a target on their back and some of the toughest characters in the skies after them, if the crew of the Desire doesn’t polish their pistols and prepare for a hell of a fight, they’ll end up worse than grounded. After all, everyone from the Brits to the Morlocks will kill for the contents of that box, and no one survives an airship crash.

As for new projects on the horizon, as promised, I’m writing the sequel to this book. A Tale of Two Airships is set to arrive next year, and it’ll be quite a riveting journey.

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Weekly Word Count #28

Merry merry! This month is always a whirlwind, but I’m attempting to do my best and still push out my words! I have to make sure there are new stories for you all!

Word Count: 0…yeah, that’s right. You heard me. But trust me, there’s good reason.

What story I’m working on: Well, when I’m done with the editing marketing spree this month has been, I’m back on Night Awakens. However, I’d made some promises to my readers, and so this story needs a temporary halt while I focus on the big stuff right now.

What I’m editing/marketing: An Airship Named Desire will re-release by the end of the year. It’s what I’ve been working diligently on all week. AND, Hunting for Spring marketing is plugging along full steam ahead. I’m so excited for this story.

Line of the week:

“Of course not. I’m leveling an aether bomb’s worth of fun. How do you feel about enemy pursuit? The captain mentioned the words port and fast so he sent me down to help. You point, I grunt, go push button.”

from An Airship Named Desire!

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Weekly Word Count #17

Made it through Pope-ageddon in Philly, but that didn’t deter me from writing anyway. (Though it did deter a lot of folks who work in the city) Onwards and upwards!

Word Count: 3, 012 (slow progress on A Tale of Two Airships because my Hunting for Spring edits came in! Deadlines, yo)

What story I’m working on: A Tale of Two Airships (that’s right, bitches. We have a title now!) Also working on my column for BTSemag, as I’m their YA columnist now!

What I’m editing/marketing: Editing the revamp of An Airship Named Desire, and, I got edits in for Hunting for Spring, so I plowed through them earlier in the week.

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Weekly Word Count #16

October is coming! What does that mean? Well, since everyone I know seems to be a Libra and Halloween is my favorite holiday, it’ll be jam packed. No excuses though, I’ll be writing away!

Word Count: 3,978 (a light week)

What story I’m working on: Airship the Sequeling. Stay tuned though–I’ve got a title for this beastie that I’ll be revealing soon.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I’m currently waiting on edits for Hunting for Spring, yee! And the Tuatha de Danaan story is out with the betas, yay! Apart from my usual pimping of my backlist, that’s been my main agenda! (This week honestly, I’ve been wrapped up with building a patio on the side of my house. Did I mention I’m not handy?)

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Balancing a Story

So, I’m writing the sequel to Airship, and I think one of the biggest concerns I have is that folks will be disappointed with the change in action. It’s a little more cerebral than the first book, but for good reason. With Bea as a Captain now, she can’t just respond to orders–she’s got to come up with them. And so a lot of what was just instinct and reaction before has to have forethought and logic behind it before choices are made.

This is a big transition book for Bea, seeing her grow as a character and how she comes to accept responsibility. What I want throughout this book, is to establish her as the Captain, and grow her confidence in leadership. She was comfortable bossing around before, but in the beginning of this novel, she does a lot of second guessing to her choices and self-blame–even though she’s been running the Desire for a couple years now, the decisions aren’t instinctual yet, and she doesn’t have the experience that her predecessor did with making them.

Hence the trickiness with writing this follow up…but one thing I can promise is that there’s still plenty of danger and the same smart-talking, trouble attracting, hapless crew as always.

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Musical Interludes: Writing a Bounty Hunter Bar Scene

When I’m working on stories, I need a proper soundtrack to get the juices flowing. That’s one of my key tools in fighting Blank Page Syndrome. The other happens to be copious amounts of coffee and tea. So yesterday I was plunging into a gritty bar scene for the latest Airship story. I love, love, love writing about dicey, dirty bars rife with tension and danger. This was one such. But when I was flipping through my playlist, a lot of the songs just weren’t resonating with the scene. After all, it was a reckless, tense, yet still fun scene to write.

What solution did I come across?

Tarantella from This Way to the Egress’s latest release. The jaunty melody with interspersed serious sections fit the scene to a T, and the words started flowing. If you get the chance to give them a listen, I highly recommend.

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Plunging into the Sequel

I’m about 12,000 words into the sequel of An Airship Named Desire, and already, the characters are returning like I wrote them yesterday. Bea is still one of my favorite characters to write, hands down. She’s so hot-headed and opinionated, but that’s why I love her. Any situation, when asking what Bea would do, it’s usually the ballsiest, craziest option. She’s brazen and a bit of an asshole at times, but she’s as loyal as the ship she flies and would do absolutely anything for her crew.

One of the things I forgot about with writing Bea though, is how much she butts heads with others, in true Aries girl fashion. Which makes the upcoming scene I’m about to write that much more fun, because I’m introducing certain characters from the extended universe, and chances are she’s not going to take a liking to them on first try.

I’m going to keep plugging away though, hopefully ramping up the pace this month. In the meanwhile, I’ll leave you with this unedited preview.

“A couple sat by the fireplace whispering to one another. The moment I walked in, they turned and stared, giving me one hell of a sneer. Too bad I didn’t play their games. I grinned extra wide, thrust my hips forward, and waggled my fingers at the pair. From behind me, Mordecai audibly sighed. I promised I wouldn’t start any fights—none were made about ladylike behavior.”