Two Down. One to Go.

As of this evening at 9:15 p.m. ET, the draft manuscript for Star Trek Destiny: Mere Mortals, is finished. Final word count: just a wee dram over 100k.

Spell check is completed.

Now I’m putting it down for 48 hours. Tomorrow is a day off with my lovely wife, and on Wednesday I must report back to my full-time job.

But on Wednesday night, when I come home, and after I have dinner, I will begin my read-through and polishing draft. If all continues to go as hoped, it will be off to my beta readers over the weekend.

And while I await their feedback, I will begin the last leg of my literary death march, into part the third: Lost Souls.

Happy New Year, f-listers!

~ Dave

A rarity worth sharing

I’m happy to report that I’ve had an unusually productive day of writing today: 3,000 words, comprising four scenes of Mere Mortals, book two of my Star Trek Destiny trilogy.

Just seven scenes to go, which I hope to have finished by New Year’s Day. Then I can scrawl out the acknowledgments, paste in the About the Author copy, treat myself to special ice cream, and start my spell-check and polishing draft.

With a little bit of luck, I’ll have the draft ms. out to my ever-helpful beta readers by Friday, January 4, and a revised version to my editors by Wednesday, January 9.

Then I can begin the final part of this franchise-shaking saga: Lost Souls, coming to an editor near me sometime in April and to bookstores everywhere in December 2008.

Yee. Haw.

Can you see me as a wizard?

Let the mockery and mirthful jesting commence.

I Am A: Lawful Good Human Wizard (6th Level)

Ability Scores:

Strength-11
Dexterity-12
Constitution-13

Intelligence-16
Wisdom-12
Charisma-13

Alignment:
Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment because it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard’s strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.

My Wikipedia Band

Snurched from kradical (natch):

Go to the Wikipedia home page and click random article. That is your band’s name.
Click random article again; that is your album name.
Click random article 15 more times; those are the tracks on your album.

Band name: Bleach

Album title: Soldier Key

1. “Lohagad”
2. “Kalamazoo”
3. “The Mall”

4. “Wise County”
5. “Belfaux”
6. “Dwarf galaxias”
7. “Voluntas necandi”
8. “Lopinot Cave”
9. “Highways Numbered 300”

10. “Reptantia”
11. “Pemphigus”
12. “New Hope, Wisconsin”
13. “Pending Portrait”
14. “Filter cake”
15. “Tromøy”