Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Updates on my Novel

H.M.S. Bounty
Writing has been going great lately.  After my ship got stuck in the doldrums (so to speak) for about a week, I finally pulled out of them and have been going at full speed, usually writing between 1,000 and 1,500 words a day.  I am on chapter 23, with (I'm guessing) fifteen chapters to go.  Wow, that seems like I a lot, especially if I am to finish by December. 

I've been able to get in a lot of study for it as well.  Last Saturday, we got to attend a Tall Ships Festival and tour some ships remarkably similar to the ones in my story.

I have chosen to model the pirates' ship, the Imperial II, after the merchant ship we visited, the H.M.S. Bounty.  The Bounty is a remake of the ship by the same name, involved in the famous "mutiny on the Bounty" (which, to be honest, I know absolutely nothing about) and has been used in several films, including the 1990 adaption of Treasure Island and Pirates of the Caribbean II.  It's a large, beautiful ship with a large deck and hold, which helped me get an idea of how to describe the interior of the pirates ship. 

The Lynx
The other ship we visited, the Lynx, is a remake of a privateer schooner used in the War of 1812.  While the model is about fifty or sixty years too late for my story, the Lion in The Marquis' Daughter is remarkably similar (with alterations to make it fit the era, of course).  Upon approaching the Lynx, I had the same reaction as Mark does in my book-- this ship is so tiny!  "I only wonder whether such a small vessel could take on a pirate ship" (to quote Mark).  But these little vessels were fast, and could take on a vessel or escape one very quickly.  There's no much room on deck or below, and it can be manned by at least ten people and be readied for sail in about fifteen minutes.

Some other study I've been doing takes the form of reading.  About a year ago, I read Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island and was less than enthusiastic about it.  I didn't dislike it, but it didn't really "do anything for me".  This time reading it, however, I was absolutely ENTHRALLED and stuck on the edge of my seat.  Not only did I find myself deeply entrenched in the adventure and finding the characters as real as anyone, but also I picked up a good deal of helps for my book.  Descriptions of the ship, nautical terms, and pirate grammar and lingo all gave me a boost in MD, and I feel like I have a better handle on the "sea flavor" now.
Me being author-ish and getting info about ships

I talked to one of the sailors on board the Lynx and she recommended a book that should help me with nautical terms for my book and a better understanding of ships and schooners so I plan to find that...somewhere.... and read it too. :-)

Please pray for me as I continue work on MD.  Of course, I love the adventurous storyline and characters, but most of all, I want to make the characters' spiritual journeys become alive and very applicable to my readers.  I don't want it to be merely a fun read; I want it to impact and, with God's help, change people's lives.  Please pray that I would be Biblical, that I would present the truth as God would have me to do, and that the plotline would not override the spiritual aspect but rather emphasize it and make it very real to my readers.  Thanks so much!

"Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established." (Proverbs 16:3)


Rosebud said...

It'll be great! :D I'm glad you pulled out of the doldrums. :)

Gabrielle Renee said...

I am so glad to hear that MD is going along again! I am sort of stuck in the "doldrums" for my books right now... Probably due to the fact that my mind as been preoccupied with essays. Anyway, I love reading MD! :D

much love,

SinginginHisName said...

I am glad you are doing well with your writing. Its encouraging to hear all your research and writing that is going into your book. May the Lord continue to bless your book and I am praying for you Melanie. :)

In Christ,