#303: Start a novel

As you know, I’ve been researching and planning a steampunk book for most of this year. Now, finally, it has begun, and I’m having a fabulous time.

Here are some of my research notes, and plot and character planning (this scene occured after getting CJ’s permission to take over the kitchen and living room):

The title is so excellent, so essential to the plot, and so easy to copy that I’m not saying it online (ooh, mysterious!) I will say that the book is about a London  girl transported to Australia – and Australia is where most of the action takes place. We were a British colony at the time (1853-4), after all.

The book opens as Miss Miller (aka our hero) is attempting to rescue her family’s faltering riches by marrying well. Her potential suitor, Ambrose Dawes, is about to pay a crucial social call with his mother. Here’s a first-draft sample, taken from when Miss Miller uses magic to eavesdrop on their conversation at her front door:

“One way or another,” said Mrs Dawes, “this family has a reputation for peculiarity.”

“I hope it’s deserved.”

She took several agitated breaths. “Do be serious, Ambrose. And try not to be distracted by Miss Miller’s famous blue eyes. Blue eyes are not at all a suitable reason to marry.”

“I managed to remain calm when I saw them at the royal ball last year. Very distracted blue eyes – until I mentioned my admiration of Hungerford Bridge. Then they were razors.”

“Did you bore her with your engineering talk? You know you mustn’t talk about all that rubbish in proper society.”

“I didn’t have the chance. She danced on. I did, however, notice she possessed a very finely-engineered ankle.”

“Well!” Mrs Dawes cut off further conversation by knocking at our door.

Published by Felicity Banks Books

I write books (mainly adventure fantasy for kids and young adults), real-time twittertales, and a blog of Daily Awesomeness. @Louise_Curtis_ and http://twittertales.wordpress.com. My fantasy ebook is on sale at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/278981.

2 thoughts on “#303: Start a novel

  1. This kind of isn’t related to this post, but meh. I’ve been rather enjoying this twittertale. It sort of reminds me of a boardgame I’ve played, called Dungeon Lords. You should beg/borrow/buy it (or tell your parents to, I know they’d love it), and play it to get the feeling of being an evil overlord just right 😉 From the publishers:

    “Have you ever ventured with party of heroes to conquer dungeons, gain pride, experiences and of course rich treasure? And has it ever occurred to you how hard it actually is to build and manage such underground complex filled with corridors and creatures? No? Well now you can try. Put yourself in role of the master of underground, summon your servants, dig complex of tunnels and rooms, set traps, hire creatures and try to stop filthy heroes from conquering and plundering your precious creation. We can guarantee you will look on dark corners, lairs and their inhabitant from completely different perspective!”

    1. Jolyon: Thanks. Yeah, being evil can be a real hassle. (Or so I, y’know, HEARD.)

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