Hi everyone! I had a fantastic week, but before we get to that here is a review of the second book of my ROW challenge.
What happens when aliens land in the middle of an English Army in 1345 that is set on conquering France? Well, when the English decide the aliens are demons then you get dead aliens.
“High Crusade” is a wonderful mix of Dark Ages chivalry, religious mysticism and feudalism sent into space against a high-tech but dilapidated alien culture. The book focuses on the attitudes, social mores and archaic view points of the “fish out of water” English as they travel to the stars and act in defense of merry old England. In the name of the King. And the Queen. And all that.
At 186 pages, this is a quick and enjoyable romp exploring a beautiful fancy through the eyes of Brother Parvus, a simple priest trying to make sense of a broader universe in contrast to the backwards religious views of his era. If you like history and sci-fi, I’d recommend this intriguing blend of the two for a few hours of delight.
And now, the ROW update…
-7k of fiction per week. I wrote quite a bit over this and have what I think will be a novella brewing to the side as a result. Two words: Paranormal Archeologist. Yeah, fun stuff. I pretty much pantsed the story so there are quite a few holes to be filled in but the zero draft is fun and I know I’ll be able to piece it together over the next couple of months. Love the smell of percolating fiction.
-Turn in WWBC assignments on time. I was still on hiatus for this one, kinda. I had a couple chats with my team leader, Donna Newton and think I have the road block figured out. I have a trilogy in mind and was trying to write a single log line to encompass the entire project. Yeah, didn’t work. One book, one log line, one big bad troublemaker. I’ll be turning in material over this week, stay tuned.
-Treadmill for 30 minutes 5 times a week. I walked six times, bringing my 32 in 60 days challenge with Marcia Richards to 30. Two walks to go and three days left. I’ve got this one, no sweat. Well, yeah, there is sweat but its good sweat *smile*
-Read three fiction books during the round. Up above is the review for the second one. I’m currently on page 232 of David Gibbons “The Tiger Warrior” which is freaking amazing. I’ll be reading more of Gibbons in the future. Mystery, history, archeology and more. I should finish the book by the end of this week and will review it either next update or the following one.
-Keep up sponsor duties. All good here. I visited 27 ROWers last Sunday and look forward to seeing at least that many today.
Hope your week was a fantastic one and if not, progress is progress, my friend. Keep striving for the future.