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Rainy Days and WIP Titles

It’s been pouring down raining today, on and off.  I’ve been sitting at my desk with the accent door (to my left) open to the rain.  I’m quite sheltered here, safe from the wet but not the chill of the elements.  I’m currently listening online to Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4 in G Major” (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).  I won’t get started on how AWESOME internet radio is.

Fall has come upon us at last, here in the Midwest.  My cat is sitting nearby, content for the moment.  Earlier, a spunky squirrel decided to visit the screen porch door and I watched with amusement as the cat and squirrel tried to figure each other out.  The squirrel eventually decided his walnut was more interesting and scampered off.  My cat reproached me for not letting him outside to deal with the squirrel’s impertinence.

I’ve been spending this much-anticipated day off working on this website, which I suppose, you could call a virtual extension of myself.  I’ve been experimenting with headers, backgrounds, fonts, etc, within the limits that my current client, WordPress, allows without further ‘extensions’ purchased.  What do you think of the style?  Do you have any suggestions for how to improve this website?  I’d love to hear from you.

In the meantime, I’ve been throwing around ideas for the title of my work-in-process (WIP) I have it narrowed down to two that are current “likes”.  The working title is “Borderland”.  I’ll revisit them when this first draft is finished and decide then.  As promised, I want to talk a little today about what my story is about (finally!).

My WIP is beginning to take formation as I’m roughly 10,000 words into the storyline thus far, with an anticipated finish of somewhere over 100,000 words at its conclusion of the first draft.

This is the first book of a series I’ve been working on since 2008.  The original concept was something I came up with during NaNoWriMo that year.  I’ve since written bits and pieces of the over-arching story in different formats (a 2-act screenplay, flash fiction, etc).  I came to the conclusion that this story needed to be either one really long book or it could be split into more than one volume.

What’s the Story?

“An impaired gumshoe receives a one-way ticket to murder aboard a luxury airship flying to an undisclosed destination.”

This story is a period piece with a very noir feel (think Art Nouveau meets Sam Spade) but is set in a fantasy world right at the peak of the Industrial Revolution, think 1 part Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast (series) to 1 part steampunk, with a dash of western, mystery and thriller thrown in for good measure.  As is typical with my longer works of fiction, there is usually no main character, but the setting itself is a sort of character.

The series itself deals with sociological and political problems that may resemble issues we face today in Western society.  It also incorporates projections of future technologies, so it has a very sci-fi-esque feel. I’m quite pleased overall with the way the story is shaping up and can promise a very extraordinary adventure awaits you.

Keep reaching higher,
Lauren Miller

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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