Wednesday, July 24, 2019
It’s Hidebound Hump Day!
Welcome, my chuckaboos! I promise you are at the right place. After many years of the same blog-look, I’ve changed things.
It is Hidebound Hump Day. For those of you who are new around here, “chuckaboo” is Victorian slang for dear friend.
Saturday I stopped wallowing in my indecision and did a poll to ask you which of two stories you wanted to read (and participate) as my next weekly serial. One was The Skull of the Alchemist. That is the next adventure for my fictionalized Cornelis Drebbel character. The other is not a series (at least not yet), called The Delta Pearl. Both are steampunk fantasies, and look like the Victorian Era.
Drebbel’s steampunk submarine and the Delta Pearl riverboat were in a race! Are you ready to know which won? Drum roll….. The winner by a huge margin is The Delta Pearl!
About The Delta Pearl
As many of you know, I have several unfinished novels. My real world job sapped my creativity and I couldn’t finish them. The Delta Pearl is one of those. About three years ago I created the crew and passengers — along with some other things that live on the boat. That part was fun.
My character matrix grew quite complex with all sorts of tabs for different things I’m prepared to track or use for my own reference. Do you see that across the bottom of the picture? Each of those is a separate “worksheet” with all sorts of information I collected three years ago.
How It Began
First came the riverboat as the setting. That was definite, but what to name it? I want the paddleboat to be a character in its own right, so the name was important. I bounced ideas around with a coworker (three years ago when this started). He goes on a cruise every year. He suggested their names tend to mention a body of water and often royalty, like Pacific Princess.
We also found one ship with sapphire in the name. I have a thing about gemstones. Their legends and properties fascinate me. From that point, I quickly took myself to the name Delta Pearl, which I also used for the title. Names are extremely important to me, as you can see.
Cast and Crew of the Delta Pearl
Research geek and collector of name meanings that I am, I had a lot of fun learning about Victorian names. They often used flowers to name their babies. Another Victorian favorite for names was gemstones, for both girls and boys. That’s when I decided to give all the Pearl’s crew gemstone names.
Here are a few of the characters you will meet.
I like to cast actors for my stories. I saw one of the Doctor Who companions, Jenna Coleman, as Émeraude, the heroine and narrator of the story.
A taller version of Louis Jourdan as he was in Gigi is The Dealer, or Jaspe (pronounced ZASH-pah). Yes, his gemstone is jasper.
You will also meet the riverboat captain, Cecil Perlog. I see him as Robbie Coltrane, better known as Hagrid from Harry Potter. What does Perlog mean? Pearl!
If you haven’t already done so — or even if you have, I invite you to leave a random non-technology thing, to help drive the story. Please limit your description of the “thing” to two words. Remember it is for a Victorian Era-ish setting.
I’ll meet you at the dock for the riverboat on Saturday, my chuckaboos!
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