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My Sixth Review of Penny Dreadful

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I have completed my sixth review of Penny Dreadful. This chapter introduces John Cabot to the valley, town and some of the local lore. The story focuses on The Diary of Frederick Samuels and takes place 30 years prior to the the Grand.

There were 630 modifications made to this 11 page chapter leading to a 52% decrease in changes when compared to revision five.

Both Google Docs and Wattpad display the revised edition. Note that the Google Docs version permits comments and revisions, so please feel free to make use of this capability.

Introducing the Hotel Cover

When Revision 5 was introduced, it brought about a new cover design, which  featured a speakeasy.  The speakeasy was iconic for the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties, at least in the United Stated and seemed to be a good fit.

A reader proposed that I use an actual hotel to create the cover.  This idea has merit since the Grand features separate stories that have a common era, theme and location. The Grand is the focal points for all the stories, so it makes sense to pursue that idea.

Fortunately, I had the chance to visit la Ville de Québec which features one of the Railway Grand hotels found through Canada. I used Chateau Frontenac as a base, threw in a backdrop of the Rockies and added a skull rendition that I got from pixabay.com.  The latter was listed is Public Domain, whereas the former where both my shots.

The font itself is YoungSerif found on the fontlibrary.org.  It seems to complement the overall feel of the cover and has an agreeable copyright.

Overall, I think I may have found my eventual release cover.  What do you think?

My Sixth Review of the Man and the Sea

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I have completed my sixth review of the Man and the Sea. This chapter introduces John Cabot, one of the Grand’s lead characters and deals with his love for the sea.

There were 4 modifications made to this 2 page chapter leading to an impressive 67% reduction in changes when compared to revision five.

Both Google Docs and Wattpad display the revised edition. Note that the Google Docs version permits comments and revisions, feel free to make use of this capability.

My Sixth Review of One Small Step

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I have completed my sixth review of One Small Step. This chapter sets the mood for the Grand. This is a story which revolves around the staff doing damage control after a maid ends up in the forbidden wing of the hotel.

There were 16 modifications made to this 6 page chapter leading to an impressive 64% reduction in changes when compared to revision five.

Both Google Docs and Wattpad display the revised edition. Note that the Google Docs version permits comments and revisions, so please feel free to make use of this capability.

 

The End of the Fifth Cycle

Even Things That Go Bump in the Night Need a Place to Unwind

I have completed my fifth review of the Grand. This review marked a 28% drop in overall corrections when compared to the previous revision. Ethereal Nights had the most substantial drop at 60%. While Hadrian’s Legacy increased in changes by 48%.

Overall there were 925 corrections done over the whole of the Grand giving us an average of 57 changes per chapter. This review saw some chapters gain considerably in the amount of revisions as compared to the last review.  Ethereal Nights gained the most whereas it survived with the least changes during the last cycle.

Here is a summary of the cycle:

  • Overall a 28% drop in modifications when compared to revision four;
  • 925 modifications for the entire work. The first time revisions are under three digits;
  • 57 modifications per chapter;
  • Ethereal Nights had the most substantial drop at 60%; and
  • Hadrian’s Legacy increased in changes by 48%.

This revision cycle showcased observations made while working on the Portrait. I found that previous iterations would have an impact on the current revision. So if a chapter had few revisions in the last cycle, it would likely need more later on.  Only after several iterations did revisions consistently drop for all chapters. Either way, I see there being three to two revisions left for the Grand.