Apr 09 2019

Apologies! I Made A Boo Boo.

Posted by Mathias in Daughter of Fate, Fantasy, Novels, Projects

I want to apologize to the my readers. I make a glaring mistake in Chapter 16 that I posted this morning!

Apparently, despite being an Eagle Scout with two silver palms, I have completely forgotten how to tell directions. In Chapter 16 of Daughters of Fate, I messed up my orientations so badly that I am embarrassed by it.

Here’s what I originally wrote:

The Oracle had adjusted course not long ago.  The plan had been to pull back to the west and sail around the southern end of the islands.  Ostensively staying out of harm’s way in the process.  As they began to sail for the western coast of the westernmost island the weather turning began.  That’s when the sky grew dark and anyone who knew anything about the sea began to get nervous.  

Now, the problem with that is so obvious. If they are already sailing west and they sail down the west coast, they wouldn’t have to “sail around the southern” part of the islands to head Northwest afterward. They’d just have to turn to starboard and go on their merry way.

The correct version of events should have been with them sailing to the east! Down the eastern coast, THEN sailing around the southern end of the islands and then heading Northwest to Fimmirra.

The Oracle had adjusted course not long ago. The plan had been to pull back to the east and sail around the southern end of the islands. Ostensively staying out of harm’s way in the process. As they began to sail for the eastern coast of the easternmost island the weather began turning. That’s when the sky grew dark and anyone who knew anything about the sea began to get nervous.

So, why did this faux pas happen? It happened because during the reading of this chapter I was trying to make it sound more logical as to why they were doing what they were doing. And also more logical as to why Captain Corsair wouldn’t just continue to follow them.

Yes, the Archeons are feared, but they needed to get close enough to make it reasonable that he would no longer be willing to follow The Oracle and risk his own ships. The previous version, I believe, just didn’t have this level of believability as to why he would turn away, risk Cassandra’s wrath and the ire of The Empire, and, for alert readers, make it very difficult for him to ever dock in Catersburg again.

I mean, you have to be really, really, really scared of something bad happening to risk loosing a port that you can dock at. And Captain Corsair has just done that in Chapter 16.

So, again, I apologize for the mistake. I’ll try to get things right next time!

Sincerely,

Mathias Cavanaugh

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