Well, the cover for Urban Mermaid is available for all to see . . . even though it was revealed 25 hours behind schedule. I was called in to work early Sunday evening and there just wasn’t enough time to put the cover on the Welcome Page and get myself ready for a fun-filled evening. I doubt that very many were disappointed by the delay.
Because of production schedules and the need for a few tweaks, the release date has been pushed back to late October. Some things just can’t be helped.
On other fronts, we’re having a few issues with the domain name – ColonyIsland.com – pointing to the right place. We’re hosted on GoDaddy.com and all too often, their documentation doesn’t always keep up with changes to their user interface. If you try to pay us a visit and discover that nobody’s home, don’t worry. We haven’t really gone anywhere and will be open for business again in short order.
Q: An extensive background check has revealed that Penelope’s last name – Tench – is the same as your mother’s maiden name. What gives? Is there some kind of hidden message here?
A: My mother’s family name comes from a game fish found in the United Kingdom. The Tench fish (Tinca Tinca) has been exported to other countries including the U.S. Since most of the residents of of Colony Island have piscene or aquatic names, Tench was a “gimmie” I could not pass up.
And before you bring it up, Penelope’s cousin – Lindsey Tench – has my mother’s middle and family name. This was intentional and meant to be a shout-out to my late mother.
Q: I’ve noticed the description for Peter’s coat of arms looks suspiciously like your own at howardparsons.info. Isn’t this a bit self-serving?
A: The chapter where this occurs mentioned only Peter’s crest. My editor wanted a bit more descriptive language. This left me with a bit of a dilemma. I could always devise fictitious MacPherson arms for Peter and hope that I was not trespassing upon the armorial rights of my cousins or indeed, any other armiger. My other choice was to use my own arms as a stand-in for Peter’s & try to convince readers that Peter is in no way an extension of myself.
How successful I’ll be, remains to be seen.
Now, before you start carping about the colour combinations and layout of the theme, keep in mind that we’re in the experimental stages here and it will be a while before everything is looking the way we want it. Our launch date is Labour Day weekend.
Come back on Labour Day to see if we’ve gotten it right.