Jan162012

More on Calculating Victorian Travel Times

Calculating travel times, and the weird corners we authors write ourselves into. So, Gentle Reader, I wrote this original post is for 1874 all about travel times, train vs. werewolf vs. dirigible vs. horseback. Now I’m in 1852 and technology is much more primitive.

My original post concerned London to Glasgow, a little over 400 miles. Now I’m calculating Exeter to London or there abouts, which is 200 miles driving in modern times (because there it no direct route, as the crow flies it’s more like 160).

So in 1874 it took 4 days (96 hrs) get 400 miles by dirigible (c. 4 mph). Ugh, that’s slow. Why did I write myself into that corner? Oh yes, Alexia had to be on board for a while.

“Giffard’s first flight took place on September 24, 1852. He traveled almost 17 miles (27 kilometers) from the Paris racecourse to Trappes moving approximately 6 miles per hour (10 kilometers/hour).” (From this online source.) But that was with the wind and untroubled by weather.

Now my tech is advanced in Alexia’s world, Giffard is flying the first aetherographic dirigible in the spring of 1852 instead of hte first working dirigible ever. But before he came along, flight had to be worse. So I’m making my old school dirigible fly at 2 mph. That’s about 80 hours, plus some extras for shilly-shallying. So . . . 4 days. Its amazing how much time it took me to figure this out.

Just goes to show, pay attention in math, you never know when you are going to need it.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

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PROJECT ROUND UP
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Writing rough draft now.

Etiquette & Espionage ~ The Finishing School Book the First: Copy edits done! Awaiting galley. Release date Feb 2013. Have seen initial cover mock-up and it is stunning!

Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 1: Artwork is complete. Chapter by chapter serialization (online subscription required) ongoing at YenPlus. Printed volume releases March 1. Have seen initial cover mock-up for Soulless Vol. 2 (AKA Changeless) and it is beyond fabulous!

Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last: In production. Releases March 1. Pre-order now if you wish.

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date fall 2013. She’s started waking me up in the middle of the night with ideas.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

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