Even with the holidays, I was able to finish chapter nineteen this week, so I’m ahead of schedule. I know I’m a day late getting this out, sorry. For those counting, I’m 500 words short of 70,000 and Kita and crew just left for Earth, so it looks like we’ll have a full-length book.
Chapter nineteen closes several chapters about inner Angel relationships. There’s been some major tension between some of the Valkyrie Angels and Kita about who’s in charge of who and Kita’s methods for handling situations. It’s even enough to put Kita and Pather at odds. Baby Doll does her best to mediate between the two groups, but she’s under suspicion as she is resumed her mantle of being Kita’s left hand. The situation hasn’t been resolved yet, but they’ve hit a low point after someone leaves. Unfortunately, Kita hasn’t been able to give the situation her full attention as she’s trying to plan on how to get to Earth. So, more to follow on that.
Kita and Defiance, Casey Bush, Princess of the UEE in case you forgot, grow closer and profess their love for each other. This relationship isn’t as pretentious as Kita’s previous relationship with Cotton. Defiance is much more down to Earth and willing to let Kita be Kita.
Kita also helps out Snowy and Sahara. Not sure I’ve mentioned Sahara, but she is a female Djinn. If you’re trying to remember if you’ve ever seen a female Djinn, you haven’t. They do appear earlier in Li’ve when the Angels crash a party. Normally the female Djinn are kept in harems and aren’t allowed out in public. When they are, they’re clad head to toe. Sahara has a father in a strong position and she never goes home to Djinn, so her father is able to protect her. She’s been a strong arm in projecting her father’s will until she ran into Baby Doll and was put in the medical ward.
The chapter closes with another space battle as Kita’s fleet must fight their way through a Diamock blockade of the Alicorn wormhole. The Diamock’s don’t have a lot of ships in the area, but a dreadnaught appears and hits Enterprise twice, causing some damage. To make her plan work, Kita must give up command to Sheppard so she can program the FTL computer, which upsets Kita. She want’s to stay and fight the battle. They do make a successful FTL jump.
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Today over lunch I caught the last few minutes of the movie The Golden Compass. So what does a noncompleted trilogy have to do with the Angels? Frostbane was inspired by the panserbjørn, armored bear, Iorek Byrnison. I’ve always liked watching bears, especially black bears, they’re just so funny and they seemed like a natural ally for the war cats. I am still unapologetic that there are no wolves in my story. I get a little embarrassed when I say I have vampires in my story. But mine do create zombies, so redemption.
I finished another chapter, yeah! And it’s extra long for all those who like longer chapters. This chapter mostly has to do with the fallout between Kita and Phoenix. People take sides, and Valentine is naturally upset. This split mostly just effects the Valkyrie Angels and not the Li’ve Angels, (Stormy, Sheppard, Valor, Defiance, Blitz, and Starlight) though they do get caught up in it. And I have to remember I need to include Blitz. The Valkyrie Angels have been without Kita’s influence for a long time and some find it hard to live with her. Tenshi, Panther, and Raptor are the biggest detractors, countered by Baby Doll and Aspen. Kamikaze lurks in the background, only letting her side be known when forced. Not that she would ever go against her mother, but she does have some wisdom to impart to the detractors. And someone does leave, deciding they prefer solitude to living under Kita. How this will effect Kita and Panther’s relationship has yet to be seen. At the moment, Kita is off brooding, letting those loyal to her clean up the mess.
The relationship between Stormy and Toxic got off to a good start, as soon as Toxic got out of her own way.
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I’ve reached 61k words and chapter eighteen. For those people, like me, who aren’t mathematically inclined that means the chapters are longer than normal. I’ve spent the last two to three chapters reestablishing the Angels, or the Valkyries, coming from the Irruption series.
For some Angels this is really easy. They slide back into the roles they had before. Valentine and Phoenix are always good for some relationship drama, and Valentine takes up position as Kita’s aide again. Her role is expanding some as she helps out with Enterprise’s Political Bureau office in developing hacking tools. Aspen is very easy, she’s an assassin to the core and helps out early in the book breaking into a mansion. Anthrax goes back to the medical ward where she’s found the different aliens interesting to study. Also since Sarin is gone, she’s the resident fashion expert and she helps out poor Toxic prepare for a date. Baby Doll is usually with Kita, when Kita’s not in the bedroom, saying what Kita doesn’t want to hear and getting away with it. Panther has also been hanging around with Kita in and out of the bedroom.
Other Angels are trickier. Raptor has had several instances to imbue her wisdom and help the others. She did get a chance to tell how she felt about losing Frostbane. Kamikaze and Tenshi are the hardest. Their isolationistic behavior means its hard to get them involved into anything. I did get a scene in where Valentine wants her sisters, so Tenshi and Panther come to her aid. How are they sisters? It’s not specifically spelled out in the Irruption series, but Re’drum, Ecit’suj, and Ra’w are all children of Ht’aed.
There’s a major surprise in these chapters revolving around Phoenix. Some might say its a long time coming. I’ll let you be the judge.
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This week has been a short one for me. I’ve only written 4k words, so a little over a chapter. I’ve moved on to Kita and Kylee. I did some serious planning with my brother, Alex, who I turn to when I need help developing plots and other ideas. Kylee is going to play a big part at the end of Li’ve. That’s all I’ll say about that. A few older Angels are getting worked into the book: Baby Doll, one of my favorites, Aspen, Valentine Raptor, and Panther is back as a love interest for Kita. There are a few more running around: Anthrax, Tina, Kamikaze, and Tenshi. If you’re interested in seeing a certain Angel let me know in the comments.
In other news, I won a few more awards. Birthright took home a 3rd place in the Blue Rose Awards and a 2nd place in the Rebel Awards. Rebirth is a finalist in the Paper Plane Awards. No first places…yet, but I’ll live. If you’re counting that’s nine awards for Birthright and five for Rebirth. I’m planning on submitting both Birthright and Rebirth to Angry Robot Publishing, so keep your fingers crossed.
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I broke 51,000 words yesterday. I wrote a very long chapter about Kita interacting with the Djinn. They’re always a lot of fun, kind of the antithesis of Kita, and now she’s working with them.
I didn’t do much today other than think of ideas. I have several I’m thinking about. One is a romance between Stormy and Toxic. It seems like an odd couple, but I think it’ll work. Actually, I know it’ll work I wrote a short story that takes place after Li’ve where they work together to defeat an old enemy. So, look for that to come out soon. I also have the storyline of a transgender pilot that has come into Kita’s orbit. I’m not sure where I’m going with her. An idea was she might be a good match for Sheppard. If Sheppard could hold still long enough and not be in command of something. Kita and Kylee butted heads and Kita punished her. That storyline hasn’t gone anywhere other than Kylee sulking about. Kita’s just been too busy to deal with her.
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