Sorry for not posting last week, but life happened and I didn’t get much writing done. This week I got back at it and have reached 96,000 words. Li’ve is going to be a long one.
I finished writing the big space battle and revealed the original purpose for the Neptune Orbital Station. It wasn’t always a massive colony. Like towns that dot the western US, it got its start as a fort. The fort is still part of the station and the guns are still active.
The beginning of the battle goes Kita’s way. She’s well prepared to handle the Djinn force she leads into UEE space. This gives some old characters new roles to play. Sheppard is in command, you love or hate her. The new Angel Jammer gets to shows off what she can do. During the battle, Enterprise has to make a daring hundred mile sprint to reach UEE lines.
For the second half of the battle, Kita and the UEE are forced to retreat back to Neptune after a much larger Djinn force drops in from FTL. If anyone read the comments from a few weeks ago a friend of mine M. A. Gardner posted his opposition to my giant force-on-force space battles in favor of smaller cat-and-mouse engagements between just a few ships. I put my reply in Li’ve, but in a nutshell, the problem with that is if you can get above and below the ecliptical plane you can see anywhere in a system, so there is no hiding. After the enemy Djinn fleet tracks down the remaining UEE fleet, Kita must go to the NOS and wake the ancient guns to save the UEE fleet. At the guns headquarters, the Angels discover an old enemy with a new coat of paint waiting for them.
The battle’s not over for the Angels. Sheppard had to pull all the ships guarding Earth and Mars to fight the Djinn, and Galina launches an attack to gain back the Earth Transfer Station. And that’s where I stopped earlier this afternoon. Come back next week to discover what happens next.
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This week I worked on a lot of stuff not related to Li‘ve. I still did some writing, I passed 90k words, but I just finished the chapter from last week. The big space fleet on space fleet battle. Enterprise must cross the no mans land between the fleets and takes a pounding, even falling prey to a boarding attack like Kita launched in Rebirth.
“The suspense may be less but the action are[sic] real”
That’s a quote from the latest review of Rebirth. Not sure where they got the idea Rebirth was a suspense novel. It was in the Action/Adventure category. I tried to make chapter twenty-five of Li’ve…maybe not suspenseful but at least thrilling. I’ll never pretend to be a suspense writer. Needless to say, I didn’t win any award from that contest. Though the sci-fi category hasn’t been released yet, so there’s still a chance for Birthright.
So you’re probably wondering what I’ve been doing all week besides writing. The big news is I’ve commissioned the cover for Li’ve. I hope to have the first draft back by the weekend. I’ve also commissioned a cover for Birthright. If you haven’t already, follow my blog and leave your email address and you’ll get a signed digital copy of Li’ve’s cover. I’ve added a twitter account and you can follow me at @FallenAngelKita. If you do follow me I tweet lines from Li’ve once a day.
This week has been all about space battles. I’ve watched hours of Battlestar Galactica, Mass Effect, Star Wars, and a few clips on Youtube that I don’t know what they were from. I’m not a real big TV science fiction junkie. I have my niches and that’s it. For BG fans you can flog me in the comments over what I’m about to say. I’m not a big fan of BG, it became too metaphysical. I know, I know. I delve into the metaphysical and Li’ve will too, but not to the extreme BG did.
As you can guess this week’s chapter, (and maybe one more?), have to do with space battles. I’m not talking a few ship on ship battles like I saw in BG and some other clips. I’m talking hundreds of ships of all sizes going after each other, like Mass Effect (see clip below).
I don’t think small in my imagination. I also watched several documentaries on naval battles in the Pacific during WWII to see what actual ship to ship combat looked like. For the trivia fans, UEE Enterprise is named after the aircraft carrier “The Big E” USS Enterprise CVN-6. Carriers played a big role in WWII naval combat and they will in my story as well.
I know a few people are asking, where did Kita get a fleet of warships? It’s not what you, but who is your girlfriend. Earth’s new Emperor, the Angel Defiance, mobilizes her fleet to protect the Sol system from an invader.
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