So, the first chapter will run on May 11th as promised, but I've changed the name from "Bloodmail" to "Sodom All Over Again".
See, the story started with this concept... "Alain and Marie return to America and settle in postwar Los Angeles where we have a fun Raymond Chandler style mystery with a supernatural twist." But where do you go from there? You have to have bad guys and you have to have them want something. You have to come up with some reasons for some people to get killed.
I rarely like to post the same thing on my blog that I post on my Facebook page and on my Twitter feed, but I really want this to become a famous quote about writing (and I want it credited to me in all the quote books): "If you don't murder someone in the first chapter of your novel, why bother writing it?"
So the guys starting to materialize as the bad guys were the nephilim, angels who descended to live among men, mated with mortal women, fathered giants. According to the book of Genesis, the great flood was, in most part, to cleanse the evil of these giants from the land.
Before we get to Alain, we're going to need some backstory on the major angelic players in this story: Azazel and Shemhazai. These are the leaders of the "screw humanity" and the "save humanity" camps among the 200 angels God allowed to descend and live as men. We're going to spend the first couple of weeks generating some backstory on them, because the Nephilim are going to play a big part in the big crisis Alain and Marie have to avert.
I'm building them an interesting cast of friends and allies, creating characters and building plot around them. Reading books on how to do fake psychic readings and stage mentalism because Creswell is going to be a wonderful foil for Alain after he's accused of murder... I mean, come on, I have to give him something to investigate, an innocence to proove.
This is real fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writing. I'm committed to delivering 3000-4000 words a week. Each 1,000 words is approximately 3 pages in a paperback book, so the equivalent of 9-12 pages a week. Maybe sometimes more, maybe less.
Sleeping pill is really kicking in. Not much to say. I'll hit deadline, but 3,000-4,000 words a week is the committment I'm making.