Character Notes: 6,576 words. This is for our reference and would not in the normal course of events be seen by readers, but here's a snippet anyway.
Plot Notes: 7,547 words. Again, this is for our reference and would not normally be seen by readers. Some of you may remember that we wrote LS entirely without an outline, and mostly without notes. Heirs is going to be a little more structured, but we're still allowing room for the improvisation that made LS so much fun. I just don't want to wind up at around 400,000 words going "Wait, this was supposed to be a 150 page prequel!" the way we were during LS. Remember these are very rough notes. A paragraph:
Now, those prologues - the first two chapters of Heirs will be two first-person prologues, one from each Heir. Kala's is complete, Jason's is still in progress - we added 2,000 words to it tonight. Here's word counts and spoilers for them.
Prologue: Kala Josephine Lane-Kent: 4,997 words.
Prologue: Jason Lane Kent: 4,291 words.
You know, Dad used to have this whole ‘last survivor of a dying race’ complex – thanks, Jor-El – where he always felt so alone. He and I have talked about it some, and I understand how much the family means to him because he was so lonely for so long. But I’m not a last son – I was never alone. Not even in the womb. From the moment of our conception (in the Fortress, while some jerks from Krypton were trying to take over, and this was not information I absolutely needed, thanks Mom and Dad), neither Kala nor I have ever really been alone. I can’t remember ever feeling lonely, not even once.
That's all the spoilers for today. But the first prologue for Heirs is done, the second is nearly finished, and we'll be starting Chapter One pretty soon. The plan is to be at least three chapters ahead of the posting date, if not five, so we're not panicking trying to get stuff posted on a Friday night. It also gives our betas a chance to work without us breathing down their necks going "TEH DUE DATE IS TOMORROW, ZOMG".
The story is plotted out through the end of the beginning, and the climax of the story is also plotted (I actually wrote that first, LOL). You'll see more on September 20th!
*Why the hell are we cooking so much? Mom has a real oven. We don't at home. So when we housesit at Mom's, especially towards autumn when my Awesome Badass Cook instincts awaken, we cook. A lot. Yesterday was pumpkin pancakes with pumpkin spice muffins for dessert - pumpkins are nomlicious. Day before that was chicken tenders with Moroccan spice rub, served with cous cous with Mediterranean spices, pine nuts, and sultanas. For dessert we had baked apples. Yeah, you guys really wanna hang around me when I'm getting my chef on.