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02 September 2008 @ 04:40 am
Teensy-Weensy Spoilers for Heirs to the House of El  
This is Anissa posting. I'm just too damn excited not to post. And I've bribed Lois with tiramisu and ginger cookies and blueberry cheesecake muffins* until she agreed to let me do this. We've added maybe 5,000 words total to the Heirs stuff this weekend, so you'll be getting a word count and a tiny spoiler on each thing.

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.

Clark Joseph Kent/Kal-El/Superman
As in Little Secrets. Ten years have not changed Clark very much. He is more secure in his roles of husband, father, and member of an extended family. Also, Clark is more comfortable as the International Editor of the Daily Planet and his authority at work is no longer challenged. Still a nerd, but a competent and well-respected nerd. As a hero, he now has the support of the JLA, and is highly regarded as one of the founders of that group.

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:

Part One: The twins’ 16th birthday party, an adult-style soiree in a hotel ballroom, paid for by Uncle Perry. Cover them sending invitations, which serves to reintroduce the extended cast. Also note (noted in Jason’s prologue) that Jason and Elise broke up just before school ended; she’s been in Europe with her family over the summer (Kala tried to invite her to the party for the express purpose of causing friction between Jason and his current girl). Kala still has no steady but invites several guys she likes. Show both twins at school; Kala’s attitude and behavior contrasted with Jason’s. She’s insecure and covering it with her superior attitude; he’s secure and mellow. Show her and Mom being snippy.

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.

Still don’t have the super-strength, not really. Oh, I’m stronger than an ordinary teenage girl, but not strong enough to juggle cars. I’ve got other advantages: super-speed and hearing almost at Dad’s level, a little of the x-ray vision, some invulnerability, and heat vision. I can’t weld steel with my eyeballs like Dad and Jason, but I can burn through most things. And I don’t have to look for a lighter when I steal one of Mom’s cigarettes – a nice perk. She rarely smokes anymore, so she doesn’t count the ones in the pack, but if the lighter went missing she’d know.

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.
Barbara: Supes SR Comichtbthomas on September 2nd, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Oo, sounds fun already! I'm looking forward to this story in a way I don't often feel -- especially with sequels. :)
Lois: Kal-El Lois :: B&W Lovekalalanekent on September 3rd, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Now that is one hell of a compliment coming from you, Mom. That's part of why we're trying to make sure that Heirs is a worthy successor to LS. If it still sounds good to the beta team, we have to be doing something right. *hugs*
saavikam77: Destinysaavikam77 on September 2nd, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, you're making me hungry! And I just had breakfast! XD

But aaaahhhhh!!! Spoilery goodness!! ^_~ I'm so excited for the new story, can really feel the buildup. ^_^

Now, if I could just get my act together like you ladies have. :p

Lois: Heirs :: Twins :: Dopey and Elvirakalalanekent on September 3rd, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear that from you, lady! I'm so worried sometimes that I'm making a big fuss over this for nothing! And we're really hoping to make this time around just as memorable as before.

And everyone in the family has something going on this time, so this really is a story of the entire family. We've so got to finish the waffy fic so everyone gets that little sneak-preview of life in the family Kent all together.

*pokes* Be nicer to yourself. We've only been planning this forever. I feel awful because it's having to save time with IAL and Thank for the Memories. *headdesk*

Obsessed fangirl: Lois and Clark - STM That's Clark nice!babettew54 on September 2nd, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Wow, this sounds so amazing! My eyes are teary, just thinking about our 'babies' all grown up! Yes, I said 'ours'! They are, you know!! Thanks for sharing them with us! *grins*

Thanks for the teaser!!:D:D
Lois: Lois :: Broken Heartkalalanekent on September 3rd, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
You think it's hard for you? *grins* Try having Lois in your head while we were writing Jason's prologue thinking the same thing and trying not to cry. It's not such an easy thing for any of us. *hugs*

And of course they're all of ours! As if I could possibly not agree that they belong to us all. I just have to clean up after them. ;) And you're so very welcome. I promise you, this will be an adventure to give LS a run for its money!

Very welcome!
januaried: MISC > concept > awesomenessjanuaried on September 2nd, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)

In other news, awesome food + spoilers (that I already knew, heehee) = awesome squared. XD I just read the characterization notes, and they look fantastic. Will get back to you guys with more comments later. ♥
Lois: Lois :: Yeah Rightkalalanekent on September 3rd, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
*LOL* Laurel! I said I was sending the profiles, not the plot notes! Do you really want to be spoiled that much and not be excited?

And YAY! for the thumbs-up! Here's hoping that it all turns out being as good as it sounds! *tackleglomps* Can't wait to hear more!

Edited at 2008-09-03 04:52 am (UTC)
ellalou73 on September 4th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
OHHH I love Kala already, I look forward to seeing just how well she and Lois get along...Jason's good too, I loved what I read for all of it, and Admire the two of you for having an outline, I've never had one out on paper, which might help me as a writer if I ever get back to doing that, but at any rate sounds good and I'm totally ready for more

*hopes the storms manage to miss you guys and blow someplace in the middle of no where so that no one has to deal with them

Lois: DP :: Writerskalalanekent on September 6th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
*LOL* Don't admire us too much. You did all of LS without an outline and I'm pretty sure we'll only use the outline as a suggestion about halfway through. And I'm actually really proud of the prologues. I love that both twins have very distinct voices. So thrilled that the start date is closing in. :D

*hopes you're right. I'm not real thrilled with the idea of Ike possibly knocking on our door*