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Monday, June 20, 2011

Justice, Lightning, And Lingerie

It had only been two days, but it had felt much longer since she had seen him. As Diego kissed and nibbled her neck, Delilah sighed with pleasure. They tore away at their clothing, hungry for each other, and settled onto the bed, their hands exploring each other, their fingers brushing against the bare skin of the other. Delilah moaned. If only the Sisters could have seen her now... they'd be tut-tutting in disapproval.

As his mouth moved lower, away from her neck, she wondered how she could have ever lived without him in her life, and then....

....the door burst open, and the writer walked in. "That's enough, you two!" he yelled, looking irritable. "You're not hijacking my blog!"

Delilah sighed in dismay. "Do you mind? We're in the middle of something here."

The writer rolled his eyes. "How many characters hijack blogs on their creators?"

"Not many," Diego answered. "But when you start writing characters breaking through the Fourth Wall, what do you expect?"


Once again, in the words of that immortal philosopher, Mr. Bugs Bunny....

Ain't I a stinker?

Today I finished off a chapter (yes, that includes that interrogation thing I mentioned a few blogs back). From here on in, it's four chapters to go. Five, if one of them gets a bit long. The end is in sight. And I find myself short on chapter titles.

I should amend that: chapter titles that fit the theme of the chapter. That's what I'm short on. As some of you may recall, I was considering using The Twilight War as a chapter title towards the end. That I decided against, because of the association with certain glittery vampires who must go unnamed.

I thought of using The Covenant War, since it features the last stand of my terrorist group, the Covenant.

Then I thought of this line:

Justice, like lightning, ever should appear to few men's ruin but to all men's fear.

The line has been attributed to a poet named Thomas Randolph, but there's some dispute about that. Sufficed to say, it's a good line, and writer Kurt Busiek used it years ago in the launch of a comics series called Thunderbolts. The book is still about today, more then 150 issues later.

The premise of the series was simple: a group of villains masquerade as heroes to gain the world's trust and thus take control. Very shortly in, a number of them turn on their leaders and become heroes for real. The book became about redemption, sometimes earned and kept, other times turned away from. It's gone through many changes since then, to its current status as a rehabilitation program set up by the American government. The book has, been for the most part, a personal favourite of mine.

From that first issue, those three words stayed close to mind: Justice, like lightning. It no doubt helped that they were always pasted on the cover. Anyway, it seems an ideal chapter title. Vengeance has been a prevailing theme in Heaven & Hell. Now that the book is coming towards its end, bringing things back full circle to justice seems right, and it ought to be reflected in a late chapter title.

Besides, somehow Bear Hangovers doesn't ring true for a chapter title.


  1. I love the bear pic. He looks like I feel right now!

    And I really like the proposed chapter title. Looking forward to you getting finished so everybody can read the book!

  2. What she said...word for word...I feel like the bear pic most days...LOL...and, I'm looking forward to reading it...but, you already knew that!

  3. Super cool! It's always fun when the end is in sight. It was 104 degrees here today - and not a dry heat. I can empathize with the bear.

  4. I love the title of this blog. Chapter by chapter, we writers drag along. Is the bear looking for the next storyline or fish?

  5. I still can't figure out if I want to use thematic titles or totally vague ones.
    So it looks like we're at about the same places in our novels. You wanna race?:)

  6. Justice is always the best for world order. I got you Karla at 108 degrees.

  7. I had thought about doing chapter titles but I couldn't come up with any I liked so I just decided to leave them out.

  8. Your not hijacking my blog..... you want to bet !
    I cracked up over the the part where you walk in.
    I didn't know about the Thunderbolts.

    cheers, parsnip

  9. Congrats on seeing the end in sight! Chapter titles...... ahhh...... I know what you mean.

  10. Sigh, it's only 97 degrees here. And... the bear picture wouldn't load for me. But, I do love your hijacked blog and the story line of your book. I can't wait to read it.


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