Saturday, July 23, 2011

Spanner Chapter 8: Rip Her to Shreds (Revision 3)

Chapter 7

Chaos Angel Spanner — Book 1: Rock City Blues
Chapter 8: Rip Her to Shreds (Revision 3)

The events leading up to one of the major turning points of the series. This chapter ended up being easily divisible into six different chapters (plus one Interlude); thus it was during the editing of this chapter that I realized I’d be doing the third draft differently. But that deserves an entire post of its own...

Third Revision Update: The order of sections in this and Chapter 7 has changed, with the Second Revision’s 8.1 now in its proper place as 7.1, and the former 7.6 taking its place here. Leila’s role is now greatly expanded, as she is really the star of this chapter (as the chapter and Parts 3 and 6 titles should tell you), though I neglected that when I posted the Second Revision. The plot is now much stronger, as a major turning point deserves. Thus ends the first “light novel” of Spanner Book 1.

Table of Contents:
  1. Seize the Day (July 16, 2011, revised 10/13/11)
  2. Freddy’s Revenge (July 17, 2011, revised 10/22/11)
  3. Breaking Up the Girl (July 18, 2011, revised 10/22/11)
  4. No Blood, No Foul (July 19, 2011, revised 10/22/11)
  5. The Slasher Hunters (July 20, 2011, revised 10/22/11)
  6. Closer to the Edge of Night (July 21, 2011, revised 10/22/11)
  7. Interlude 6: Total Eclipse of the Heart (July 22, 2011)

The introduction to the original chapter from the first draft, originally called “Better Living Through Chemistry,” is pretty much inaccurate now, given the amount of rearranging I’ve been doing since Chapter 6 in the second draft:
I only got around to outlining this chapter before I burned out on AugNoWriMo for the third consecutive year [i.e., 2010]. The name is one of the first I came up with for the original Spanner comic, back in the late 1990s; the final scene (before the Interlude) is one of the first scenarios I scripted for the proposed manga back in the early ’00s. (Another scene I wrote during that period is the one in which she wakes up with Dexter.) As I ended up actually writing it, it’s bookended by two of the series’ biggest turning points. Like Chapter 7, it turned out to be a “theme” episode, though still entirely within the plot. Of course, I had to throw Shira’s birthday into the mix, with a surprise new character...

Stick around as the plot darkens...
Chapter 9

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