Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Spanner Chapter 8: Rip Her to Shreds (Revision 4)

Chapter 7

Chaos Angel Spanner — Book 1: Rock City Blues
Chapter 8: Rip Her to Shreds (Revision 4)

The events leading up to one of the major turning points of the series. Shira tries to deal with her unwanted secret admirer from Japan. Jennifer and Shira prove themselves to the Slasher Hunters. Clique war threatens to break out openly at Bangor High. A dangerous new surprise player appears on the scene. And devastated by the events at the end of last chapter, tormented by the Student Council provoked by a jealous now-ex-girlfriend, and trapped between slavery and certain death, Leila attempts the most desperate means — only for Shira to interrupt in the most emphatic way...

Stick around as the plot darkens...

Table of Contents:
  1. Black Caturday (July 10, 2011, Final Revision 8/30/12)
  2. All in the Cards (August 31, 2012)
  3. Breaking up the Girl (July 17, 2011, Final Revision 9/1/12)
  4. Hide in Plain Sight (July 18, 2011, Final Revision 9/2/12)
  5. Closer to the Edge (July 20, 2011, Final Revision 9/3/12)
  6. Melt With You (July 21, 2011, Final Revision 9/4/12)
Moved from Chapter 7: all of 8.1, originally 7.3 “Caturday” in Revision 3. From the Project Notebooks: Ariel’s tarot card reading for Shira.

The original chapter introduction with revision updates:
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...

Second Revision Update: 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.

Chapter 9

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