Hey guys and hello to all the new people who are following my Facebook page! It’s astounding that my number of likes has almost doubled just because I put myself out there and did a shameless self-promo!
First up, I am talking to you from my brand new laptop. My opinion of said laptop is this: “Shiny.” As much as I love my desktop which is – a la Old Spice Odor Blocker – powerful enough to turn off the sun, I have missed the convenience of a portable computer. I can now go and sit in a coffee shop drinking Earl Grey and writing my books. By the Eldritch Gods, I am such a hipster. It’s embarrassing.
Embarrassment aside, I would like to make a second call for beta readers! I am not expecting editing or an elaborate critique – I’m simply looking for a few people who are interested in science fiction to read my book. In fact, an interest in science fiction isn’t even necessarily required. It’s a light novel, just over 50,000 words and in the hands of a quick reader would take no more than a few days to finish. If you’re interested, drop a comment below, message me on Facebook or email me at danieljaeger413[at]hotmail.com
If I may, I’d also like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about a project I mentioned briefly in a previous blog. Foxfire. It’s a story set in my universe, but in the United States rather than Tonlist. It follows a mercenary group called Foxfire, who are split into three squads of three based on their tactical specialisms (stealth, assault and support). All the members of Foxfire are female and a mixture of former military personnel and civilians who are particularly handy with firearms, vehicles and/or magic. And magic’s still real outside of Tonlist. That never stopped being a thing or anything. It’s based on an old story I wrote called Blaze Squadron (when my talent for titles was derived from 90s British R’n’B groups) which featured so many characters it was a veritable nightmare to write. It was like an 11 year old me trying to write Homestuck. I can’t even remember the characters’ names, which for me is heresy.
There were male characters in that which included a young Solid Snake lookalike with a magic broadsword, a cliché-anime-protagonist-cum-skater-dude with a plasma pistol and a giant robot, an alien similar to a Covenant Elite from Halo who stole Samus Aran’s arm cannon, and a hulking great dude from Alaska with a literally square head called… Steve.
The only name and character I remembered of the copious amounts of badass ladies was Acei Macino, who throughout time has wielded dual submachine guns and used to be a princess of a distant world, and she has survived the 13 years through to now where she will appear in Foxfire as Gracia ‘Ace’ Macino, an Italian-American with a penchant for cute uniforms and kicking bad guys in the face.
She’ll be joined by the Vixens recon team, the Firebelles assault team and the Kits support team. Together they’ll fight a shady corporate collective, religious zealots and otherworldly spiritual beings so they can afford to keep their group on the go and pick up a few pizzas on the way back from the mission. It’s a story I’ve wanted to write for years, and I think I’ve finally found a way to handle it. If I come up with any more ideas for it, you’ll be the first to know.