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Silver Bullet

The revisions on Steel Blues, the sequel to Lost Things, are turned in. The Inheritors, book six of Legacy, is turned in to Sally at Fandemonium. So now I'm working on Silver Bullet, the third book in the series with Lost Things. We're a little short of half done, and I'm diving back into my research and putting my head back in 1932.

I'm currently listening to Duke Ellington's Mood Indigo and reading about silver mining in Colorado before the turn of the century. There's an abandoned silver mine that features prominently in Silver Bullet -- the Silver Bullet mine -- and so I'm working on the mine and thinking about the big action sequence toward the end of the book that will be there. I wish I could afford to fly out to Colorado and do some footwork, but sadly I can't.

Meanwhile, Melissa's working on the New York section of the book, which I'm really looking forward to seeing as it has Nikola Tesla, which is always a blast! And a hidden map to a fabulous lost tomb, gay New York in the thirties, and an old friend of Jerry's from the original Lodge.

Mine has the introduction of an ongoing villain, the aforementioned Apache Dance, the return of the Countess from Steel Blues, and Lewis, Alma and Mitch. So many fun elements! I hope you enjoy this series as much as I am.

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heatherlayne_n
Oct. 21st, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
Ooh, what part of Colorado? I live near a bunch of old mines and have toured a couple. Any recon I can help you with?
jo_graham
Oct. 21st, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
Oh cool! Thank you! *twirls*

Ok, here's the story. The Lost Things team lives in Colorado Springs, and the mine is west of there. The Silver Bullet Mine is fictional and is in a box canyon about ten miles away by road. So far I've based the description of the defunct mine on pictures of the Silver Plume Mine, which is near Telluride and yes I know that's in a completely different part of the state! But I needed pictures of a defunct silver mine from the 1880s.

However! I am completely open to changing descriptions if they don't seem realistic or plausible. Seriously. I do not want to be bogus. And I have no good pictures of the inside of the mine. What I primarily need is the description of the building at the minehead that held the heavy equipment, like the wenches winches for the ore carts and the hoist, and the minehead itself and the galleries beneath it. My own experience is in West Virginia coal mines, which is a totally different thing.

In terms of plot, the things I need outside are a situation where there is a valley down from the mine that in December can be a smooth, relatively clear snowfield. Which is one reason I was using the pictures from the mine near Telluride, because it has a slope like that which is now the bunny run of a ski resort. (A plane has to make a belly landing in the snow without killing everybody!)
heatherlayne_n
Oct. 27th, 2012 04:54 am (UTC)
Oh, dang it! I wish I could be more help! :( I live on the other side of the Rockies. If you need to know anything about WESTERN Colorado, let me know. However, I'm not a mine expert, and I've only been to Colorado Springs a few times.
jo_graham
Oct. 27th, 2012 10:41 am (UTC)
Well, that's a few times more than I have! :) If you don't mind, I may pick your brains some, as anything is better than nothing!
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