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Which is your favorite so far of the Order of the Air?

Lost Things
Steel Blues
Silver Bullet
Wind Raker

Why did you like that one best?


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Mar. 8th, 2015 11:21 am (UTC)
The race was a lot of fun! And I enjoyed adding Stasi to the mix.
Mar. 6th, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
Well, Tesla. ;) But also it was the one where the crew seemed completely together and in the zone. Everyone was present, everyone knew where they belonged... the origin was done and all that was left was a great story. :D
Mar. 8th, 2015 11:22 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked Silver Bullet. Writing Tesla was SO much fun! Especially his lair. :)
Mar. 7th, 2015 01:28 pm (UTC)
For the Stasi and Mitchell plot, and Tesla. But really, I do love them all.
Mar. 8th, 2015 11:24 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked Stasi and Mitch. That's my pairing and I wrote those scenes. And Tesla! He was so much fun. I hope we can have him back later. I have an idea involving a Philadelphia Experiment kind of thing, but it hasn't quite come together yet.
Mar. 7th, 2015 02:28 pm (UTC)
So torn. I was thrilled with *Lost Things*. It's like I have a continuing New Relationship Energy with that book.

But by Wind Raker, such a well-balanced book, with them all pretty much in one place for the most part, it's such a comfortable relationship, the warmth of intimacy, the history (still with the jokes/comments about the Apache dance, years later!), and yet I'm still learning things about them:


- Mitch: Not only would go with Stasi anywhere, but *tells* her he'd go to a synagogue. And *tells* Jerry he'd go with him to his places, too, to see more of Jerry's world with him, and he has a sense of humour about any possible misinterpretations at the bars etc. Not making a big deal of it with either of them, not chest-thumping, but so they know: he's with them.
- Jerry: Impressive patience with the older boy Jimmy (more than I would have had), not because they're alike (they're not), but because Jerry's a good man, and knows Jimmy looks to him. We get to see him do his work, with others, and also chuckle about "Maybe this pile of tumbled stones hides something fantastic!"
- Stasi saying raising those kids is part of saving the world, too. And other things Stasi says about binding and intentions. Her conversations with Lewis are so interesting. They see things so differently.
- And Alma, their Magister. I loved the blessing ceremony. And I was surprised she considered firing Lily! But it illuminated: she's very protective of her family / her Lodge, *and* her company.

And I love that the characters don't all know what each other knows, sometimes not for a while, and maybe sometimes never. That kind of thing is so true to life, and it's part of what shapes them as different from each other. Jerry knew something about Lily well before the rest of his lodge, and it just didn't come up until later for him to realize he needed to tell Alma. And he certainly didn't know that part of the reason Willi reacted so badly to his first attempt to explain about his magic was that Pelley had used the same kind of line! What if, instead of the abstract-level hey-we-didn't-think-we-could-fly-50-years-ago, we'll-learn-to-master-magic, he had instead been personal: "Look, I've felt things, I've seen things, I've done things, *good important things*, this is very real to me"?

Edited at 2015-03-07 02:38 pm (UTC)
Mar. 8th, 2015 11:33 am (UTC)
Mitch is never going to live down the Apache dance! Never. But he's not trying real hard to!

Mitch would go with Stasi or Jerry either. He knows who he is. And he loves them. He's not afraid. That's one of the things I learned about Mitch when I was writing him in Lost Things, the scene with Lewis on the train when Lewis asks him about Gil/Alma/Jerry. Mitch isn't bothered because he's not afraid. He's not threatened. The base of his tolerance is courage.

Jerry has a real soft spot for deserted boys, having been one himself. He understands that anger. And he understands the way they are alike -- the need to excel. Jerry got a scholarship to Harvard. Who knows where Jimmy may go? West Point is not impossible if Harvard wasn't. And, as Jerry will say in Fire Season, the book I've just started now, "Merlin needs an Arthur."

Stasi and saving the world -- yes, it is part of saving the world. Raising the kids is more of the chain of good that Gil started, a chain that stretches far beyond his lifetime and touches people he never knew. Al gave Stasi a chance. Now Stasi will give the kids a chance. And what will they do? I love her conversations with Lewis too. They're becoming good friends.

Alma did consider firing Lily. Alma can be the hardass in this crowd, and somebody needs to be. Certainly all their customers back in Colorado know that Mitch is the soft touch and Al is the one who drives a hard bargain!

What if, instead of the abstract-level hey-we-didn't-think-we-could-fly-50-years-ago, we'll-learn-to-master-magic, he had instead been personal: "Look, I've felt things, I've seen things, I've done things, *good important things*, this is very real to me"?

Oh very true! That would have been better. But it also would have revealed so much of Jerry's true self, and he's very protective. Jerry tends to intellectualize in order to not show his own feelings, and people who know him well know that. When Jerry starts, "scholars say that we should do X" Mitch interprets that as, "I feel that I should do X." But Willi doesn't know him that well a few weeks into this relationship.
Mar. 10th, 2015 04:18 am (UTC)
Right, Jimmy's getting straight A's, like Jerry, a way out. I forgot that similarity, seeing more of a similarity between Jerry and the younger brother.


Of course Jerry wouldn't really have said that heartfelt, self-revealing thing to Willi (not at that point, anyway), and I totally get "intellectualize in order to not show his own feelings".
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