Here’s a nonupdate about the publishing board for the romantic comedy series:
Due to the previous fracas about the “offensive” content of the book, two higher-up guys in the publishing house have taken some extra time post-publishing board to discuss the content. Editor says it looks encouraging and he thinks it’s going to go through.
Next week, I’m told, we get a decision.
Anyone who feels like praying, I would more than welcome prayers. Apparently I must have accidentally prayed for patience at some point, and God is making sure I have lots.
Annihilation, chapter 11 has posted. Favorite moment with spoiler behind the cut…
In this chapter, Uriel attempts to implement the strategy Jesus explained in order to save Gabriel. Michael leaves them alone, praying for the outcome, when Uriel reappears suddenly, startling him. And here’s my favorite moment in the chapter:
Surprised, Michael opened his wings to look at the Throne: Done already? Shouldn’t it have taken hours, all that fine beadwork? Or did Michael need to help somehow?
Uriel met Michael’s gaze with eyes that glistened.
Michael grabbed his knees to his chest, dropping his forehead to them, and clapped his wings back around himself like a clam shell.
Uriel said, “He’s going to die.”
For those following along at home, in the Seven Archangels universe, the angels can communicate nonverbally, and some (like Uriel) are most comfortable doing so. Michael and Uriel communicated just fine that way, but Uriel wants to make sure it’s completely clear, so verifies it.
The rest of the conversation is a heartbreaker, but they do get a shred of hope toward the end of the chapter, and Saraquael’s “bathtub full of cash” line leaves me giggling every time.
Bonus points to anyone who can correctly tell me the name of the two-toned angel who appears at the end of the chapter. (Except Ivy, who already caught that reference in beta-reading.)