I really liked this book.
Throne of the Crescent Moon (by Saladin Ahmed) follows a band of somewhat unlikely heroes as they're off to save the day. You have an old ghul hunter (one of the last of his kind), a whirling dervish (I'd never before looked up what that actually meant), an alchemist and her mage of a husband, and a shape shifter who can take the form of a golden lion.
Took a walk with a around Burlingame Gardens. All sorts of neat moments.
Writing Excuses 10.8 writing prompt: Sketch out the events before and after your dead-drop scene from last week and three weeks ago.
What is in the packages?
Black powder mixed with something that will create lots of smoke. It's an attack on the temple. When the packages are put into the flames (unopened, as is tradition), they will burn through and explode. As small as they are, it won't actually cause much damage, but that's not the point. Rather the point is to create confusion (especially with the smoke) so another agent can sneak into the temple and steal something.
Writing Excuses 10.7 writing prompt: Pick one of the dead-drop characters from the exercise two weeks ago, and turn them into a secondary character. Now take one of the characters with whom they interacted, and write the same scene again, but from this new character's POV.
My master is not always the brightest of men.
Not in all regards, not in all things.
But he paid for my mother's transition, when there was no pressing need that he do such a thing. So far as I can tell, he didn't even know what he was paying for.
And for that, I shall be eternally grateful.