Like everything else I've written, I have no idea if STARWIND will ever be published. This isn't me being self-deprecating, this is me being realistic since I just finished the first draft last week. With this uncertainty, I also have no idea if the book will ever have its own TV Tropes page.
So, as a way to talk about the book that's not "here's what the book's about", I figured, why not make my own out of this week's blog entry? Let's see....
Apocalypse How: not one, not two, but three of the planes the crew visits have endured significant destructive events. One used to be a universe.
Artistic License: Martial Arts/Supernatural Martial Arts: Phoenix and Sarai spar in the subjective gravity of the Between. Fighting someone gets a lot more interesting when each combatant gets to decide which way is down for them.
Asexuality: Phoenix. It's even a minor plot point.
Badass Longcoat: Kris's brown coat. Sometimes I feel like she knows what sort of story she's in.
Barrier Warrior: Sarai, though it's doubtful she'd consider herself a warrior.
Bi the Way: Kris. Considering that she's dating outside her species, it's possible that another designation might work better, but I'll leave that for other people to argue about.
Chekhov's Gun: played straight with something Kris acquires early on. Averted entirely with Kris and Phoenix's actual guns, which they carry but never fire.
Cool Ship: the Starwind, of course, as well as the five other ships in the race.
Elemental Powers: Kris prefers water magic, but can use earth when necessary. Phoenix favors fire, which surprises no one.
Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: the book starts with Kris quite literally inside the mouth of one plane's version of a dragon.
Science Fantasy: the story has both a very wide definition of "fantasy" and a lot of (soft) sci-fi trappings all blended together.
The Big Race: the main plot of the story is the Starwind's crew participating in a race/scavenger hunt, which has them gathering five items from across the multiverse.
Train Job: played straight, in both a deliberate shout-out to this book's inspiration and the fact that Kris is a fan of Firefly and decides that if it worked in the TV show...
Unspoken Plan Guarantee: the crew has plans to acquire everything they need for the race. Nothing goes as planned.
I think I'll stop now, as I've spent way too long on this already and I'm trying to avoid spoilers. Hope I didn't make any of y'all lose too much time with those links. :P
Next week: IWSG.