And by old friends, I mean characters from stories I've either finished and left behind, or stories that I've almost finished, but for some reason put aside.
One of these manuscripts is Cathedral Girl. I actually started CG before I even wrote Death Sword. This was back in 2004. (Interestingly, I found a Zaphkiel Project manuscript from 2011, which would become Exterminating Angel. Makes me wonder how many drafts I have floating around on my PCs, and explains why I usually save them by the title_month_year to keep track.)
Anyway, the research for CG lead to an interest in the Memitim, which was the original idea behind Death Sword, but ended up becoming my NaNo project. The Memitim can be described as destroying angels (mal'ake habbalah) (from the Jewish Encyclopedia). Basically, angels of death.
Which brings me to where I am now regarding two different series about the angels of death, although one isn't an official series, and the other one is in the early stages.
Death Sword was supposed to be the first in a three book series (originally four) with each book focusing on a particular angel of death. For reasons I don't recall, I dispensed with the fourth book. Anyway, I wrote the second and third books, Serpent Fire and Devil Inside, only to realize my second book was a mess. (Ironically, the third book seemed to work better. Go figure.)
So I'm back to revising Serpent Fire. And the story has developed from a paranormal suspense with possible political thriller overtones.
But once I finish Serpent Fire and revise Devil Inside, I can return to the Memitim series.
Let's just say that's a goal for 2016. Year end goal is to write a TV pilot. :-)