Should have done this earlier. Did you remember? Just a quick post before I go check in with Sven, partly just to figure out what to tell him. Also partly because I told you that I’d talk a bit more specifically about my as yet unnamed project. Hey, wanna give me a working title?
So no words yet. Yes, I’m one of those people savin’ it up for Nano. Honestly, it bugs me no end the whole not starting until 11/1, and I think it’s a lousy rule. One of the things that made me fall in love with Sven was that he doesn’t care where I’m coming from as long as I just do it. So anyway, the upside is that I get two more desperately needed weeks to get my stuff together and really know what I’m doing so when Nano starts I can just write with less duh…duh…. You know.
So I told you superhero fic. There’s good guys and there’s bad guys, and they’re both recruiting. By different means, of course. I’m really solid on who those two groups are. They’ve got names and stuff. The good guys have a base of operations and a female leader with name, backstory, and possible future various stories already noted. The bad guys are a bit hazier. They need a location and facilities. Their head guy needs a name, appearance, personality, and supernormal ability. Ditto the sort of lead bad guy in the field for the story.
Another thing I really need are words! Man, I get tired of saying “ability”, “gifted”, and “normal” in my notes all the time. I need a better vocabulary, even if I have made up words. But I just have no clue what to do about that.
So what else. I have a hero. His name is Mac. I had it in my head that I wanted him to go by a nickname so I wanted him to have a truly terribly name that would make a nickname mandatory. Apologies to anyone else who has this name, but what Kettle and I came up with is Beauregard MacAvoy. Mac is an exceptionally well-structured, deeply tanned house framer with curling blond-streaked hair and light green eyes. He also has a tendency to accidentally electrocute people, an ability he’s been struggling to control and to hide all his life.
Enter Colby Sinclair. She’s been sent by the leader of the good guys to recruit Mac because they specifically need what he can do on some mission that comes later in the story. Unfortunately, I don’t know what that is. Colby’s ability involves absorbing energy, and we’ll learn more about her and her painful past with that as the story goes along.
There are a lot of ways that Colby’s and Mac’s past experiences have shaped who they are, and there are a lot of ways in which who they are make them both perfect for each other and opposing forces at the same time. Seems like something’s gotta change.
My problem is, of course, coming up with the right plot points to inspire the changes and keep everyone interested and reading. I like creating characters and plotting out their emotional journeys, and if they could angst their way through in internal monologues that would be sweet.
But, since that would suck, I will be trying to come up with waaay more plot stuff in the next few weeks.
And damnit, I give. It’s just a working title, for goodness sake, and it’s going to be “Current On Demand”. Maybe it will grow on us. I’ll call it COD for short. K?
Off to tell Sven about my 0 words.