We got a breather after taking down Villains Inc. Sort of, or a chance to change to a slow dance anyway. I missed Jacky, but the new members fitted in nicely even if sometimes I thought Watchman was trying to kill me. While peace didn’t exactly descend on our great metropolis, we didn’t see all-out supervillain battles slaughtering civilians and wrecking real estate, and except for the one omega operation—and the public never found out how close that one came to ending the party—nothing came along to bust up the good time.
But Charley was about to dance the foxtrot and we didn’t have enough partners to fill her card.
From the journal of Hope Corrigan.
I finished Bite Me: Big Easy Nights last October, and figured I could write Young Sentinels in six months, easy. Boy was I wrong. For those waiting impatiently, I must shamefully confess that it is still not done. But it is getting closer. I’ve lined up a profession editor, who has already gone over the first half. I am close to completion of the second half, and if everything looks good may well be publishing by the end of next month. Maybe.
It has been a very interesting experience. One of the things I hadn’t counted on, going into my fourth book, was just how difficult juggling three 1st-person POVs was going to be. Astra is still the main character, but now there are two more POV character arcs. And once again so much is happening: Astra is getting another life-changing event (not for the better), Shelly’s getting a big one too, and YS is introducing the Young Sentinels of the title: Astra, Galatea, and Crash, but also four more teen heroes as the Sentinels get a cadet-team.
And Chicago is going to have a very bad day.
On another topic, I will be manning a booth at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Convention next month, so anyone who wants a signed copy of WtC, Bite Me, of VI, should come on down. I’m sharing the booth with Imagined Interprises Inc., the small-press publishers that will be putting out my books in paperback next year. This will be my second tabling event (the first was a book festival), and it will be comparatively small, but I figure it’s comic books. I think a few people will be interested in Astra.
Beyond Young Sentinels lies a void. I honestly don’t know what I’ll be doing besides getting into the convention circuit (I really should have started doing it last year). I would like to do another Artemis story, but Bite Me isn’t my best seller. Worst Contact beckons invitingly, but so does the idea of doing several short stories that highlight different characters in the Post-Event world. I’m really not sure what will strike fire in my mind.
I just hope the fans will forgive me for introducing them to a breakthrough who thinks she is Ozma…