That’s what sorting through this series, which has absorbed other series has turned into at this point. I spent the day with all the notes, books, and files that fall under this as well as the ideas I’m slipping into the ‘Project Phoenix’ umbrella. For anyone curious, this hefty series has eaten 7 other tales. To be fair, a few of those 7 started with the original ‘Project Phoenix’, went off to college, and are now home living in the guest room. Except for one that we’re keeping in the basement because it likes the dark. Overall this has turned it into a series of:
That’s after chopping away, but it might not be as bad as one thinks. Only a few characters show up in multiple books outside of the grand finale. There is a subtle mega-plot that I can’t spoil here. The length and separate main characters thing is similar to the 16 book series ‘The Harpers’ where heroes had anywhere from 1 to 3 books. The connection here is that all of the characters are from a central event and have a history that comes back to haunt them. Still, this is a pretty big undertaking and some stories are seemingly easier than others.
The biggest pain in the butt is one that I always had a soft spot for and now I looked at the notes: 45 CHARACTERS IN ONE BOOK?!?!? It involves a new hero whose city is run by supervillains, so he spends a year cleaning it up. So there was originally 52 short stories where an adventure happened every week. Not sure what to do here, especially since some characters don’t really fit Windemere. I’m thinking of moving some villains around since this hero kind of has a second book in the series. That should make things somewhat easier.
The trick here is to make sure all of the story ideas are viable, which is the task for the rest of the day. I’m tempted to bring this up with an old friend, but I still don’t think he wants to hear the words ‘Project Phoenix’ again.