When I’m not in Windemere or the Shattered States, I’ve been tinkering with my superhero books. Mostly, I made a list of the characters from that world and wondered if I should leave them in Windemere or return them to Earth. That’s a constant bit of confusion that I’ve talked about on here before. Windemere gives me more geography freedom, but tech is limited. Earth gives me higher tech, but I need to research locations to make sure I get them right. People seem to get picky about that these days.
This time I was just going to mention an idea I had. One of the problems with this series is that it has so many characters and stories. At one point, it was 19 books long to cover everyone. This isn’t counting The Shields, Savior, Jack, and a few other superheroes with their own series that connect in the final one. I think I may have found a solution to this though. I noticed that a lot of the characters have solitary stories and could match up with a few of the others. So here is what I’m considering:
- Novella that has the heroes being awoken, revived, or whatever. They were memory wiped and returned to the human population as babies after an incident. Aliens capture some of the big names and inadvertently awaken all of the dormant superhumans.
- A large tome of short stories that follow certain characters: Phoenix Group, The Shields, Savior, New Generation, Duos, Jack, Alien Bounty Hunter, and other divisions. These would be large books that collect a bunch of short stories. Savior, Jack, and The Shields might get their own series though because of size.
- End it all with a final tome that follows the final hero’s adventure.
Again, this is only a first idea because I don’t have the stories written out yet. The group ones are easy since not every character has to be in every story. Duos is a shaky idea since each story would have different characters and I don’t think I have enough pairs to do the idea. Having those other stories that might need more than one book is a wrinkle as well because they throw off the system. Having them in Windemere or Earth is another factor that I need to eventually decide on. Thank god I’m going for the vampires next and only fiddling with this.
One other thing is that a new ‘hero’ is coming into this idea and he’s starting to push me toward Earth. The story is that one character is an insane criminal who killed a bunch of politicians to avenge his dead family. He’s only in jail because he finished his work and can’t be killed, so he has nowhere else to go. A cop needs him to hunt down former allies that he forgot about and have decided to continue his fight. This kind of works off the idea that there are no superhumans around until this guy, which I might be able to fit into the awakening concept. Basically, he was the first one to appear and has been in jail ever since. Kind of abruptly reappeared when the superhumans returned. This might go into the Duos idea.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve been working on when not writing the Windemere finale or being driven nuts by any number of things. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction because this series has been a pain in my side for years. I refuse to jettison so many characters and stories simply because I’m missing a few pieces.