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The client was waiting for SMS on a narrow stretch of rocky beach that ran alongside Dallas Road. Other areas of the winding beachside street were popular tourist destinations, with trails and cliffs and beautiful ocean views, but for this meeting the client had chosen a segment of the beach that was less busy, better to hold a private conversation of this nature.

Like a good animal rights hippie, the man was dressed entirely in synthetic fabrics and was munching on a carrot stick. As SMS crossed the sand and logs that separated them, he saw a seagull swoop down and perch on a rock fifteen feet away from the man, eyeing the carrot sticks. The man watched it like a cornered dog. For someone who apparently cared so much about wildlife, he didn’t appear to have an especially close connection with it.

The client was still staring nervously at the seagull when SMS said, “Hello.”

The man jumped. “Oh!”

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Recent News

Title Change: King of the Dark becomes Fly By Night

As part of some reorganizing of content, I’ve decided to retitle the King of the Dark story. It’s now called Fly By Night. I’m now using the King of the Dark title to describe the overall story arc, which also includes Hands-On and Who Killed Walter Carton?, instead.

I’ve titled the “prequel” arc Winds of Change. It includes Hide and Seek and the comic, Change.

These new titles are reflected on the About page.

My Plan: The Sea of Retcon

I have a plan.

I’m going to take a voyage into the dangerous Sea of Retcon, via Rewrite Highway.

In other words, I’m planning to rewrite and reserialize the first two Special People story arcs, Hands-On and King of the Dark.

Why?
Hands-On was the first thing I ever wrote in the Special People universe, and to be honest I just don’t think it fits in that well anymore. It’s very lighthearted and goofy (which is fine), but it doesn’t connect to the main storyline in a meaningful way. It’s also pretty short for a standalone story arc, at only 7,500 words compared to the 30,000+ of Who Killed Walter Carton? and Hide and Seek.

King of the Dark introduces a more serious tone to Special People and injects ongoing continuity and a larger world and plot, but its connection to Hands-On before it and WKWC? after it needs to be more obvious. I want to tie the threads together in a clearer way.

How?
I’m in the outlining phases for Hands-On version 2, choosing the scenes I want to add and the changes I want to make. Once I have my plan in place, I’m going to start editing and writing, and I’ll release the “new” Hands-On section by section on the site as if it was a completely new story arc.

Once Hands-On is finished, I’ll move forward with the same approach for King of the Dark.

After King of the Dark, I’m going to make some edits to WKWC? and Hide and Seek, but I don’t plan to do major rewrites of those two arcs.

The next step after that will be to hopefully kick off a brand new arc and continue the story!

When?
I would like to start posting the new Hands-On during May 2014.

I’m not going to commit to a firm posting schedule off the bat, but I’d like to target one update per week.

My Question For You
Something I’m not sure about is how to deal with the “old” Hands-On and King of the Dark while I’m rewriting them. Should I leave the old versions up on the site for people to read if they want to? Should I remove them? Should I archive them somewhere out of the way?

I have to think about this some more, but I’d welcome some input from readers. Vote in the poll or leave a comment and let me know what you think I should do.

What should I do with the "old" Hands-On and King of the Dark?

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New “Input Into Special People” Opportunity

Before I launch into the next major SP story arc, I want to do a shorter story based on reader input. There are several ways you can get some influence over the story, as outlined below. (For full details, check the posting on the Store.)

CREATE THE CHARACTER – $5

Create a unique character with an unusual or bizarre special ability.

CREATE THE CONFLICT – $5

Come up with the key plot element of the story.

COMPLICATE THE SITUATION – $2

For $2, you can suggest a prop or a phrase that I have to include in the story somehow.

EXTEND THE STORY – $2

For every $2, I will expand the story by another update, or roughly 500 words, up to a maximum length of 5,000 words.

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So if you’re feeling creative and have a couple of dollars to spare, please chip in!

I’m Not Dead

Radio silence on this site for almost four months… What in the world has happened to all the momentum we built?

Well, life happened to it. Work and house-buying and a little bit of burnout happened. But I’m almost back!

I’m not sure whether it’s the summer sun, a bit of breathing room at work, the excitement of our new house, or simply the passage of time, but my creative impulse is finally starting to return. In the past few weeks I’ve written several 50-word stories, started up a new 50-word story contest, and gotten two important Special People activities underway.

First, I’ve begun to construct an outline for the next big story arc, which will be a continuation of Who Killed Walter Carton? and will follow SMS, Esther, Kevin, and the rest. It’s going to be pretty explosive!

Second, I’ve written several pages of new material to extend the ending of the very first Special People story, Hands-On. Since I first wrote that story, SP has evolved quite a bit, and I’ve wanted to do a rewrite of Hands-On (and King of the Dark) to bring them more in line with the format, length, and tone of the later arcs. Writing this new conclusion is a very important step in that project. I hope to have the rest of the work on the Hands-On/King of the Dark rewrite done in the next few months, and I think it’s very doable as long as I can keep my creativity flowing. (It’ll help if people comment or touch base with me on Twitter or Facebook to let me know there’s interest!) Once the rewrite is done, I’d like to give the story a proper book release, and if that goes well I’ll move on to doing the same with the more recent arcs.

I hope you’re as excited about all of this as I am! It feels really good to have stories starting to come out of me again. I feel… alive!