Client Management

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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Ian Innis’s Office

“He calls himself Cyber.” Ian Innis declared this with some finality, pushing back from his desk and crossing his ankles. Innis was a middle-aged, slightly overweight, clean-shaven, dark-haired man with a closet full of long-sleeved shirts, tan slacks, and suit jackets. Seen on the street, he appeared average in almost every respect, an ordinary, benign, phonebook-filler kind of person. He was someone you didn’t look twice at, someone you didn’t think twice about.

But every now and then, if you caught him in a sideways glance, you got the impression he was doing plenty of thinking about you.

Innis’s audience for this pronouncement was his personal assistant, Shawn Matthew Scott, called SMS by those few individuals he thought of as his friends. The blond-haired 25-year-old was leaning silently against the door frame, preferring not to fully enter the disaster zone Innis called his office. Continue reading

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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