So, an update to my writing -- it's been about a month since my last entry.
I've finished three of the four "Hero Cafe" stories that I outlined last time. The first one is Hero Lunch - Tony's Diner. That's story 300. The second I finished right after, and that's Hero Lunch - One With Everything.
These two stories set up the overall plan for all of them: someone in the New League of Two-Fisted Justice invites Boy Secretary, their receptionist, to lunch. They go to some really exotic location or restaurant. There's no real plot other than that, but each story so far has ended with some sort of hero emergency, just to give me a snappy ending. Otherwise they're more slice-of-life stories than anything with a plot or punch line.
Side note: in book 6 I reshape the League of Two-Fisted Justice. Multiple new members join, they split into two teams, they build a new fancy headquarters in New York, they hire Boy Secretary, and they rename themselves the New League of Two-Fisted Justice. After that I wrote all of book 8 and book 9 (book 7 is an incomplete novel) and I'm now partway into book 11 (book 10 is intended to specifically be stories about Kid Anarchy and the companions he works with -- I've written parts of several stories, but have yet to finish any of them) and over all that time -- more than 80 stories written since I started my Grandpa Anarchy blog back in late August 2016 -- I have frequently mentioned the new members of the League, and their new New York base, and their secretary, and I've completely forgotten that they were called the New League. :P I will have to, at some point, go through all of those stories -- including everything I've posted to the web so far -- to fix that.Anyway! After writing my first two Hero Cafe stories and starting on the third, I took a right turn and began working on a very old novella-length story, Second Class. This deals with the expansion of Black Dahlia's Black Moon Maidens group, and it's a story I plotted for book 4, and the longer I ignore finishing it the more problematic it becomes. I have basically never mentioned, in any subsequent stories, the new members of the group, save for what I've written in the last six weeks -- because I hadn't written about them in this story yet. Nor have I mentioned the villains that they acquire in this story. It's not that I bring up the Black Moon Maidens that often, but I really need to complete this old story so that I can build on what's in it.
And also complete World of Hero from book 2, another incomplete novella. But I digress.
I spent at least two weeks or so working on Second Class. I got multiple scenes written, and it seems to be coming together although I'm still not very far into the tale -- but I got a bit bored with working on a story that it seems will never be finished. There's a certain satisfaction to working on a story for several hours and then calling it finished, and moving on to the next project.
So last week I wrote a new story, Going Home. That's number 302. This is, after a fashion, a fourth story in a series about Eve the Explorer, who first appears in Gadda Da Vida and then reappears in Eve the Explorer and right after that in Beautifully Engineered. I placed Going Home in book 11, but it may belong in book 9 with those other stories, I don't know. Although Eve also appears in Hero Cafe - Tony's Diner, actually, and that's in Book 11.
At the beginning of this week I finished my third Hero Cafe story -- Hero Dinner - A Slice of Time. That's story 303. I immediately began work on the fourth (and probably last) in the series, Hero Lunch - Happy Jack's, but I still had not finished it when I came up with something new today.
Several somethings. Once again.
I was listening to This American Life. Their episode for this week was called Rom-Com, about Romance Comedies. For Valentine's Day, of course. Immediately an idea formed in my head: I should write a romantic Valentine's Day story! I should write several! I am generally quite bad about writing romance and considering or introducing romantic relationships in my stories, but I could think of several couples that would be fun to write about, so I instantly created three new story files -- Meet Cute 1, about Freya/Saturnae and Sarah/Continuitae; Meet Cute 2, about the villain Death Medal and his girl Miss Kid Gloves, and Meet Cute 3, which is probably about the Electric Bluejay and Walter, although I kind of want to fit in something about the Glass Cannon and Electrofrog.
And why stop there? The term meet cute actually refers to new romances just getting started (which none of the above stories are actually about -- it was just a convenient term for creating new story files). It's nice to write about couples that already exist in my universe, but why not create some new ones? I'd have to figure out the details, of course, but that's the point -- to try and write more about people getting together.
The other thing was that I'd planned to write a Valentine's Day story, and I totally had forgotten to do it. So I began working on that first meet cute story right away. This turned into Ancient Festival, a story that I completed and posted this afternoon. I've done that once or twice before -- write a story and immediately post it. But I'm fairly happy with how the story came out. It's not really one with a punch line, but as a story I think it works.
Now -- I need to write some more of these mini romance stories. ^_^ Oh, and finish the last Hero Cafe story as well!