One of the problems with new year’s resolutions is that the ones you make are usually the ones you break, and the ones you keep are the ones you never make in the first place. I was actually moving away from my site duties as 2008 wound down—but then I read a pair of books on Web promotion, and now I’m suffering from blog fever. Much of this is due to the launch of SuperMegaNet. But it’s also a culmination of having been online for nearly ten years, three of those at Jessture.com, posting videos, selling books. I think I’m finally coming to terms with the blogosphere in general. I’m more willing to whore myself. I know I’ve said that before, but this time I’m serious. I’ll prove it with a couple of tie-ins—and crossovers. I don’t have a beefy marketing department at my disposal, so I’m going to go door to door, if need be, until every last person in southern California has a copy of Heroes’ Day in their hands…or, failing that, through their living room window.
I mentioned crossovers above (as well as briefly in
Between the Chapters). This year, in addition to darker / edgier themes, you’ll be meeting some recycled characters in SuperMegaNet. Frequent readers will already know that I hate wasting material, and that I often bleed themes and characters from one project to another. In 2003, I almost turned my then-current Heroes’ Day draft into part of the Urban Prophets storyline. That’s why Alyssa was a gymnast, and why “Swarm” took place ~seventy years from now. I very nearly sent Alyssa to Olympus, but decided in the end to keep the two stories separate. Something similar is happening now. There was this whole personal side to Monica Sardinia, but it would have been overkill to keep all the little stories in the Heroes’ Day final draft. Like the scene where Monica sneaks into Keene’s Gymnastics with Pat, Sarah, and Amy and has a slumber party. Overkill, but not necessarily without value. Thus: Monica’s training partners have become Summer’s friends, “jockettes,” as Ernie likes to call them. They’re useful bits from another project, and, admittedly, shameless tie-ins to Heroes’ Day.
So, to the readers who’ve asked me why certain plots and characters seem uncannily similar to one another, there’s your answer. I hope it was as good for you as it was for me.