The Pessimal Hero

I'm currently coming up with an outline and head start on next year's NaNoWrimo attempt. See, my downfall is writing the first 50K words in November and then struggling to come back to finish the last 20K or so. This year, I'm going to use NaNo to write the last 50K words, and actually have something to show at the December 1 closing party. This year, I'm sticking with what works and continuing the "orthoquel" concept of the "Pessimal" series. This one came from one of those drunken bar conversations I get into on Wednesday nights that, come to think of it, are also where "Sheer Art Attack" was germinated and a few key scenes in "The Halferne Incubus" were gifted to me by my drinking buddies.

The gist of this story is, quite simply, mild-mannered Junior High gym teacher, Hal O'Grady, finds out he has only one year to live. Rather than wallowing in self pity, or wasting his money on finishing some meaningless bucket list, he decides he wants to go out making a difference. Cashing in his 401K and calling upon his two best friends -- computer hacker Vicki Montana and former Marine Barry Chase -- he resolves to die saving the life of innocent citizens, disguised as a super hero vigilante. The problem is, it's a lot harder than it looks in all those movies.


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