The Pessimal Hero

Squeaking in a 12:30AM on November 30, this marks the first time I finished the entire draft during November instead of getting out just the first 50,000 words and taking the rest of the year to write the last 20,000. The story originates from one of those drunken bar conversations I get into on Wednesday nights. Interesting thing about writing this particular style of comedy (reality-based) under these conditions (a 30-day speed-writing contest): You tend to write the story first, then you go back and craft your timing and wording for the jokes in. Basically, I admit, it's a bit dark in this zeroth draft, but you'll get where I'm going.

Mild-mannered Hal O'Grady, is about as boring as they come, even for a Jr. High Volleyball Coach. When he finds out he has less than a year to live, however, he decides it's time for a major life change.

Rather than wallowing in self-pity, or wasting his money on finishing some meaningless bucket list, he decides 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 lives of innocent citizens, disguised as a superhero vigilante.

The problem is, it's a lot harder than it looks in all those movies.

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