For over a year, I’ve worked on this. Now, Volume 1, Chapter 1 is out for the world.
Last March, I was struggling. I hadn’t done anything creative in years. I would start something, then drop it. I felt adrift. My dear friend, LP, is an author and issued me a challenge.
I dare you to re-write Gotham City Sirens
I laughed at her. Comics? Please. The only thing I wrote were papers with citations from JAAR and Classics Quarterly. I pushed it off. Yes, I had been Poison Ivy for Halloween a few years earlier and felt a kinship with the character, but writing it? No.
But, she put the bug in my ear. I read some of it. It was terrible, but the premise was so good. Three of the best characters in DC comics all under one roof. “I could do better,” I thought. I thought it would be easy. Such a sophomore thought in hindsight.
I began writing. It started out as a series of chat logs to my friend, Shannan. I’d edit them later. Over weeks it began to take shape. We laughed. We cried. We both used it as an escape from our realities. Along the way, I shared it with a few people, still ashamed I was writing ‘fic’. I was blown away they said it was good. “They’re only telling you that because they’re friends with you,” that voice in my head said.
I joined Crossfit around that time and learned to quell that voice. 15,000 words came and went. 50,000 words blew by, and now 100,000 words and still going. It’s been my guilty pleasure. It has given me a reason to keep going and striving.
This is not your average fanfic. Thousands of hours of research have gone into it. These characters live in our world. They know about Twitter, and tumblr. They have favorite brands, and listen to the songs on the radio. They know Congress is a joke and gun control is an issue. The medicine the doctors prescribe, down to the dosage, is accurate.
While there are returning favorites from DC, I have added many of my own. You’ll meet them soon.
So, without further ado. The First Chapter of Sirens. I hope you enjoy it.
Oh, if i get 75 page views by Friday, I’ll drop Chapter 2…
Go read this now. Do it. Now. “Sirens”. Tell your friends.