Sunday, August 17, 2014

Needing A Name . . .

So, I'm getting ready to finish my online serial The Law Unto Herself Chronicles: The Stolen and originally I was going to just segue into the next Forest story.  It's called "Scream Queen" and takes place during the 1980's.  You know, that wonderful decade of Reganomics, movies that were unapologeticly violent and awesome like The Terminator, Aliens, Robocop, and so on and so forth, and hair metal.  It just happens to be the decade I was born in and the one I will probably always feel nostalgic about because dude, seriously The Terminator, Aliens, Robocop, and a whole slew of other movies I could spend a blog entry talking about.

Well, the closer I'm coming to finishing my serial, which if things go right I'll have published in novel form after JukePop releases it, I need a follow up.  Thing of it is, even though "Scream Queen" is something near and dear to my heart and something I've wanted to write for a while, I have another idea.  Or rather, an old idea that LUHC spawned from.

See, long time ago I had an idea for an Urban Fantasy series that involved four supernatural types human and other who were part of a police force to take care of supernatural crimes.  The whole basis was that the supernatural had been discovered and was common place now.  Sort of like the Anita Blake books or the amazing Anno Dracula series but it was a fairly recent thing. 

Well, my husband pointed out to me that if the supernatural was discovered an X-Men like situation would be the best case scenario.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized my proofreader/editor/hubby was right.  Then I realized how much more fun it would be to have this sort of maverick and dysfunctional group keep the world they live in secret from humanity.   They would essentially be working outside of the law to keep it secret even though one of them is a police detective.

Of course they would have sanction to do this.  There are shadowy government agencies for a reason.  Plus the Cloak and Dagger stuff is really fun to write.

I'm collecting my ideas together, and the cast of characters is a lot broader than LUHC, even though it takes place in the same universe.  In fact, those readers of LUHC will see several familiar faces in this series and Forest herself will make guest appearances from time to time. Of course, it has a totally different feel.  Say LUHC is Buffy if I'm using my Whedonverse examples because biggest inspiration and all of that, then this will be more like Angel.  Less tongue in cheek and more dire situations.  Not to mention a somewhat darker tone.

Now here comes the kicker.

What shall I call my motley crew?

The original concept was SPF short for Supernatural Protection Force.  Which, the more that I think of it, its kind of goofy.  Sounds like sunscreen.  Now of course, I could make jokes about vampires needing sunscreen and all of that but it would get lame really quick.

I was thinking something like The Shadow Guard or Umbra Praesidio which is Latin for Shadow Guard.  Plus its a play off one of the group's last names. 

So, what do you think, true believers?

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