I hit 25k on book 5, The Rivalry of Renegade X! Which just also happens to be the 25% mark, assuming this book ends up being the 100k I have planned. It’ll be a bit shorter than the last few books, but all my books have been coming out a bit shorter these days, so I thought I’d roll with it.
But I’ve already had my freak out where I get to about 1/4 – 1/3 of the way through the book and decide I need to delete everything and completely start over, only to realize a few days later that I’m insane and everything I had was great and exactly what it needed to be (and also hilarious), and then put everything back to normal and move on. This happens every freaking time with Renegade X books, and I have no idea why! Sometimes at this point in the book, I really do need to reassess where it’s going moving forward, and sometimes that means going back and adding things in, but I rarely end up cutting anything, and certainly not the whole thing. Geez.
I do remember in book 2 having to rewrite that scene where Damien goes over to Sarah’s and they’re working on the personality enhancer, like, a million times. It was originally about something completely different! I’m pretty sure Riley wasn’t even there! I hadn’t figured out what the book was really about yet or, more importantly, what the characters really wanted from each other, and once I did, it all clicked into place.
Anyway, I’m loving working on book 5. It’s hilarious and fun and full of crazy hijinx!
After ruining the annual Tines family barbecue by retaliating against one of his stuck-up superhero cousinsâ€”who totally deserved it, no matter what anyone saysâ€”Damien just wants an easy summer. One that involves him and his friends hanging out and going on the occasional superhero mission. He doesnâ€™t need his â€œgood twinâ€ from another dimension where he was raised by Gordon showing up and making a mess of everything, and he sure as hell doesnâ€™t need him living at his house, doing chores without being asked, and generally being the perfect superhero son his familyâ€™s always wanted.
And as if that wasnâ€™t bad enough, his good twin refuses to lie low. Heâ€™s obsessed with doing good deeds and even volunteers to be his dadâ€™s sidekick on his lame kids show. Damien soon has his hands full just trying to stop this guy from making him look like one of the stereotypical douchey heroes heâ€™s always hated. And when his good twin starts to win over all his friends, itâ€™s the last straw. Damien knows thereâ€™s only room for one of him in Golden City, and heâ€™s more than ready to get rid of this guy.
But when Damienâ€™s attempts to send him back home backfire and an â€œevilâ€ version of his half brother Xavier shows upâ€”as if Xavier could get any worseâ€”the two Damiens will have to find a way to work together despite their differences. That is, if they want to stop Xavierâ€™s evil plans and make sure thereâ€™s still another dimension to go back to.