Look at this.
Just look at it:
How cool is Paul Cornell? So cool. SO COOL.
Rationally, of course, I am aware this means no more than the fact that I named one character in my short story, MailerDaemon after a little girl I heard chatting to her friend on the tube (Grace) and another after a handsome fellow I’d noticed working in my local Morrison’s (Jawad). The characters have nothing to do with the real people; I just needed names.
But, that out of the way, I do not really care about being rational here: I AM AN AGENT OF SHIELD. HE SAID SO. I KNOW WOLVERINE. I AM PROBABLY BEST FRIENDS WITH ALL THE SUPERHEROES.
I MAY BE TOO COOL TO TALK TO YOU NOW.
If it turns out Sophia the SHIELD agent is in fact, evil and smelly and nobody likes her – well, of course, evil, smelly, unpopular characters need to get names from somewhere too, and I shall not take it personally. Naturally I kind of hope she is MEGA AMAZING. But whatever she’s like, and even if she only exists for a couple of panels, it’s such a nice little bit of writerly trivia to be part of. I only started reading comics back in the summer, which now seems like ages ago, and have been mainlining Marvel in unhealthy quantities ever since. Paul’s been amazingly enabling nice about this, pushing me gleefully into penury this wonderful, mythic soap opera full of LOFTY HEROISM and sarcasm and angst and ridiculous outfits. Getting to say “that SHIELD agent is named after me” — ever, let alone when I’m a fairly new addict cult-member fan truly feels like living the geek dream and I am full of grateful glee.
Last year was, honestly, pretty dreadful. Now I have a new book deal and I am an Agent of SHIELD. And it’s only February. These feel like good signs!
(SOPHIA THE SHIELD AGENT PRONOUNCES HER NAME PROPERLY THE WAY I DO, I.E LIKE THIS. At least in my head.)