I've seen TFA three times and haven't spotted Sarco. Props to him for being crafty and elusive. (Said in the Ewan McGregor voice: ihh-LOO-siv.) Nothing to report on the SD. Haven't forgotten, though. Re Levers of Power, I sent JJM a copy of the story to make sure he thought I'd done Sloane justice. It was fun to play connect the dots between the character in A New Dawn/Orientation and Aftermath. Plus I liked that there was a logical reason for the story to reflect on the events of A New Dawn and Sloane's various mentors. It's her own fulcrum, I suppose, where she realizes if she isn't the one to take action no one else will. And then that action is swift and brutal, not because Sloane is a sadist but because that's what's needed. I built the whole story around the moment of realization and the suggestion -- which came from Tom Hoeler and Erich Schoeneweiss at Del Rey -- that we could use the seemingly innocent line "Recall the TIEs" to make readers go "Whooaaaaa." The trickiest thing was stepping out of chronological time to give that moment more weight and emphasis. I think it worked but it was a struggle to align the writing so it did. Hux was fun. Lemme think about the best place to tell that tale. But I'll find a place for it soon, promise.