I find myself in a sad and depressing time. For several months, I have not been able to write any of my books. The reason for this is because I have been studying to complete my American Sign Language class. This class contains over two years worth of material, which means if I pass this class then I will have completed my foreign language requirements to graduate from my university. Therefore, failure is not an option in this class. As a result of the high stakes of this class, I was forced to sacrifice my writing time in order to put more effort into this class. While this does help me academically, it also robs me of my greatest passion, which leaves me in a toxic state of sadness and depression. Nothing is more pathetic than a person who is separated from their passion. However, I cannot write until Wednesday this week by nightfall. The reason for this is because even though I cannot write at this time that has not stopped me from brainstorming on how the story will progress. That means that once I start writing, I won’t be able to stop! Therefore, I have to suck it up and do whatever it takes to finish and pass the class and get it out of my life for good. Don’t worry though because you will hear a flurry of activity Wednesday night this week. Hopefully, I can get back on track and complete my writing quota on time. Wish me luck!
I thought of an interesting feature for the superhumans in my dystopian series. I am thinking of making them maneaters, predatory beings who can only eat human flesh. This will be one of the factors that will put the superhumans at odds with the normal humans. Let me put it to you this way: imagine if the X-Men were man-eaters.
In my superhuman series, I will be introducing a concept I call psychic torture. When being tortured by telekinesis, the torturer can break bones like twigs, slice through flesh cleaner than any physical blade, and apply pressure to organs. With telepathy, the torturer can project nightmarish illusions or blast the subject’s mind with enough psionic energy to cause indescribable mental pain that could either kill, lobotomize, traumatize, or render the victim unconscious. Imagine a psychic torturer using all of these methods simultaneously on their target and they would do it all without any physical contact with their victim at all.
Out of all the Japanese names out there, my favorites have always been Shinji and Ryoko. Shinji sounds like the type of name you would expect from an average Joe, which feels more down to Earth than the more glorified names. I loved the name Ryoko ever since I was a kid watching Tenchi Muyo because I found the character Ryoko in that show to be the cutest of the female characters. I am thinking of including these two names prominently in my superhuman series.
I had an interesting idea for when I eventually write my superhuman series. When I write the titles on the covers, I am thinking of making the name of the series in English and the subtitle of each volume to be in Japanese. I have seen this in a number of manga I read and I think I will follow this tradition when I write this new series. This will also be similar to how the characters names will be structured. The characters’ names would be a mixture between Japanese and Latin. This would be a golden opportunity for me to expand my linguistic skills after finishing my sign language class.
I had a potential new story idea for the future. I am thinking of someday write a science fiction version of Lewis and Clark. The only difference will be that instead of uncharted western America, these characters will be exploring the continent of an alien planet. I am even thinking of making it a comedy as well, which is something I do not do often with my writing. My loved ones say I have a funny sense of humor, but I think I can only access it on a subconscious level. Either way, I look forward to tinkering with this idea when I have time.
I have long imagined this scenario for my superhuman series. I imagined a powerful superhuman battling while he listens to music they like. How they would listen to this music would be unusual and unorthodox. This music would help them concentrate while fighting and they would fight while moving as though they were conducting an orchestra. Without the use of this music, this superhuman would not have the concentration to properly control their immense power. This will be similar to how I use music to help me concentrate while writing.
I thought of the ultimate culmination of my superhuman series, a war between humans and superhumans. For over five thousand years, humans would be the rulers of the known solar system. However, the introduction of superhumans would challenge the normal humans’ status as the supreme rulers. Throughout the series, a chain of events will result in an all-out war that would decide the fate of the entire solar system. Who will triumph in the end? Mere mortals living on borrowed time or empowered beings rising to prominence? Like Game of Thrones, the characters will be morally ambiguous because they are both heroes and villains at the same time.
As you are aware, I have a dark imagination as both a writer and as an overall individual. Some people avoid the darkness, but I walk towards it because I find dark things to have a sense of realism compared to more optimistic stories. I have seen countless dark things in my lifetime, both in fiction and in real life, and the darkness feels more real than the light as a result. This allowed me to incorporate dark elements into my writing; some would fascinate my readers and some to horrify them. Other authors have dark imaginations just like me such as Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, George R. R. Martin, and countless others.
The gaming system known as Wii has a reputation for causing more household accidents than any other game system. America’s Funniest Home Videos made this video montage that highlights this fact. Hilarious!