Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A few story ideas...

My job is for the most part, mindless. So I get a lot of time to think, and during they day I come up with ideas that I think would make good stories, but I almost never write them now, so from now on, when I get home from work, I am going to write those ideas now, so they are concrete and easier to build on. So my inaugural idea post, here are a few, that have kind of mutated a bit, because I never wrote them down.

The story that has been percolating in my head for the longest time is the story of a regular guy, in a regular job, who isn't at all important, but has a good heart, and enjoys his life, humdrum though it may be. That all changes one day when a package is dropped off at his door, it's a simple amulet paired with an equally simple note 'wear me.' Our guy reluctantly tries it on, and finds himself whisked away to a dark room lit by torches in the middle of a mystical-type circle. Our hero automatically assumes he's in the middle of some sort of evil ritual. Luckily, or maybe not, he instead learns that he was summoned by an old hermit/wizard who tells him that he is destined to lead a band of similarly destined people, to defeat what the wizard calls 'The Great Evil".

Taken aback, our man decides that this gentleman is clearly off his rocker, even if he cannot explain how it is he came to be there without accepting what to him, is impossible. He flees this dank basement and finds himself in a peasant village, being the object of much scrutiny due to his outlandish (to them) clothing and behavior. Not wanting to cause trouble, and simultaneously trying to figure out what to do, he wanders outside of the village to think. Before he knows what happens, he is accosted by four oversized ooze-covered goblins. Frightened beyond belief, he tries to flee, but he soon finds himself surrounded, when all of a sudden he panics, clutches the ground and closes his eyes. Moments later, after nothing seems to happen, he precariously looks up and sees to his amazement that he has somehow commanded the earth around him to encase the goblins in an earthen prison.

If this were a comic this is where I would end the first issue, but as I write I find the ideas completely flowing out of my head, so I will summarize a bit now, as the second issues starts, the wizard would arrive on the scene and explains how our hero was able to do that, and he finally accepts his fate and starts a long journey to recruit others who are possessed of the ability to 'harness one of the four elemental forces of our world'

Another story that has long been in the recesses of my mind has less of the story fleshed out, but at least it has a title: Leon Vicenti : Renaissance Man. In this tale, we follow the story of Leon Vincent, who while researching his family genealogy, finds that he is the direct descendant of Leonardo da Vinci, and subsequently learns from his great grandfather on his deathbed about an unknown text penned by da Vinci passed down secretly through the generations. No one has discovered what it's purpose is, but great granddad suspects that Leon's inquisitive nature will lead him to unlock the secrets his ancestor left behind. That is pretty much all I have for that one at present, but when I decide what is in the book, and what happens when a clandestine groups learns of it's existence, the opportunities for high adventure and endless.

Yet another story that I recently thought of during a recent bout of insomnia is based on a saying of noted psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, who said "all men are great in their dreams." Jake is a low level lab assistant at the State University's sleep research department, he stumbles upon some notes discussing what dreams mean and how they can affect the waking world. Soon afterward Jake starts having incredibly vivid dreams that star himself in completely different situations than normal, but they seem oddly familiar to him. He dreams of himself as a famous sports star, and Nobel Prize winning physicist, and most disturbing, a straighjacketed mental patient raving about a group called Apnea. In his daily life in the real world, Jake discovers that he retains knowledge from the dreams, knowledge he should not be able to know, such as when it's best to give up the 3-pointer in favor of the high percentage shot, or how to create a machine so close to perpetual motion that it's indistinguishable from actual perpetual motion, and of course, most disturbing of all, vivid images of being experimented on by the secret group Apnea, and slowly being driven out of his mind. Suffice to say, this is very disconcerting to our hero, but not as much as when he learns that in the waking world, there is a research group in the field of dreams called Apnea! That's about all I have for that one, but that's another one I can easily expand on.

This last one I just came up with today, so it wont have much in the way of fleshing out, especially since I am not into horror, but the premise is this: The newest controversy in the world is that of scientists using necrotic tissue (that of the recently deceased) in the research and development in the field of curing the myriad of diseases we don't have cures for. The story opens when one group of scientists ill-advisedly restart the brain of a cadaver who died from reason unknown, the cadaver cannot remember it's former life, and the scientist never get the chance to tell him because he goes beserk and bites them all, yes friends yet another zombie story. I don't know why there are so big lately, but hey I'm enthralled myself. Of course like I said, I am not really well versed in horror, but it's an idea nonetheless.

Thanks for putting up with reading all this if you have. And if you happened to like reading someone the strange crap that spews forth from my brain, you're in luck since I'll be doing this fairly regularly.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Micro Heroes and Me!

Ok, well I tend to enjoy pixel art. I am not that great at it, and I am sure I couldn't turn it into something great like the guy that does Diesel Sweeties, but I decided to try and make my own for a message board I intend to start posting to regularly.

I happen to like a genre of show called tokkatsu. That's the type of show where a character or group of character can henshin (transform) into a different form and have incredible martial arts/weapon skills to fight off the monster of the week. Ultraman, and what most readers of this would call Power Ranger shows. In Japan, although these shows are intended for children, the situations and storylines are much more involved and not 'dumbed down'.

My favorite of these tokkatsu is a show called Chou Sei Shin JustiRisers. It is part of an annual series made by Toho, who are probably mot famous for creating Godzilla. They are pretty much in direct competition with Toei's sentai series (what Saban uses to make ugh Power Rangers). The main character is Date Shouta, who with the power of his In Loader can henshin into JustiRiser Glen. So since this my favorite of these type shows, here he is in his 16 colored GIF glory.

Hope you don't mind me indulging myself, but at the very least, you have expanded your vocabulary a bit.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Does Whatever a Spider Can...

I decided to whip up an essay talking about one of my favorite heroes, and what he means to be, as evidenced by the title, it is of course, Spider-Man. I remember liking 'Spidey' pre-kindergarten, and the first comics I remember reading were from around that time. Luckily at just that time, the title Marvel Tales had just started reprinting sequentially from Amazing Fantasy #15, and in those pages I learned a lesson that has stayed with me to this day, and has subsequently shaped my life: "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility".

Peter Parker's incredible sense of responsibility speaks to me, and as such, I interpret that as admitting my mistakes, and trying to be honest, and generally doing the right thing. You see, Spider-Man's solid moral code makes him a real hero, not his powers. Case in point, in one of the early Amazing Spider-Man stories, he is trapped under an incredible amount of rubble, and the room he is in is flooding rapidly, and it truly looks like the end for our hero, but then his thoughts turn to his beloved Aunt May, who will die if he doesn't deliver a life-saving serum. He realizes if he gives up, it'll be his fault since it's his own radioactive blood transfusion that put her in this state. He grits his teeth and finds the inner strength to lift the astounding weight, not for himself, not to catch Doc Ock, but to save Aunt May's life. If that's not heroic, I don't know what is.

One of my other favorite aspects of Spider-Man that I really enjoy (and some people wish I would not have picked up this attribute), is that in costume, he's a total wise-acre. As he flips around fighting the likes of Doc Ock, the Vulture, the Rhino and others, he also has a non stop motor mouth full of sarcastic quips and snarkiness designed to keep his enemies off guard. Unfortunately, in my opinion this is the one aspect that the movies have kind of left by the wayside. Sure, there are a few one liners, but nothing like the comics I grew up with.

Anyway, this has really been a bunch of babbling instead of the coherent piece, but I hope that you were able to share some of my enthusiasm. Till next time, folks.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Densha Otoko (Trainman)

Densha Otoko is a Japanese drama that just wrapped up over there, and thanks to the effort of the people at #TV-Nihon, we non Japanese speakers can enjoy it as well. Densha is the ongoing story of an anime/video game otaku (Japanese derogatory word for geek) who saves a nice young lady from being accosted by a drunkard on a train, and then chronicles his trials and tribulations to "get the girl".

The most interesting aspect of the program (aside from it being based in reality) is that Densha relies on support of the many people who follow his exploits on a message board. The constant praise and encouragement he receives from these people allow him to overcome his shyness, and really open up. It's difficult to convey without seeing the show, but the enthusiasm is contagious, and once you get past the initial cultural trappings (we're not really THAT different), you end up rooting for the Densha Otoko as well. You honestly feel like you are part of the show, and you are inspired to overcome your own shortcomings and strive to do your best. It isn't hyperbole when I say that watching this show is probably the single most motivating factor in getting me to try my best to write and hone my writing skills in the hope of being an author, whether it be in novels, television, or comic books.

If you have a spare couple of hours, go to the above link and try out the series, I can pretty much guarantee you wont be disappointed.

So this is my first blog post. I don't have much to say right this second because I just wanted to get this set up, but I'll just right now mention what I hope this will be. First, it'll be a springboard for various story ideas that pop into my head from time to time, because invariably if i don't write them down they become distorted and they lose the initial, i don't know... 'coolness' of what i originally intended it to be. I'll also talk about things that intrest me, or various things that happened to me that impress me enough to think it's worthwhile to share. The one thing I will not post about is the intimate details of my life, I don't lead an exciting life in the first place, i am certain you wouldn't want to hear about it anyway, and I just don't think it's a good idea. So there you have it. I'll probably post again later today once i have the time to think about it.