|This is the first G-rated short story I've written since joining the WSS contest on Good Reads.|
Don’t get me wrong when you read the title of this journal. Although I’ve rewritten every chapter there is to rewrite, Occupy Wrestling is far from over. What about Watch You Burn? I still have ten more chapters to write of that before it becomes a rough draft. The point I’m trying to make is, these new novel ideas that I’m about to present won’t see the limelight for a long, long time. I have synopses and characters for them and that’s about it. I’m writing this journal because my old one about involving the police has become stale. That, and I’m starving for topic ideas. So, here are four different novel ideas for you all to either use as creative fuel or just to have a general discussion about. Do not expect me to jump the gun as these are only ideas. Ready? Set? Go!
Daniel Jameson aka Chakko, Teenaged Porn Addict
Leon De Taj, Electromancer
Tina Ryan, Heavy Metal Guitarist
Dominick Zola, Vampire Mob Boss
Markus Bathory, Red Knight
Bailey Krause, Mercenary
SYNOPSIS: Daniel Jameson is a high school student with a 3.7 grade point average and the admiration of his female classmates. Chakko, on the other hand, is the online alias he uses whenever he surfs the web for porn, both to use and to distribute to other teenagers. Chakko’s main crush is Tina Ryan, the super attractive heavy metal guitarist from an all-girl band called The Angry Amazons. The band is coming to his home town of Seattle, but Chakko may not get a chance to see them. During his internet moonlighting, he downloaded nude pictures of Bailey Krause, a member of Dominick Zola’s criminal empire. Dominick is not happy and wants to burn Chakko alive.
***DEBT OF PAIN***
Richie Irish, Annoying Debt Collector
David Daley, College Debtor
Bryan Grant, Mercenary
Sonya Bishop, Secretary Debtor
Christina Daley, David’s Mom
Shelly O’Donnell, Sonya’s Boss
Corey Bishop, Sonya’s Husband
Toni Anderson, CEO of Silver Dollar Collection Agency
SYNOPSIS: Toni gives Richie an ultimatum: collect money from David and Sonya or he’s fired. Richie goes to sneaky depths to get his paycheck as evidenced by his aggressive tone over the phone. David has full support from his mother while Sonya is being abandoned by Shelly and Corey. Both David and Sonya unknowingly hire the same mercenary, Bryan, to take out Toni and Richie.
Kai Nightwolf, Human Healer
Mars Deathstyle, Human Shaman
Lune Kateras, Cyborg Mercenary
Loretta Everybodytalksabout, Giantess Warrior
Isao Qing, Ghost Ninja
Karlos Batista, Demon Knight
SYNOPSIS: A demonically possessed Loretta stumbles into Kai’s medicine shop and tries to strangle her. Kai and her boyfriend Mars subdue her and tie her to a bed. Loretta’s possession takes over again and this time she escapes her binds with Kai and Mars’ baby girl Edie. It is later learned that Loretta needs the blood of the baby to open the Demon Door and release the ones driving her mad, Isao and Karlos. Kai and Mars are not warriors by any stretch of the imagination, so they hire Lune with the last of their savings.
***OCCUPY WRESTLING 2: MONSTER’S BALL***
George Kerry, Boring Wrestler
Dennis Michaels, Mercenary Gimmick Wrestler
Cheryl Glenn, Referee
Court Jackson, Bouncer for Audrey
Rhys Jambi, Pirate Gimmick Wrestler
Audrey Chainsaw, Sorceress
SYNOPSIS: George Kerry is a boring pro-wrestler in every way possible. His name is a snoozer, his physique is horrible, his entrance music is generic rock music, and his move repertoire is limited to scoop slams, sleeper holds, and hip tosses. After losing a wrestling match to Dennis Michaels, who is charismatic and fun to watch, George considers changing careers to something he’s more suited to. The only thing that stops him is an invitation from a sorceress named Audrey Chainsaw to make him into a “fierce monster”. After George goes through his transformation into a hideous creature, he starts winning matches and getting more opportunities. His newfound rage is questioned when he starts showing it toward his friends and family. He even has an insatiable bloodlust for Dennis Michaels and won’t stop hurting people until he’s in the ring with the charismatic superstar.
***NOTICING A THEME HERE?***
With the exception of Debt of Pain, the main characters used in these novel ideas are from my “unemployed roster” from Garrison’s Library. Their names have been slightly tweaked so as to avoid repetitiveness between novels. Tina Ryan for example used to have a B in front of her last name before the name Bryan was already used for Mario’s last name in Watch You Burn. I knew these characters would make something of themselves one day and they have. Well, technically their jobs haven’t started yet, but they prove that recycling is everybody’s responsibility (whether it’s bottles and cans or previously enjoyed characters from defunct novels). We’ve got ears, say cheers!
***STATUS OF GARRISON’S LIBRARY***
My most recent Garrison’s Library entry was from February 20th and it was my mini-memoir of being introverted at Hair Masters. After that, I was going to do a character biography on my final female villain, Isis Junglelaw, an Amazon barbarian who runs a brothel. Unfortunately, while writing it the other day, I had a schizophrenic attack and couldn’t complete it, let alone any message board post I was going to write. I save the Word file and go back to it several days later only to forget what the hell I was talking about. Needless to say, Isis Junglelaw won’t be getting a character profile anytime soon. In case you were wondering, no, Garrison’s Library isn’t dead. It’s merely on indefinite medical suspension.
***WRESTLING QUOTE OF THE DAY***
“You’re not an A-lister, Miz. You’re an A-hole.”
My novels are available on Smash Words, Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Page Foundry, Baker & Taylor, txtr, Oyster, Flipkart, and Scribd. American Darkness is available on Amazon and Lulu as well.|
American Darkness (contemporary drama anthology)
Brawl Mart (urban fantasy novel)
Confessions of a Schizophrenic Savage (poetry and song anthology)
Garrison’s Library: garrisonslibrary.blogspot.com/
Sitka: June 19th, 2014 Cat of the Day: catoftheday.com/archive/2014/J…
Q: How do you deal with writer’s block?
A: My favorite way to deal with writer’s block is by imagining the scenes of my stories from beginning to end. Sometimes when I’m alone (or at least when I’m sure I’m alone), I’ll do a back and forth dialogue between characters out loud. If it wasn’t for this method, the characters in my current novel Fireball Nightmare would all be two-dimensional wash-ups. It’s supposed to be a fast-paced bloodbath, but stories and emotions are just as important as the high-octane violence, if not more so.
Q: What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
A: Listen to your heart. Write about things you feel are important to you. Taking advice from others is okay and often recommended, but ultimately, you’re the one who makes the final decision on your writing, not the audience, not the editors, not the admins, just you and you alone. If somebody tells you your writing sucks, put as much distance as possible between yourself and that person. Nobody has the right to bring you down. If you still feel like your writing sucks, then keep working on it until it doesn’t. Never give up hope.
Q: How do you get inspired to write?
A: I draw inspiration from a lot of different sources whether they’re from other books or not. I’m a huge fan of heavy metal music and I often use it to channel aggressive feelings in my writing, especially during scenes of violence. I’m also a fan of professional wrestling as evidenced in my 2014 dark fantasy e-book Brawl-Mart. People like to criticize wrestling for being “fake” and I always tell them that Harry Potter is also fake, yet nobody’s complaining. Yet another source of creative fuel comes from the computer game Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. If it wasn’t for that game, I wouldn’t have such a fascination with barbarians. Deus Shadowheart, the main character of Fireball Nightmare, probably wouldn’t be a barbarian or even in existence if it wasn’t for Diablo II.
Q: Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
A: When I was a child, I loved playing with Legos and I had a set from the pirate franchise that was a volcano with a swinging skull door in front. I called this set the Volcano of Doom and it has since been the inspiration for the main deity of Fireball Nightmare, Vahd (which is just a respelling of the acronym for Volcano of Doom (VOD)). Realistically, Fireball Nightmare is just an excuse for me to use a favorite barbarian character of mine named Deus Shadowheart and an idea I had for a dark fantasy apocalyptic role-playing game I made up called Valley of the Damned. When two kick-ass things come together, it’s instant magic. The makers of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup know this very well.
Q: Describe your desk.
A: It’s a hand-me-down from my older brother and has been in my possession since 2008. I have to be careful with it because it’s small and shakes easily. The upper tier has my computer screen, pencils, flash drives, and tissues on it. The middle tier holds my fan, house phone, speakers, tape player, keyboard, and sometimes a bottle of Diet Mountain Dew. The bottom tier is where my computer tower, printer, and power strips are located. In addition to writing stories and poetry, my rickety desk has also been used to draw some…interesting pictures.
Q: Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A: I’ve lived in many places over the course of my childhood, but the one place where reality hit me the hardest was when I was going to high school in Chehalis, Washington. My freshman year was best known for the verbal bullying I have endured and almost committed suicide over. Due to the crippling PTSD (and eventual schizophrenia) I’ve suffered, most of my writing is influenced by dark and disturbing themes such as death, bullying, mental sickness, sex, and violence. I do have lighthearted stories in my archives, but I will always be known as an R-rated author.
Q: When did you first start writing?
A: I’ve been writing all of my life, but the time when I started taking it seriously was January of 2002. My first writing project was a videogame idea called Final Fantasy Hardcore. It had the same magical premise and romantic leanings as the games in the Final Fantasy series, but it was set in a dystopian future and had tons of mature content. My two favorite characters from this series are a charismatic barbarian named Deus Shadowheart and a perverted scientist named Dr. Scott Cain. Ever since scrapping Final Fantasy Hardcore, I’ve been trying to find a story for those two to be a part of. I think I’ve finally nailed it with a dark fantasy novel I’m currently writing called “Fireball Nightmare”.
Q: What’s the story behind your latest book?
A: My most recently published e-book as of now is American Darkness, which isn’t really a novel, but a collection of emotional short stories in a contemporary setting. There are 22 different stories jammed in this anthology, but the pride and joy of this series is one called “Another Brick in the Wall”, which obviously takes its name from the Pink Floyd songs. It is a classic verbal confrontation between a strict US History teacher named Sid McDonnell and a stressed out student named Sam Keith. This is a scenario I have always fantasized about, especially considering I had some rather unsavory teachers in high school and college who deserved a tongue-lashing.
Q: What motivated you to become an indie author?
A: My circumstances were the reason I chose self-publishing over traditional. I live in a town called Port Orchard, where young adult writers don’t have an outlet for their creativity. If I wanted to go somewhere to fulfill that need, it would have to be either Seattle, Bellingham, or Tacoma, all three of which are big cities that are too hard to get to. I don’t have a car or a driver’s license, so I have to depend on others for transportation. The people in my family who have driver’s licenses have schedules of their own and can’t ferry me to the big cities on a daily basis. Instead of stressing myself out by traveling to the big cities, I choose to use the internet to make my presence known. I have a lot of work to do in order to market myself, but I wouldn’t have self-published if I didn’t believe I could do it.
Q: How has Smash Words contributed to your success?
A: I haven’t sold very many e-books yet, but when the money starts rolling in, it will be because I chose Smash Words. Simply having a place where my writing can be immortalized is good enough for me. I write regularly on Deviant Art, Good Reads, Blogger, and Face Book. Smash Words is different from these places because it gives me a platform to organize my writing into a tangible product instead of just bits and pieces. Sometimes people need to see the bigger picture in order to make a decision about whether to be a member of an author’s audience.
Q: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
A: Exercising my creativity is always a fun part of the business, but my favorite part comes from the feeling of accomplishment I get after I write something. I have taken something from my screwed up psyche and made something beautiful out of it. I liken this to the scene in the musical Pink Floyd the Wall where the main character smashes his hotel room in a fit of rage and afterwards makes a piece of art out of the remains. It’s a creepy way to think of my accomplishments, but then again, lots of creepy things go on in my mind.
Q: What do your fans mean to you?
A: My fans mean everything to me. Every time they give me a compliment or critique on my writing, it helps me become a better writer. Even if it’s a short compliment like “very well-written”, it’s enough to boost my confidence to continue putting myself out there. I’m shy at first, but when I begin to get comfortable with a group of people, we do so much for each other.
Q: What are you working on next?
A: It’s a dark fantasy novel called Fireball Nightmare. The first act, which is known as This Is Violence, deals with a forest-dwelling barbarian named Deus Shadowheart who will go to extreme means to protect his home from city developers. The main reason he does this is because he is a servant of the volcanic mountain god Vahd, who will erupt into apocalyptic fire if his forest is destroyed. The second act is called Valley of the Damned, but I won’t get into it right now because too much of the plot will have been revealed.
Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A: This is going to sound ironic coming from a lifelong writer, but I didn’t actually become a bookworm until 2009 when I picked up a copy of The Cleaner by Brett Battles. The books I read in college were slow-paced and dull while The Cleaner was exciting and quick. It’s because of this drastic change in pace that Brett Battles will always be my favorite author. Others include fellow introvert Susan Cain, Sherman Alexie, Carl Hiaasen, and Stephen Chbosky. Realistically, I’ll give my patronage to any author who can dictate a fast pace with his or her writing. Bonus points to go to any author who can almost bring me to tears. I haven’t cried since 2007, but I came very close to doing so with many of the authors I’ve read books from, particularly Stephen Chbosky.
Q: What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A: To be honest, I don’t have much of a professional or social life in my small town of Port Orchard, Washington. To put it bluntly, I’m unemployed and have very few friends. I don’t have much of a reason to get out of bed every day, so the closest thing to inspiration I have is walking to the grocery store to get three giant bottles of Diet Mountain Dew. Walking is a fun exercise that helps me clear my mind, but more importantly, it’s an opportunity to rock out to heavy metal music on my MP3 player.