Friday, September 12, 2014

Self Destruct {a new story idea}

 
For centuries, it's been acknowledged that humanity is its own worst enemy.
Within each human mind is a constant struggle between voices of good and evil. Some people consider themselves to have split personalities. What if, in a certain dimension, this became more than just a mental battle? What if the voices had physical bodies just like us? What if your split personality had a body and its own free will?

In 17-year-old Lotus' world, not everyone has the ability to recognize that the greatest adversary lies within their own skins. Only a small remnant of the human race have obtained the power to see their alter-egos in action as they go about causing all sort of pandemonium. To those who haven't been burdened with this ability, this skill is seen as a curse, a mental disease. But to those who are able to see the Speculum Carnis (Latin for "mirror self"), or Specks, it's no joke. Specks are dark, dangerous creatures which possess no mercy or justice. As the complete opposite of good, they are responsible for everything evil in the world. Lotus is one of the few who can see the Specks, and it haunts her daily. According to the tradition of the Speck viewers, when she encounters her own mirror-self she must destroy it, or it will destroy her. The only problem is, Lotus kind of likes her Speck. Sometimes she hears her Speck's voice echoing in her mind. It's weird, but the two share a bond which Lotus can't figure out. It isn't normal to bond with one's hated mirror-image. But how can Lotus kill a part of herself?
 
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This, my dears, is the beginnings of a fabulously random novel idea which came to me around 2AM (don't ask why 2AM) the other morning whilst I was listening to thissssss. *points below*
 
Chase The Light | Two Steps from Hell
 
I demand that you listen to it. You absolutely must. Seriously, just listen okay? And ideally, you listen while reading that synopsis up there, just so's you get a small picture of what my inspiration was while writing it.
 
This stuff is just freaking. uber. amazing.
 
Of course, whenever is TSFH not??!?!
 
Anywaysss yeah.
 
So my imagination was soaring, searching for a way to manifest something epic to correspond with this music. I don't know about y'all but when I listen to epic orchestral music it makes me want to go do big, epic things. Like, transport myself into one of my book worlds, fly one of my griffins, and overthrow all the other-dimension evil dictators. That, or run a marathon. Or save somebody's life. Or something.  
After listening to it on repeat several dozen times, Self Destruct popped into my head out of thin air. (The title itself actually came the next day.)  Like, literally, my mind was a messy soup of discombobulating thought processes one moment, and the next minute, voila, look what we have here....
 
Music is so powerful. Who needs drugs and junk like that when you have brilliant music to listen to?
"My death is inevitable. At the end of the day, there's just one thing I can count on.
I will die, sooner or later. In some way, part of me will be gone. The question is not if I survive - but which side of me will remain? What if that creature out there - my mirror self who I've shared so many memories with - overtakes me? What if she wins? What would the world be like without the good version of me?"
 
// random snippet I threw together for a GTW Facebook post //
 You can't change what you refuse to confront.
"Dare I admit she's as evil as they say? Dare I admit that this horrific monster is actually a part of me?"
 
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Like a lot of other poor writerly souls, I have a, shall we say, 'slight' Pinterest addiction and a thing for making boards for all my current books/story ideas.
 
Therefore, I instantly whipped up a nifty little board for Self Destruct. More pins to come. (That's a fact Jack!)
 
 
What do you peeps think? Is this a weird idea or does it actually have potential to be something epic? I'm not sure myself at this time, but I must admit I'm pretty darn excited to see what happens with it. There are soooo many different Biblical analogies I'm eager to employ. Oh yes, and did I mention crazy plot twists and surprise endings? Hehe. Of course. I thrive on those.  
 
Before I depart, I wanted to share another song I found that is also super chill. It reminds me of the whole dreams-based premise of If Dante Had Wings. (another book-in-the-making of mine, in case you didn't know) Anything that reminds me of one of my novel projects instantly makes me happy. ^_^ So, give it a listen. You're welcome, in advance.
 
 
Days Turn Into Nights | Delerium (Seven Lions Remix)
 
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 Hope y'all are having a very blessed week! Take time to enjoy the little things in every day, and always bloom where you're planted! ♪
 

16 comments:

  1. I love this story idea. I saw your first post about it on facebook and thought it was great. So glad you made a full blown blog post about it. ^_^

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  2. Talk about a cool score, you're right.

    It does sound like an interesting idea. I've read something similar--it's called "Linked," you may want to look it up--but definitely not the same. And it was only a mediocre book anyways. Yours sounds way awesomer. ;)

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    1. I looked it up and didn't find it too similar. xD But thanks for letting me know!

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  3. Wow! This story sounds soooo cool! I'm very intruiged. And i love the name Lotus!

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    1. Thanks Emma! and, I know right?! love that name.

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  4. This sounds soooo interpreting...seriously :b

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  5. Sounds great! Although you mentioned a lot of biblical analogies, you were excited to use. Don't use too many or you might make it too confusing! It sounds great though.

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    1. There are a manageable number here I think. I know I tend to have issues cramming too much analogical content into my WIPS. ;)

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  6. That music was amazing! Have you listened to Heart of Courage from Two Steps From Hell? It's soooooooo MAJESTIC!

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    1. Yussss I love that one! Actually, I was learning to play it on the piano not long ago. :)

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    2. I bet it sounded so MAJESTIC! I'm going to try playing it on the piano now and maybe even the guitar:)

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  7. This is such a beautifully written post! Thank you for making me think...:)
    June
    The Journeys of My Beating Heart

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