I got the idea for this post from this blog, which I found from a random google search. Complete honesty here. I don’t know what I’m doing with this blog- sometimes I have a few posts ahead written, and sometimes something like the Elliot Rodgers massacre happens. I don’t have anything to add that wouldn’t just be more condemnation of the dangers of online forums, and the misogyny, mental illness, and entitlement which was so apparent in that tragic episode.
I’ve been writing. Poorly and distractedly, fiction and nonfiction, FOREVER. I’d like to be more consistent with my writing quality and quantity. So here goes, my list:
10 Books I Want to Write
1) A novel tentatively called “Low Tide”, about an NOAA researcher on the Delmarva/ Eastern Shore of VA/MD investigating mass animal death phenomenon in the region. Will contain magic realism elements. Inspired by wandering crumbling 50-60’s era NASA buildings at Langley AFB and the mass animal death events that started happening in 2008.
2) A nonfiction book about resilience. I left a deployment in Baghdad to go home to Hawai’i and basically take my mom off life support, write her obituary, and organize her memorial service. I was dealing with PTSD from Iraq. A few years later, I nearly lost a child, then have another child with epilepsy, all the while having to hold it down at work, manage healthcare, run my home, and find time for social activities, fitness, community projects, and church. I think I know a few things about resillience, and I need to unpack and process a lot of stuff I suppressed in the name of moving forward, and writing it will help that.
3) More short stories about growing up a fat, poor, multiracial punk rocker in Hawai’i that had a college level vocabulary since elementary school. I was basically a member of the X-men. There’s humor there.
4) More poetry. I think I have enough for a chapbook, but it needs more attention.
5) A graphic novel based on children’s songs- “Clementine” is one of the saddest things I’ve ever heard, and there’s a good story in there.
6) A story about Japanese internment during WWII.
7) A play about modern military deployments.
8) A children’s book about Theodore Roosevelt training judo ( I wrote a short story about the topic for NPR’s Three minute Fiction contest last year, and enjoyed the subject matter).
9) A children’s book about Helio Gracie. Helio was one of the originators of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He was sickly as a youth, then spent the rest of his life prizefighting and refining and teaching his system.