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Saturday, May 31, 2014

E-book Ideas (May 31, 2014)

Hello, everyone!

First of all, I apologize for not writing another blog for days. I can't honestly give you an exact definition of this.

Anyway, what I want to bring up with you guys tonight are some ideas I've been thinking about writing an e-book for. I would need to do a lot of work before I can write it because I have to research, learn the ideas, and apply them as appropriately as possible. In addition, I need to be more creative, and be more open-minded than being stuck in a constant mish-mash of hearing video game music in my head.

However, I do want to share the ideas with you and ask you which idea you would like the best, because I really need to work on writing an e-book and getting it out to sell; remember, I need to build a strong profit for University of Waterloo, and I only got two months to do so. I also have to focus on getting treatment, preparing for university, and hopefully getting a full-time job.

So, anyway, here are my ideas. These ideas are really vague, for now, because no such story has been developed. It will be written eventually, but a more broad discussion is provided so that way when it comes time to conceptualizing such a book to write, the most appropriate concept out of those discussed here is chosen. Some ideas may be too detailed in the fact that it will take too long to write a story following those details, and thus does not leave time for other projects. Ultimately, spending too long on one story will not allow profit to be grown.

I want to make sure first that this is something you guys like; after all, a useless book is useless, and a very bad book would turn out to not generate a very strong profit either, which is what I absolutely need.

1. French adaptation of “The Asperger Computer,” as requested by Annick Parenteau, the administrator of the Facebook group Autisme et TED du Québec.

I made this e-book last year as a sort of adaptation of my original speech project I delivered at Champlain on the afternoon of May 1st, 2013. I really didn’t sell this book, although it was a personal achievement for me, having to write almost 200,000 words! It’s still available on Smashwords and Amazon.

Still, for the sake of influencing the citizens of Quebec’s philosophy, although it’ll take a lot of work to put this together since a lot of researching has to be done to demonstrate ideas completely, a French adaptation should be done for the people of Québec. The connection with the Facebook group started out when I used Google Translate to translate my original short story I’ve provided in the original e-book to French. I published it as an entirely new blog post, and shared it with members of the group where at least some people were impressed with my intriguing storyline.

An outline is already in progress. Negotiations are to be held with Madame Parenteau to make sure that this would be something she and the members of the group would want to she. She even offered to volunteer as a translation editor, although I didn’t really recommended it because it would take way too much of her time to edit the text completely. As such, I think that an initial unrevised version of the book should be released anyway; when I have enough profit to pay for a professional translation service like TransPerfect, then the quality of the book will be better. With the right help and research for advertising and publishing campaigns, the book would then become successful in Quebec alone.

2. Reality of having friends at elementary school, high school, or a special needs school

This would be an ideal book for Grade 4 and above students in elementary school because the text would be simple to read and not so contained in too much meaning, which can overwhelm the student. It would be direct to make it very simple to understand, yet interesting in certain aspects because I want to grab the reader’s attention as much as possible. This book would also be ideal for people with special needs like me.

The thing about having friends is, as much as we want to have an ideal friend, we can never, ever, find an actual person just like this. We could use it as a tool whenever we approach people, but that’s not really recommended, because what if we encounter an individual who is not so used to the child’s interests, but can be adapted in some way? In addition, what if that individual is so good in social skills and wants to aid the person in a stigma of their own? Obviously it would be so bothersome to turn the opportunity down.

Still, we must be consistently mature on how friends would behave toward us, because if we are friends with an individual who is being rude to us and poses a threat, we might as well back off of them as much as possible. We don’t want to do this in a very instant way; we need to do this in a subtle way so that way the other person can recognize that we don’t want to be friends with them.

As much as best friends would necessarily have same interests and positive influence within one another, we can’t always expect to have absolutely the same interests as one another. It will ultimately be determined by emotions and how much positive influence we are giving to each other’s spirits. We still have to have some interests within one another, because there would be a very weak point in becoming friends with one another if the interests between one individual and another are so opposite or disconnected. Science doesn’t necessarily come together with religion. A restaurant cook cannot necessarily be best friends with a secretary, especially if the cook is experienced.

3. The impatience of an adult in a car with parents, on their way to a restaurant, where the parents decide to forget about their sibling’s requests, and thus pay attention to flowers, food, anything the sibling is not interested in.

4. Copyright and trademark infringement, including copyright strikes on YouTube

5. Greed for money in buying new things and doing stuff such as spending all day at an anime convention.

6.  Empowerment of women by demonstrating concepts of dehumanizing one individual who is so smart but cannot handle times when she is picked on. Instead, she gets stressed out and her own well-being diminishes over time. At one point, a specialist in empowerment, such as an activist, steps up to this phenomenon, and decides to work with that woman overtime to counteract the effects of disrespect, insults, and potential violence. (I owe one to an acquaintance of mine who is an activism for women’s rights.)

7. Some kind of children’s adventure. The characters would have the same age as those predicted in Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief, but there wouldn’t be Greek mythology.

Instead, there were to be the current video game culture where it influences the characters’ philosophy in several different directions. Of course, the protagonists were to play games that favor social interactions and communications like Super Mario Galaxy 2, Animal Crossing, and The Sims. Their adventure would let them encounter several different video game environments that mirror the real conflict these children are trying to resolve.

We don’t want to limit these children to play video games, however, as this can create ultimate concerns on how they are to learn and how to succeed in real-life jobs. Still, for the purpose of having a strong video game industry to support since it is now billions of dollars of investment, revenue and success, at least a book with media-based environments can be created. Of course other hobbies are to be introduced, but the important thing is, we want to let the reader enjoy the fun of multimedia, referenced in the story, with the opportunity to learn reading books.

8. The stress and poor self-esteem of one computer enthusiast who is not really into reading and is often feeling down from what he sees around him and how his classmates perform. Two stories should be developed here, because we want to express one idea about empowerment from this sort of anticipation, as well as one from a story regarding erosion based on the realities of certain things and the characteristics of the characters.

On the story where the conflict is resolved, it would have to do with treatment where at one point, the protagonist demonstrates their potential by doing some kind of project for school. Treatment can include neurology, psychology, medication, meditation techniques, therapy, specialized education, and self-thought.

On the story where the conflict is completely shaded and is unresolved, the protagonist rejects the offers for mental health care including psychology, in that we demonstrate certain consequences for not taking aid enough.  These consequences would include crimes, suicide, court, depression, and the need for mental rehabilitation.

9. An imperialism-like storyline, where we have two different species of animals and one animal succeeds in changing the government system by killing its leader. There would be a country where these animals exists. Once the assassination is complete, there leads corruption on the superiority where the minority soon come into action and plan out ways on how to succumb the government’s potential threats. In the end, the government achieves absolute equality.

10. A story revolving around one special needs individual with serious emotional and psychological problems based on the social stigma and the music industry. He or she has several different dislikes because he or she cannot separate music and social stigma as two different topics. Thus, the protagonist keeps spreading word about their dislikes of the movie, but experience serious symptoms in speech that hamper the quality of what he/she says to the people around him or her. He or she keeps connecting them together and doesn’t reveal it until another character decides to investigate more of the situation somewhere in the middle of the story.

11. Children’s goals or wishful thinking. Based off of National Film Board of Canada’s Overdose, directed by Claude Cloutier. (The theme on children’s rights, including the freedom of being just a child and not having to deal with a very rigid timeframe on how he or she is to be grown up, is very easy to identify. The film uses a lot of repetition and pace. In the end, there is some symbolism used to demonstrate that parents cannot force children to fulfill their wishes all the time. This will lead to very negative consequences such as not being able to go out to parties, have fun, learn on how to be integrated to society properly, or suffer from depression, anxiety, stress, and other symptoms of negativity.)

12. A high school student struggling with reading skills because of the truth behind abstract thinking, and also the importance of learning things that have been taught before. This would be perfect for an individual who is having so much trouble understanding a novel, especially romance.

13. The kidnapping of an excellent, perfectly-academic boy where a brave girl takes off on an adventure to rescue him.

We’ve seen too much of a male rescuing a female when that female is kidnapped by some evil force. The kind of story to proceed does follow somewhat like the theme of “damsel-in-distress,” only that the genders are swapped because we want females to feel more empowered and more brave, not to be so submissive and dependent as detailed from a documentary called “The Codes of Gender: Identity and Performance in Pop Culture,” with message delivered by professor Sut Jhally.

The most recognized example of a damsel-in-distress theme is Super Mario Bros., developed in 1985 by three personnel at Nintendo’s Kyoto development house: Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, and Koji Kondo. In this case, the Mushroom Kingdom is invaded by a turtle-like species called the Koopa, and its lord, now known as Bowser, kidnaps Princess Toadstool (now known as Princess Peach). For the next 32 stages of side-scrolling, Mario makes his way to Bowser’s Castle, defeats him, and finally rescues the princess, where peace is restored to the Mushroom Kingdom.

The advantage of writing a story like this is that we can better excel some special qualities of women by depicting them in the story, and thus would make them think that they should stand up, at least, to the many different encounters that are often stressful and yet submissive to them. Girls would love to see one take on an amazing adventure that the protagonist would still keep their own female qualities, but in a way that we would have to provide more equality between men and women.

14.  A narrated story of a child with autism finishing preschool that leaves their parents crying for desperate help, because of a need for them to make a decision to whether or not their child should keep going into a school for special needs, or to be placed in a regular elementary school.

15. Cyberbullying on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram (with regards to new policies on this topic addressed by the Government of Canada)

16. Reality behind following media stars, including buying toys and other merchandise of them. (There is an expansion pack for EA’s The Sims 3 that contains inventory based off of music artist Katy Perry)

17. A short story on friendships of girls. What should be demonstrated here is, one girl is selfish and wants to do things such as beauty and toys, while another one is into video gaming. A conflict exists between one of them saying that video games is not really what girls usually do. But something will bridge them and allow them to excel their own friendship in a positive light, because no matter what they do, their own identities will mostly be the same as before.

18.  An English individual struggling to keep living in Québec and prepare for university education outside the province, such as in Toronto, Massachusetts, or New York. Student loans, language discrimination, uneducated, disempowered, stressed, employment skills.

19.  The reality of filmmaking as part of YouTube’s Partner Program. (I would give out some examples, such as Freddie Wong)

20. Social stigma in high school imposed on an individual. The people he tries to become with but don’t want to tell him in a non-verbal sense that he is too awkward to get around with them, or does not show up because he always feels guilty of himself, cannot handle rude actions from others, is focusing too much on a certain individual, misidentify someone as a useful teacher or parent, or simply that he is feeling too depressed about himself in general and thus needs serious intervention.

21. Racial segregation and assimilation on the aboriginals.

22. Realities of making money online, whether it’s through e-books, surveys or blogging. (YouTube’s Partner Program is out of the question.)

23. A story on an individual who is struggling to pay $14,000 for education at New York University, where the only thing she could think of to milk such that amount of money in time is to constrain most of her summer to writing blogs and enabling her AdSense account. But she can’t find out that she won’t be able to pay her education on time because of the reality of the AdSense program.

24. A short romantic story that takes place in Montreal. It is where a couple starts out having a date by going to Place Jacques-Cartier for a lunch on an outdoor patio. The story ends at the top of Mount Royal, where the sun is setting, but the relationship becomes broken as the light in the sky grows dim and the objects themselves go dark. Despite the very sunny day at just the right temperature and no clouds in the sky, the man is not having a very impressive time because his feelings are not based on the weather, while the woman is.

See, there are certain dislikes the man has about the woman; her obsession with certain objects such as flowers and different kinds of jewelry and accessories, her not being able to understand his own boredom, and the cars being too noisy for his wish of belonging to nature where the woman has a passion for it and the city itself. After all, city and country people don’t necessarily go together. (There’s more to it I can add to where the reader will eventually discover, but not as of yet)

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