Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ideas For My Next Book

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Although I haven't really even come close to finishing "Taro's Ninja Spy High School," which I fully intend to do, I have had some thoughts about what my next novel is going to be about. Of course, before I begin working on them, I will need to first finish "Taro's Ninja Spy High School," though I haven't entirely decided if I will begin working on another story before or during the process of beginning my next story.

At any rate, here are some thoughts I've had:

1. A story about a sorcerer set in a fantasy world discovers a book locked away in the guild. Keeping his discovery a secret from the other members of the guild, he begins studying the book in private. While discovering lost knowledge from ancient times, he is visited by a premonition which fore-tales of a disastrous future, which can be averted with the power locked away in the many pages of the book.

2. Another tale about ninjas set in feudal Japan. The protagonist will more than likely be a high-ranking ninja who must deal with the every day political life of ninja society: meeting with political leaders, organizing missions, carrying out attacks and such. The story would focus on the internal and external conflicts of ninja society.

Those are the ideas so far. Nothing is set in stone and there is a long time before I even begin writing a new story, as I am of course still currently working on this one. However, while the ideas were in my head, I wanted to put them out there.

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What is a Ninja?

There is a lot of misconception about what a ninja is.

A ninja is a weapon. A ninja is a warrior.

First appearing in writing as early as 4th century according to some history, though it is hard to place the beginning of the ninja, and most scholars agree that they emerged around the 7th-10th century. According to most Asian historians, the ninja first developed in opposition to the elite samurai during the Heian Dynasty (794-1185).

By the 15th century, the role of the ninja was primarily hired mercenary or espionage. By this time, there was already boundless myths about ninjas, calling them demons and giving them mystical powers which were widely believed to be true, but in all reality, ninjas were very trained in silence and stealth and could easily hide or slip away quickly and unnoticed in a way that would lead others to believe they were magical.

Our story presupposes a modern Japanese society where ninjas have managed to survive and continue traditional methods of teaching and hired by clients and used as weapons and tools of espionage and mercenary. Taro is one such ninja, growing up in a civilization of ninjas long-thought to be extinct. But when Taro begins his first ninja mission, his whole world gets turned upside down.