During my High School Senior Project, my art teacher told me that my art projects can have a story behind them. So, I decided to make my project an attempt at writing a sci-fi/fantasy novel. I read a lot of books and manga by that time and was considered for nomination as best female-artist in my Senior class, so at this point I thought I could make it work. I created a contract for any of my classmates who wanted to participate by ready my weekly chapters; in fact, I had ten chapters in all and each chapter had at least ten pages. At the end of each chapter, I asked for their opinion on what they thought about the chapter, what their favorite part was, the most surprising part and what they want to see next or want to change. It was absolutely fun. Needless to say, my Art teacher and English teacher gave me high praises. I should mention that I didn't learn to read until second grade, as English is my second language. It goes to show how important reading is, because without it, my passion and drive would not be at the level it is today.
Today, as an older adult, I still have my Senior Project in my possession and hoping to make edits to the story and bring it back to life. Currently, I'm working on a different story which I hope to publish by the end of the year or early 2017. This story is more Dystopian society and has a bit of Final Fantasy 8 inspired. I like FF8 a lot mind you, even though a lot of people at the time were upset that both 7 and 8 were veering off the medieval fantasy off the original FF series.
In the end, I hope that the young generation of today can find inspiration from books, video games, manga, anything. Because building our imagination and using it to full capacity to create stories to share with other people is such a fun thing to do :)