As promised, today I’m taking a brief pause from my hiatus to acknowledge and celebrate the fact that it has been two years since the release of my second novel, An Absolute Mind.
For those who either don’t know or are in need of a refresher, An Absolute Mind is a sci-fi novel about a college student, Sonya Ogino, who one day finds out that she is a carrier of a genetically evolved, cognitive ability called Absolute Memory. When this new ability of hers puts her in danger, her godmother arranges for her to be sent away to a secret island for her safety. However, when she learns of the true forces in charge of the island, Sonya, among others, arrange for a way to fight inaction with action.
An Absolute Mind was released exactly one week after the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Since then, a lot of the subject matter addressed in the novel has slowly seeped out into the public conscious, the more toxic this political climate has gotten. That’s why when the midterm election happened a little over a week ago, I remember thinking to myself: Is it possible that when November 15th arrives, we will have arrived at a turning point in the direction our country is taking? I’m glad to see the answer is yes, for there are a number of Congress women that have been elected that I’m sure President Gomez would be honored to have as colleagues.
I promoted both An Absolute Mind and A Moment’s Worth at that book fair I did a few months back, and through just meeting people in general, more people are aware of my work than a year ago. I still can’t quite say that a lot more of my friends have read it, when the reality of the matter is that a lot of them still haven’t. But regardless of the leap forwards and setbacks the book has been through in the past year, to me, I feel just as active in this fictional future and in this story I’ve written than ever before, and for a very particular reason.
For the last eight months, I’ve been adapting An Absolute Mind into my first feature-length screenplay. It’s been both a challenging yet enjoyable process, figuring out how to make this story go from being written text for the mind alone to play with, to becoming something that a lot of people can get involved in. In case you are wondering, no, I didn’t land a deal with a major studio or anything to adapt my work into a film. This is of my own doing, and over the course of the next year, I’m going to send this script to as many fellowships and competitions as possible.
Now some of you might be confused as to why I’m adapting my own novel into a screenplay, when in the past, I’ve criticized about the one too many book-to-screen adaptations out there. Yes, I own up to being a hypocrite in this regard, but there are a few reasons for why I’m doing this: 1. I wanted to see if I’d be able to do it (and I can!), 2. This is a story that I wholeheartedly believe in; enough to where I want it to be as accessible as possible, and 3. This is one of several projects of mine, in attempt to get my foot into the doorway of screenwriting. Plus, as I’m going through the book and figuring out what to leave out, what to re-write and what have you, this is also an opportunity for me to improve the story from before, but not so much to where potential audiences won’t have an excuse to read the book itself. There is a lot that I’ve had to condense.
So I’m still playing around in the world of An Absolute Mind, and that is not just limited to adapting it for the big screen. I don’t want to reveal too much at once, but I will say this though: I’m seeing the possibility for this world and the people in it to expand into something more… and that’s all I’m going to say about that for now.
If you haven’t already, you can purchase An Absolute Mind from mainly wherever books are sold; including but not limited to Amazon, Arkipelago Books, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords. If you’ve already read it, then I’d really appreciate it if you can leave a review on it for either the vendor you bought it from or for the book’s Goodreads page. Your review will make it easier for other people to find the book and depending on what you have to say, it just may help me grow as an author.
Here is to two years of An Absolute Mind!