xsmallplum replied to your post “In fact, I need to be more responsible for nurturing my own ideas…”

I like how you’ve chosen Louisiana as your point of location for the manga. It’s my 2nd dream destination. Georgia being the 1st. Have you traveled there yet? Also, I can very much invision you publishing a book as well as a manga. You have a lot of gifts that I’m sure if you find the time and place to focus on these ideas than it will evolve into what you dream.

Eek I forgot that I hadn’t responded to this yet! Thank you so much for thinking that of me!! <3 <3 That makes me feel really happy that you think I’m capable of that. (“⌒∇⌒”) I really hope I can do it all eventually…

I lovvvve Louisiana, or at least the image in my mind of it. In reality, it has a lot of issues (poverty, crime, racism, bigotry, etc. As many southern areas do…), but it is still very beautiful and has so many hidden gems and magical aspects to it. French history, voodoo, hoodoo, Creole culture, haunted places, gorgeous architecture, graveyards, swamps, house boats… Omg it is one of my dream spots. I always dreamt I would live in an old plantation house (after it had been abandoned of course, haha) right on the edge of a swamp… But, as I said, it has a lot of issues. I don’t know if I would really want to live there permanently. It’s just a dream.
I’ve only ever really spent time in New Orleans (both before and after Katrina), but I’ve driven through the state many times because it was on the route from Texas to Florida.
My story is going to be based on this little fishing town that I remember seeing on one of those drives. I have no idea where it was or how to find it again, but the old buildings and houses and docks and boats and people we passed have forever stuck in my memory. I just wanted to get out of the car and walk. Spend a month living there in one of the old salt water and sun stripped wood shacks. I really wish I knew where it was. But because I don’t, I guess I felt even more inspired to write this story because then I could be there again, as I imagined it.

I’ve never spent any time in Georgia, unfortunately. I would really love to visit! I’ve only ever driven through there on the way from various places to Florida. It seems like another interesting southern region! *swoon* I love the south. Despite all of it’s problems. It is an odd and beautiful part of the country.

By the way, you might enjoy this YA book Ruined. It was very inspiring to me. Felt like what I wished New Orleans was like. <3 And the movie the Skeleton Key, watch it!! It’s one of my favorites. Totally and exactly what I wish New Orleans was like. I want to live in that house.