I’m Gonna Be a Wizard When I Grow up Again!
A man on his death bed regrets only one thing in his life: not being able to become a wizard. Fortunately he is reincarnated into a world where magic does exist. Will he be able to accomplish his dream? Or maybe fate (the author) has other plans for him… (Synopsis by 3nd3rn)
|Notes:||Except for connecting some events, I have this planned out until the end of book 2.|
|Tropes:||Reincarnation. I found that in these novels the main characters were too good at everything. While it’s reasonable for them to be good at a few/ a reasonable number of things, it was too much. In addition, nobody was reincarnated more than once- not really. There are a few stories of the current reincarnation of someone who technically had reincarnated more than once, but it all takes place before the story, so it’s basically just adding in a cheat background.|
Of Space and Bachelor’s Degrees
Sports a pretentious title. Richard Smith is a seemingly normal human going off to university. He also happens to live in a distant future where many species coexist with humans. Includes experiences that any normal apparently some people would experience at such a place.
|Written:||50+ varying length chapters|
|Notes:||Obviously, the main character isn’t completely normal, or it would be boring. The current iteration of the story is too fast in some parts. Contains (probably) the best character interactions I have written. However, the story somewhat suffers from overpowered protagonist syndrome… at least as much as I let any of my characters be overpowered.|
|Tropes:||I don’t think I had any particular tropes in mind when writing this. At least, not any that I wanted to particularly play off of for something new.|
Potential stories (ranked by preparedness, mostly):
Set in a dystopian future where Earth is overpopulated but colonization of reachable planets has proved impossible. Although nobody living has gone to another planet, a new SFVRMMORPG (Science Fiction Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, and I’m only saying that once) has been produced by a mysterious company. The game is called Many Worlds, and is said to have accurate simulations of multiple, real planet-sized zones.
|Notes:||I have some ideas of where things are going, and details about why everything is the way it is, but there’s no specific end in mind.|
|Tropes:||VRMMORPGs. They always seem to be taken very seriously. The main character’s life/financial status is on the line, and they have to be the best! However, except for the death games, it’s still really just a game taken too seriously. I attempt to add a reason for such a game to be taken seriously… and yet sometimes be casually played.|
The Only Thing I Can Upgrade is Strength
A weak boy (young man) finds himself transported to another world. It is a fantasy world completely with levels, stats, and bonus points for being transferred. There, he gains the power of strength, and not much else.
|Planning:||Not much beyond what is written|
|Notes:||I wrote what I have of this in 2-3 huge sessions. It’s pretty easy to write, but doesn’t really bring anything special to the table.|
|Tropes:||World transfer with cheat ability. However, the cheat ability is more just “an advantage”. It also comes with a disadvantage… although that is not inherent.|
The main character is a noble youth. He lives a pleasant life, until his family dies in a terrible fire. He is taken in by a branch family, but only suffers abuse at their hands and the life of a servant- closer to a slave. Frustrated at his own weakness, he plans to make himself stronger, so that he can never be forced into a role he doesn’t want again.
|Written:||A few thousand words|
|Planning:||Many different plot points throughout a long story. Decent cast of characters.|
|Notes:||This will be closer to a Xianxia, though perhaps more in the style of Shen Yin Wang Zuo (http://www.novelupdates.com/series/shen-yin-wang-zuo/), that is, multiple paths of cultivation. Wizards, warriors… w… assassiny people.|
|Tropes:||Not much in particular, except for showcasing a berserker type fighting style that also fights smart. I don’t specifically set out to overturn any tropes in this story, however.|
An entire mental hospital, including staff, patients, and visitors, is taken into a fantasy world. What will happen to them? At least they have enough food to last a while… but that won’t be enough.
|Written:||A bit here and there, not much|
|Planning:||Very little in terms of ultimate plot, but decent characterization of the group of main characters.|
|Notes:||I was going to write a story with the same characters in the real world, but it just wasn’t… satisfying. Then I thought of this.|
|Tropes:||Classroom/ school worlds transfers are common. However, these are almost always teenagers, and having been a teenager, I can tell you they’re idiots, or at the very least not prepared to deal with the real world. Of course, they’re not in the real world… and mental hospital patients will be even less prepared for that. Still, it’s interesting to have some people with issues to sort through in addition to their new abilities. Anyway, this is my answer to “why is it always a classroom?”|
A man’s family, his entire village, is killed by murderous bandits. He lacks the strength to fight them, and he wasn’t even present for their arrival to die with his loved ones. Can he gain the strength to stop people like them? In this world, such strength exists, but as a great-grandfather… what can he even do? He can’t even fire his best bow anymore. If only he had access to cultivation techniques… and was perhaps a few decades younger.
|Written:||A few pages that I’m going to have to rewrite|
|Planning:||A small bit of the early story|
|Notes:||Another Xianxia style story. I do want to include actual righteous sects, instead of just those that title themselves as such. Not that there won’t always be hypocrites.|
|Tropes:||The young genius cultivator. Youth is power! Potential is wasted when you are old… but who says that the old can’t keep up with the young? In this case, we have super-monstrous genius – wasted potential= still a pretty good genius.|
Thousand Year Arts
A human lifespan is 100 years, more or less. However, those who cultivate ki can extend their lifespans. Two hundred… three hundred… perhaps even a thousand years. Then, they might even become immortal.
|Planning:||A few bits, plus overarching story plot.|
|Notes:||This one might be a bit hard to keep interesting, because of the way things will happen. However, I don’t want to just skip over large portions of time, either. It would probably be a challenge to write, as it leads more toward typical Xianxia than anything else I have planned.|
|Tropes:||Cultivation geniuses. The main character of many cultivation novels is a genius. Not only that, there is a huge trend of cultivation geniuses that have “fallen” and then “regain” their potential right at the beginning of the story. Enough of that stuff, here is the story of the one who is a genius, but finds himself stuck on a path that seems to go nowhere.|
Reincarnation. In this world, it happens to everyone, and they keep some or most of their memories. However… those who reincarnate have to come from somewhere. This is the story of one of those who is living for the first time, and his struggle to be recognized as more than just someone destined to die without accomplishments.
|Planning:||A few bits…|
|Notes:||I’m mostly just including this as “something I thought about” rather than “something I’ll probably write”. I don’t think the story would be very good, at least with what I currently have in mind.|
|Tropes:||Reincarnation with memories. I just wanted to turn it on its head, and everyone else (well, almost everyone else, anyway) has this happen, with the protagonist being the exception.|