Hello everyone, and Happy Hump Day!
I am currently sitting in the computer lab at my college, eating a brownie and drinking tea, trying to decide if I should start working on some papers that are due in the near future, or if I should just slack off like we've all been doing for the whole semester. In an hour and a half, I will be celebrating with fellow student employees because it is National Student Employee Appreciation Week (or something to that effect; not quite sure if I got the full name right).
Anyway, before I do anything else, I will give you my thoughts and ideas about how The Jazzy Island of Dinosaurs came to be. So, prepare some popcorn and buy a soda from your nearest convenient store, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
Q: Why is this series called The Jazzy Island of Dinosaurs? Why wasn't it called The R&B/Soul Island of Dinosaurs, etc.?
A: The answer is quite simple, really. For one, The Jazzy Island of Dinosaurs sounds better than the latter choice. And two, I had to come up with another name for my series. Originally, it was called The Land of Dinosaurs, and I loved that name. However, after doing much research online, there was something else with that name, so I had to come up with something else. My last reason for this title? Many of the dinosaurs on Galavanti Island (the name of the island as you most likely know) play saxophones.
Q: Is the published series the next "original" version of the same series?
A: What exactly does this question imply? In order to fully answer this question, no; my published version was not the original version. It could possibly be the "next original" version, whatever that means. So, when I was little (many eons ago), I was writing. I came up with this idea because I liked a lot of movies that involved dinosaurs, so why not come up with my own ideas?
Q: What were the characters like in my original writings?
A: I will give you a straight-up answer. Nothing like they are now. As a matter of fact, EVERYTHING was different back then. In what I had originally done, there were four characters (I actually don't remember their names, except for Wendy) who lived in Kenya, and then they visited dinosaurs. In what I have published, five siblings (Andrew, Caleb, Adam, Cameron, and Alyssa) live in St. John, Indiana, which is about 45 minutes away from Chicago. They visit some dinosaurs on an island, and they have to find a missing case of saxophones (no more spoilers).
Q: How old was I when I was writing this stuff?
A: Are you talking about The Jazzy Island of Dinosaurs in particular, or as a whole? I'm assuming you mean as a whole. Okay, cool. I think I was about five or six when I would write some random stuff in folded sheets of legal paper, and I called it "The Land of Dinosaurs." See why I'm putting the title in quotes? It was a short story back then. I would work on this in particular off and on, but I have worked on the published version since sophomore year in college. At first, I was not happy with what I had worked on, so I threw it out of the entire series (each of the three series are in one series; very hard to explain). Then, a few weeks later, I started writing The Jazzy Island of Dinosaurs again, and it's obviously published on Amazon, along with its sequel, The Sound of a B Flat.
So, now you know a little more about how The Jazzy Island of Dinosaurs came to be. Tune in some time this weekend for a profile of Toby Ingram (Rockybado). Now, I gotta peace out and "hopefully" work on my papers and homework.
Until this weekend,
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