Lately, I have been playing retro racing games such as "Ironman" Ivan Stewart's Super Off Road and the Track Pak upgrade (Leland, 1989, 1990 (NES), 1992 (SNES & Genesis) - both regular Super Off-Road), Danny Sullivan's Indy Heat (Leland, 1991), City Connection (Jaleco, 1985 (arcade), 1988 (NES)), Cruis'n World (Midway/Nintendo, 1996 (arcade), 1998 (N64)), the Rush series on N64 - as well as Rally-X, New Rally-X, and the Pole Position series on the Namco Museum PS1 compilations. Why? To come up with character ideas.
I couldn't do this last year due to bad luck plaguing me, all starting with the Rose Bowl, hoping that Stanford would win over Michigan State. Also, life kept getting in the way at times, and my Surface tablet is being fixed after receiving some weird error mid-August (this kinda feels like a scene from a movie), so...
Anyway, back to the main point: I am working on a car novel in which the main character, named Aaron, visits the states of California and North Carolina, which later turns to a trip around the world. After moving to a beach house, he is then haunted by weird dreams, hears wind and stormy conditions, and then a piece of paper--likely coming from a girl's diary--hits his face. Along the way, he runs into an interesting cast of characters, too. More details about a story plot coming later, as I am in the process of writing a rough draft for this project.
About the character of Aaron: Aaron is kind of like me. He's a car enthusiast and a video-game nut who just loves adventure. (Fun Fact: Aaron is also inspired by Canadian actor Jay Baruchel, American actors Jensen Ackles, Jake McDorman and Ben Stiller, as well as the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton.) He has a lot of things he wants done on his to-do list before he retires...and he's only in his late teens-early 20s. And like me, his birthday is April 9.
With all that said, it is now time for me to get to it. Until next time, WM86 :)