(Author, Frog fan, Dog and Cat person (primarily tiny dogs), Nintendo enthusiast, Geek and all-around crazyperson

Friday, April 24, 2015

Journal Entry 4/24/15 "Frog Boy's Names."

Mike Wornhouse is probably the best name I could've given Frog Boy, He's had a few other names before I settled with that one but none that I can remember past his name now. But the story Frog Boy has had quite a few characters in it that have had name changes. Like the main villain Ethan Landry who becomes so powerful he loses his humanity. My Mom and I were brainstorming about villain names because we both thought that Kenton didn't sound like the right name for this character, I looked up names online and combined names too. I found one that sounded similar to Kenton but it was different and it sounded like the name fit the character better as well. Right now I'm on page twenty five. When I first started working on twists for Frog Boy with Mr. Quick, I made a character based on him called Johnny Q. He's found throughout the story. Mr. Quick treats me like his agent and he gave me the nickname Rex so that when we came up with plot twists over the phone it would be like my code name for secrets. That part was done just for fun, we didn't have much to hide when it came to Frog Boy because we only ever discussed the plot twists around family and friends. As for the public, all I can tell you right now is that I'm writing an epic fight scene right now that starts Mike's career as Frog Boy.
Sincerely, Cade H. Hawkins

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Journal Entry 4/23/15 "Frog Boy's journey"

Frog Boy has come a long way since I was seven. Particularly with the story's maturity. It used to be kinda odd, like nobody can die and nobody really gets hurt. Well, in reality death is common. In a fictional sense I made in impossibly fictional. So I gave the impression that someone could possibly die. No one is invincible so the characters in my story couldn't be either. I didn't want to make death the focus however, because I wanted it to be a story that all ages could enjoy. It may not be quite as thrilling as a tale that does focus on death, but death doesn't have to be the focus for excitement. The original plan for Frog Boy was to almost make him like any other superhero, having him accidentally get powers. Radioactively or otherwise. I came up with a bagillion ways to give him super powers, having him fall in a radioactive pond, getting licked by a mutated frog or bitten by one, having Danny infuse a genetically altered frog into him, even having a serum go into him through a suit. The thing that sounded most promising, was to have it be his choice and not someone's mistake or accident. My original drawings of the story involved an actual frog, but now I have Danny using extracted Frog DNA for Mike's transformation. I'm excited to see what the world thinks of this new hero. That's another thing about Frog Boy, it [ pretty much ] hasn't been done before. Right now I'm writing Frog Boy's first fight. More on hat tomorrow.

Sincerely, Cade H. Hawkins

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

4/22/15 continued: "Frog Boy... The idea"

When I started writing Frog Boy, I planned to make it similar to Spider-Man and action packed. Things changed and over time I discovered that I had to take the story in a slightly different direction than what I initially planned. Frog Boy started out as a game I played with my mother, I was very young and I loved Frogs (I still do obviously). Like all kids, I wanted to be a superhero. . But what I saw wasn't myself. I saw a kid like me, who wanted to do something incredible but didn't have the powers. I saw him fighting gangs of people dressed as fly's and a man dressed as a wasp. I planned to give him things like a car and a bike. With all that I see all the superheroes of today I think: "How can I make him different, what's so special about him?" I originally wanted to make him just like any other hero who either made himself a hero or accidentally became one. But then I saw a way that I could literally set my hero apart from the common superhero. His name would be Mike Wornhouse and he would choose to be a hero. It wouldn't be an accident or a chemical reaction of some kind. No, Mike would choose to be a hero. That’s basically how the whole story began. But then things got interesting. I came up with an entire universe of plans for Frog Boy, it took me three years to just get through the rough draft ideas, now I'm rewriting it for around the fourth time. It all started in 2006, with an idea. I'm on page 23 now.
Sincerely, Cade H. Hawkins

Trevor Mueller

I've always loved comic books, I find them to be like movies on paper. Each one is like a different experience for the reader to enjoy. Well, last weekend I went to the Caro MI library and met a man named Trevor A. Mueller who writes comic books for a living, his latest writings are for the series Albert The Alien.
I told him what I was writing and he told me to do do it, I believe his exact words were "Follow your dream." That meant a lot to me. He taught the group there a lot about comic books and what it truly takes to make one, a lot goes into making one. Also, he doesn't draw the comics he just writes them, so this gives me confidence that Frog Boy could even have a comic series some day. I would love to see my story shown in that way. But for now, I'll use everything I've learned from Mr. Mueller to write the book series of Frog Boy.
Sincerely, Cade H. Hawkins

Journal Entry 4/22/15 "Frog Boy's instinct"

Journal Entry 4/22/15

I got Mr. Quick to extended the deadline a bit. I'm happy because no one can make a whole book in a week. Now that there's more time to write, I can proceed without feeling rushed. Which is good because I won't rush the book, and hopefully it will be entertaining and won't feel like your reading a big run-on-sentence. Right now I'm working on a very interesting scene where Mike first gets his frog powers and heads out into town. This is where Mike experiences his abilities for the first time, he doesn't know all that he can do yet so there's a lot of things that can happen during this point in the story. Mostly things that involve him messing up because he's just getting started. There's also something else that I'm going to spread throughout the entire story from this point which is Frog Boy's instinct issues. He has to make his own decisions while also obeying his instincts to avoid danger and fight to survive. This way he almost has a conflict within himself, fighting over doing things without thinking and doing things on purpose. Mike will most likely have this struggle his whole life from this point on, but Mike will also most likely learn to cope with this problem and use it to his advantage (rather than letting it control him and letting it be a disadvantage).  
Sincerely, Cade H. Hawkins

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Journal Entry 4/21/15 "Frog Boy's twisted tale"

This week has been hard, I'm only on page 22 of Frog Boy and I only have a week before my deadline. My good friend Mr. Quick set the deadline for m to work my hardest and to focus on finishing the book. He's been a huge help in rewriting this story, but his ideas and twists to the tale are so massive that each time he came up with another for me to add, I'd have to make major changes. I had to change a lot of things within the past two weeks, all of which involved his crazy tale twists. Mr. Quick's specific words were "You need to FOCUS!... FOCUS..." My hopes are just to keep it exciting and entertaining, at some points in the tale it's like I'm writing a big run-on-sentence with no end. I hope that when its read, people don't think of it as just a big run-on-sentence.

Sincerely, Cade H. Hawkins

Monday, April 20, 2015

Journal Entry 4/20/2015

"Page 16" I never thought I would make it past sixteen, the story seemed to have somehow gotten stuck there and wouldn't move further. But I did, now I'm on page 18 and almost to page twenty The original tale was a bit different than the one I'm writing now. I've worked with a few friends to come up with a more mature way to tell the adventures of Frog Boy. It took a while for me to accept, but the way Mike got his powers had to be changed (at least a little).  Now it works much better than it did before, I just hope it's going to be a very entertaining book when it's finished. All for now, Sincerely, Cade H. Hawkins.