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5 May
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"Enhanced Synesthesia (also Synaesthesia) is what happens when the brain mixes up the senses. For example, synesthesia might cause someone to hear colors or see sounds." -- Simple English Wikipedia

Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to help the world. God had blessed her, you see, with her own world, and ways of seeing her world in different ways. When she heard music, not only did she hear it, but she saw it in front of her eyes in the form of threads of color. It was the same with words -- every letter was a different color. Even from a young age, she knew something was different, and she wanted to use her colors to help the world become a better place.

My name is Emily. I am that girl.

By day I live in New York City -- Manhattan, to be specific. I just moved to the city from Ohio, where I've lived most of my life. You could say I'm a 'small town girl, living in a lonely world.' (My co-worker termed that, not me.) I work a job just the same as everybody else, and I have my own apartment. By night I -- oh, wait. That's my other blog. Sorry. :)

"My 7 year old daughter is watching the television and playing the music from the television on her eight-key piano. We...might wanna get this girl to some lessons." -- My mom, who has actually been quoted as saying this

I started to blend colors together as soon as I could, wanting to write but not able to form the right shapes yet. When my sister got an 8-key piano for Christmas, I was the one who spent most of my time using it. I would listen to songs on the television and play them back on the piano. The worst part was I would know when a note was missing or unable to be played; sharps and flats were not on the eight key piano, and I would leave a gap where it would go. My mom finally got me to piano lessons, and once I figured out that the eight keys on my piano matched the keys on the real piano, and the rest they say is history.
I've loved music ever since I started playing it. I've always wanted to do something with my life in music. At first, I wanted to be a music teacher, but as I kept writing, I couldn't see myself doing anything but creating. When I went to university, I went with that major in mind, wanting to continue my passion. I didn't know exactly where it would take me, and right now, it has me in between.

I really discovered my colors during my junior year at school; I wrote my thesis on the subject and integrated it with my senior recital. I want to use music as my profession -- although I do so much more, I want to use my colors as my profession.

"The perfect is the enemy of the fast. The good is the enemy of the fast. The halfway decent is the enemy of the fast. Keep my music loud enough to drown out my thoughts. Thinking is the enemy of speed. Never edit. Never ever go back." -- Gail Carson Levine, NaNoWriMo pep talk letter

At the same time, when I was a kid, I started to weave together the other colors I saw in letters and numbers. I found more solace in the letters; they scared me less than the numbers did. Perhaps it was because I had learned to read from a very early age; using these same letter-color associations. Whatever it was, I started to weave my stories together, creating names for 'companies' that I could store my stories under. Bright Ideas. Studio LRPLI. Finally, God gave me a name that worked -- S.O.S, or "Stardust Opportunities Solo." My own name was to be Stardust, for I was just dust of a bigger Star. S.O.S. grew to SOSI grew to SOSI/Cap-Sid, which today stands for "Stardust Opportunities Synesthetics International/Christ Alone Power -- Soundspeed Inertia Drive." Each word in SOSi/Cap-Sid means something not only to me but hopefully to those the entertainment group impacts. SOSI/Cap-Sid has God at the heart, but we don't exactly push Christianity on every person we meet. We understand that life is full of light and shadow...in a way I hadn't anticipated until recently.

In November of 2005 I embarked on a journey that would change me forever -- a journey called National Novel Writing Month. The idea was simple -- write a novel in a month. To date, I've written six novels, one for every November since. I've also become a Municipal Liaison, which basically means I herd cats every November toward finishing their own novels. To me, NaNoWriMo and ML-dom are the same thing, and if I'm ever *not* an ML, I might have issues. I love excelling, but I love helping others excel as well. (You can find me on the NaNoWriMo website as Manzana Flash!)

"Everything has meaning. Existence has meaning. Being alive has meaning. Have dreams. Use power." -- Pokemon LeafGreen

I got a lot of my inspiration from the media that was around me as a kid. I was big into Japanese anime, especially Pokemon, and loved the video games (I still play). I got out of it for a while in 2005 -- you could say God traded my love for anime for other things. I always wanted to get back into anime, but I knew that wasn't where God wanted me. I kept up with what happened in the otaku community, though, so I wouldn't keep out of the loop. Finally, in 2010, I was able to watch series' from beginning to end again. My favorite? A series called Heartcatch PreCure, reminiscent of Sailor Moon meets Power Rangers, featuring four girls chosen to defend the world against the forces of evil (of course). It's cutesy, aimed at little girls, fun, and stupid at times, but what really struck me was the depth of the characters. I wanted to write a series like that.
In 2011, I found my way to Kinokuniya in New York City for the first time, a Japanese bookstore that I immediately claimed as home. I've never been good at reading Japanese -- only speaking it -- until I started reading a series also based on a TV show, called Pretty Rhythm. In time, I've started to read the magazine Pretty Rhythm is published in, called Ribon. It's a wonderful magazine with comic serials -- every month, a new chapter of each story is published. I highly recommend it!

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." -- Albert Camus

In exchange for the things I had once loved, God gave me something new...the desire to race for the sky. I found myself traveling to places that I hadn't been in a long time. These places -- amusement parks -- became my new inspiration. I wanted to fly, to race for the sky, and since then, I've been a junkie. "Ride warrior" doesn't cut it. Call me a "roller coaster whisperer." These coasters are the only reason I might never leave Ohio -- we have THE best amusement park around, Cedar Point, plus my home park, Kings Island near Cincinnati. God showed me the way and how to use the roller coasters as inspiration -- through something called OFF/Track.

The deal with OFF/Track is this -- every roller coaster becomes a character. (Not every single roller coaster in the United States is a character yet -- I'll have a list soon.) The characters then play roles in my stories. It's like the coasters are the actors and actresses in my stories. And it's true -- from my newest to my oldest stories, you can see the mark these characters have made. They're even usually easily identifiable.

Some of the most well-known characters are really popular among OFF/Track fans. There are four in particular, the D.V.Crew, who, with their experience and charisma combined, really make any story shine. Hailing from Cedar Point, the Mean Streak (Toby), Magnum XL-200 (Mack), Cedar Creek Mine Ride (Subway), and Blue Streak (Blue) function both as actors and as their own musical unit (they've guested on my songs Explore and Encore, to mention a few).

"Good night, millennium, jumping over the moon/Come take me home, I'm riding on you" -- Midnight Rave, Almond Dust (2011)

Altoghether, I'm just like anybody else -- I'm a girl, looking for her place in the world. It's just that my place seems to be harder to find, for some reason. I'm looking for a place where my synesthetic gifts can not only be understood, but used. If I'm not weaving my colors together to form a story, a song, a drama -- then what good are my colors doing the world? This blog is just one way of getting these colors out. How will they impact you today?

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