Hello, everyone! Teo here with an important April 1 update!
Most of you know by now that I've been in the process of revamping/rewriting/overhauling my novel based on feedback from my aunt. Well, the thing is, I haven't been entirely honest with you about that whole project. Believe me, I wanted to, but non-disclosure agreements and such kept me gagged for a while, and I had to release those new parts 1-3 over the months as a sort of cover/smokescreen.
Fortunately, I can finally tell you the real story: I've been in talks with lawyers and agents from 4Kids Entertainment, who are interested in picking up and adapting my novel as a new series! I can't begin to tell you how exciting this is for me.
4Kids has been extremely helpful throughout this entire process, including helping me find professional editors for the necessary changes for the adaptation. Yes, I know, my aunt is already a professional, but these are ... you know, other professionals. Their experience has given me a whole new fresh perspective, and I am very excited with how the new project is coming along!
I can't show you all of it, of course--you'll have to wait for the series debut for that--but here's a little teaser, from the opening scene:
"Where is Keeper Edward?" Scout asked.
"I HAVE BAD NEWS," said Rook, who was literally a robot. "ACCORDING TO MY CIRCUITS, KEEPER EDWARD HAS BEEN SENT TO THE SHADOW REALM."
"The Shadow Realm is a place where you go to prison," Scout explained, even though no one had asked and most of the group knew that already. "Keeper Edward is in prison (and definitely still alive.)"
"Oh, no!" Celine cried out in dismay. "I'm in dismay!"
"Year, boat we should steal stay on hour mission," said Sir Coral. His inflection changed with every word, as if some voice actor had been told 'heavy accent' without any further instruction, and left to improvise his lines as he went.
"That's right," Scout agreed. "If we get to the northern city, we can win the tourament and become the champions, and then we can go home."
"And maybe use the prize money to free Keeper Edward!" Celine exclaimed.
"You're still on about that?" Scout asked.
Suddenly, everyone stopped because they heard a loud crunching sound. They turned and looked, and found it was Girard, who was munching on a bag of delicious chocolate chip cookies.
"Cookies?" he offered, when he saw everyone was looking at him. "They're American."
As you can see, the new opening has this upbeat, peppy energy to it, and does a much better job immediately establishing the group's quest. Changes like these are just a small part of why I'm so excited for this!
I've already asked the help of my good composer friend davidn in coming up with a catchy hip hop/rap number that we could use as the opening title theme, sort of modeled off the excellent job 4Kids did with their famous One Piece opening. Much like the new version of the novel itself, I can't share the full thing with you, but David has allowed me to give you a small teaser of it here. It's really coming along! :)