Davidizer13 wrote:I can answer this one - it's "sah-toe-ree." It's a Japanese word for an "aha" moment or understanding; in Zen Buddhism, it refers a first enlightenment on the path to Buddha-hood.
You are correct, except for a minor nitpick that only the elitist snob in me would point out. >_>;; Without the extra "i" at the end, "satori" means exactly as you say. With the double "ii" at the end, it doesn't mean anything in Japanese. Actually, it doesn't even qualify as a Japanese name at all.
Actually, the name "Satori" can be spelled out in quite a few different ways beyond the definition you mentioned (meaning anything from a "blessing" and "village" combo to "left section"). For curious researchers, you can check out the rest here: http://tangorin.com/names/satori
But Japanese is confusing, especially the names. @_@ Hence why I caution anyone who wants to use it in their writings. Study study study! If possible, find a Japanese person to help you.
But I won't go into my whole spiel on Japanese names here unless someone is really interested in being accurate about that though. XD;
To the main topic and more directed at Emma, you have your work cut out for you. Now, I DO NOT mean this in the way of "Your idea is dumb, fix it", on the contrary, I mean it in the sense of "You have a lot of creativity and awesome ideas on the table! But it will take a lot of work to reign them in to a place where a reader can understand and enjoy reading/seeing what your mind is creating."
I'm an illustrator, so visual communication/story telling is right up my alley. And I can tell you that making a manga is a tough task. You not only have to deal with the written story, but you also have to make sure your pictures are telling the story as well. And you have to make both styles of story telling work together!
Since I do tend to think more visually, I can't give you too much pinpointed critique/help until you start drawing up some pages/character sheets for your manga. But I can offer you a few things you can consider as you continue creating Silver Dust.
-Build your world well.
World building is tough, especially if you are starting in a whole different dimension. You have some of this already, but solidify some basic foundations/logics for your world (is the gravity the same? Is the sky still blue? Can people fly? What kind of technology exists? etc.), and then work up from there. Draw it all out on a nice graph if that would help, then hang in on a easily accessible wall so you can reference it when needed.
- Make character sheets.
Basically, draw your characters each a separate sheet from several angles and sometimes different expressions. Make them as clean cut as possible. A character sheet will also include special notes about the character that may be important plot points later (e.g. "she hates pears"). Fun fact, even long time mangaka with 60+ volumes under their belt still have to reference back to character sheets, especially if they start getting a lot of characters (see: Eiichiro Oda or Araki Hirohiko). You shouldn't be expected to have EVERYTHING about your story in your head at all times. Write/draw it all out, so you can be able to focus on a few things at a time. Believe me, this will help you focus on organizing the story to flow well when you start drawing out your panels.
- Consider who your audience is.
This is a no-brainer in most cases (we want everyone to read it!), but with all the excitement of creating an awesome manga, this is an easy one to miss. But this is often what can help your manga succeed or fail. Who are you directing this series towards? What age? What culture? What type of person? What religion (if any)?
If you do say "everyone" to this question, you will have a lot more work on your hands. Obviously, no matter how brilliant your manga is, not everyone is going to like it (some people don't like manga in general, for example), but trying to appeal to a huge audience will take a lot more careful planning and clever story telling than if you were to appeal to a smaller audience.
Plus, you can always start small and be able to grow bigger later! Many web comics and manga started like this.
And now, the biggest question
Why are you creating this manga? What are you hoping to give/gain? I think you do have a reason, but it doesn't seem very clear beyond "this is a cool idea!", which is a fine reason if that will keep you going. Find something even more specific than "to glorify God", which while a very valid reason can be a bit too vague for motivation in a certain direction. I find people who have a strong reason in mind for creating a project of this size will be able to keep at it, even when you face writer's/artist's block (and you will, believe me). Find what drives you to create this manga, write it down if you need to and keep it in a place where you will remember it.
These are just questions/thoughts you can consider (you don't need to tell me your answers or anything unless that would help you somehow. XD). But most of all, enjoy what you're creating. Enjoy it enough to still love creating it even if you have to change things about it, enjoy it enough to kill off old ideas at times and come up with new ones. That's the fun of creating! You can come up with a great idea, but while creating and trying new things with your work, you can improve your ideas or find different ways to make something.
Even with a single illustration, I find myself making various rough drafts and changes along the way until I get to the final product.
Best of luck to you and your sister in creating Silver Dust! I look forward to seeing this project come to life. Keep working hard! =D