In fiction, we remember the deaths that make us sad — ScienceDaily
Meaningful deaths (death of someone that redeemed themselves or sacrificed themselves for someone else).
Happy deaths (The hero finally kills the evil villain).
Varies by genre, but across all genres, people tend to remember meaningful deaths more than others.
The 16 facial expressions most common to emotional situations worldwide — ScienceDaily
Big difference between the islands and much of the mainland: We don’t have an economy outside of tourism.
The military is the next big chunk here, but it’s not rushing to fill the gap. Much of the military economy here is skilled labor (technicians, specialists), with very few opportunities for out-of-work restaurant servers and hotel staff.
Our politicians are too much in the pockets of the tourist industry, in my opinion. That’s why we get a smattering of affordable housing with a larding of luxury high rises aimed at rich corporations and non-residents.
I think this would have been a good opportunity to balance things better. Tourism is an addictive drug; for decades it has been easy money, crowding out investment in anything else. Why risk investing in healthcare, green infrastructure, manufacturing, IT or even high-end farming (gourmet coffee or chocolate), when you could build or renovate a Waikiki hotel and start making millions right off the bat?
“May the words in your mind crystallize into magic on the page.” – Brian Rathbone.
I feel macho
I feel studly
But I’m just a
pile of ugly
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A rich snooty asshole orders an Uber after escaping unharmed from a car crash. Only one that shows up is a rusty Yugo. Argues with driver but gets in.
Discovers that instead of driving him directly to destination, it drives slowly through every place his friends/peers/rivals gather so they see him. He hears their comments, laughter, derision.
When he tries to get out, door won’t open. Driver turns a demonic face toward him and says, “Sorry, you died in that crash. Welcome to Hell!”
Things to keep in mind when worldbuilding.
“Well, a twelve-volt battery has always worked for me.”
“Except post-modern literature. Then you need 24 volts.”
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