I have been working on two projects in my head for ages now and it's about time I actually started writing. I'd like to get ideas on if it's interesting for one. More importantly I'm having issues deciding what the underlying message or theme should be and how best to tell it. This story focuses on a researcher named Harper who's team winds up on a planet with the ruins of a civilization. Creatures live under the surface and kill the team and Harper sees something that no mind should, bleaching her hair(or just part, not sure visually). She winds up in another reality (possibly the planet just back in time now that I think about it). In this reality a few users can utilize psychic magic. Though it is feared by most as it slowly drives the user mad. Harper has some amnesia (but not enough to act as a major plot point) and with the help of a secretly insane mentor named Graham and a strange child, named Fish for now, she will seek out certain items which will unlock her own power in a Hear All Evil, See All Evil, Speak All Evil fashion. She might start out trying to get back to her crew or planet or home but really the plot sucks her in so that she may realize or forget wether it matters. Graham eventually betrays and Fish (who is actually Harper's sibling) self sacrifices. Each acting as examples for Harper. Lovecraft inspired but just for aesthetics and madness play really. The main themes I've been rolling with are Coping with the Complexity or Life, Intelligence over Humanity, What Truly Matters. I know I could weave all of it in but I also don't want to make it exceedingly convoluted. Also I would like to hear what everyone thinks about the story concept in general.