So heres something I just started working on. Main Char: In the throws of an early mid-life crisis. 20 something, post college, made some money at a .com. Currently unemployed. Lives in a small apartment in trendy Belltown area of Seattle. Drinks to much coffee and alchohol. Has a Japanese girlfriend. Started dating her because he speaks japanese nearly fluently. simple plot so far: Main Char. feels angsty and unsure about where he's going in life. The only thing he really cares about is his girlfriend. Loves her deeply and therefore becomes distrought when she goes missing. through some sloothing he finds that she has returned to home to Osaka, Japan. She doesnt respond by email or returns his calls so the main char. flies to Osaka to find her. He knows osaka well having lived there for 3 years teaching english. Loved it back then but now finds the city unsettling. He hates the massive city sprawl and the packed commuter trains. Main char. searches for his girlfriend and finds that her family line is incredibly ancient and has ties with the imperial line. Learns that her family actually lives on a tiny island off the coast of japan. The island is famous for being closed to new residents and only open to tourists during the day. He journies to the island and finds that the island sort of exists in another time. The same residents have lived there for hundreds of years, resisting change and the march of time. Not sure where I want to go with it from here but.. I was thinking that he finds peace on the island and ends up marrying his girlfriend and living out his life ont he island.... where the old ways of living life are valued. oh, and I still havent figured out why she left so abruptly to return home, but i'll flesh it out more. anyway, comments and crits are welcomed.