Welcome! I'm glad you stopped by. Do you want to know more about the Speedsuit Powers Trilogy? Then you came to the right place! This journal will be used to share my thoughts on 'All things Speedsuit Powers.' You'll also be able to get a sense of SPT and the growing world - beyond the trilogy - that I am creating. Let's see what future possibilities await. - Allen Paul Weaver III
A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES...
I never thought this SPT journey would span almost 14 years from its first inception! But here we are. The concept for the story came to me around 2002. Book One released December 2009. SPEEDSUIT, my independent film screenplay adaption of Book One released February 2012. Book Two released June 2015. Book Three is slated to launch October 2016. Yes, this growing adventure has been a lesson in persistence. (smile)
Why am I doing this? Besides my love for great stories, my goal is to inspire, motivate and educate readers towards greatness. As an area of initial focus, I am working with individuals and groups to help make SPT a recognized and celebrated brand within African American communities.
You may be asking, what was my motivation for creating SPT? Here's a bit of history...
BEHIND THE SPEEDSUIT
I created Speedsuit Powers to inspire youth with the wonder and joy of ‘possibility thinking.’ This was something I experienced during my childhood through books, comics, television shows and films. As a youth director for 5 years (2000-2005), I worked with inner city teens in the South Bronx. Many were trapped in their world of “6 blocks.” Everything they knew and cared about was in their “hood” and when I talked with them about having a bright future, some of them didn’t think it was possible. This resonated with me because mentally, I had been in that place—even though I grew up in the suburbs.
I attempted suicide in July 1992—a month after graduating from high school. I was dealing with low self-esteem and hated who I was: my skin color, the sound of my voice, my glasses, being skinny. Over the years, adults would tell me, “you are going to have a bright future.” But I didn’t think I had a future at all.
Yet, as I look back over my youth, there were times when encouragement came—sometimes at church, other times in conversations with mentors and often when I watched a movie or television show. It was movies like The Karate Kid (original), The Last Starfighter, Star Wars, Back to the Future, Goonies and The Rocketeer and television shows like Different Strokes, What’s Happening, Knight Rider and The Cosby Show, which helped me to cope with tough situations. While these programs didn’t completely clear up my issues, they did help me survive day to day.
Readers of this Speedsuit Powers story repeatedly say, “This story would make a great film or a television series.” I believe that compelling stories help people to strive for a better life. Often our dreams meet our ‘reality’ and because we don’t possess the tools to navigate, build and persevere, we let our dreams die. This Speedsuit Powers Trilogy is one such story that can inspire, motivate and educate people towards their highest potential. I would like to see this story expand from the written page to a full, immersive audio/visual experience that can impact this ‘sight and sound’ generation.
So, enjoy getting engrossed in the pages of SPT. Enjoy the artwork on this website. Enjoy the independent film, Speedsuit. And if you love this trilogy, let me know and help spread the word to everyone in your sphere of influence! And look forward to the day when SPT is either a television series or a trilogy of major motion pictures.
-Allen Paul Weaver III-