Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Date of Award

Fall 2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW)



First Advisor

Melanie Sumner

Second Advisor

Dr. Greg Johnson


The Mindstorm is the story of Marcus Hamilton, a gay, African-American, teenager who is born with incredible telekinetic powers. He has the ability to levitate considerably large objects with his mind, create telekinetic force fields, and fly. After preventing a convenience store hold-up, he decides to become a superhero and takes the name Mindstorm.

There are two story arcs: 1) Marcus’ everyday life and high school problems, including racism, homophobia, and his first same-sex relationship; and, 2) Marcus, as Mindstorm, developing his powers and confronting Nathan Vaughn, a corrupt industrialist/weapons developer, terrorist, and main antagonist.