I have been offered the chance to have another book signing in a small convention that will be held at the Tustin Public Library, which will feature several artists and writers. Nothing is certain at this point, but the library is asking permission to host the event. Once they receive confirmation, they will let me know if a spot will be open. This year has become a VERY eventful year for my writing. Had my third volume published, did WonderCon, preparing my first short story, and now this. I will keep you all updated on any further developments. Wish me luck!
I have spent my entire writing career creating stories about superheroes performing good deeds and saving lives, but this time, I actually got to just that yesterday. I was about to drive out of my neighborhood when I found a stray dog wandering around. I stopped the car, caught up with the dog, and called its owner through its license. The owner found me and I was able to return the dog. After the deed was done, I finally got to feel the satisfaction of doing a good deed for a fellow human being and a helpless animal. It was during this ordeal that I understood that writing about people doing good deeds for the public is one thing, but to actually do it in real life is something else entirely. When you write such as event, you are basing what you imagine the character would feel during that situation. However, when you perform something good in the real world, you feel and understand the emotions that occur throughout the event.
Ever since I adopted my American Pit Bull Terrier, Fitch, I have been thinking of basing a character or even a species of creature off of him. I admire the broad and powerful musculature of a pit bull because it symbolizes that they are strong and reliable as a grass-fed ox when properly trained. Fitch’s brindle coat, which is dark brown with black stripes, is both exotic and shiny, which signifies that pit bulls have a beauty to them. The way Fitch walks is determined and he always strides right next to me wherever I go, which demonstrates his loyalty and love. Finally, Fitch’s light brown eyes expresses a deep innocence and love that only special creatures can exhibit. If I was to base a creature off of Fitch, I would make one that embodies an elegant balance between ferocity, beauty, and cuteness. I can already picture what this animal will look like compared to Fitch and I look forward to it to make an appearance in my fifth volume.
I recently had an idea for my short story sub-series. In addition to writing three short stories to introduce characters who will appear in my upcoming fourth volume, I am also planning to write a short story that will revolve around the origins of the main villain of the entire series, Vogan. By creating an origin story for the main villain, everyone will gain a certain insight on how Vogan operates and why he is pursuing his goals. I already have many ideas of what to include and I look forward to working on it.
I have been working on the first chapter of the new short story and I managed to illustrate the origins of the supervillain. Also, this chapter will tie in to characters from the first and third volumes of my series. In addition, the origins of the technology that created Cyber Shadow will be revealed. I look forward to where this will lead and I will keep you updated on any further developments.
For the main character of my latest short story, I have decided that his power set as a neohuman will revolve around electromagnetism, which is the ability to control both electricity and magnetic fields. If I did not choose fire manipulation to be Patrick Donovan’s power set, I would have gone with this instead. I find this power interesting because electricity is our most common source of power and our cities are overflowing with metals that are magnetic. With that in mind, I thought it would be intriguing to see a character who could exploit both of those facts while battling evil. I can already think of many ways this power set can be applied and I intend to incorporate them into the main character of my latest short story. I am already excited to portray this power set in future writing.
Now that WonderCon is over, I am now free to continue the work on my short story prequels. Today, the editing process of my first short story has started and I have begun writing the second short story. I am particularly eager to write this new short story because the main character is a representation of what I would be as a superhero if I chose a different power set from Patrick Donovan’s fire-based abilities. Also, I have planned how this new short story will tie in volumes three and four with the other two short stories. As for the first short story, I have decided to use one of the pieces of artwork in the computer screen to serve as the cover illustration, which I will refine while editing. Hopefully, I will have both of these short stories available in time for WonderCon 2016. In many ways, I am glad that I am planning to continue my WonderCon book signings on an annual basis because it will give me a drive that will better motivate me to write story after story. I look forward to seeing how far my series will progress as time goes by.