One of the superhuman abilities I have always been fascinated by is superhuman speed.  I have seen many variations of this power in several works of fiction.  Some speedsters are fast enough to catch a bullet, some can run at Mach 1, and a rare few can outrun the flow of time itself.  I often imagined what it would be like to be fast enough to be in several places at once, which would make my schedule a whole lot simpler.  However, despite the apparent benefits one can gain from moving so fast, there are a few drawbacks to this power.  First of all, when you are moving at such high speeds, your mind could have difficulty catching up.  Second, your movements could be so fast that you won’t see an incoming obstacle until you already hit it.  Third, because of your increased speed, you would be creating such intense friction with your movements that you would risk incinerating your body in the blink of an eye.  Finally, because your movements have been enhanced, your metabolism is equally amplified, which means you would have to constantly eat just to stay alive just like a shrew or hummingbird does in real life.  Still, despite the danger of the super-charged metabolism, I like the idea of being able to eat all of my favorite foods as much as I want and never gain an ounce.  In my upcoming third book, one of the new characters will have this ability as her primary power and she will have a very personal impact on one of the main characters.






Last week, I attended a Comikaze Afterparty in Hollywood that was hosted by my good friends the Winner Twins, authors of The Strand Prophecy.  I was glad that I was invited by the Twins and once I entered the event, I felt an overwhelming sense of kinship that I had not experienced since Wondercon.  There were dozens of people who were into the same things I was: science fiction, fantasy, superheroes, anime/manga, etc.  Also, there were at least three other people who had autism, so it felt great to interact with others who share my condition, which made me feel less alone.  While at the party, I talked with the other guests about everything from Star Wars, anime/manga, and how they knew the Winner Twins.  I was definitely among my people and I could have talked about those subjects all night.  Finally, I was able to talk to people who understand what the heck I am talking about.


I went to see the Disney animated film Big Hero 6 today and I must say that it exceeded my expectations.  I liked how it kind of had a anime/manga feel combined with the Marvel superhero vibe and Disney magic.  Apart from the intense science fiction and coming of age themes, I was glad that Disney included a scene in which the heroes come to understand the difference between justice and revenge, which is something every superhero has to face.  I highly recommend this film to anyone who is searching for a superhero story to is suitable for the whole family.  Now that Marvel is owned by Disney, I hope Disney has many more Marvel/Disney films like Big Hero 6 on the way.  I hope they are planning a sequel sometime soon.  In addition, stay after the credits because a special person will make an appearance that makes any Marvel film complete.



This is my two-year old pit bull, Fitch.  As a breed, pit bulls have such a bad reputation, but Fitch is a complete and utter sweetheart.  For a dog, he had a very expressive face and is eager to please.  Fitch has played a significant role in my writing because up until I adopted him, I have only been writing when I am completely and utterly alone, but now that Fitch is around, his presence has made the writing process a lot smoother.  I guess having company, even if it is a dog, improves your life in ways you cannot expect.


When I started writing my second volume, I realized the possibility that the Young Guardians could become so effective at fighting crime that the criminal underworld would become desperate for a way to even the odds against the Young Guardians.  For that, I had the criminal underworld develop an experimental performance enhancer that they call Steroline, which is a hybrid word between steroids and adrenaline.  What this drug does is temporarily increases the strength, speed, endurance, and pain resistance of an individual.  It can potentially multiply a user’s physical capabilities by ten for a span of ten to fifteen minutes.  But when used in large doses, it can cause a person to go berserk, or potentially kill a person.  When coming up with this drug, I drew inspiration from the Viking Berserkers, who were capable of entering such an intense state of rage that they would become inhumanly strong and resilient.  With that in mind, I wondered what would happen if the Young Guardians encountered individuals who attained such ferocity.  In later works, it will be revealed that Steroline will be the first piece to a larger puzzle.