In the sample from The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell I posted earlier today, you could see them being struck by an otherworldly being outside of a movie theatre. The following image is the location in which this event occurs in the book. The reason why I chose this place to be the sight in which the Young Guardians acquired their powers was because it is a place of great sentimental significance to me and my best friends. Every year on my birthday, we would gather at this movie theatre and see the latest superhero film. Between middle school and high school, we would discuss all of the possibilities of what our lives would be like if we became superheroes. By my junior year in high school after we viewed yet another superhero film on my birthday, I imagined us experiencing something that would transform us into the heroes we dreamed to be as we walked out of the theatre. That was when the idea for my series first began.
Here is a sample from my first volume, The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell. This is the scene that changes the Young Guardians’ lives forever:
“The mysterious object hit the ground in front of them. As the object hit the ground, shock waves of white energy shot in every direction. The shock waves hit Patrick and his friends over and over again, sending them flying in every direction.
Joshua flew at a tree, smashing it in two, and slammed through a window of a Corner Bakery Cafe. Derek landed in the fountain outside the theater with a loud splash. Gregory crashed into one of the theater pillars, landing on his back. Patrick flew straight up, falling back to the ground with a thud, belly up.
Patrick slowly raised his head. He looked in front of him. There was a large crater, with white flames surrounding its rim. Even though the heat was immense, Patrick tried to pull himself toward the crater, to see what the object was. He winced, his insides and eyes were urning and his legs were numb, as he crawled towards the crater. He peered over the rim, and looked inside. There was a young girl who appeared to be his age, more beautiful than any he had ever seen, lying in the crater.
She wore a torn gray skirt, what remained of a gray tunic, a large silver shoulder pad strapped onto her left shoulder, and she firmly held a long curved silver sword in her right hand. Patrick could not see the girl’s face in the blinding light. She wore no shoes or boots, which revealed her long slender legs and small feet. Her arms were as long and slender as her legs. Her hands were small and frail-looking. Her abdominal area, which was muscular and had a small belly button, was also revealed. As far as Patrick could see, the girl was gorgeous.
“Aut mett,” the girl whispered.
Then Patrick’s world went black.”
For the longest time, I have been fascinated with the idea of artificial intelligence, a man-made consciousness that has a mind of its own and can think on a similar level to a human being. While this consciousness is undeniably intelligent and can think, I wondered if it has memories, emotions, and desires of its own like any sentient being. If this is the case, does an artificial intelligence have a soul? Human beings, plants, and animals undeniably have souls, but whether or not a construct that was made by mortal hands has a soul is still an ongoing mystery. Some of my characters in my upcoming third volume will be an example of this age-old puzzle.
I have an update on the preparations that are being made for my book signing at WonderCon this year. Today, I got the final layout of the posters that will be hung in my booth and have placed an order to add the final touches. Tomorrow, I will place the order to have T-shirts made so that my many volunteers will wear them at the convention. I still have much more to do before everything is ready for WonderCon, but I am so far satisfied with what has been done. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
In the science fiction genre, there are a wide variety of mechanical beings: robots, androids, and cyborgs. The robot is conspicuously a machine, the android is human in appearance but is one hundred percent synthetic, and the cyborg is either an organic being with mechanical parts or a machine with organic parts. The one that I am intrigued with are androids because they are realistic imitations of a living being. Androids will play a significant role in my upcoming third volume because three new characters will revolve around the concept of the android, each having abilities that focus on either brain, brawn, or speed. If the human body is capable of these aspects, imagine how much further an android could push these abilities. Similar to Cyber Shadow, their physical conditioning will be considerably different than that of an organic being. I won’t reveal the full details of these characters or their backstory until the third volume is released, but what I can tell you is that one of them will have a very personal impact on one of the main characters.
As I delve deeper and deeper into my various projects, I have come to realize that I am entering new territory by starting my short story sub-series. I have always been accustomed to create complex characters and elaborate plots, but have never had to create a story that has a compressed storyline. Until this moment, I have never written a short story before so this will be a good new experience for me in my writing career and something to add to my writing arsenal. I look forward to seeing the results of this experiment and which direction my writing will take afterwards.