CONCEPT: CULTURE

For the longest time, I have been fascinated by the beautiful aspects of human culture. I have indulged in many of these attributes ranging from books, museums, plays, films, music, elegantly crafted food, and art. In each of these practices, I have witnessed the positive side of the human soul and strongly believe that this side with worth preserving. Whenever I watched a play, listened to music, or tasted classic food, I could feel a powerfully warm sensation pierce my heart to its core. As this sensation envelopes me, I can feel a certain lightness in my spirit as though I could fly. At the same time, I fear what would happen if human civilization was suddenly wiped out and all of this beautiful culture disappeared forever. If I was to save the world from destruction, one of the main things I would do would be to preserve our artistic legacy so that all of this soul and elegance wouldn’t be lost to oblivion. My next short story will demonstrate what role all of this culture will play in Vogan’s master plan and the outcome of volume five. Not only will this new short story be the origin story of the main villain of my series, but it will illustrate how the positive aspects of human culture had influenced Vogan and his plan. Even though he is the main villain, there are some parts to him that will surprise you.

WRITING UPDATE: SECOND SHORT STORY COMPLETE!!!

I have big news! I have just finished writing my second short story! After going over the plot, I am pleased at how this new short story connects the dots between the other short stories and the main series. Now, I shall begin the next short story and continue to expand my own superhero universe. I am looking forward to sharing it with you and I will keep you updated.

WRITING UPDATE: FINAL CHAPTER (THIRD SHORT STORY)!!!

I am almost done with my second short story and have reached the final chapter. In this chapter, a game-changing event occurs that sets the stage for the fourth volume of my series. It will be an event that will grant the Young Guardians the numbers they will need for their final battle in volume five. Also, the supervillain of this short story leaves behind a cryptic warning about the reasons behind the aftermath of volume three. According to him, the reason why or how neohuman activity is explosively increasing is worse than anyone can ever imagine. This is indeed the case as the fifth volume will reveal in the near future.

CONCEPT: DARK MAGIC

One of the most evil forces in fantasy has always been dark magic. Dark magic has been the weapon of choice of countless shadow creatures ranging from sorcerers, dark elves, vampires, and so on. This sinister form of magic could be utilized to inflict unimaginable pain, transform beings into abominations, or even raise the dead. Overall, this unnatural practice can create things that only exist in your most terrible nightmares and must never see the light of day. In my third short story, the supervillain will wield this malevolent power. I am getting goosebumps simply thinking of the horrors they will attempt to unleash in the third short story.

INSPIRATION: TINISHA’S SWORD

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When I was imagining what Tinisha’s sword would look like, I had taken inspiration from single-edged Asian swords such as this Mongul sword. I have seen in many documentaries that single-edged Asian swords such as the Japanese katana possess enough cutting power to cut through at least three thick pieces of bamboo with a single strike. Taking this fact into consideration, I thought Tinisha’s elf sword should possess the lightness, speed, and precision that Asian swords have demonstrated in the past. If you combine these factors with Tinisha’s superhuman speed, strength, and reflexes, then you would have a terrifying warrior to behold.

THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE

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I visited the Franklin Institute today and it has proven to be an experience that has left me thinking. At this statue of Benjamin Franklin, it is stated that Benjamin Franklin regretted being born too early because he wanted to be in a time when America has evolved long after it was founded. In a way, I can relate to this statement because I often wonder how the world will evolve long after my time. What technology will be developed? How will society change over time? How will we change as a species? These after questions that have heavily influenced the creation of my upcoming sequel trilogy of my series.

CONCEPT: NEOHUMAN PSYCHOLOGY

As my series progresses, one of the many themes it will be exploring will be the psychology of the race known as neohumans. As explained by some of my previous posts, neohumans are people with superhuman abilities and are immortal in the sense that they do not physically age and they cannot get sick. Since they are immortal, neohumans are permanently in the prime of their youth and at their physical peak. However, what interests me is how their immortality and powers would affect their psychology as they mentally age. The main characters of my series, the Young Guardians, only possessed their powers for over three years and are only in their late teens. They have only scratched the surface of their mental transformation and they have already greatly changed as characters over the course of the series. On the other hand, the main villain of the series, Vogan, is well over 30,000 years old and being the most powerful neohuman ever to exist had changed him into a cold and analytical individual with a god complex and little to no sense of empathy. For the moment, it is unknown if the Young Guardians will become callous individuals as they get older or if something else will happen to them, but there will be a considerable surprise at the end of the fifth volume of the series.

CONCEPT: WRITING STYLE

Every writer has their own unique writing style in order to portray their story to their readers. Some focus on the emotions of their characters, others illustrate the scenery of their setting, and others elaborate on the sounds that can be heard on every corner. Over the years, my writing style has been largely self-taught and later refined by my mentor, Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg. At first, my writing style focuses on details surrounding the emotions, scenery, and sounds in order to give my readers a vivid picture of what is happening in my story. Also, I discovered how to structure paragraphs and dialogue all on my own. Later, after learning from Dr. Meinberg throughout high school, my writing style evolved to the point in which I could describe what needed to be described without using too many sentences. Most recently, as a result of my screenwriting class, I also learned some elements that I could incorporate into my writing. Even as we speak, my writing style is still growing and evolving. I believe every writer’s writing style never stops adapting.