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.

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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.