DRAGONS IN HUMAN FORM

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I am toying with the idea of having dragons take human form in my fantasy book. There have been cases in which dragons do this such as World of Warcraft and Dragonlance. When I think of a dragon in human form, I envision them being similar to high elves in that they are tall and inhumanly beautiful. However, they would be covered in soot and smell like ash. I will tinker with this further as I continue writing.

DRAGON RIDERS

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One of the most common themes in fantasy is the concept of dragon riders. Authors who have included dragon riders in their works include Christopher Paolini, Cornelia Funke, George R. R. Martin, David Burrows, Anne and Todd McCaffrey. The list is VERY long. Each of these authors have depicted their own unique interpretations of dragon riders. Some dragon riders domesticated and trained dragons while others form telepathic and empathic bonds with dragons. Some dragon riders become keepers of the peace while others become unstoppable conquerors.

Personally, I find the idea of telepathically and emotionally bonding with a dragon to be the more fascinating concept. The reason for this is because dragons as a species are overflowing with pure emotions and vast memories. Once you bond with a dragon, your emotions are augmented to primal levels. Your rage, hunger, willpower, and other emotions become a potent mixture between human and beast. With memories, bonding with a dragon would grant you access to visions of both creation and destruction. The psychological and spiritual impact of bonding with such a powerful and ancient animal is immense.

As for either peacekeepers or conquerors, I think using dragons for peacekeeping is too idealistic and unrealistic for my tastes. Realistically, due to the inevitable greed and ambition of human nature, dragons would be used as weapons of war. Why bother marching an army against invaders when you can summon a dragon to burn them to ashes? Why participate in a siege when you can send a dragon to burn the castle? The possibilities of using dragons for warfare are limitless. Even a war elephant cannot compare. Only magic or other giant war beasts have any hope of fending off a dragon.

Because I am a devout fan of dragons and love the idea of bonding with them, I am thinking of including dragon riders in my fantasy book, but they will have my own unique flare (pun intended) to them. I will also be exploring the psychological and spiritual effects of bonding with a dragon as well as the long term price that comes with it.

AN AUTISTIC CHILD GOT ARRESTED!

I saw on the news that a 10 year old autistic boy was arrested for kicking his teacher. As an autism ambassador, I am completely appalled by how the so-called police handled the situation. I was in that kid’s situation when I was his age. Back then I had little to no control over my emotions and impulses and there have been people who were cruel to me as a result. Rather than accommodate the child to calm him down they outright arrest him like a common criminal. I am officially losing all faith in our society. We have become brutal and sadistic to the point in which we traumatize autistic children over petty little things. I hope this video finally motivates the people to do something to change the way schools and the police handle situations like this.

MY TORTOISE AWAKES!

In addition to owning two pit bulls, I also own a desert tortoise named Speed. He just woke up from hibernation, had a turtle spa treatment, and had a hefty breakfast. One could argue that he is a labrador retriever in a turtle’s body because whenever anyone is near, he just walks right up to them begging for affection. Like my pit bulls, I also draw inspiration from Speed. Since my fantasy book features reptilian monsters, I am thinking of studying Speed’s mannerisms and the texture of his scales and incorporate them into my book.

HUNTING IN THE WOODS

Due to my love for animals, I have no interest in hunting them for food. While I am eager to gain authentic inspiration for many aspects of medieval life, I will just use my imagination for this part. I watched some videos about hunting and I came across this video, which shows how to hunt, clean, and cook rabbits in the woods. Since there will be scenes that depict hunting medieval style in my fantasy book, I am thinking of drawing inspiration from this video for certain scenes. I am thinking of basing these hunting scenes on the small adventures of a hunter who is a companion of the main character who hunts game from time to time. Apparently, the people in this video say that well done rabbit without any seasoning tastes like roasted chicken. I will keep that in mind in my writing.

WRITING UPDATE: FIRST BATTLE CHANGE

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At first, I wanted the first major battle of my fantasy book to be an open battle that is based on the Battle of Pilleth. Now, however, I am thinking of changing it to a siege battle. The reason for this is because a siege is much more suspenseful because the castle defenders do not know if they will survive or not. I will therefore research significant siege battles in medieval history to gain inspiration for the battle.

MY WRITING RESEARCH SO FAR

One could argue that the inspiration I get from my current fantasy book is a bit extreme. In order to gain as much authentic inspiration and information as possible, I have been listening to medieval documentaries, tasting exotic food from the period, and participating in medieval reenactments. This summer, I intend to take my research even further by taking blacksmithing, archery, fencing, and horsemanship classes. One could argue that I will be risking life and limb to gain the inspiration I need for my fantasy book because some of these activities are potentially dangerous. Still, I will be able to get the right feel and sensation of performing these tasks and incorporate them into my fantasy book. I have never put this much effort in writing a book in my life!