I had an interesting idea for a future superhero story. I am thinking of creating a dystopian world where the population is mostly human, but there are superhumans that fuel their powers by feeding on human flesh. The superheroes feed on criminals while the supervillains feed on whoever they choose. The idea of feeding on human flesh to fuel their powers will add some moral ambiguity in the superhumans. I will be drawing inspiration from the grim world we live in to write this story.
While watching the blacksmith at Knott’s Berry Farm, I documented him making me a horse shoe with my name on it. It was an interesting process that involved a lot of hammering and stamping. At the end of the process, he gave me helpful information that will lead me to potential blacksmithing classes.
While reading Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End, I learned the ultimate fate of Jar Jar Binks, the least popular character in Star Wars history. After persuading the Galactic Senate to bestow emergency powers to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in Attack of the Clones, Jar Jar was banished from his people AGAIN and became an outcast to all of Naboo. The reason for this is because by granting Palpatine emergency powers, Jar Jar inadvertently gave Palpatine the means to transform the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire. As a result, everyone on Naboo hated Jar Jar. To get by, Jar Jar spent the remainder of his days in disgrace as a clown and street performer in Naboo’s capital city of Theed. Adults avoided him, but he was very popular with the Naboo children and orphans who sought refuge on Naboo. It is very fitting that everyone ended up hated Jar Jar Binks both in the real world and the Star Wars world.
I went to Knott’s Berry Farm yesterday and I got to see a blacksmith at work. I could smell the smoke, feel the heat of the forge, and hear the clanging of metal on metal. This gave me a little preview of what to expect when I start my blacksmithing class. I cannot wait and I will keep you posted on any updates.
I realized that Jon Snow is not like any other king in Game of Thrones. Unlike his Targaryen and Stark ancestors, Jon Snow was not born and raised into kingship. He had to work hard from the ground up to get to where he is. Also, while all the other monarchs (like the Lannisters) rose to power through treachery, Jon Snow rose to power the honest way by winning the love and loyalty of those around him. While every other monarch was focused on their own interests and craved power, Jon Snow has no desire for power, puts everyone else before himself, sees the big picture everyone else is blind to, and has what it takes to make the tough calls no one else is willing to make. Jon Snow’s rise to power reminds me of William the Conqueror because like Jon William was a bastard and had to work hard to become the Duke of Normandy and later King of England.
I have just started watching a new anime called Tokyo Ghoul. In many ways, this anime reminds me of classic vampire and zombie stories because it includes nocturnal human-like creatures that feed on human flesh. The protagonist’s origin story also reminds me of what happens when you survive an attack from either a vampire or werewolf. I also enjoy the psychological and spiritual effect of transforming into a monster and hunt your former species. I look forward to watching more of this anime and watch the protagonist’s evolution from human to monster.
While studying my heritage, I discovered that my ancestors on my mother’s side owned Crathes Castle in Scotland. The land the castle inhabited was given to us by Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots while the castle itself was built during the reign of Mary Queen of Scots. My mother’s family were a cadet branch of the main owners of the castle, but we still had a claim to it. We no longer own the castle and it is open to the public nowadays as a museum. Still, it is comforting to know that my family is descended from Scottish nobility. Since I will be modeling the setting of the first volume of my fantasy book after Scotland, I am thinking of modeling one of the castles after my ancestral home.