DINOSAUR THEME PARK STORY

I have always been a fanatic of dinosaurs since the day I was born. As I mentioned in my previous post, there are real-life projects taking place that could potentially lead to a real-life dinosaur theme park. With this in mind, I will be paying very close attention to the progress of these projects in order to draw inspiration for my own story of a dinosaur theme park. I am thinking of making it a children’s story about a boy visiting this theme park with his grandfather while attempting to connect with his father. However, since Jurassic Park has been THE dinosaur theme park story for the 25 years, I will need to be VERY careful to not make it too similar. With this in mind, I will be keeping the story based on realism from the two real-life projects that are taking place.

In Jurassic Park, the dinosaurs were cloned by using frog DNA to fill in the gene sequence gaps or combined the DNA of various animals in order to create abominable monsters. The dinosaurs were either grown in vats or from eggs that came from who knows where. In my story idea, I will be using the concept of retro-engineering birds back into dinosaur-like creatures and the natural breeding of Ice Age animals using preserved DNA. These creatures will look nothing like the dinosaurs and megafauna that existed in the past. Instead, they will be colorful, exotic, and down-right bizarre. The “dinosaurs” will be dinosaur-like, but they will still retain traits of the modern birds they were made from. The megafauna will also be mixtures between prehistoric megafauna and their modern descendants. Overall, one could argue that these creatures will be the so-called “modern” manmade dinosaurs and megafauna.

For the moment, I still have five more projects to finish before I tackle this one, which will give me plenty of time to brainstorm ways for the story to be something new. I will keep you updated on any further developments. Wish me luck!

REAL-LIFE JURASSIC PARK

Years ago, I became aware of two distinct projects to recreate prehistoric creatures. It has been confirmed that it is not possible to find preserved dinosaur DNA in fossils, but there is PLENTY of dinosaur DNA in modern birds since they are their descendants. Over millions of years of evolution, the classical physical traits of dinosaurs were suppressed in birds. However, scientists have found a way to awaken those physical traits in bird embryos before they hatch. Once they work the bugs out of the system, they could create “modern” dinosaurs and they are starting with the chicken.

After successfully retro-engineering chicken embryos, they will look more like dinosaurs than birds. All of the inherent physical traits are in the chicken’s DNA, but they just need to be woken up. For example, they would develop long tails, hands instead of wings, teeth instead of beaks, and scales instead of feathers. Once they are done with chickens, scientists will be turning their attention to emus and ostriches. Then with a few more years of development, we would be seeing larger modern dinosaurs.

In addition to retro-engineering birds back into dinosaurs, scientists are also in the process of cloning the Ice Age megafauna such as the woolly mammoth. Compared to dinosaur DNA, megafauna DNA has been preserved in frozen specimens. They plan to use this DNA to impregnate modern elephants, which will give birth to elephant/mammoth hybrids. With enough hybrids, they would interbreed them in order to breed more pure-blooded mammoths. If luck remains on their side, scientists can find more preserved megafauna DNA and repeat this process with other animals. For example, they could clone the saber-toothed cat through lions, short-faced bears through grizzly bears, woolly rhinos through modern rhinos, and Megalania through Komodo dragons.

With all of this in mind, all of these projects have the makings of a real-life Jurassic Park. This would be a theme park I would go to. I can even envision a thirty-foot statue dedicated to Michael Crighton, who was the original visionary of bringing prehistoric life forms back to life, positioned at the front gate of the park. In addition to the Jurassic Park films and books, this park will be part of his ultimate legacy. The reason for this is because Michael Crighton ignited our imagination of what is scientifically possible.

SUPERHUMAN CATEGORIES

After much analysis and brainstorming, I believe I have thought of what superhuman powers to include in my future superhuman series. There will be ten distinct collections of powers, each with their own distinct specialization. Each category of superhumans will be given a code name to designate that specific category. However, there is an eleventh category that is potentially the mightiest category of them all, but it will be a superhuman who is one of a kind and the only member of that category.

KING REVIEW: HENRY II

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The founder of the Plantagenet Dynasty was Henry II, who was the son and heir of Matilda, who was the wife of the Holy Roman Emperor and granddaughter of William the Conqueror. After taking the English crown from his cousin Stephen, Henry started turning England into a medieval superpower such as annexing Aquitaine through his marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine. However, the Church of England was causing trouble for Henry because they operated outside his authority. To solve the problem, Henry appointed his Lord Chancellor Thomas Beckett as the new Archbishop of Canterbury.

Unfortunately, once Beckett became Archbishop, he spent seven years defying Henry’s orders and challenged his authority as king. While feasting, Henry angrily spouted to his entire court, “WHO WILL RID ME OF THIS TURBULENT PRIEST?” Even though Henry was letting off some steam, his knights interpreted his outburst as a direct order from their king. The knights them murdered Beckett in his own church. This misunderstanding turned into a case of sacrilege that turned Henry into a pariah Europe.

The Pope threatened to take Henry’s kingdom from him, which forced Henry to take drastic action. To save his crown and regain the support of his subjects, Henry did penance and was publicly lashed three hundred times by a group of monks. The tactic worked and Henry saved his kingdom from the Pope. Sadly, this was only the start of Henry’s problems.

Even though Henry regained face after doing penance, he developed issues with his family. Henry was a control freak who effectively turned his whole family against him. His firstborn son and heir, Henry the Young King, was mistreated by his father by not being given any real power or money. The Young King was given an allowance of thirty shillings a day, which is worth thousands of pounds in modern times, but it was chicken feed for the heir apparent to the English throne. To add further insult to injury, Henry II gave the castle of Chinon, which was the crown jewel of the Plantagenet Empire, to his favorite son John instead of his heir apparent.

Things got even more dysfunctional amongst the Plantagenets when Henry II sold his wife’s duchy as part of a political alliance. Not only did it alienate his wife, but it also stripped his son Richard a large chunk of his inheritance. All of these factors became the final straw for Henry’s family.

In an attempt to kick Henry II off the throne, Eleanor and her sons formed alliances with France and Scotland and instigated a rebellion in England. However, Henry II quelled the rebellion, kept his wife in captivity, and “pardoned” his sons. Even though he “pardoned” his sons, Henry II still had no intention of giving them any real power.

Nine years later, the Young King died and Henry’s surviving sons fought to become his successor. Eventually, Richard waited long enough and staged a rebellion against his father and won. After accepting Richard as his heir apparent, the dying Henry muttered, “May God spare me until I have taken vengeance on you.” Shortly afterward, Henry II died and was succeeded by Richard, who would become Richard the Lionheart.

I am thinking of including some elements of Henry II’s reign to the reign of the main character in my third fantasy book.

PLANTAGENET DYNASTY

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The Tudors may have been England’s most notorious dynasty, but the most powerful English dynasty would be the Plantagenet Dynasty. The Plantagenets ruled England for over three hundred years from Henry II in 1154 to Richard in 1485. Despite being Kings of England, the Plantagenets ruled more of France than the French did. As a family, the Plantagenets have had a well-deserved reputation for being ambitious, ruthless, and short-tempered. In the third volume of my fantasy trilogy, I will be drawing inspiration from the reigns of Henry II, John I, Edward II, and Richard II. I will be modeling certain events in the main character’s reign after events that happened during these kings’ reigns. I will even include classic Plantagenet personality traits in the rest of this emperor or empress’s family.

MY BIG WRITING DAY

Tomorrow, I am planning on dedicating the whole day on writing my second fantasy book. I don’t know how much I will get done, but I will try to get done as much as I can. Assisting me will be my beloved pit bulls, Wally and Fitch, who will be napping on the bed next to me. I will keep you updated on how this writing day will go. Wish me luck!

MY WRITING STUDIO

Every writer has a special place where they write, which serves as their personal writing studio. My writing studio is my man-cave, which is where my late grandmother lived and died in. My grandmother was one of the most important people in my life and if I decided to marry someone, I would want that someone to have my grandmother’s personality. Because my grandmother was so important and special to me, it is in the man-cave where I write at my best. I think this is because her ghost is watching over me as I write.