SECOND FANTASY BOOK (CHAPTERS 13 AND 14)

I have finished the thirteenth chapter of my second fantasy book and started the fourteenth. In these chapters, I have provided my audience with a closer look at the inner workings of the other kingdoms in the Empire. When two men fight for a crown only one of them can wear, every man in the Empire must choose a side. These chapters highlight the various loyalties of every section of the Empire such who will side with the Magnuses, who will side with the Sylvas, and who will remain neutral. It has been a complex writing process as I map out the inner workings of the political and martial aspects of the Empire. I will keep you updated on any further developments.

ERAGON FILM REMAKE

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I love the Eragon books with a complete passion. Unfortunately, I am completely disappointed in how the film adaptation was made. Fortunately, I spoke with Eragon’s author, Christopher Paolini, on GoodReads.com and he provided the name and email address of 20th Century Fox’s new CEO. Through this information, Eragon fans will express why Eragon should be remade. Mr. Paolini said that every fan’s voice counts. With this in mind, if any of you is a fan of the Eragon series and wish to see a better film adaptation, I strongly encourage you to contact the CEO of 20th Century Fox and express why Eragon deserves a remake. The CEO’s name is Stacey Snider and the email address Mr. Paolini gave me is eragon.reboot@gmail.com.

FILM REVIEW: METROPOLIS (1927)

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I watched my favorite silent movie recently, Metropolis by Fritz Lang. I liked its dystopian vibe, the early special effects and the sense of innocence one gains from watching it. It highlights the gap that separates the rich from the poor. The rich live in luxury while the poor do all of the work to keep the city running. Even though silent films are largely outdated, I would recommend this film to anyone who is seeking an enjoyable story.

A PRECARIOUS REIGN

Here is an interesting fact about Henry VII’s reign. After he was crowned, Henry summoned his first Parliament and reworked recent events to suit himself. He legally labeled Richard III a false king in order to justify his own flimsy claim to the throne. What was even more unusual about Henry VII’s first Parliament is how he dated his reign. He dated his reign to the day before he defeated Richard III on the Battle of Bosworth Field. You may ask what is the significance of a single day. By dating his reign to the day before he defeated Richard III, Henry was effectively accusing EVERYONE who sided with Richard III of treason! This gave Henry the legal right to attaint Richard’s surviving loyalists any time he wanted. To be attainted is to have all of your lands, titles, and wealth stripped away. This frightened many Yorkists into submission and begrudgingly accepted Henry as their new king. I am thinking of doing something similar with my fantasy series.

BIG FISH

For centuries, humanity has told tales and legends of sea monsters, great leviathans that filled men with both fear and awe. I am already thinking of including some frightening sea monsters in my second fantasy book, but I am thinking of expanding the marine ecosystem of Gradaia. For instance, I am considering including sturgeons and gar that are the size of whales. Both the sturgeons and the gar are living fossils who lived long before the dinosaurs and yet they are facing extinction due to human interference. I thinking including these mighty survivors in my series will give them a small sendoff that they deserve.

DINOSAUR-LIKE ANIMALS

I decided that in addition to the war that will decide the fate of the Empire of Gradaia, I will be exploring Gradaia’s wildlife as well while writing my second fantasy book. For instance, I am thinking of creating a theropod dinosaur that has a combination of features from other theropods. For example, I could give this creature Carnotaurus’s body, size, and hide, Velociraptor’s arms and hands, Tyrannosaurus’s head, Ceratosaurus’s horns, Carcharodontosaurus’s teeth, and the feathers of various other theropods. I can imagine these beasts terrorizing villages and eating human and livestock alike. At times, I can see them scavenging corpses on a battlefield.

With herbivores, I am thinking of combining features of other plant-eating dinosaurs. For example, I could give it Triceratops’s face only without the horns, Iguanadon’s size and front legs, and a Hadrosaur’s body. I can picture these beasts roaming in herds through the fields and plains of Gradaia, grazing on trees and grass. I can also picture them being hunted by humans and predators alike.

With pterosaurs, I am thinking of combining the size and head of Pteranodon, the tail of Rhamphorhynchus, and the large head crest of Tapejara. I can see these creatures as either large sea birds or oversized vultures that feast on carcasses.

Overall, this will give me a chance to shake off some of the cobwebs on my knowledge of dinosaurs.

POSSIBLE NEW BOOK IDEA

I thought of another book to work on in the future. I have noticed that many of the major fantasy book series include a book that elaborates the history and lore of their respective fantasy worlds. With this in mind, I am thinking of writing a book that explains all of the history and lore of the fantasy world in the Magnus Dynasty Saga. Everything from the fall of Homantis to the rise of the Sylva Dynasty will be elaborated. I am even thinking of hiring a neighbor of mine who is an artist to create illustrations for the project. Once I am done with my Magnus Dynasty Saga, I will keep you updated as soon as I get started.