The Renaissance was a time when all of Europe underwent a series of cultural, artistic, and intellectual changes. It was when Europe transitioned from the Middle Ages to a more modern time. However, despite all of these changes, war was still a part of everyday life, especially the wars of religion between the Protestants and the Catholics. I am thinking of drawing inspiration from the Renaissance in my fantasy series. However, my world’s Renaissance will not be based on intellectual growth. Instead, it will revolve around magic coming back to the world after three hundred years. Some citizens of the Gradaian Empire will see this resurgence of magic to be a sign of the gods, others will see it as a bad omen, and the rest will be opposed to the return of magic altogether. The future conflicts will be between the last Druids and the anti-magic fanatics, which will mirror the conflict between the Protestants and the Catholics.


I have always been fascinated by Kylo Ren’s mask. While Darth Vader’s mask was both functional and symbolic, Kylo Ren’s mask was purely symbolic in nature. Kylo Ren’s mask is not just a common prop. It is a representation of his identity as a dark side practitioner. The first version of the mask in The Force Awakens represented Ben Solo’s initial turn to the dark side. When the mask was shattered in The Last Jedi, it represented Kylo Ren’s soul being shattered as a result of him killing his father. Now, in The Rise of Skywalker, the mask is being rebuilt. The mask looks like the original mask, but its numerous pieces are held together by red cracks. This symbolizes that Kylo Ren’s previously shattered dark side identity was reforged into something stronger. This transformation started when he killed Supreme Leader Snoke, which allowed Kylo Ren to complete the Rule of Two. Upon his ascension as the new Supreme Leader of the First Order, Kylo Ren’s reforged dark side identity solidifies. Those red cracks represent the fragments of his soul being held together by his dark side rage. His identity may be reforged, but the flaws of his old identity as Ben Solo are still there. Now, Kylo Ren is not as conflicted as he was when we first met him and his turn to the dark side is closer to completion.


For my space opera story, I will be introducing a cast of characters with different professions from various backgrounds. A number of their professions would be modeled after positions in a navy ship. The group will consist of two psychics, a medic, a pilot, a mechanic, a weapons expert, and a robot. Each of these characters will be in different parts of a star system at the start of the story, but the rest of the story will show how they come together. So far, I have a rough idea of how these characters will be presented, but they will be refined further as I continue to tinker with them.



Faster than light space travel has been a common concept in science fiction. However, I do not think hyperspace from Star Wars or warping from Star Trek are scientifically plausible. The reason for this is because one cannot move faster than light and even if you could it would take years to reach your destination. With this in mind, I prefer the concept of folding space, which is the idea of crafts teleporting from one section of space to another without moving. To make the concept better, reaching your destination would be instantaneous. I will therefore incorporate it into my space opera story.


I just had a messed up idea for my space opera story. At some point, one of the protagonists will confront an enemy without a face. These kinds of injuries should have killed the enemy, but they are still able to fight like a madman drunk on bloodlust. Every attempt to fend off this enemy is swatted away like an annoying fly and the surrounding environment crumbles beneath the enemy’s rage like so many dominoes. So this one-sided fight quickly becomes a relentless game of cat and mouse as the protagonist is being chased by an unnatural, faceless horror that is hell-bent on killing them and everyone who gets in their way. Imagine being chased by a serial killer who has no face. It is going to be a scene that is going to be one of the most frightening scenes I have ever written. Even I am scared just thinking about it. It will be like something from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre times ten!


I wrote three chapters in a single night! The looming shadow of a forthcoming battle is creeping closer. The relationships of various characters will be revealed. I am loving how the story is becoming more complex and the interactions with the characters are becoming deeper. Initially, I expected this project to be a simple side project, but my interest in it is growing with each word I write. As I was writing these chapters, I developed some big ideas for some of the characters. A few of the characters will perform the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good. In the chapters ahead, an army will be raised, weapons will be stockpiled, and a fleet will be assembled. A climactic battle that will decide the ultimate fate of not just a single star system but also an entire government will be fought.



For my space opera series, I am thinking of giving my main character a machete made from a very special metal. The machete will be similar in design to the picture above with the exception of a number of differences. I recently discovered that there is a special martial art in Haiti that involves using a machete in combat. This martial art is similar to fencing in the sense that it is a one-handed style that relies on elaborate footwork. I am thinking of having my main character fight in a similar fashion, but his style will be a balance between strength and speed as well as offense and defense.



I am thinking of drawing inspiration from World War 2 warships for my space opera series. The space ships in my series will share the same name as many of these real-life vessels. This will be similar to how the USS Enterprise from Star Trek shared the same name with a real-life World War 2 warship. They will even share the same model names such as dreadnoughts, frigates, and corvettes. In addition, I will be drawing inspiration from fighter planes and firearms from the World War 2 era. Like the warships, they will share the same model name as the real-life weapons. However, the ones in my space opera series will be far more technologically advanced. Normally, World War 2 is not my preferred time period, but I found a gold mine of inspiration in terms of weapons, military ranks, ships, and battle tactics.



I did some research on the space opera genre and I discovered something stunning on Amazon. Apparently, the space opera genre is surprisingly popular because there are over 30,000 stories to choose from. The picture above is but one example that is available. A few of them were released this this month in November. Since I am writing my own space opera series, this gives me hope because I clearly have a big audience waiting when I am done.