THE LARGEST FLYING ANIMAL

The largest animal to ever fly was the pterosaur known as Quetzacoatlus, which had a forty foot wingspan and was as tall as a giraffe when it walked on all fours. If it still lived, I can imagine some people would mistake this animal for a dragon. As you can see in the picture above, Quetzacoatlus could kill a grown man with a single peck of its long beak. On the other hand, this pterosaur could also snatch a grown man off the ground like a hawk snatching a field mouse. I am thinking of featuring a creature that is as big as Quetzacoatlus in my dinosaur series.

DINOSAUR OVERVIEW: TARBOSAURUS

Everyone knows Tyrannosaurus Rex, but some people do not know that Tyrannosaurus Rex had a cousin in Asia: Tarbosaurus. Tyrannosaurs Rex and Tarbosaurus were so similar in size and appearance that paleontologists initially thought they were the same animal. It was only thanks to subtle differences in their skull structures that they could tell these animals apart. Just as Tyrannosaurus Rex ruled North America, Tarbosaurus ruled Asia. It was the apex predator of Cretaceous Mongolia. Because of its relation to Tyrannosaurus Rex, some scientists theorized that a few Tarbosaurus migrated a land bridge that connected North America and Asia. Over time, those Tarbosaurus evolved into Tyrannosaurus Rex. Tarbosaurus will make an appearance in my dinosaur series as a genetic donor in the creation of my fictional dinosaurs.

DINOSAUR OVERVIEW: SAUROPHAGANAX

Even though no real life dinosaurs will appear in my dinosaur series, real life dinosaurs will nevertheless be used in the creation of my fictional dinosaur species. One such example is Saurophaganax, Allosaurus’s bigger and badder cousin. Allosaurus may have been one of the most common predators in the Jurassic Period, but Saurophaganax was larger, more powerful, and more aggressive. Saurophaganax was the T. Rex of its day and the true king of the Jurassic. Because of these superior features, Saurophaganax not only could take down formidable prey, but it could steal kills from smaller predators such as Allosaurus. Since Allosaurus has been featured multiple times in dinosaur media, I decided to give Saurophaganax a chance by making it a donor in the creation of a new kind of carnivore.

A SUPER CROCODILE

Dinosaurs were not the only giants of their day. There were colossal crocodiles that were large enough to eat dinosaurs for breakfast. Among these giants were Deinosuchus, Kaprosuchus, and Sarcosuchus. All three of these large crocodilians were the terrors of the prehistoric lakes and rivers. Even Tyrannosaurus Rex feared these crocodiles. I am thinking of including a reverse engineered species of giant crocodile that is of the same caliber as these prehistoric behemoths. Unlike the dinosaurs in the experiment, this crocodile will have been bred behind the research team’s back. Because of this, these crocs will become an unexpected and terrifying surprise for the survivors as they try to escape their manmade ecosystem.

A DINOSAUR TRAP

I just had a messed up idea regarding my dinosaur book. It involves some of the more intelligent dinosaurs setting a gruesome trap for their human quarry. I often wonder what would happen if dinosaurs were capable of setting traps. What kind of traps would they set? The trap in question will be bloody and psychological in nature. I have taken inspiration from traps set by guerrilla fighters. I will not say if the humans will take the bait or not, but it will be a scene full of traumatic, psychological strain.

MY POLITICAL HALLOWEEN

Since this is a politically charged year, I decided to wear a Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta for Halloween. In both the film and graphic novel, the Guy Fawkes mask has been used to symbolize the fall of a totalitarian regime. With the 2020 election around the corner, the possibility exists that Trump’s atrocious four year long reign of terror, incompetence, and corruption is almost over. Therefore, I will wear this mask both on Halloween and on the day of the election.

MY FIRST COVID-19 TEST

This week, I underwent my very first Coronavirus test. I expected it to be uncomfortable as the swab was shoved up my nose. However, instead of being painful, it actually tickled. I have a sensitive nose when it comes to small physical contact like with the swab. I went through a sneezing fit that lasted for minutes. I eventually collected a sample with the swab and gave it to the doctor. This morning, I got the results and I am negative for the virus. I am relieved because I don’t want to infect anyone at my sister’s wedding. I also am glad that I am not at risk of dying from the virus or being physically ruined from the after effects. As long as tests remain available, I will continually test myself until a vaccine is made and the pandemic is over.

HOUSE TARGARYEN: THE DOOMED GENERATION

Out of all the generations of House Targaryen, the one I find most intriguing would be the generation that lived before and during the Dance of the Dragons. Before the Dance of the Dragons, this generation represented House Targaryen at the height of its power over the Seven Kingdoms. Not only were there plenty of heirs that would secure the dynasty, but there were over twenty dragons, which were the most dragons seen since the glory days of Valyria. Sadly, despite the power they represented, this generation had one fatal weakness: they despised one another with a passion. This hatred started when King Viserys I remarried to Alicent Hightower, who produced several legitimate male heirs. These heirs undermined Princess Rhaenyra’s claim to the Iron Throne since she was named the designated heir apparent by her father, which was a decision he stood by until the day he died. Unfortunately, Alicent and her children failed to honor their patriarch’s dying wish and usurped the throne for themselves. This led to the bloodiest and most devastating Westerosi civil war in history: the Dance of the Dragons. Throughout the war, this generation of Targaryens gradually killed each other and their dragons until there were only two Targaryens and two dragons left. Shortly after the war, the last dragons eventually died out completely. This marked the start of the long term decline of House Targaryen. This generation had so much potential and they squandered it because they despised and coveted one another. I often think about what could have happened if this generation of Targaryens were not so dysfunctional. If they didn’t kill each other, would they still have their dragons and the Iron Throne? So many questions that will never be answered. All I can do is imagine and brainstorm this scenario.

WEDDING GIVEAWAY

I have wonderful news! In the near future, my sister will be getting married and I have been chosen to officiate the ceremony. To celebrate this glorious occasion, I will be having a very rare giveaway where five of my books will be FREE on Amazon Kindle. These books include Numen the Slayer, The War of the Gilded Beasts, Cosmic Genten, Karmathaur, and Herawulf Rising: Origins. This giveaway will last five days.