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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Top Gear boys have had plenty of instances when they get angry and yell at each other. While in Columbia, the trio were exposed to the tropical heat, which also made their tempers hot as well. Not only did they shout and curse at each other, they also threw rocks at each other. I hear that none of this was scripted or staged because they genuinely were in a bad mood on set. As usual, the Top Gear boys did this with their unique charm. It goes to show that there is nothing more funny than watching three angry men in the jungle together.


Like all reptiles, the longer a dragon lives the larger they become. As their size increases, so does their power. Easily the largest dragon I have seen would be Shruikan from the Inheritance Cycle. Shruikan was so large that he was almost a living mountain. In the picture above, you can see that Shruikan (the black dragon) dwarfs all other dragons in the story. The small speck that is positioned between the red and blue dragons is an average sized person. Most fans speculate that Shruikan was 300 meters (984 feet) long with a wingspan twice that long. When you put that scale into perspective, Shruikan made Balerion the Black Dread (the largest of the Targaryen dragons) from Game of Thrones look like a small lizard by comparison. Even though we never got to see Shruikan truly unleashed on a battlefield, I believe such a dragon would wield enough firepower to rival a megaton nuclear warhead. Unleashing a dragon of Shruikan’s caliber on a battlefield would be a new definition of the word “overkill.” In my third fantasy book, I am thinking of including a dragon that is as large and powerful as Shruikan.


I have always liked the idea of a powerful warrior that is augmented by magic. One example includes General Glauca from Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive, who not only had immense endurance and could slay strong foes but also had armor that could repair itself. A second example would be Guts from Berserk, who became an unstoppable force when armed with both his Dragonslayer sword and Berserker Armor. A third example would be Lord Barst from the Inheritance Cycle, who was not only augmented by magic but was made impervious to it. A fourth example would be Gregor Clegane from Game of Thrones, who was augmented by Qyburn to such a degree that he needed to be incinerated in order to stay dead. Each of these characters were large and powerful warriors who could slay multiple foes with one blow. This physical prowess was enhanced even further with the help of magic, which made them nearly unstoppable. I am thinking of introducing a character of this archetype for my third fantasy book. My character will serve as the commander of a new kind of army.