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WRITING UPDATE: EDITING PROGRESS AND VOLUME FOUR

I am making steady progress editing volume three.  As of today, I am currently editing the tenth chapter and have twenty-six more chapters to go.  At the rate it’s going, I estimate that the editing process will be complete by the beginning of December.  Also, I am in the process of writing the third chapter of volume four, where the Young Guardians will engage in their first battle in the whole book.  Regarding the enemy they will be fighting, I have thoroughly planned out their abilities and how much of a fight they will give the Young Guardians.  I am already excited about writing the whole scene and the significance it will represent for the future battles the Young Guardians will fight as the book progresses.  I will keep you updated on any further developments.

CHARACTER CREATION: CYNTHIA ANDREWS

Along with Triple Ace, Cynthia was assigned to be one of the Young Guardians bodyguards before becoming an official member at the end of the second volume.  Cynthia is one of the most complex characters I ever created.  The reason for this is because she suffers from split personality disorder, giving her two distinct personalities.  One personality is perpetually happy and cheerful even in the most dire situations while the other is cold and harsh.  Each of these personalities has its own set of powers, allowing Cynthia to switch personalities, appearances, and power sets in unpredictable situations.  The cheerful personality has light-based powers and gives her the appearance of an angel while the harsh personality has shadow-based powers and gives her the appearance of a fallen angel.  These traits not only make Cynthia one of the most versatile members of the Young Guardians, but also potentially the most dangerous.  The secrets of her traumatic past will be revealed when the third volume is released.

WRITING UPDATE: PREQUELS

While I am working on the fourth volume and editing the third volume, I have also started two of my planned prequels.  One prequel will revolve around the origins of Vogan, the main villain of the whole series.  In addition to exploring Vogan’s origins, the dawn of the neohuman race will also be elaborated.  The other prequel will revolve around the origins of the female lead and last of the high elves, Tinisha Dolaira.  Also, this particular prequel will show what kind of sword and sorcery world Tinisha came from before it was destroyed and she crossed over into 21st century Earth.  I have been planning these prequels for some time and am glad that I am finally getting started on them.  I will keep you posted on any further developments.

BOOK SIGNING: WONDERCON 2015

A few days ago, I filled out an application that would allow me to have my own booth for a book signing at WonderCon next year.  I will wait and see if they will accept me and keep you all updated.  If they do accept me, if any of you are planning to go to WonderCon next year, feel free to find me.  I will inform you of any further developments.  Wish me luck!

CREATURE: DRAGONS

For as long as I can remember, dragons have always been my number one favorite mythological creature.  I have always admired their size, strength, and unrivaled majesty.  In various fantasy stories, dragons shared a number of traits, such as being able to overpower entire armies or incinerate entire kingdoms.  With such unmatchable power at their disposal, I strongly believe that dragons are living weapons of mass destruction.  I love dragons so much that I decided the main character of my series, Patrick Donovan, would have the ability to generate and manipulate dragon fire.  In addition, I also made Patrick think like a dragon with a personality that operates like a backdraft, normally calm and serene, but when properly provoked, the results are explosive like a backdraft being exposed to oxygen.  Also, a dragon makes an appearance in the second volume, but it is not like the rest of its species.  As the series progresses, Patrick will gradually become more dragon-like.

LIEBSTER AWARD 2

I was nominated by confessionsofawordaholic for a Liebster Award. The Liebster Award is where you are tagged to answer 11 questions, then tag 11 other people and ask 11 more questions! So here are my answers to their questions:

1. Why do you write?

To unleash my imagination and share it with the rest of the world.

2. What’s your favorite book at the moment and why?

Eragon because it was one of the very first stories to get me interested in the fantasy genre and allowed me to fall in love with the high elf race.  In addition, its author, Christopher Paolini was one of the authors who inspired me to begin writing in the first place.

3. How often do you read?

A few times every couple days.

4. What’s your favorite song at the moment?

One-Winged Angel from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (Orchestra Version).

5. If you could choose any literary character to relate to, who would it be?

Harry Potter because I also had humble beginnings and ended up becoming something greater.

6. Do you do any other art form (ex: paint, sing, sculpt)?

I have very basic drawing skills, but beyond that I have no other artistic forms.

7. What’s your favorite TV show?

Game of Thrones because it was a fantasy show that truly demonstrated to me how morally ambiguous characters can be.

8. What’s your favorite movie?

Young Frankenstein, which I can reenact word for word.

9. Why did you start your blog?

To help spread the word of my books, help people find them, and allow my audience to get a better understanding of me as both a person with autism and as a published author.

10. What are your goals for the next year?

I plan on getting my upcoming third volume of my series published, continue with my fourth volume, and begin a number of my planned spin-off origin short stories.  I also intend to continue working with manga artists so that I can one day convert my books into manga graphic novels.  Finally, I hope to find another opportunity to speak on behalf of autism awareness organizations with the intention of spreading the word of the potential benefits one can gain from being autistic.

11. Which do you read more with, E-reader or print books?

I think I have a healthy balance between the two.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed my answers! I nominate some of my followers and a few of the blogs that I follow regularly to answer the following 11 questions:

1.) Do you enjoy anime and manga?

2.) What is your favorite pet?

3.) What country would you want to visit the most?

4.) What would you describe as your favorite vacation experience?

5.) If you enjoy superheroes, who is your favorite one?

6.) What is your opinion of pit bulls?

7.) What kind of music do you enjoy?

8.) What makes you laugh the most?

9.) What is your favorite season of the year?

10.) How would you describe as the perfect villain?

11.) What is your favorite dessert?

I nominate the following bloggers:

jowensauthor

jbgarner58

Carole Parkes

davemstrom

Sally Ember, Ed.D.

laurie27wsmith

Joshua Harkin

abbyreview

timofeevbooks

No Wasted Ink

under daddy

RECOGNITION TAG

I received this lovely Recognition Tag from viktoryarch and I pass on the following rules regarding the tag:

The rules are simple: if you read a blogger you enjoy, tag him/ her with a recognition tag, telling them how you appreciate them.
Tag as many as you want.  Spread the love of appreciation and recognition.  I want to give my recognition to my fellow bloggers who show their impressive posts and inspirational work.

AMAZON REVIEWS: THE YOUNG GUARDIANS SERIES

I received a pleasant surprise from the manga studio instructor I am working with. He read both of my books recently and wrote the following five star review for each of them: “Fascinating story and great for graphical novel production.” I am pleased that he enjoyed my work and I look forward to seeing where this will lead. Wish me luck.

CONCEPT: SECRET IDENTITY

In the superhero genre, a vast majority of superheroes use a secret identity in order to protect their loved ones or as a way to name their alter ego.  Some superhero names are impressive while others are uninteresting, but they nevertheless play a role in the life of a superhero.  When I created the main characters of my series, I decided to avoid giving them superhero names because original names are becoming increasingly difficult to find.  Despite this, some superheroes allow their real names to become public knowledge, which is what the Young Guardians do because after an unexpectedly traumatic event, the Young Guardians found no point in having secret identities.  Instead, they go by their real names as though they are normal people, which can serve as a reminder of who and what they were before they became neohumans.