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FILM REVIEW: BIG HERO 6

I went to see the Disney animated film Big Hero 6 today and I must say that it exceeded my expectations.  I liked how it kind of had a anime/manga feel combined with the Marvel superhero vibe and Disney magic.  Apart from the intense science fiction and coming of age themes, I was glad that Disney included a scene in which the heroes come to understand the difference between justice and revenge, which is something every superhero has to face.  I highly recommend this film to anyone who is searching for a superhero story to is suitable for the whole family.  Now that Marvel is owned by Disney, I hope Disney has many more Marvel/Disney films like Big Hero 6 on the way.  I hope they are planning a sequel sometime soon.  In addition, stay after the credits because a special person will make an appearance that makes any Marvel film complete.

INSPIRATION TOOL: FITCH

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This is my two-year old pit bull, Fitch.  As a breed, pit bulls have such a bad reputation, but Fitch is a complete and utter sweetheart.  For a dog, he had a very expressive face and is eager to please.  Fitch has played a significant role in my writing because up until I adopted him, I have only been writing when I am completely and utterly alone, but now that Fitch is around, his presence has made the writing process a lot smoother.  I guess having company, even if it is a dog, improves your life in ways you cannot expect.

CONCEPT: STEROLINE

When I started writing my second volume, I realized the possibility that the Young Guardians could become so effective at fighting crime that the criminal underworld would become desperate for a way to even the odds against the Young Guardians.  For that, I had the criminal underworld develop an experimental performance enhancer that they call Steroline, which is a hybrid word between steroids and adrenaline.  What this drug does is temporarily increases the strength, speed, endurance, and pain resistance of an individual.  It can potentially multiply a user’s physical capabilities by ten for a span of ten to fifteen minutes.  But when used in large doses, it can cause a person to go berserk, or potentially kill a person.  When coming up with this drug, I drew inspiration from the Viking Berserkers, who were capable of entering such an intense state of rage that they would become inhumanly strong and resilient.  With that in mind, I wondered what would happen if the Young Guardians encountered individuals who attained such ferocity.  In later works, it will be revealed that Steroline will be the first piece to a larger puzzle.

ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD!!!

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I want to thank thequietfantasybookblog for nominating me for the One Lovely Blogger Award.

The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer and up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and also to help the new blogger to reach more viewers. It also recognises blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow bloggers who choose them. This award recognises bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines:

• Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
• Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
• Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
• Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog:

Seven facts/things about me:

1.) I have a two-year old pit bull who is the sweetest dog anyone could ask for.

2.) My favorite kind of food is Italian.

3.) I am an immensely devout Star Wars fan.

4.) I went to Wondercon in 2014 and once I walked through the door, I felt right at home because it had all of my favorite things all in one location.

5.) I enjoy watching Top Gear on BBC America, starring Jeremy Clarkson, James “Captain Slow” May, and Richard Hammond.

6.) My favorite holiday is Halloween because I get to dress up in super-scary costumes and frighten trick-or-treaters.

7.) The countries I want to visit before I die include Japan, Ireland, England, France, and Italy.

Here are the individuals I nominate:

1.) amoransoley.wordpress.com

2.) frncnseal585.wordpress.com

3.) carissaprovenzano.wordpress.com

4.) crazy8blogs.wordpress.com

5.) becominround.wordpress.com

6.) captjillsjourneys.wordpress.com

7.) dixieminor.wordpress.com

8.) nonchalantxfish.wordpress.com

9.) jeanreinhardt.wordpress.com

10.) timofeevbooks.wordpress.com

11.) adegrandis.wordpress.com

12.) confessionsofawordaholic.wordpress.com

13.) guapola.wordpress.com

14.) storeyonastory.wordpress.com

15.) thesciencegeek01.wordpress.com

GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION

One of my favorite genres has always been science fiction because it presents a number of potential possibilities that science can produce such as robots, aliens, virtual reality, and so forth.  When I write my series, I analyze how some of the character’s equipment, powers, and origins.  For example, with Cyber Shadow I utilized the science fiction concept of the cyborg and how that technology could potential create a supervillain.  With Tinisha Dolaira, I thought of the possibility of her race, high elves, coming from an alternate reality or parallel dimension where the laws of physics are considerably different from our own.  Also, while the Genesis Spell’s supernatural effects are apparent on the Young Guardians, I also explored how it would effect them on a cellular level, which is an idea I got from genetic engineering as well as otherworldly energies that have yet to be discovered by science.  These are just a few examples of how science fiction has influenced my work and how great of an impact it has had on my life.

WRITING UPDATE: EDITING PROGRESS AND FOURTH VOLUME 2

I have news regarding both the editing process of my upcoming third volume and the development of the fourth volume of my series.  As of yesterday, I have reached the 13th chapter of volume three, which means I am one third of the way done with the editing process.  With the rate it is going, it appears the third volume will be published on schedule.  In the fourth volume, I am still working on the third chapter, where a big battle is about to unfold that will foreshadow the powerful menace the Young Guardians will be facing.  Sadly, though, I have decided that a few of the main characters will die in the aftermath of the fourth volume.  I won’t say who, but it will have quite a profound effect on the Young Guardians.  The fourth volume will have more politics than the other volumes because of the significant changes the Young Guardians are planning for their organization.  I will keep you updated on any further developments.

MY FAVORITE SUPERHUMAN POWER: REALITY WARPING

As many of you are aware, I have been researching every known superhuman ability to put together an arsenal for all forthcoming characters of my series.  After extensive effort, I have decided on which one is my all-time favorite power: REALITY WARPING. The inner workings and definition of this power is to alter reality itself by will alone and make whatever I imagine real.  As a writer, I have a very powerful imagination and have always wanted to manifest it in more than just in the form of books.  I could create entire dimensions, new life forms, or limitless wealth.  On the other hand, this power could also be used for dark and destructive purposes such as obliterating planets, wiping a species from existence, or making a person die with a single thought.  Personally, I prefer the more positive aspects of this power because I could do some real good for the world.  The only known limitation of this ability is my imagination itself.  So, this would be the perfect power for me.