CONCEPT: ART PLANET

In my sequel series, the female lead will come from a planet that has a society that revolves around art. Imagine a world that houses every creative work that ever existed ranging from books, paintings, statues, films, music, gardens, and so forth. If you have an idea you wish to share, this is the place to do it. One might say that this planet will be one of the most culturally rich worlds in the interstellar government’s territory. Because of her upbringing from such a planet, the female lead will have the personality of an artist, always on the lookout for inspiration during her adventurers with her teammates. This would be a planet I would want to live in because I would thrive as an artist.

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INSPIRATION: FASCIST GOVERNMENTS

In my sequel series, a war will break out between the main interstellar government and a growing rival faction. For the rival faction, I plan to draw inspiration for its creation from fascist governments and radical groups. Essentially, I intend to base this rival faction on the evils that have plagued human civilization both in the past and in the present. To add to the sinister nature of this rival faction, I plan to make its dictators the supervillains who represent the Seven Deadly Sins. Just thinking about what this faction will do to enforce their rule especially with the advanced technology they will use sends me chills down my spine. Also, this faction will serve as a polar opposite and foil to the main interstellar government. The reason for this is because the main government will represent freedom and democracy while the rival faction will represent fear and oppression. This interplanetary war will be a good old fashioned battle between good and evil. For philosophical reasons, I cannot wait to write it!

FUTURE READING: DUNE

When my finals are over and summer begins, I intend to start reading one of the most classic science fiction books of all time: Dune. The reason for this is because I am a huge science fiction fanatic and since this book is a classic I am thinking of adding it to my collection. I watched the film adaptation from the 1980s, but I would like to see how the original story compares. I look forward to receiving a closer look at the inner workings of the Dune world and I will give my review soon.

WRITING UPDATE: NEW CHARACTERS

As my sequel series continues to progress, I have come up with a lot of interesting characters. A lot of them originate from stories that I initially discarded, but now I have decided to reimagine them and use them for future works. One character in particular will be a villain who possesses the skills of a military commander and the mindset of a serial killer. A hero who will appear later on will be something of a mad scientist and will have an unexpected connection with the main characters. Overall, the sequel series is progressing and evolving at a satisfactory pace and I look forward to the finished product. I am so in love with writing books, short stories, and graphic novels that I will continue to write until the day I die.

CHARACTER CREATION: KELLY VAUGHN

In one of my short stories, I developed one of my most intriguing characters: Kelly Vaughn. She is unique because she is an individual who is deeply religious and very spiritual, but at the same time she is emotionally vulnerable. After a family tragedy, Kelly is in a state of depression and when she receives her powers she became willing to pay any price to undo that tragedy. Her attempt to amend her loss had dire consequences that forces her to take matters into her own hands and redeem herself. The power set she possesses involves a natural affinity for magic and the occult, but the mystical knowledge in her mind is vast and disorganized so she can only cast spells at the spur of the moment through improvisation. Kelly essentially personifies a character who commits a crime against nature and seeks redemption after they realize the grimness of their mistake. If you wish to learn her story, click here.

WRITING UPDATE: SEQUEL SERIES THEME

After spending days imagining and planning the groundwork of my sequel series, I have decided what the general plot of the series will be. The interstellar government it will take place in will be on the brink of war due to political and social tensions. Therefore, the main characters will be tasked with a mission to disrupt the war effort of the opposing faction. This will give the story somewhat of a political thrill and give the reader a deeper look into the inner workings of the interstellar government. This plot is derived from other story ideas I had that I decided to discard so it feels good to find a way to use them.

CHARACTER REVIEW: KNIGHTS OF REN (STAR WARS)

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In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we are introduced to a new organization of dark side practitioners known as the Knights of Ren. From what I can tell, they have replaced the Sith as the dominant dark side practitioners in the Star Wars galaxy. So far, all we have seen of the Knights of Ren are Supreme Leader Snoke, Kylo Ren, and the shadowy individuals we saw in Rey’s vision. Other than that, we know extremely little about them and all we can do is speculate until we get answers in future films.

Based on what I can see, the Knights of Ren resemble the Sith, but they are drastically different. For example, Kylo Ren and the shadowy figures in Rey’s vision possessed a ragged appearance as though they are trying to decide what their organization’s attire should be. Also, even though Kylo Ren was powerful with Force techniques, it looked as though he only possessed basic dark side knowledge. With this in mind, the Knights of Ren may be trying to discover the inner workings of the dark side of the Force, but only have a partial knowledge. Kylo Ren’s lightsaber was poorly made and unstable while the shadowy figures in Rey’s vision did not seem to possess lightsabers. This could be that they may have limited knowledge of lightsaber combat and construction. In the novelization of The Force Awakens, Supreme Leader Snoke encouraged Kylo Ren to utilize both the light and dark side rather than just the dark side, which could have played a role in Kylo Ren’s psychological instability. Due to these factors, the Knights of Ren are not as refined or powerful as their Sith predecessors.

I believe the Sith started in a similar fashion in that they tried to discover their identities as dark side practitioners and eventually perfected themselves into the evil we know and fear. If the Knights of Ren refine their attempt to use the light and dark side at the same time, then they might be a force to be reckoned with. Due to this, I think that once the Knights of Ren have perfected themselves as dark side practitioners, then they would be at the same level as the Sith or worse. I look forward to finding out more about them as the sequel trilogy unfolds.