Only two more months remain until WonderCon and I have done a lot of preparations so far. I have completed the basic layout of the complimentary fliers and bookmarks I will be handing out throughout the weekend. In addition, I have done the groundwork for the posters and banner I will be hanging at the back of my booth. After completing the overview of these items, I have researched various locations in which I could mass-produce them after my godmother refines them. I also acquired other vital paperwork that the people in charge of the convention requested. For the moment, I am waiting for a local school to produce the character concept art that will be put on display at my book signing and am eager to finally see my beloved characters with my own eyes. Overall, it has been a very busy and productive month and I look forward to all of the developments that will follow.
One of the genres that had the most significant impact on me was fantasy. Particularly, the section of fantasy that I have been interested in the most was sword and sorcery, such as The Lord of the Rings, Eragon, and Game of Thrones. These stories were always full of strange and majestic creatures I was instantly drawn to, such as dragons, elves, and dwarves. My interest in these creatures was such that I found a way for them to make an appearance in my series. Elves, in particular, captured my attention to the degree in which I made the female lead of my series an elf. Another concept that I had always considered was what if a sword and sorcery world did exist, but as an alternate reality or parallel dimension with its own unique laws of physics. With that in mind, I wondered what would happen if a wormhole between that dimension and 21st Century Earth was created and some of the inhabitants of that mystical world crossed over in our world. This concept is how Tinisha entered 21st Century Earth and met the Young Guardians. Moreover, I wondered what would happen if that wormhole increased in size to the point in which a dead sword and sorcery world threatened to collide with the modern world. This possibility occurs in the second volume of my series. Overall, fantasy has influenced my writing in many ways to the point in which I combined it with the science fiction and superhero genres.
The Blue Hammer is the Young Guardians’ form of transportation that they acquired in the second volume. It is equipped with heavily fortified armor plating, a pair of miniguns that fire laser rounds, and it has hidden compartments that house various other weapons the Young Guardians could use in the field, such as a bazooka that could fire extremely destructive missiles. In appearance, I modeled the Blue Hammer after a Hummer Limousine because it would be big enough for the entire Young Guardians team to ride and accommodate all its modifications. However, the Young Guardians lose this vehicle due to unknown circumstances. Fortunately, a new version of the Blue Hammer will appear in the upcoming third volume. Unlike the first Blue Hammer, the new Blue Hammer will be modeled after a South African military vehicle called the Marauder and it will have even more radical modifications that its predecessor never had.
After looking through the photographs I took in Kauai, I noticed this picture of a waterfall I took after hiking into the jungle. Upon examining the luster of sunlight reflecting off the cascading water, I thought about the futuristic world that will appear both at the epilogue and my sequel series. If the future will possess this level of beauty and perfection, what kind of utopia would the Young Guardians live in several centuries from now? The beauty of this force of nature and the possibilities that could happen in the years to come has given me much to think about.
An ability that I have often seen in various works of science fiction is the ability to manipulate energy. With this power, the user would be able to control, absorb, or transform all forms of energy. Sometimes a user would use this power to fire beams of energy that could obliterate its target or create shapes and constructs out of the energy in question. Other times, they could utilize energy to augment their physical capabilities such as strength, sped, or durability. Also, there are some cases in which an individual is made of living energy instead of flesh, blood, or bone. I believe that anyone who wields this ability would have the potential to manipulate forms of energy that have yet to be discovered by science. In the first short story of the spin-off I am working on will revolve around a character who acquires this power in the immediate aftermath of volume three. The catalysts in which they receive this gift will be both traumatic and awe-inspiring.
With the third volume undergoing publication and WonderCon around the corner, I have decided to make a slight alteration of my originally planned writing schedule. In the fourth volume, five new characters will appear and they will play significant roles in the forthcoming battle. To get everyone ready for volume four and give them a proper introduction to these characters, I have decided to take a break from volume four and focus on the first of my spin-off volumes, which will revolve on the origins and backstories of these five new characters. Apart from portraying the characters’ origins and powers, this series of short stories will demonstrate how they were affected by the immediate aftermath of the events in volume three. I have begun this spin-off with the first character whose powers will revolve around both energy and quantum physics. After writing the first few pages, I am instantly hooked into writing this new project. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
I based Cyber Shadow on several bullies who tormented me throughout middle and high school to give myself an emotional release and find a healthy way to get revenge. Before he takes on the name Cyber Shadow, the character’s name was Brick Baxter, who is a psychopathic sadist who routinely targeted the main character, Patrick Donovan. However, a couple days after Patrick gained his powers from the Genesis Spell, Brick attacked Patrick and Patrick accidentally used his powers to burn Brick alive. Shortly afterwards, Brick’s remains were salvaged and he was turned into a cyborg called Cyber Shadow.
Because of the potential glitches and defects that could come from being a cyborg, I thought of an ideal way for Brick to be a formidable supervillain and completely miserable at the same time. To begin with, the technology that is keeping Brick’s organic components alive is highly experimental and inadvertently exacerbates Brick’s already insane, sadistic urges. Most of his senses are either diluted or gone, leaving him with only sight and hearing, which are still somewhat diminished. His metal limbs are extremely heavy and difficult to move, which causes serious strain to his traumatized brain. His robotic head is a poor fit for his brain, which causes him endless headaches. And his synthetic organs cause him a constant state of nausea, but he cannot vomit because he has no esophagus or mouth. Overall, Cyber Shadow’s existence as a cyborg is living damnation. Still, despite the limitless misery he suffers, I made sure that Cyber Shadow was equipped with advanced weaponry to go along with his insatiable bloodlust and hunger for vengeance. Currently, Cyber Shadow’s ultimate fate is a mystery, but a hint will be revealed in the upcoming third volume.