SIXTH ILLUSTRATION (FIRST DRAFT)

A few days ago, I received the first draft of the sixth illustration for my dinosaur book. It features an animal that is not only the smallest predator in the story, but also the smallest species of dinosaur in the entire series. This creature is also the first species of reverse engineered dinosaur to be created in my story’s universe. I am amazed at my illustrator’s ability to flawlessly give my imagination physical form. So far, I would say that my collaboration with my illustrator has been a perfect match for me. I look forward to seeing the rest of my illustrations when our collaboration is over.

A FITTING THEME SONG

Like many writers, I often dream of the possibility of my books one day being adapted into films. Even if it is a remote possibility, I try to keep that dream alive. If that dream ever does come true, I think I have an idea of what the theme song for my dinosaur books would be. I remember the ominous tribal drums from Jumanji, which always sent a shiver down my spine whenever I heard them. I would want that same sense of tropical horror for my dinosaur books if they became a film. Imagine giant dinosaurs moving through the jungle with ominous drums echoing through the darkness.

WHAT IS E750? (PART 6)

“Where have you been?”

“Change of plans. Mission took a jog to the left. I’m taking everything off-site.”

“The embryos are safe here. They can live up to eight weeks on the generators.”

“No, no. You — You listen. Park’s gonna be Chapter 11 by morning. Okay? Our little side project’s about to get shot in the arm. I don’t want a bunch of lawyers messing around with something they don’t understand. You get it?”

[Silence]

“Hey. I’m gonna take that as a yes.”

Dr. Henry Wu and Vic Hoskins, Jurassic World

Upon closer examination, I realized that the mysterious hybrid dinosaur known as E750 was indirectly mentioned in Jurassic World. Near the end of the movie, Dr. Henry Wu and Vic Hoskins spoke to one another over the phone and mentioned a “side project” they were working on. When Hoskins mentioned the “side project”, Dr. Wu looked visibly afraid. Considering E750 attacked Dr. Wu, it is easy to see why he would be frightened by the mention of the “side project”. Due to this, E750 was the side project that Dr. Wu and Hoskins were working on behind the scenes. Later in the movie, Hoskins mentioned the possibility of making a hybrid that was a more compact version of the Indominus Rex that was every bit as deadly and intelligent as the original and could hide from the most advanced military technology. At the time, we thought Hoskins was foreshadowing the Indoraptor, but now it is clear he was talking about E750. This would make sense because the Indoraptor would be made on the mainland two years after Jurassic World fell. Meanwhile, E750 was already made and fully grown on Isla Nublar by the time the events of Jurassic World took place. Essentially, E750 is Dr. Wu’s and Hoskins’s version of the Indoraptor before the Indoraptor itself was created. With all of this in mind, the kids in Camp Cretaceous are up against a creature that is not only a genetic freak, but also a living weapon that is specifically bred for combat. This has raised the stakes even higher and I look forward to seeing what will happen in Season 3 of Camp Cretaceous.

ONE BAD DAY

I remember the opening scenes of both the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead and World War Z, which depicts the characters’ lives being turned upside down overnight when the zombie apocalypse comes. In a single day, the characters’ community became overrun and ravaged by legions of inhuman beings. In my third dinosaur book, my characters will be thrust into a similar scenario. However, the inhuman beings they deal with will not be zombies. Even though these beings will be living creatures, they will have similar behavioral patterns to the fast moving version of zombies.

AN EXPEDITION STORY

Due to unexpected developments that take place in my first dinosaur book, I am planning to write a sequel that takes place between the first and second volumes. This sequel will involve an expedition that explores the extent of the artificial ecosystem’s secrets. This expedition is mentioned in the first volume, but it is not shown. Therefore, I am thinking of introducing new life forms and new mutations that did not appear in the first book.

JIM CARREY DINOSAUR

I have been a fan of Jim Carrey for as long as I could remember. It is extremely difficult to keep a straight face around that man. While he was filming Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, Jim Carrey did the funniest impersonation of a dinosaur. Instead of making the classic growls and roars, Jim Carrey’s dinosaur impersonation sounded more like a dying chicken than a dinosaur.

NEW READING: THE LOST WORLD

I have started reading a new audiobook, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. The audiobook is nearly eight and a half hours long and I am about an hour in. I have watched every adaptation of this story and understand the basic summary of it, but it will be a new experience to listen to the actual story. I will provide my review of the book when I am done. After this book, I am planning to listen to Jules Verne audiobooks such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth.

THE REALITY OF LOST WORLDS

I have always been fascinated with the concept of lost worlds that are inhabited by creatures that were thought extinct for millions of years. Stories such as The Lost World, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and King Kong all portrayed such ecosystems. In most stories such as these, the prehistoric inhabitants remained unchanged for millions of years and are essentially the same as they were in the distant past.

However, I disagree with this idea because even if the animals’ ancestors survived mass extinctions, they will continue to evolve unchecked for 65 million years. With this in mind, creatures of a lost world would not be the same beasts we are familiar with. This is prominent with the Skull Island of the 2005 version of King Kong, which feature creatures that resemble the prehistoric animals of the distant past. However, even though they resemble their forebears, these creatures still underwent millions of years of adaptation and evolution.

If a lost world was artificially made like Isla Sorna in Jurassic Park, it is also possible that the island’s inhabitants would not be like their prehistoric templates. Through genetic engineering, scientists can try to recreate dinosaurs, but they realistically would not be like the real thing. That is due to the unpredictable nature of meddling in an organism’s DNA. You never know what you will ultimately get.

Overall, even though the concept of lost worlds is fascinating beyond measure, there is a noticeable flaw in it. There is no doubt that a lost world would be home to prehistoric monsters. However, due to the need to evolve, it is very likely that the inhabitants would not be like the beasts of the distant past. A real lost world would be a place with evolutionary mutations that no one has ever dreamed of.

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