FILM REVIEW: THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS

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Recently, I saw a film that I could really connect with, The Man Who Invented Christmas. It is about Charles Dickens when he wrote A Christmas Carol. The reason I could connect with this film so well is that Charles Dickens’ writing process was almost identical to mine. He drew inspiration from people in his life and from experiences he had. In addition, his characters had conversations with him and followed him wherever he went. Also, Charles Dickens also used vanity press publishers like I did with The Young Guardians. These factors pretty much mirror my own writing process so I felt a very personal connection with this film. Charles Dickens is famous for writing novels such as Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, but A Christmas Carol proved to be his ultimate legacy. Not only was A Christmas Carol one of the best selling books of all time, but it also became an integral part of modern Christmas to this day. A Christmas Carol is my all time favorite of Charles Dickens’ stories and it was fun to see how it was created. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to look inside a man’s wonderful imagination and ignite the Christmas spirit in your heart.

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CHARACTER REVIEW: KENSHIN HIMURA

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I know this is going to raise some debate amongst you, but there is something I need to get off my chest. I am not particularly fond of Kenshin Himura from Rurouni Kenshin. I know that he suffered from internal struggle, but in terms of fighting skills he seemed all but invincible. While I can connect with his psychological issues, I think he would have seemed more human if he actually lost two or three fights (five tops). His first duel with Sojiro does not count because that was a draw and not a real loss. His training with his master Hiko Seijuro also does not count because he is the man who taught Kenshin everything he knows so he is obviously going to be superior to him. His Amakeru Ryu No Hirameki being bested by Enishi’s Kufuku Zettosei also does not count because he kept fighting even though it should have been physically impossible for him to do so. There are times in which I think Kenshin received injuries that should have either crippled or killed him and he still kept fighting. It is like the author was depicting a god of war instead of a normal man. If Kenshin fought two or three opponents that not even he can defeat then I might like him better because it would prove that even he had limits in terms of combat. What do you think?

NUMEN THE SLAYER SAMPLE (PART 2)

Here is a sample from Numen the Slayer:

 

Eager for more food, Numen walked back towards the bank to recover his sword. However, the moment Numen picked up Gramfyre there was the sound of nearby footsteps. Numen looked up and jumped when he saw two of King Robar’s men, one wielding a sword and the other using an ax. The two men glared at Numen with fierce intensity like a pair of predators stalking their prey.

In an instant, the two soldiers fell on Numen with great savagery. Desperate to defend himself, Numen swung Gramfyre to the side, slicing through the sword-wielding soldier’s abdomen. The man fell instantly, and Numen was forced to fend off the ax-wielding soldier. When their weapons clashed, the impact threw the ax off course enough to miss Numen’s head by mere inches. The ax-wielding soldier tried to swing again, but Numen grabbed his ax arm before thrusting Gramfyre into the man’s throat. Choking on his own blood, the soldier collapsed limply next to his fallen comrade.

Numen panted heavily as he processed what had happened. He looked at his hands and saw that his enemies’ blood stained them. Consumed by volatile emotions, Numen fell to his knees and shivered with shock. He was sickened by the fact that he killed more men and wondered how many more he had to kill before his nightmare was over.

CARVING

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As I cooked the Thanksgiving feast, I got to perform a task that I wanted to do: carving the turkey. The reason why I wanted to do this task was that it would provide more inspiration for my next fantasy books. In medieval times, the job of master carver was a great honor in a monarch’s court and there would be ways to carve different animals. While carving, you would follow the actual structure of the animal and the knife should be an extension of the arm. Thinness is important because if you carved the meat too thickly it would result in the lord or monarch’s teeth disintegrating and the carver would be a very unpopular individual. It was a good sensational experience as I worked my way through the skin, meat, and bones of the turkey. My family enjoyed my handiwork and I look forward to next year.

SUPERPOWER: SUPERHUMAN INTELLIGENCE

Imagine being one of the most intelligent human beings to ever live. Your brain would operate in the same capacity as a supercomputer and there would be few things you would not know. You could invent any machine and solve any problem. Still, as impressive as this power would seem, I can see a potential problem that would turn this power into a double-edged sword. It would explosively amplify your mental capabilities at the expense of your physical capabilities. You would be the most intelligent being in the world, but you would be a quadriplegic with atrophied muscles. In my future superhero series, I will include a character who would exhibit these conditions. They will be an interesting character to work with.

A NOODLING PRINCESS

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I like the idea of a strong female character who likes to get her hands dirty. When it comes to getting your hands dirty, one of the top tasks would be noodling. Noodling is a type of fishing that involves standing near the shore of a lake or river and pull a catfish out of the water with your bare hands. In order to get a good grip on the fish, fishermen let the catfish bite their hand. Noodling can be dangerous because fishermen are at risk of either drowning or having the fish break their arms. Since one of the kingdoms in Gradaia has an abundance of rivers, I thought of featuring a princess who goes noodling. She would not be a pampered princess in a ballroom. She will be a tough tomboy who likes to risk her life for the thrill of the hunt. What do you think?

CAVIAR

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One of the most decadent and expensive foods is caviar. I recently learned that caviar is nutty, creamy, and explodes with flavor when you bite into it. I may have to try it someday for inspiration. In modern times, the caviar of the beluga sturgeon is the rarest and most prestigious caviar in the world. Unfortunately, the reason why it is so rare and expensive is that the beluga sturgeon is on the verge of extinction from overfishing. On the upside, measures are being made to farm sturgeon caviar instead of hunting them. That way the wild sturgeon have a chance of survival and we can still enjoy their caviar.

In my fantasy series, sturgeons and their caviar will be a delicacy in one of the kingdoms of Gradaia. Imagine a reef that is teeming with hundreds or even thousands of sturgeons the size of dolphins. Then imagine a colossal bowl made from the shell of a giant clam and it is filled to the rim of caviar. That would be a dish fit for a king!