Tag Archives: ANIMAL

SMITHSONIAN BUTTERFLY HOUSE

While I was at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, I went into their butterfly house. It was like walking into a fairy tale because the butterflies and moths reminded me of fairies. There was even one butterfly that stubbornly clung to a lady’s bag and would not let go no matter what. Even though it is unlikely that I would include fairies in my fantasy series, I thought it would be nice to draw inspiration from this experience if I decide to write a children’s story.

INSPIRATION: HUNTING GAME

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I went to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and came across a number of fascinating specimens that I could draw inspiration for future installments for my fantasy series. By examining these specimens of pheasants, falcons, wild boars, and deer, I can get an idea of scale for some of the animals that the humans would hunt. It was an illuminating experience that will allow me to further develop the biosphere for my fantasy world.

MY TORTOISE AWAKES!

In addition to owning two pit bulls, I also own a desert tortoise named Speed. He just woke up from hibernation, had a turtle spa treatment, and had a hefty breakfast. One could argue that he is a labrador retriever in a turtle’s body because whenever anyone is near, he just walks right up to them begging for affection. Like my pit bulls, I also draw inspiration from Speed. Since my fantasy book features reptilian monsters, I am thinking of studying Speed’s mannerisms and the texture of his scales and incorporate them into my book.

FOX FOR A PET

I saw this video of a man who had a pet fox and it was the cutest and sweetest thing I have seen. The fox loved getting love from his owner and liked to nibble on his hand like some cats do. I think to myself, “Who can say no to that face?”┬áBecause of this video, I got an idea of including pet foxes in my fantasy book, but they would be reserved for members of aristocracy just as some lap dogs were back in those days.

DINOSAUR-LIKE CREATURES

At first, I thought of including dinosaurs in my fantasy book. However, I am now thinking of including dinosaur-like creatures of my own design. They will not be creatures that exist in the real-life fossil record, but they will possess traits from multiple prehistoric species. Essentially, I plan to combine a number of similarly built creatures in order to create animals that would only exist in my fantasy world. For example, I am planning to combine features from Tyrannosaurus Rex, Allosaurus, Ceratosaurus, etc into one of the most feared beasts in my fantasy world. Also, some of these creatures will be beasts of burden, others would serve as livestock, and some will serve as either pets or mounts. It is going to be an interesting process as I continue writing.

DINOSAURS

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I had a fascinating idea for my fantasy book. Up until now, I have been drawing inspiration from medieval history. Now, I remember that I was once a fanatic of prehistory; particularly dinosaurs. With this in mind, I am thinking of applying what I had learned when I was younger into the fantasy world of my book. Imagine how much death and destruction an army of dinosaurs could inflict on a medieval army or if both medieval armies applied dinosaurs in battle. Also, it would be all the more fitting because some believe that fossils of dinosaurs inspired the legends of dragons and other mythical creatures. I cannot wait to shrug off the cobwebs on my prehistoric knowledge. Feel free to ask which dinosaurs and Ice Age animals you want to appear in this epic. Wish me luck!

THE GIANT LIZARD

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The Komodo Dragon has been the iconic giant lizard of the modern age, but thousands of years ago it had a much larger cousin: Megalania. In the Pleistocene era, Megalania was an apex predator that ruled Australia, growing between 20 to 30 feet in length. One could argue that it was this beast that inspired some of the legends of dragons. With this in mind, I am thinking of including this creature or something similar in my fantasy book and it will be the terror of the earth!

BLACK HORSES

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I have always loved black horses ever since I was little. When I was a child, my family and I would visit a ranch in Colorado where we would do daily horseback riding. I was assigned a beautiful black stallion named Domino. Domino was the ideal horse; strong, fast, reliable, smart, and loyal. I was head-over-heels in love with that horse and since I rode him I loved black horses in general. Therefore, I decided to give the main character of my fantasy series a black stallion like my beloved Domino.