Here is a little excerpt from The Kaligen Experiment: Bestiary:
“The new Synapsids have earned the genus name of Lanxcoma or “Scale Hairs.” Unlike the original Synapsids, the creatures produced by the D-Mutagen are true hybrids between reptile and mammal. Like elephants, Lanxcomas have little hair, which helps carry heat away from their skin and prevent overheating. Their skin is scaly like a reptile’s, which gives them protection from the harsh elements of Kaligen Island. While they lay eggs like reptiles, Lanxcomas are warm-blooded animals that nurse their young with milk glands on their stomachs. Scent glands can be found on their snouts, which they use to mark their territory by wiping their glands on trees, rocks, or bushes. They even possess primitive inner ear bones that give them a more heightened sense of hearing than a pure reptile. Like true mammals, Lanxcomas are equipped with specialized teeth such as incisors, canines, and molars. With the bloodline of the original Synapsids extinct, the Lanxcomas may provide scientists with a scenario of how such creatures could have evolved if they had not died out.”
“I know what it feels like. It feels GOOD!!! The power. Everything. But you’ll lose yourself.”
Peter Parker, Spider-Man 3
I am thinking of writing a horror story that has a similar vibe and style to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It will have my own twist in that the character who is afflicted by this duality is a werewolf. The side of him that symbolizes Dr. Jekyll will be the human side while the side of him that symbolizes Mr. Hyde will be the werewolf side. The human half will reflect the character’s civilized and restrained personality while the werewolf half will reflect on the character’s animal nature. What fascinates me about the werewolf half is that it will be a persona that is completely and utterly liberated from all moral, human, and psychological inhibitions and boundaries. How is a person’s mind affected when they no longer need or even want to restrain themselves? That will be a question I will be tackling.
I discovered an app that will allow me to turn my speech into text. This way, I can write with no hands! This will also making the writing process a whole lot simpler. Mind you, I will still need to refine the text after I copy and paste it on my manuscript. Other than that, I look forward to experimenting with this new writing tool. The beauty of 21st century technology.
Prehistoric lost worlds often feature active volcanoes. Because Kaligen Island was created by unnatural geological forces, I am thinking of featuring an equally unnatural volcano in the next volume of The Kaligen Experiment. This volcano will have some features that make it stand out from natural volcanoes. I won’t say if this volcano poses a danger to the ecosystem or not, but it will be quite a sight.
Meganeura was a giant species of dragonfly that existed 300 million years ago. It was roughly the size of an eagle and ruled the skies of the Carboniferous Period. The Kaligen Experiment features a mutated species of dragonfly that is as big as Meganeura, but there are a number of differences between the two species. With my species, its exoskeleton is more ridged, its legs are more blade-like, and the tips of its wings more pointed. Like all the giant arthropods on Kaligen Island, this dragonfly serves an important role in maintaining the health of the ecosystem.
In the next volume of The Kaligen Experiment, there will be a character who is a bit of a stoner. Despite being a stoner, he will have an intimate understanding of what is really happening on the island. Plus, he will be a bit of comic relief in an otherwise grim story.
One of the mutated marine creatures that made an appearance in The Kaligen Experiment is a species of foot-long eel-like fish. They are like lampreys in that they are jawless and have eel-like bodies. Their heads are rounder and their eyes are larger. This makes them similar to the prehistoric conodonts, which lived from the Cambrian Period to the Jurassic Period. However, my creature has smaller teeth than a conodont and its tail fins are larger and more eel-like. Instead of being predators or parasites, my creature is a bottom feeder that feeds on decaying organic matter on the sea floor.
“That Terminator is out there! It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear and it absolutely will not stop . . . EVER . . . until you are dead!”
Kyle Reese, The Terminator
I thought of something extreme about the vengeful character that will appear in my fantasy series. I am thinking of making him like the Terminator in the sense that he will have complete tolerance to pain and have an all-consuming obsession to kill the target of his vengeance. No matter how much punishment this character sustains, he will not stop in his pursuit of my main character.
My vengeful character’s immunity to pain is also inspired from Viking berserkers. These guys were beyond terrifying on the battlefield. Even if you chop off an arm, chop off a leg, or stab them in the gut, they will still come after you. Not only that, but the berserkers were possessed by an insane level of rage that increased their ferocity in battle.
Finally, I will be drawing inspiration from the unused version of Enishi Yukishiro from Rurouni Kenshin. Before settling on the version we are all familiar with, the author of the manga considered making Enishi a Terminator-like character. He would clearly fight and defeat each of Kenshin’s allies one by one, sustaining a lot of injuries after each duel before facing Kenshin himself. The author openly said that he regretted not making this version of Enishi. Personally, if Enishi was like this version, that would have been beyond badass and cool.
For my future fantasy books, I will be depicting a sword style that is unique to my fantasy world. I am envisioning this sword style to be a mix between Mace Windu’s Vaapad lightsaber technique and Enishi Yukishiro’s Watojutsu. Both fighting styles relied heavily on offensive and counteroffensive techniques used to overwhelm their enemies. In addition to power, these styles also utilized extreme speed to increase their already formidable offense. These styles’ heavy reliance on offense gives their opponent little room to either evade or counter, but it also reduces the wielder’s defensive capabilities. Even so, their use of counterattacks reduces the wielder’s need for defensive methods. With Mace Windu’s Vaapad, it was also a mindset that enabled the wielder to focus and channel their inner darkness in order to further amplify their formidable attacks. Overall, I am envisioning a sword style in my fantasy series that has similar features and it will be the fighting style of choice for three characters.
“Revenge is like a poison. It can take us over and, before you know it, it can turn you into something ugly.”
Aunt May, Spider-Man 3
When I wrote The War of the Gilded Beasts, some of my readers said that there did not seem to be any justice in the story as the Magnus siblings burn towns with their dragons. This was intentional on my part because it paves the way for a new character to appear in the sequel series of the Magnus Dynasty Saga. This character will act as the embodiment of the consequences of House Magnus’s sins in their quest for the Imperial Throne. The main character of my sequel fantasy books will come in contact with this vengeful character. I will not say whether this character will ultimately become an enemy or an ally for the main character, but their first encounter will be epic. I am envisioning this character to be a mixture between Enishi Yukishiro from Rurouni Kenshin, Kylo Ren from Star Wars, and Davos Seaworth from Game of Thrones. Like Enishi, my character will be vengeful and be a highly skilled swordsman. Like Kylo Ren, my character will be in a constant state of emotional and psychological conflict. Like Davos Seaworth, my character will be a skilled negotiator and sailor.