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INSPIRATION: MEGALODON

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Easily the most terrifying prehistoric creature would be Megalodon, the ancestor of the great white shark. While the largest great white shark was over twenty feet in length, Megalodon was three times that size at 60 feet! Its jaws had a bite radius was roughly three yards across and its teeth were seven inches long. As Quint from Jaws would say, “This shark swallow you whole!” Still, Jaws is a mere sardine compared to Megalodon. Megalodon was so big and powerful that it most fed on whales. When the climate changed and the whales migrated further north, Megalodon’s food supply eventually ran out, which resulted in its extinction.

In various forms of mythology, there was mention of a mighty sea serpent known as the Leviathan. Since I am drawing inspiration from prehistoric wildlife for my fantasy series, I am thinking of making Megalodon the Leviathan. Imagine how medieval galleys and longships would react when they see this monster swimming past them. Gives me the goosebumps!

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INSPIRATION: FALL OF TROY

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The final battle of the Trojan War was the Sack of Troy. It was when the Greeks infiltrated Troy with a small force concealed inside a large wooden horse. By doing this, the Greeks were able to open Troy’s gates and allow the rest of the Greek army to sack the city. For the second volume of my fantasy series, I am thinking of drawing inspiration from the Sack of Troy in order to come up with a battle that will unfold in a similar fashion, but there will be no wooden horse.

WELTS

 

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Here is a Welt warrior from Numen the Slayer. When I created the Welts, I drew inspiration from my Celtic and Scandinavian heritage. They traditionally use bronze armor and weapons that they harden and sharpen with magic. Compared to the knights, lords, and kings in Gradaia, the Welts have a much more diverse collection of weapons. These weapons I discovered from Forged in Fire and could be found in Southeast Asia and Africa. They are a spiritual people who take pride in their way of life. While the Civil Folk have their castles, gold, and politics, the Welts had their forests, bronze, and gods.

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.

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.