Allow me to give you a little preview of the new superheroes in my latest superhero story. I will not mention their names (which will remain classified until publication), but I will give you an idea of their respective personalities.
The male lead will be an artful individual who loves being theatrical. His interests include acting, reading manga and superhero comics, practicing martial arts, and music. Before becoming a superhero, he dreamed of being an actor. At the start of the story, he is aware of the flaws of the world around him, but does not give them much thought. When his powers manifest, he is initially unaware that he even has powers. When he becomes aware of his powers, he can barely control them and one of his main challenges throughout the series is learning to control his growing powers and achieve even greater heights to do good.
The female lead has two distinct personalities. One personality is shy, kind, and gentle while the other is sadistic, cruel, and bloodthirsty. Her gentle personality is a deeply religious girl while the cruel personality is a cynical atheist. The development of these two personalities is due to psychological trauma as well as the manifestation of her powers. When her gentle personality is in control, her powers are hardly significant, but when her dark personality is in control, she is virtually unstoppable. Her main struggle is learning to reconcile the two halves of her personality.
The third main character is the brains of the group. He is an eccentric, quirky, and borderline insane genius who is more connected with technology than people. He views everything in the world to be a test subject for his experiments including himself. He becomes a superhero not out of some moral obligation, but because he wanted every opportunity he could get to test his inventions. His main struggle will be learning how to connect with other people and develop a form of empathy.
Overall, these characters are among the most complex and morally ambiguous I have ever created. I look forward to deepening their respective character arcs.
While watching futuristic documentaries on Curiosity Stream, I discovered ways in which people can be made superhuman through artificial means. Experiments were done to increase the muscle mass of cows and mice through genetic engineering. These animals were injected with the IGF1 Gene, which stimulates muscle growth on a cellular level. Unlike steroids, the IGF1 Gene is a natural protein that does not break the body down. The muscles of these cows and mice were increased in size by 400 percent. Imagine if the Running of the Bulls involved unleashing bulls that were as large and powerful as these super cows. Also, the super sized mouse in the picture above would be a real life Mighty Mouse and it reminds me of something from a Tom and Jerry cartoon. Both of these animals could be test subjects for a real life super soldier program like Captain America! Based on these test results, I wonder what these muscle enhancers will do to humans. We can have a real life Hulk on our hands! I will toy with this concept of genetic engineering in my new superhero story and it will serve as a potential countermeasure for humans against real Superhumans.
What would you do if you could make anything explode with the power of your mind? This power can be achieved by infusing your target with energy until it explodes. For example, if your target is a person, then you turn them into a living bomb. To quote the first Ghostbusters movie, “Imagine life as you know it ending instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.” That pretty much sums up what happens to the target of this power.
I have come to realize that the most unlikely survivors of a zombie apocalypse are the slackers, individuals who have dedicated their lives to doing absolutely nothing. Before a zombie apocalypse happens, people would initially underestimate a slacker’s survival capability. However, when the zombie apocalypse happens, the slackers prove to be surprisingly good at killing zombies and staying alive. For my future zombie story, I am thinking of making the main characters slackers. I have plenty of experience about being a slacker so inspiration will not be a problem.
I discovered some very interesting facts about bathing. In the latest episode of The Grand Tour, I learned some spas in Georgia (the country not the state) allow you to bathe in wine. Since they have been brewing wine in Georgia for four thousand years, it would make sense that it would become an integral part of their culture in unique ways. I do not drink wine (I taste and spit it out instead) so this would be a preferable alternative. Also, there were some baths that involved sprinkling rose petals in the water. The Egyptian queen known as Cleopatra would bathe in water that was marinated in the petals of damask roses. I am thinking of introducing a combination between these two bathing methods in my third volume in the Magnus Dynasty Saga. The combination would leave you smelling citrusy with a rosy fragrance.
The bond between lovers is a concept that is as old as time itself. We share words and emotions with one another over a period of time and grow closer as time passes. However, I am curious about what it would be like if two lovers formed a psychic connection that binds them in both mind and spirit. Through such a connection, the two lovers would see the truest versions of one another. They will see and feel the good, the bad, and the ugly about one another. There would literally be no secrets between them and they would experience one another’s thoughts and emotions as though they were their own. It would be a bond that cannot be achieved by words or everyday interactions. I am thinking of depicting such a bond in the third volume of the Magnus Dynasty Saga.
In the third volume of the Magnus Dynasty Saga, I have decided on who the villains would be. One of the villains would be the main character’s own sainted mother, who will be a combination between Isabella the She-Wolf of France and Margaret of Anjou. Isabella was the wife and queen of Edward II and she started a rebellion to overthrow her husband in favor of her son Edward III. Margaret of Anjou was the wife and queen of Henry VI and supported the Lancastrians in the War of the Roses until the deaths of her son and husband. The other villain will be a mix between Roger Mortimer and Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick and the Kingmaker. Roger Mortimer was the lover of Isabella the She-Wolf of France and helped her overthrow Edward II. Richard the Kingmaker made Edward IV king and served as his chief advisor until the Kingmaker betrayed Edward three times before being slain in his final rebellion. Overall, the villains of my new fantasy book will be the main character’s mother and one of his chief advisors. One of the chief themes in medieval times was family dysfunction and that dysfunction often gets bloody.