I have found something very intriguing about my dinosaur book. Because the reverse engineered animals are creatures that have not existed in real life, I am constantly brainstorming on what they would look like and how they would behave. Just when I think I have reach a finalized version, I come up with new ideas to incorporate with the design. It is a process that does not seem to end and requires just as much time and effort to accomplish as writing the story itself. Many of these creatures have combined physical features from other animals. For example, the new theropod dinosaurs will look like a combination of multiple real life theropods. Another example would be herbivores that look like a combination between real life plant-eating dinosaurs such as sauropods, hadrosaurs, and ceratopsians. In addition to the animals, I am also brainstorming on what the plant life would look like. I would have to decide if the vegetation would look like something from the Garden of Eden or some grotesque mutant from an alien planet. Overall, I am going to give my illustrator quite a challenge when the time comes to hire them. Of course, that challenge will only come if I can reach a final decision on what the creatures and landscape would look like.
A few years ago, I watched Shark Week and found this rather amusing video. It turns out sharks are rather musical creatures and their favorite kind of music is Death Metal!
As the 2020 adaptation of Dune draws closer, I begin to think about the book’s most iconic creature: the sandworms of Arrakis! In the 1984 film, the special effects made the sandworms look underwhelming. The sandworms in the miniseries version of Dune looked even better. Now, I have been keeping tabs on the sandworms in the 2020 movie. It looks like the filmmakers have been focusing a lot on attention to detail regarding both the sandworms and the film as a whole. It comforts me to know that the filmmakers are truly trying their best to be as faithful as possible to the original story. They have spent over a year coming up with the right design for the sandworms. Based on recent news, the sandworms in the 2020 film will look more prehistoric than in previous versions. Essentially, the sandworms of Arrakis will be like colossal serpentine dinosaurs the size of the Empire State Building! WOW!!!
For my future fantasy books, I am thinking of introducing a particularly dark breed of monster: the kind that is born out of incest. Unlike real life, children born of incest in my books will not be human even though their parents would be human. Instead, they will look like beasts you will only find in your most unholy nightmares. These creatures will be what they are due to their parents being exposed to byproducts of a failed magical experiment. As a result, these monstrosities will roam the corners of the Empire, attacking towns and villages where they find them. I will be drawing inspiration from a creature known as the Shtriga, which was the Albanian version of a vampire.
For the doomsday prepper story I am working on, I have a pretty good idea of what kind of creature the colonists will be up against. I have planned out their appearance and capabilities. However, I will not say where exactly they are or come from. They could be aliens, government experiments, living fossils, or inter-dimensional beings. That will remain ambiguous in the story and I will leave it to your imagination. I like monster stories that leave you guessing what the creatures are and where they come from. I will apply that to my story.
I sometimes wonder what it would be like to be a vampire. To be a vampire would mean to be immortal, but it would be immortality that would come with certain conditions.
Chief among these conditions are that I can only eat blood whether if it is human blood or animal blood. I would keep my pantries, refrigerator, and cellar fully stocked with bottles of blood. That way, I won’t have to hunt and kill prey. Some vampires need to feed once every four or five days. With this in mind, I will drink one whole bottle of blood once every four or five days. That way, I can make my blood supply last for a long time. The question is how would I acquire the blood if I do not hunt and kill prey. I would buy blood from blood banks and slaughter houses. That way, I can keep my belly full and not worry about becoming a predator. I would preferably buy blood that has high blood sugar. To a vampire, that would be like drinking maple syrup or chocolate milk.
I like the 30 Days of Night vampires because they could only be killed through either exposure to the sun or decapitation. That way, as long as I stay out of the sun and keep my head fastened to my shoulders, I will live forever.
Being immortal, I would literally have all the time in the world on my hands. I would spend my days sleeping and my nights doing whatever I pleased. I would have more than enough time to write books until my imagination was spent. I would see every new Star Wars film that will ever be made. I would read every manga and watch every anime. The sky is the limit as long as I do it at night.
When you are immortal, you always risk your loved ones growing old and dying in front of you. With vampires, you have the option to grant immortality to another person, making that person your eternal companion. However, I will allow a human to get to know me to the fullest before giving them the option to join me until the end of time. I am a social individual and I am always looking for someone to socialize with. I don’t want to risk driving a potential companion away by taking away the choice of whether or not they want to be human. If I turn the against their will, they will hate me and either kill me or run away into the night to become man-eating predators.
In addition, vampires sometimes turn animals into their familiars. Familiars are servants who are as long lived as a vampire, but not a vampire themselves. I could turn my pit bulls into my familiars. They would guard the house while I am sleeping by day and sleep on my lap at night while we lounge.
Overall, if I was a vampire, I would have civilized and a semi-human lifestyle.
I recently discovered an interesting little creature called the nutria or river rat. They are an invasive species that was brought from South America by fur traders. Since coming to the southern United States, the nutria have caused widespread destruction to swamps and other ecosystems. The devastation they cause is so great that state governments pay hunters extra for their fur and meat. Butchers across America have described butchering nutria to be similar to butchering a rabbit.
I decided that in addition to the war that will decide the fate of the Empire of Gradaia, I will be exploring Gradaia’s wildlife as well while writing my second fantasy book. For instance, I am thinking of creating a theropod dinosaur that has a combination of features from other theropods. For example, I could give this creature Carnotaurus’s body, size, and hide, Velociraptor’s arms and hands, Tyrannosaurus’s head, Ceratosaurus’s horns, Carcharodontosaurus’s teeth, and the feathers of various other theropods. I can imagine these beasts terrorizing villages and eating human and livestock alike. At times, I can see them scavenging corpses on a battlefield.
With herbivores, I am thinking of combining features of other plant-eating dinosaurs. For example, I could give it Triceratops’s face only without the horns, Iguanadon’s size and front legs, and a Hadrosaur’s body. I can picture these beasts roaming in herds through the fields and plains of Gradaia, grazing on trees and grass. I can also picture them being hunted by humans and predators alike.
With pterosaurs, I am thinking of combining the size and head of Pteranodon, the tail of Rhamphorhynchus, and the large head crest of Tapejara. I can see these creatures as either large sea birds or oversized vultures that feast on carcasses.
Overall, this will give me a chance to shake off some of the cobwebs on my knowledge of dinosaurs.
Here is the name of my Kaiju as well as the title of the novella! I gave the Kaiju a name that had the word “karma” in it because I wanted it to be the incarnation of humanity’s bad karma. The “thaur” section of its name is kind of a twist of the “saur” section of dinosaur.
I have just reached the fifth chapter of my Kaiju story and things are seriously starting to heat up! A battle begins, a city is ravaged, and the future of the Golden State hangs in the balance. I estimate I may be in either the half way or two thirds point in the writing process for this novella. I will keep you updated on any further developments.