I have reached the twenty-fifth chapter of my dinosaur book and I am three quarters of the way done with the whole book. Only three more challenges remain before the survivors’ journey is at an end. I depicted the biggest and most brutal dinosaur battle in the book and am about to depict the final encounter with vengeful predators. The last pieces are finally coming together and it has been one wild ride.
I have reached the twenty-fourth chapter of my dinosaur book. This will be one of the scariest scenes in the story. The scenery will be very foggy and even though there are sounds of large predators nearby you cannot see them. It is going to make both the characters and reader constantly guess where these carnivores will appear in the thick haze. In addition to the threat of hidden predators, the unique and unnatural geology of the artificial island will also be explored.
I think I have an idea for how the sequel to my dinosaur book will unfold. I am planning to have it take place six months after the first volume. It will be told from the point of view of a team of zoologists who visit the island in order to document creatures that were previously unknown to the original research team. Along the way, the zoologists come in conflict with some big game hunters who seek the ultimate trophies. One thing leads to another until both the zoologists and hunters have to work together to survive. Both of these groups will have all the necessary preparations before entering the island and all hell still breaks loose. That is how dangerous and unpredictable these reverse engineered dinosaurs and creatures have become.
I have reached the twenty-third chapter of my dinosaur book and the stakes are getting higher. One of the characters suffers a debilitating injury, which will make them more vulnerable to stalking predators. The other characters do something borderline suicidal to escape a pair of carnivorous dinosaurs. In addition to dinosaurs, the characters have some close encounters with other reverse engineered animals. One example involves a colossal snake that looks constantly angry. On the upside, the characters have gotten a lot closer to the finish line in their race for survival.
I have reached the twenty-second chapter of my dinosaur book and things have become stranger. One of the characters has a close encounter with a human-sized amphibian. It becomes a semi-spiritual experience as man and beast stare each other in the face. At some point in the chapter, another character will nearly get eaten.
I recall some maps from classic dinosaur books such as The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs. These maps were hand drawn as though they were drawn by a survivor who saw these primeval worlds firsthand. I may not be good at drawing creatures or characters, but I am good at drawing something of this quality. Due to this, I think I might do a map of the artificial island that my dinosaur book takes place on. I will draw it in the same fashion as a castaway would draw the island they were stranded on.
I just had an idea for my dinosaur series. I am thinking of creating a spin-off story that takes place in a small Montana town in the middle of winter. Throughout the story, the townspeople gradually learn that their community is being hunted by a medium-sized carnivorous dinosaur. The story will be in the horror genre and will have a Stephen King feel to it. I will be taking inspiration from the Devil’s Footprints phenomenon, which was when unexplained tracks started appearing in 1855 England.
After much thought, I decided to include the reverse engineered marine creatures in my dinosaur book. I put so much thought into making them that it would be such a waste if I excluded them. Also, they would provide a fitting final challenge for the surviving characters as they try to escape the island. When that happens, the characters will be forced into a situation where they have to walk along the ocean floor to get back on dry land. Along the way, they encounter a menagerie of nightmarish sea monsters. This challenge will make the characters learn that no matter how bad things get on dry land, the one thing you should never do is get in the water.
One of my favorite dinosaur documentaries would be Chased By Dinosaurs, which is a spin-off of Walking With Dinosaurs. The show was presented by zoologist Nigel Marven, who seems similar to the late Steve Irwin. The documentary consists of five episodes. One episode depicted Nigel traveling to Argentina during the early Cretaceous, one depicted Nigel visiting Mongolia during the mid-Cretaceous, and the other three show Nigel taking a dive in the seven deadliest seas in all of prehistory. In general, this documentary series shows what could happen if someone like Steve Irwin went on a prehistoric safari. I have learned a great deal from this series and I will definitely use the knowledge I have gained for my dinosaur series.
As I delve deeper into my dinosaur book, I start to increase the complexity of the artificial island in the story. At first, I thought of making it a mixture between the novel version of Isla Sorna from Michael Crichton’s The Lost World and Skull Island from the 2005 King Kong film. This would have given my island a broken and uneven interior terrain and a mountainous coastline with few beaches. Now, I have taken a look at other islands and I am thinking of adding some additional traits to my island in order to increase its complexity as a synthetic landmass. These traits would include a series of smaller islands surrounding it like the island network in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, another island that forms a ring, and a perpetual violent storm. All of these features will increase the complexity of my island and the ecosystem the reverse engineered dinosaurs live in.