I had a conversation with my favorite author, Christopher Paolini, on goodreads.com and this is how it went:
Me: “It is an honor to communicate with you, Mr. Paolini. I am a great admirer of your work and look forward to reading your future books. I am pleased to inform you that you are the reason I decided to become an author myself. I thank you for your inspiration. However, there is one thing that I have been meaning to ask you. Will we see another story taking place in the Inheritance world?”
Mr. Paolini: “Glad to hear that you are writing your own projects! There is no set date for a return to the world of Alagaësia because it’s really dependent on when I finish all of the other projects I’ve been working on and thinking about first, including my upcoming science fiction novel, #TSiaSoS. Hope that helps!”
This experience was utterly blissful because I got to talk to my idol and childhood hero!
In the show Heroes, my favorite character was Peter Petrelli. He possessed the traditional personality traits of a superhero because he was selfless, compassionate, and always wanted to do the right thing no matter what. My favorite part was the unique nature of his powers. His empathic nature was the source of his power because whenever he formed a connection with another superhuman he copied their power. With each connection he made and each power he copied his arsenal grew. Therefore, with each power he acquired he had another ability that he could summon when the situation required it. I was so frustrated and disappointed when he lost all of that power in the third season and when he got powers back it was a greatly diminished version of what he had before. I liked Peter’s original power because it made him foil and polar opposite of Sylar, who used violence to get powers.
I have spent my entire writing career creating stories about superheroes performing good deeds and saving lives, but this time, I actually got to just that yesterday. I was about to drive out of my neighborhood when I found a stray dog wandering around. I stopped the car, caught up with the dog, and called its owner through its license. The owner found me and I was able to return the dog. After the deed was done, I finally got to feel the satisfaction of doing a good deed for a fellow human being and a helpless animal. It was during this ordeal that I understood that writing about people doing good deeds for the public is one thing, but to actually do it in real life is something else entirely. When you write such as event, you are basing what you imagine the character would feel during that situation. However, when you perform something good in the real world, you feel and understand the emotions that occur throughout the event.
At WonderCon of 2014, I encountered Dan Parsons, who was one of the people responsible for the Star Wars Legacy Comics, which are some of my most favorite Star Wars graphic novels. When I found out who he was, I felt a jolt of excitement because I have dreamed of meeting one of the masterminds behind Star Wars Legacy. It was basically like shaking hands with one of my personal heroes. I enjoyed meeting another storyteller and artist who possessed as much passion in their work as I do and it is a moment that I will forever treasure until the end of my days.