Tag Archives: INSPIRATION

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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A NAPA VALLEY CHRISTMAS

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My family and I are going to Napa Valley for Christmas this year. It will be a week of beautiful scenery, good food, rich culture, and flavorful wine. Because I don’t drink at all, I am all for tasting wine, but I will never swallow it. I wonder if it will snow up there and I hope it is mostly intact after the wildfire. Either way, it should be a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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.

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.

SUPERPOWER: SUPERHUMAN INTELLIGENCE

Imagine being one of the most intelligent human beings to ever live. Your brain would operate in the same capacity as a supercomputer and there would be few things you would not know. You could invent any machine and solve any problem. Still, as impressive as this power would seem, I can see a potential problem that would turn this power into a double-edged sword. It would explosively amplify your mental capabilities at the expense of your physical capabilities. You would be the most intelligent being in the world, but you would be a quadriplegic with atrophied muscles. In my future superhero series, I will include a character who would exhibit these conditions. They will be an interesting character to work with.