I saw the lunar eclipse earlier this week. The sight of it was so phenomenal that a stream of ideas rushed through my head like a violent torrent. An eclipse has always been of great significance to ancient culture since the dawn of human civilization. With that in mind, I might have special plans for this particular experience.
One of the songs that seriously ignite my imagination is The One-Winged Angel from Final Fantasy VII, preferably the orchestra version from Advent Children. As I listen to this song, I can envision the Young Guardians’ final conflict with the main villain, Vogan. During this conflict, I can see the Young Guardians battling Vogan while constantly being at the mercy of his unstoppable power. With each sudden change in note, I can see every devastating attack, every desperate countermeasure, and every ounce of collateral damage. Every now and then, I could see the cold calculating gaze of Vogan’s soulless white eyes and standing amongst the corpses of his victims. As the song comes to a close, I could see the battle between Vogan and the Young Guardians reaching a cataclysmic conclusion in fire and multi-colored energy.
One of my primary sources of inspiration has always been music. Whenever I hear a particular kind of music, I can better envision certain scenes that take place in my series. One of these songs is classical music like Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from the 9th Symphony. Upon hearing this lyrical work, I can envision legions of supervillains marching to engage the Young Guardians in battle while simultaneously causing all-out chaos. One would say that this song serves as giving me a foreshadowing sensation that hints that everything is about to explode in a burst of untold power.
As I prepare for my career as a student at Concordia University, I examine some of the programs they have to offer. One program, in particular, caught my immediate attention: their Study Abroad Program. This system will allow me to take classes in other countries and see the world. Because traveling has served as a primary source of inspiration for my writing, this would be a very worthwhile opportunity to participate in. I looked through the list of locations these classes would take place in and they include my ancestral homes of Ireland and Scotland. My life would be complete if I set foot on the lands where my ancestors lived. There are also classes being offered in various prominent universities in the United Kingdom such as Cambridge and Oxford. In addition, there will be classes being offered in Paris, France and Milan, Italy. The more I think about it, the more I realize that this program will give me a chance to do my favorite things as well as things I wanted to do my entire life. Reconnect with my ancestral roots, take advanced classes, gather inspiration for my writing, and become more cultured. Overall, I look forward to when this takes place once I have consolidated my bearings with Concordia in a year or so.
One of the most iconic Ice Age creatures is the wooly mammoth. Thousands of years ago, this animal could be found in Europe, Siberia, and North America. This particular specimen was one of the many fossils I encountered during my visit to the La Brea Tar Pits. When it was alive, this animal weighed about seven and a half tons. The mammoth has been one of the favorite prey items of ancient man, which may have been one of the reasons for its extinction. However, ancient man, mere mortals, hunted mammoths with spears and other primitive weapons. If Vogan, a neohuman who wields power beyond reason, were to hunt a mammoth like the rest of his tribe, what methods would he utilize? That is a question I have been asking myself as I continue to write my third short story. Imagine if the most powerful neohuman ever to exist confronted seven and a half tons of muscle and rage. That would be a serious clash of the titans.
When I was imagining what Tinisha’s sword would look like, I had taken inspiration from single-edged Asian swords such as this Mongul sword. I have seen in many documentaries that single-edged Asian swords such as the Japanese katana possess enough cutting power to cut through at least three thick pieces of bamboo with a single strike. Taking this fact into consideration, I thought Tinisha’s elf sword should possess the lightness, speed, and precision that Asian swords have demonstrated in the past. If you combine these factors with Tinisha’s superhuman speed, strength, and reflexes, then you would have a terrifying warrior to behold.
I saw my second Cirque Du Soleil, O! It was a very enjoyable show that anyone would enjoy from the elaborate acrobatics and the strong humor that was performed by a pair of clowns in sailor uniforms. This show thoroughly depicted the element of water in a way few people can imagine. The way water was portrayed in the show reminded me of the purity of Tinisha Dolaira, the female lead of my series. In my series, Tinisha possesses a spirit and aura that makes her inhumanly wondrous to behold like the lustrous depths of the ocean. In addition, this show extensively depicted another element: fire! There were flaming swords, twirling torches, and even a man set ablaze. The way the flames danced on the stage was almost hypnotic like looking at another world. This fascination of fire was one of the reasons I gave fire-based powers to my main character, Patrick Donovan. Overall, O was a show that would alter a person’s perspective of the elements and ignite their imagination whenever they see a drop of water.
It is my second day in Sin City and I am standing in one of the most profitable casinos in Las Vegas: The Bellagio! After examining its elaborate layout and luxurious settings, I am currently thinking that this casino would be a potential location for the Young Guardians’ battle with their enemy. The reason for this is since The Bellagio is one the most profitable casinos in the city, this would a perfect target for this supervillain and the perfect place for the Young Guardians to thwart them. Already, I can imagine the battle unfolding.
This is the pose my writing assistant, Fitch, took when I started the second chapter of my new short story. Surprisingly, while I was writing and saw Fitch sitting in the little dog bed with the innocence in his eyes, I came up with another idea for a future work. Because Fitch is so precious to me, I was thinking that sometime after the fifth volume, the Young Guardians would have children of their own and those children would eventually take up their parents’ mantle and follow in their footsteps. I am still working on the circumstances that will revolve around this sequel story, but based on what I have so far, I believe it will be a good theme that would depict the long-term aftermath of volume five. The fact that I gathered this much inspiration from Fitch’s constant habit of being adorable is further evidence that he is a worthy writing assistant and I look forward to the next idea he will provide.
In the sample from The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell I posted earlier today, you could see them being struck by an otherworldly being outside of a movie theatre. The following image is the location in which this event occurs in the book. The reason why I chose this place to be the sight in which the Young Guardians acquired their powers was because it is a place of great sentimental significance to me and my best friends. Every year on my birthday, we would gather at this movie theatre and see the latest superhero film. Between middle school and high school, we would discuss all of the possibilities of what our lives would be like if we became superheroes. By my junior year in high school after we viewed yet another superhero film on my birthday, I imagined us experiencing something that would transform us into the heroes we dreamed to be as we walked out of the theatre. That was when the idea for my series first began.