Now that Disney has scrapped the Original Expanded Universe of Star Wars, the possibilities of new stories are limitless. Even though I can’t legally write and publish a Star Wars story, there is one scenario I hope Disney would explore in the future. Even though we have only seen glimpses and hints to the era of the Old Republic, I hope we get to see more of this age as time progresses. It may take a long time before we see it because Disney is focusing on the sequel trilogy, but I believe once they are done with it they can direct their attention elsewhere in the Star Wars Universe.
When Disney eventually gets to the Old Republic era, I hope one of their stories would be something like this. Imagine a backwater planet where no one has ever seen or heard of a Jedi or Sith. This would be before the rise of Darth Bane when the Sith were legion. On this planet a Jedi and Sith crash land on this planet after drifting away from a war. Then they slay one another in a lightsaber duel. However, their duel was seen by two childhood friends, who scavenge their lightsabers and the Sith’s mask. The more they expose themselves to these artifacts the more they realize they are Force sensitive.
Unfortunately, one of the friends starts turning to the dark side after frequently wearing the Sith mask and using the red lightsaber. Eventually, this individual becomes a crazed dark side wielding serial killer. The other friend who possesses the Jedi lightsaber decides to hunt down his former companion and end the killing spree. Throughout the story, the two friends utilize various light and dark side powers, but unlike fully trained Jedi and Sith their usage of the Force is basic, unstable, and unpredictable. This would be due to a lack of training and it shows with how they fight each other. Their lightsaber duels would be more like brawls than sword fights. Even their clothing would look more disorganized and haggard compared to traditional Jedi and Sith garb.
What do you think? Should Disney and Lucasfilm explore this story when the time comes? Do you think they will ever consider this scenario?
As part of my family’s week-long Christmas celebration, we went to The Queen Mary to have a festive dinner and I had a sensation I will never forget. I heard the stories that this historic ship was haunted and once I entered the center of the ship I noticed the atmosphere completely changed. Throughout my visit, I could feel the back of my neck, shoulders, and upper arms tingle as though someone was touching me even though no one was. It was then I realized my family and I were not alone because there was definitely a presence on board. I am thinking of using this experience in future works.
Air travel has always been my favorite form of traveling. You could go to any place on the planet through an airline terminal. I am currently on my way to an exciting destination and as I look out at the sunset, I remembered something that inspired me long ago. While gathering inspiration for my first volume, The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell, I looked out my window on the plane and witnessed the clouds flowing past like a silver current. Upon gazing upon this sight, I thought of the ideal situation Joshua Rauje would be when his ability to fly would first manifest. He would be drifting through the misty heavens, marveling at how small the world is below him. Of course he almost became a bug on the windscreen of a plane, but he left the experience with a refined view of the world around him.
Among the various forms of inspiration I experience for my writing, traveling is one of my favorite forms because I actually get to savor the world outside of my hometown. In every location I visit, there is always something that grants me inspiration for me to apply in a future work. In some cases this inspirations could come from the most unlikely place. Last December, I travelled to the island of Kauai in Hawaii and its lush and tropical environment was a great experience to behold and gave me ideas for landscapes of the worlds that exist in my work. Later this month, I will be traveling to a location that is both exciting and somewhat exotic, but what this location is will remain a secret until I arrive. I have visited this place before five years ago and I swiftly discovered how it received its famous nickname. In fact, as a side story, the Young Guardians do visit this location sometime before the events of volume three and it cost them their original form of transportation. I will reveal more in the weeks to come.
I have exciting news! I have just started the fifth chapter of my short story and it turns out I might finish the short story sooner than I originally calculated. The fifth chapter will foreshadow the main character’s battle against the supervillain. The main character will have a trump card in defeating the supervillain that no one will expect. Both characters wield the most powerful forces in the universe, energy and gravity, so I believe it will be an interesting fight. Wish me luck and I will keep you updated on any further developments.
I have just started the fourth chapter of my upcoming short story and it is a chapter I am particularly excited about. The reason for this is because the supervillain will be officially introduced and he is one frightening fellow. His powers will be based on gravitational force and the way he acquires these powers will make his external appearance match his malevolent nature. I am eager to write his showdown with the main character in future chapters.
Over the weekend, I have started the third chapter of my upcoming short story. As I continue to write, I start to visualize how the new character would perceive the world due to the fact that he lacks a physical body. Based on what his powers would consist of, I thought he would be able to see every object on a molecular level as well as see all forms of energy. With this in mind, the character’s view of the world will be considerably more complex than that of a normal person’s. In addition, the character’s love interest is introduced and she can sense the emotions of those around her. Overall, the main character’s elaborate new worldview and his love interest’s ability to sense emotions will create an interesting combination as the plot unfolds. I look forward to exploring more of this short story and hope to complete it in the near future. Wish me luck!
I have great news! I have received the cover illustration for my third volume! The illustration includes Vogan, the main villain of the entire series! I will keep you updated on any further developments!
I have made considerable progress with the editing process of my upcoming third volume. Now I have reached the 27th chapter, which leaves me with 8 chapters left. I am getting very close to finishing the editing and commencing the forthcoming publication. In addition, I have come up with more future works that will enable my series to branch out beyond the main five volumes. The fourth volume will feature five new characters who will join the Young Guardians in their crusade against evil. With this in mind, I have decided that each of these five characters will have their own stand-alone books that will elaborate their origins, backstories, and supervillains. Also, there will be another stand-alone book in which these five characters meet and band together against a threat they cannot face alone. I look forward to getting started with these stories. Wish me luck!
When I started writing volume three, I wanted to provide the Young Guardians with their most difficult challenge yet that would literally push them to the limit. To organize this challenge, I decided the Young Guardians would have to face the largest group of supervillains they had ever fought. The reason why this would be a significant challenge for them is because in the first book, they were mere rookies up against a single supervillain while in the second volume, they were semi-veteran crime fighters up against a supervillain with three minions. Now, with three years of superhero experience under their belt, I decided that the Young Guardians would be up against literally an army of supervillains, including Vogan, the main villain of the whole series, himself! Some of these supervillains are from previous volumes while others have a history with the Young Guardians during the time skips, all wanting revenge! Most important of all will be the Young Guardians’ showdown with the main villain, Vogan. When they confront Vogan, the extent of the Young Guardians’ limitations will be fully demonstrated. Overall, the Young Guardians are going to have the fight of their lives in the upcoming third volume so get ready for an epic battle!