Superhero Stories in Disguise

VS Wallpaper NO TEXTI believe many popular shows, movies, and books are superpower stories in disguise.

I LOVE superpowers! I grew up watching Spiderman, Batman, and the X-men cartoons just to name a few (otherwise the list would be too long). I wait eagerly for Superhero movies to be released and try to watch them in theaters as soon as they come out. I have always enjoyed learning how each hero got their powers. I am captivated by the evolution of the characters, watching them fail, train, and then grow into the heroes they needed to be to save the day. I love superheroes so much that my wife helped me decorate my classroom with a superhero theme. (She has tried to decorate it in all sorts of things before, but cutesy doesn’t work for me. This is much more my style! Thanks, Wifey!)

Every super hero has an origin story depicting how they obtained superpowers. Spiderman received his powers from a radioactive spider. Wonder Woman discovers she’s a demigod. Tony Stark keeps shrapnel out of his heart by building an arc-reactor that he later uses to power a suit of armor. Captain America receives super soldier serum. Batman trains his mind and body in order to gain superhero abilities. You get the idea.

I see other popular shows, movies, and books in the same light. In Harry Potter, characters use wands to produce superpowers. The Lord of the Rings, the rings of power give their wearers superpowers. The Stormlight Chronicles have superpowers in the form of shardblade or bonding with a spren. Mistbornhas superpowers from burning metals in their bodies. Naruto uses chakra. Gummy Bears use gummy bear juice. Ninja Turtles use ooze. Dragon Ball Z uses ki. I could go on and on. I have a feeling I could find superpowers even in some of those cheesy Hallmark movies my wife watches.

My love of superpowers means that I can’t help but have them in my stories, too. When I go to write a story, they are usually the first thing I research. I create worlds and storylines with superpowers in mind. In VERVE STONES, rare characters can access verve stones which give a variety of superpower abilities. In NINTH NIGHT, I included the mystery of a mythological creature so there is at least a possibility of a superpower. In UNDER, Boyd uses a superpower from the Glide-Suits. In a story in production, superpowers are passed down from descendants. For example, King Midas passes on his golden touch.

I nerd out about superheroes. What is your thing? What could you talk for hours on end about?

 

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First Draft Read Though Complete

I just read through Taylor’s first draft comments and feedback for DESCENDANTS. I can’t thank him enough. The beginning of the story, protagonist’s dilemma, and the climax needs work, but I have a plan and will be working to improve this story! Can’t wait to see how the book improves!

Thank You Editors!

I have amazing friends!!! Dustin is editing UNDER, Taylor is editing DESCENDANTS, Robin is editing BACK OF BEYOND (The Legend of Spoon Book #2), and Dawn is editing NINTH NIGHT. These four stories have been on my computer for years and I’m beyond excited to see them closer than ever to being self-published.

Descendants

While UNDER, NINTH NIGHT, and BACK OF BEYOND are getting edited by friends, I’m using this time to revise and edit a novel I started in 2010. This story is called DESCENDANTS. It’s an action-packed urban fantasy where a boy named Emery accidentally transforms his sister to gold, discovers he’s a descendant of King Midas, chooses to venture into the world to save his sister and reverse his new gift, and all the while is pursed by other Descendants who want to capture him for his new gift.