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     I'm finally moved into my own apartment, where i've been for the last three days unpacking. i't's just me and my snake, Connor. the best part is, i live 20 minutes from my dad and sister, right under a restaurant called Thai Elephant Restaurant in Patterson New York. The best part is, the apartment has a great view of the 5 acres of wilderness that serves as my backyard. i may just put up a bird feeder nearby once i get permission from the landlord to see what comes by. don't know when i'll have internet there yet, but hopefully that will be soon, so i'll log on every place i have access.  

Now for Movie Reviews: first Transformers: Age Of Extinction. I got to see it on July 2nd, and as far as I'm concerned, it was way better than Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I know it did not get many good reviews critically, but frankly, it was way better simply because it focused a little more on the Autobots, specifically, the friendship between Optimus and Cade Yeager, the man who found and repaired him. The fact that James Savoy (the leader of Cemetery Wind) was one of the main villains was also a nice spin, because it takes a guy who is serving his country for what he believes is right and turns him into a conniving murderer who is completely xenophobic and willing to do anything to get the weapon he wants (that weapon being the Seed). Lockdown and Galvatron were probably the most impressive villains in the film saga thus far, especially considering how lockdown was able to turn his face into a cannon and kick Optimus' tailpipe in a one on one fight, and how Galvatron is essentially near-impossible to kill because he can disintegrate and reform at will. this should be very interesting indeed when the 5th movie comes out in 2017. The best part of it all though was the Dinobots. Grimlock, Strafe, Slug and Scorn kicked major fenders in the battle of Hong Kong. they pretty much flattened Galvatron's army single-handed. all in all, in my opinion, 8.7/10.  

The second movie i wanted to give a review for was How To Train Your Dragon 2. Five Years Later, Hiccup and Toothless are still as close as ever. Their unison in flight has improved and the two of them together have changed Berk completely. Even Gobber and Stoick have their own dragons (if you follow Dreamworks Dragons: The Series, this counts as Stoick's second dragon as he owned a Thunderdrum for most of seasons one and two named Thornado before releasing him). Then everything Changes when Hiccup meets Eret the Dragon Trapper, who tries to capture his dragon and Astrid's for Drago Bludvist; a warning that Stoick takes very seriously. However, Hiccup tries to see if he can change the warlord's mind and ends up being captured by none other than his own mother, who proceeds to help him fight drago and teach him the ways of dragons. Frankly, this movie kicked butt. Hiccup's upgraded his gear and Toothless' to new levels, we get to see new dragons, including the Bewilderbeast, which dwarfs the Red Death by a factor of 5, and more over, we get to see Hiccup become Chief and Toothless become an Alpha Dragon. We also get to see why Hiccup's mother never came back to Berk and learn why Hiccup became such an advocate for dragons as well as the fact that Toothless may very well be the last night fury in existence. overall, the movie was action-packed, hysterical, and heartwarming. overall, 10/10 for me.   

And finally, we have a couple of new dinosaur discoveries, including a juvenile Megaraptor that questions whether it and the Neovenatorids are Allosaurs or Tyrannosaurs, or alternatively if Tyrannosaurs might be closer to Carnosaurs than thought. this certainly blurs the lines of classification. In addition, the 11th Archaeopteryx ever found shows new features never before seen in the genus, including that flight evolved secondarily and that Archaeopteryx could actually fly fairly well. Over all, it seems to shed more light on the origin of birds, and reveals that flying two-winged birds did NOT evolve from four-winged ancestors. This not only answers many questions but invokes many, many more, like who was the earliest bird ancestor? and how far back in dinosaurs do feathers actually go? if new discoveries continue, then the answer might finally be within our grasp.  
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Jeremy Herz
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i am an expert in the fields of science and fantasy. though i am an expert in dinosaurs, i also specialize in dragons and monsters real and imaginary. For me, drawing is a natural talent; something i inherited from my family rather than learned. i have always been a fan of predatory animals, especially sharks, theropod dinosaurs, snakes, and dragons, and i saw JAWS when i was 3, so the love of these animals is lifelong. i am also a staunch supporter of conservation, and though i genuinely fear many venomous or otherwise dangerous creatures, i am willing to help or handle any animal except hornets and wasps and other bugs (not counting spiders). i have a deep phobia of them. i also take great pride in saying i am in the autism spectrum, something i was initially reluctant to share here, but i realize that it is part of the reason behind my talents. i admit i have my flaws, and i work hard to improve them, but overall, i am rather content with myself. now, here i am, writing 2 or 3 books, making artwork, and enjoying myself.

Books i am currently working on:

Dinosaurs of the present: written and illustrated by myself and one of my two greatest creations, this book was inspired by Dougal Dixon's alternative evolutions and Osmatar's creature from The Speculative Dinosaur Project. i myself thought Dixon had not elaborated enough for a full view, so i took his work a step further in a notebook. then i realized; these were my ideas, so why shouldn't i make my own book instead? so, here i am, 100 dinosaurs later, finally working out final concept designs and artwork. i look forward to bringing my beasts, from the 200 foot Mongo Grongo and 75 foot Vastatotyrannus to the tiny Nanoceratops no more than a foot long to the public eye.

Day of the Dragon Riders: my most complete and other greatest creation, this was the brainchild of years of imagination run rampant and final realization in 10th grade. the summary gives you a hint of what's in store for the characters, and unlike many stories, i like to tell this one from the point of view from both good and evil, so you can really see the thoughts and actions of heroes and villains on both sides.
For those who want a synopsis for Day of the Dragon Riders; I would like to tell you a story.

"Far away from Earth, in a star system much like our own dwells the planet Antichthon. On Antichthon, resting on the eastern border of the Belemnite Sea is the continent of Kairegorn, the land of magic and of dragons; the colorful and powerful beings who guard this fertile land.
2 million years ago, long before this story began, Kairegorn was dominated not by dragons, but a foul and arrogant race called the Lamias, who enslaved them and used dark magic, their greatest and most evil creation, to abuse the land and its inhabitants as they saw fit. However, the dragons would not stay slaves forever, and rose up against their captors, killing them and freeing the land of their yoke, vowing never to become slaves again. Eventually, around 5,000 years ago, Dragons rallied under their first kings, the twin brothers Drakkus and Unecros, the latter of who would turn evil and try to grab power out of jealousy over his brother. When Unecros was defeated, Drakkus would remain as their king until he departed for the Dark Chasm, where he would entomb himself until needed again. A thousand more years would pass before Vulcan, a multicolored dragon, formerly an outcast, would rise to become Drakkus’ successor, with his family ruling as the kings and princes of Dragonkind ever since.
The reign of the dragons was a long and enduring one, even in wars against Dracosapiens, the dragons’ immediate kin, and the Roc’s more distant avian relatives that resembled great reptilian eagles. Then, 3,000 years ago, everything changed…
Three humanoid cultures, Humans, Elves and Dwarves, all seeking refuge from natural disasters that destroyed their homes far across the sea, settled in Kairegorn, hoping to start anew. At first, the dragons took no notice of their diminutive neighbors, and were content to let them settle in the mountains, on the plains, and in the forests. But this ignorance set in motion events that would change the land forever.
One day, a human and his dwarf companion hunted and killed a dragon, as they would hunt deer or boar, enraging his family, who butchered the hunters and consumed them in vengeance. After, the dragon king decreed war on the humans and dwarves, and soon, the land was consumed with battles and bloodshed. The elves rallied to aid their dwarf and human allies, all the while discovering that they, the human and the dwarves were being effected by the strong magic of Kairegorn, becoming longer and longer lived until the elves became immortal, and all the dwarves and many humans grew to live well beyond their normal years. Again and again the humans tried to communicate with the dragons and failed, for they could not understand their guttural roars. For centuries the bloodshed increased and went on until it looked as if it would never end.
All that changed with the rise of a human lord named Thurian the Just, a mighty sorcerer and warrior who came across a dragon egg amid the bones of its parents while hunting. Seeing the advantages in a dragon, as a companion and hoping to better understand dragons in general, he took the hatchling and rose her, naming her Luminos. When Luminos was grown large enough and had learned to speak, Thurian took her to the front of the war, stopping the races before they could destroy each other in one final battle. After many months and much conjuring, the four races would finally sign a contract written in stone on a mountain overlooking the Belemnite Sea to end the war. Signing it in blood, the Four Races finally bonded, forming the Order of the Dragon Riders as an act to prevent their races from ever again making the mistakes that had started the war, now forever known as the Dragon-Humanoid War.
These riders and their partners, bonded at their hearts through magic and made immortal by the power of the contract, would become the peacekeepers of the Four races, helping to prevent chaos and dissent from overrunning Kairegorn, aiding in solving problems, mysteries and crimes no others could.
For 300 years, Kairegorn prospered, and great advances in science, magic, medicine and technology were made. Luminos and Thurian’s order grew under their careful watch and the great headquarters of the dragon riders, Castle Draco, was built around the contract, creating a beacon of hope for all who looked to the light.
However, dark forces found their way into the land of Kairegorn. The Orcs and Orku-ta, an evil race that, like the Lamias so many eons before, wished to exploit and enslave the Four Races and take Kairegorn for their own, landed on the shores. They attacked without mercy and won many battles, but thanks to the prowess of the dragon riders, who made exceptional aerial combat units, the enemy was driven back, and the dragon rider numbers grew into the tens of thousands by the time victory was at hand.
Into this, was born the elf boy Deltthion, who at age fourteen, would be chosen by a dragon hatchling, an orange female named Nadira. Together for 200 years, they fought and helped to win many battles, but apart, they were not so strong. During the siege of the human city of Kairodion, Deltthion and Nadira were separated, and Nadira was killed by an Orc’s anti-dragon lance, dying in her rider’s embrace. Enraged, Deltthion slew every enemy in reach until he himself fell unconscious. Guilt and anger took their toll as Deltthion recovered and though he was granted another dragon, a silver male named Sauros (Nadira’s infant brother), the damage to his heart could not be fully repaired and darkness began poisoning both Deltthion and Sauros’ souls. Eventually, the pair left, seeking a way to stave off death completely as a way of avenging Nadira’s untimely demise. Taking twenty other pairs of dragons and riders with them, Deltthion and Sauros delved deeper and deeper into dark magic, eventually siding with the orcs and raising an army of dragon riders of their own.
After a century consolidating their power, Deltthion eventually returned, attacking Castle Draco with the full might of his forces. Though taken off guard, The Order of the Dragon Riders gained the upper hand, but at a great cost. Deltthion and Sauros fought Luminos and Thurian personally, killing the human founder of the dragon riders in front of both battling armies. Enraged, Luminos used all her strength to defeat both dark lords, bringing victory after much loss. Heartbroken as Deltthion had been, Luminos and the order declared war against Deltthion and his forces, now named the Dark Corps. Dwarves, dragons, elves and humans quickly followed suit, and separately they have fought Deltthion on different fronts. For 1,000 years in what would become the Millennium War, they have continued an increasingly bloody and desperate war of vengeance over land, resources and freedom as Deltthion and his lieutenants continue to push at the defenses of the Four Races. Heroes have emerged on both sides and evil is everywhere in forms both familiar and alien. With no end in sight Luminos was given a prophecy, that of a man and a dragon who would end Deltthion and Sauros’ tyranny once and for all:

“Up in the skies when need is dire,
This way come the wings of fire.
The great protectors of the land,
Closing in, close at hand.
This way come the great fighters,
For peace and hope, The Dragon Riders.
Led by Luminos, kind and pure,
By their hand the land endures.
Stoppers of war, keepers of lore,
For this land is the home they adore.
When evil comes and corruption conspires,
Battles come roused with dragon ire.
Warriors fall, battle mounts flee,
For the sight of dragons is terrifying to see.
Their riders fight to the very end,
To save their people, to save their friends.
But then great evil came from within,
With silver dragon and great sin.
With many others he started war,
And for a millennium, grim tales it has bore.
Of monsters and darkness, pain unrelenting,
Teeth crash on scale, and claws do their rending.
All seems lost, but hope prevails,
Within a young man and dragon with green scales.
Riding fast upon the wind,
With great swords of Iilbrithin.
A beacon of light within the dark,
Come green dragon and boy of dragon heart.”

Shortly after this prophecy was made, a young boy: half elf, half human, was born to the dragon riders Hughnen and Ilira Dragonheart, renowned heroes of the war. And to him was bonded a descendent of dragon king Vulcan… a hatchling green and black dragon. All eyes that know of this fated prophecy now look to them as they age and grow to end this bloodshed once and for all."
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