First the Good, I’ve officially been in full writing mode again. An 18,000 word in 7 day stretch that officially flushed the Doubt Monster and saw me finish up Book 4 of my planned 5 book Epic Fantasy series. I was even motivated enough with it again to charge straight into book 5…
Except Bad: When I looked at the ending of Book 4 that I wrote, even though I think it’s awesome, I saw that I had just written something that needed another book to get to the planned finale. No time line issues or anything like that. It’s just there would be a lot of things ‘explained’ going into the last book that would’ve been better played out. One of the things that annoyed me about the otherwise excellent David Gemmell Trojan War reimagination was how the war started, and then magically we jump over 10 years of fighting (which wasn’t all siege) to get to the end. I didn’t want readers to feel the same way with this. Not after four books. That it took me less than an hour to write the 40 chapter outline only convinced me that my 5 book series needs to be 6. lol
The Catastrophic: I was writing with my fountain pen today, when pop. I unscrew the pen and inspect it, and it looks ok. Until I put the cap back on. Next time I pick it up, and the body is cock-eye. I think it might be a trick of the light, and an hour later, I take another look. Nope. Clearly bent. So I unscrew it to look for the crack, and snap. Breaks right below the retaining ring. So much for the fountain pen. Sadness.
Let’s just hope that doesn’t put the brakes on my good writing spell. I was actually rethinking not doing NaNo this year.
Oh don’t try to explain it to me. Just Shut the Frak Up and Take My Money already!
I need say no more. I can watch this a hundred times and not get bored of it.
Nemeth! Think of the Ankles!
Such that I’m at the point of thinking I just need to shelve the Epic Fantasy until I’ve gotten the creative juices flowing again and don’t feel like I’m writing just to finish a project. It doesn’t help that I find myself wondering ‘why am I doing this’? waaaay too often these days.
So when I saw this article on my Facebook feed today, I found myself geeked: http://www.dailydot.com/geek/dreadpunk-dragoncon-gothic-horror-fantasy/?fb=gk
Now, I don’t know how different from Steampunk it *actually* is. Penny Dreadful Steampunk is not uncommon to the genre. And most authors playing in Steampunk (Including myself) have indulged in the dark side of the greasy, soot-rain streets more than once. Let alone when I allowed zombies into my Steampunk (Before the Walking Dead made them cool, I might add.) But when I read this, it definitely sparked the idea mill for the first time in a while. I could do this in an 1800ish Auroriverse setting very easily, actually.
But Gothic Horror in Victoriana? Yeah. I can write this. ;)
This one *might* be an exception: http://www.epictimes.com/2015/08/zorro-to-be-rebooted-in-a-post-apocalyptic-setting/
I could even see a way this could function with a nod to the original. Our noble hero remembers his history (or alternate history) and the story of the Californian who fought the oppressive governors in his day and decides to take up the mantle to right wrongs in the present. Now, how rapier and bull-whip would work in a post-apocalyptic setting is another question. But I love me some classic duels–which looked nothing like the watered down sport version people see once every four years in the Olympics. So I’d roll with it, given some decent handwavium.
Whether I want to or not: Cthulhu! And I call destroying reality a fair trade for the end of ISIS. The real world is overrated anwyay.