I’ve turned what started out as a negative into a positive.
I recently decided that a work-in-progress I was working on had gotten ungainly. It was like that attractive person you always wanted to go out with: You finally get up the nerve to ask them out, have a wonderful few first dates, make a commitment, and then the flaws start popping up. You start to wonder why you ever wanted to be with that person in the first place. Finally, you realize that the problem is really not them, but you, your initial wants and needs were to shallow and you just went into the relationship for the wrong reasons.
That was what my big fantasy piece had turned into.
I still love it, and I will still finish it, but overall I was reaching out beyond the scope of my vision. What originally started as a short story about a business deal between dwarves and gnomes gone wrong ballooned out into a major undertaking involving racism and religion in a fantasy setting. Unfortunately, the road map I had brought with me to get from point A to point B did not have a clear path. I was starting to get lost, so it was time to ask for directions. I did that a few post back and got some great advice.
So for now, the big fantasy project is on the back burner while I take time to complete a World Bible. That process is time consuming because of the canvas I set up to start with. Deciding what races inhabit the world, are there “monsters”, how does magic work, what political standing are currently in place, how do the races (if there are even multiple races) get along, etc. Most painful will be deciding what players will remain. I was nearly half way done before it spun out, I’ve developed a real attachment to some of those characters, but I know that not all of them will be in the story in its final form.
In the meantime I’ve been writing on another short that decided it had more to tell, and it is a subject that has been a darling of mine for a long time. The World Bible for this one is not as extensive, as it is more familiar. I’ve already gotten over a few hurtles that had threatened to trip me up, and the route to completion is pretty clear. Also, it is not strictly fantasy. A majority of the books I read are fantasy or space opera, and this genre, while not unfamiliar, is not one I am normally involved in. This genre’s minutia is not as ingrained in my head, so I am getting to try some different stuff. Been a blast, and I’ve gotten to write about some topics that have interested me for a while.
So, the word counts to the side will change, but I wll only update them once a week or with each post.
In the meantime, I am working on some articles for my old friends at Major Spoilers, hopefully the schedule will calm down enough to be able to tell you when to expect those soon.