Word count: 9,568 / 35,000
Approaching the 30% mark—yay!
I’ve been getting the urge to write different genres of romance, especially low fantasy with dark elements. Desire first hit while playing Out of the Abyss with my D&D group. I’m told our group is quite unique in the way we play. We seem to run into deep philosophical, ethical and moral climaxes all the fucking time. Though I suppose that’s what happens when you shove two academics, two movie buffs and a romance writer into Faerun.
Maybe it’s a byproduct of how we play, but it tickles something in me. I love the idea that ordinary mortal conflict can be emphasised by something supernatural or fantastical, but then be solved by something perfectly mortal like compassion and love. (My fantasy fantasy is absolutely not grimdark.)
My notebook is full of story ideas—golden age, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, LGBTQ+, some serious #OwnVoices shit—so I’m not sure when I’d get around to actually writing fantasy. But reading Stefanie Simpson’s Demon Beauty recently stoked my fire, and I’m thinking a low-key no-pressure side project might be good creative catharsis while working through the novels and novellas in my queue.
To think, just two years ago, I was starved for ideas, feeling I’d never get back on the fiction writing horse. Sometimes all it takes is to get the ball rolling.
Enough rambling. The Dragon’s Den won’t write itself.