Fascinated by Fantasy
Talk about March madness! After releasing Ascent of the Nebula last month, I dove right into my next book, The Last Motley. Sometimes editing can feel like a slow, plodding process, but the manuscript had been sitting on the shelf for several months and so going back through it was more like going on a family reunion. I got to spend time with all of these wonderful characters and get reacquainted again. Much like with real family, it was like picking up right where we left off.
I am so in love with this book that I felt even more pressure than usual to push through and get it closer to publication. I went into something of an editing frenzy, working on it sometimes long after my body was telling me it needed sleep. As a result, now that I’m finally finished, I can barely muster up the excitement to enjoy passing this wonderful milestone. I’m just too wiped out. Maybe after a few days I’ll be able to recover and celebrate a little, but at the moment I think I just need sleep…and a hair cut. I actually have needed one for a few weeks, but I couldn’t bother taking the hour out of my schedule to go get one. That’s how consumed I’ve been with this project!
Fantasy is just fantastic
Of course all my books have been a privilege to write, but there’s something special about this one. I think I might have mentioned this before, but one of the main reasons I am so enchanted with this story is because fantasy is by far my favorite genre. I love science fiction, but I’ve read far more fantasy than scifi or any other genre for that matter.
So why didn’t I start out writing fantasy? Well, first off, I think as an author you end up writing the story that captures your imagination. For me, starting out, that just happened to be the story told in The Chronotrace Sequence. But secondly, if you’ve read that series you probably noticed that it’s not “hard” science fiction. It’s far closer to Star Wars than Star Trek. So my fantasy tendencies seeped through even in when writing a scifi series. In that sense, I’ll probably always be writing things with a hint of fantasy. Thus, my penchant for the term “genre of imagination” to describe my writing as it doesn’t seem to fall neatly into one specific category.
Writing a straight up fantasy novel like The Last Motley definitely reminded me of why I enjoy fantasy so much. The characters are just so genuine and relatable and it’s so easy to fall into their struggles. I think it’s so easy to imagine ourselves in fantasy worlds because, even though they are fictional, they usually share the some basic flora and fauna as our own world and many of the same conventions. People travel on roads, ride horses, stay at inns, cook their food over fires, sing songs, and buy and sell in the market. And there is something appealing about living in simpler, less complicated times. Besides the generally agrarian pace of life, in fantasy worlds the conflict between good and evil is writ large in a way that it rarely is in modern life. And when we are awakened to that struggle in fiction we may, perhaps (hopefully), see it more clearly once the books are back on the shelf.
Changes on the horizon
So what’s up next? Well, once I get that hair cut and a few good nights of sleep under my belt I’m going to polish off my fantasy short story, A City Called Brazen. It’s actually set in the world of Arinn, which is also the setting for The Last Motley, but with different characters.
Once that’s finished, I’m actually planning on doing some major gear shifting and getting around to a redesign of my web site. This site was designed several years ago and I feel it’s a bit dated and doesn’t really highlight my work as well as I’d like it to. I think it’s important enough that I’ll actually be taking a break from publishing and from posting here while the site is rebuilt. That’s probably at least a week away, but I’ll let you know when things temporarily shut down and I’ll probably be pretty scarce for a week or so while I reboot the system.
So yes, March has been crazy and things probably won’t be slowing down anytime soon. But such is the life of a writer.
So what have you been up to, lately? Drop me a line or a comment below and let me know!