The more you hang around other creative people, the more your own creativity sparks off, even if you're already in the habit of banging rocks together. Case in point: This year I started a new project (Unmortal), and ended up firming up plans for something like FOUR other new future projects. Here's what they look like so far.
The basic idea is this: What if a world with roughly 1970s-level technology (or, heck, what if it was our world from that point?) got access to a way to span the universe in a flash? Imagine how that would shape the diaspora that followed, and how aggressively it would drive human development -- although not necessarily for the better. Essentially a story of the human race thrown headfirst into the future, and realizing it is part of something impossibly larger.
This is a resurrection of a much older project I wrote, shelved, pulled back out once, shelved again, and now have returned to with clear enough eyes that I can probably do justice to it. It is an attempt at a fantasy story, but one that draws more from the likes of Apuleius's The Golden Ass than from any of the current fantasies, whether they draw from the likes of Tolkien (or the Eddas, for that matter) or the Outlaws of the Marsh.
This long-gestating project, something I've repeatedly described as "too weird to even summarize properly", abruptly took form this year. Good! I'm still having trouble communicating it to others, though, in big part because any synopsis of the story isn't going to come close to expressing what it would be like to actually read it.
Well, what did you expect? It's a secret project with no title yet. What I can tell you (and if you're in the know about this, please don't ruin the fun for others) is that it's something I'm essentially doing on a dare. To be honest, it all started as a joke, but when I mentioned the joke to others, they just about knocked over their desks in glee at the idea of something like this existing. Okay, fine. You're welcome. Just don't take it the slightest bit seriously.
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