Happy Saturn’s Day
I have longed to do another urban/modern fantasy series. I love the thought of magic in the modern scientific world and what that could do to a story has always been a favorite concept. I have done several things in this world backdrop and in my opinion some of my best writing is in this genre.
Using myself as the basis of a character is not new either, but I did go into that full-fledged in my last modern fantasy series – The Hedge Wizard of Redburg. You can no longer read this, as I deleted the blog it was on and did not copy the content. I wanted it lost forever other than memories of it still are in my head and perhaps the head of another. It was a labor of love and even though it was very good artistically, on personal level it needed to go. It conjured up to many emotional conflicts in myself.
That said, it was good shit. Like high quality marijuana good shit. I mean it was some of the best writing have done to date and with a little polishing it could have been publishable. Part of that was the love I put into it and I am trying to recover that but focus on the right person to love this time – my wife. I want this to be a labor of love for her. The irony is she will not appear in it directly as that is another part of this experiment – learning to write out of love for my wife, while being able to write all kinds of things that don’t really involve her. I am kind of taking a half way approach where I am in the story and not her. Hopefully I can write later stuff without me or her in it and still be out of love for her. I need her to be my muse and I think that this can be done by writing this series as a way to get that started.
How do I do this? Well, by doing a divergent time line for myself personally where she gets killed by the bad guys. This provides my motivation to strike back – love for her causes me to become a rebel and strike against the wizard system of this world. For this the Hedge Wizard becomes the backdrop canon for my background. It will be mentioned infrequently and a couple of characters will make a reappearance. Nothing emotionally challenging as all of them are fictional and not based on real people. The Council, The Houses, the Faerie as well as all the rest will be there as they were. I just want to save time there, but not bring up old wounds. So I am going to be pretty selective in how things take place and which characters get in this series and for what reason. There will be a lot of new characters too.
The main character will be me. Well me in a different world, with a different timeline because of magic. Names of people and places will be changed to protect the innocent and guilty and because this is really a true fantasy about a divergent timeline and the future, nothing is really based on real events. It’s based on how I perceive I would react to being a wizard in the modern world and I had experienced a great tragedy. What would I do if some one I love very much were to be taken away and the authorities could do nothing about it, but I had the power to do something about it? It’s a moral question I will be asking throughout this series and the major theme. That along with – How far would I be willing to go to get justice/vengeance? What happens as you grieve and work though it will be there too, and the struggle between a desire for justice and the guilt you feel for your own responsibility in the problem?
I want to emphasize this is an experiment and it might not work. I hope if you read it; it is enjoyable to you. My goal is to find that deep love for writing something because I have a deep love for someone. I want that to start motivating all my writing. because for me it ups my game by 20 times or more. It could also fail, so be advised this series could be short-lived or last for years. I really don’t know. There is also an element of writing for therapy in this and I can’t deny that if it works, then I might either slow down or speed up depending on the results. This is one avenue that I have decided to use to get closure on some things so there is that emotional aspect.
Don’t worry, The Grey Wayfarer serial will also continue next week and I will make a point to write it every other week til the end of the year. After graduation and finding a new job, I might write on it and this new one more often and I have other ideas. For the first time in my life I am also seriously considering writing novels as a way to make money and so I will probably be working on my first one very soon after graduation. I have thought of being a writer as a career and now it seems it’s a good time to test those waters as any. I am hoping this experiment will lead to a high level of motivation and love for writing again. One that lasts.
So next week there will probably be a double dip of The Grey Wayfarer and Rogue: Wizard – The Fire of Fury. Then we will go from there. Hope you enjoy it.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.