I have said before that I am very nerdy. I love Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and many more fantasy stories. Part of being a fantasy writer is immersing myself into the genre and absorbing as much as possible.
One day my wife and I were talking about funny plots, we thought it would be hilarious if there was a story about a man who thought his wife was a Dark Lady of the Sith. This guy is so obsessed with Star Wars that he literally sees the story’s villains in his wife. He is unable to tell the difference between reality and fiction and after some time he loses his grip on reality entirely.
Since I didn’t want to deal with the copy write of Star Wars I changed Sith to witch. The plot was then about a man who was absolutely paranoid and convinced his wife is a witch instead.
However, as time went on and I got feedback from beta readers it became clear that it no longer worked as a comedy. That feedback also aligned with a gut feeling I had about it. So a complete overhaul has been in the works, and that means it is doubtful the book will be out this Fall. The delay will mean a much better book, which to me is worth it.
In the meantime, here is the working description for the novel: Gerald’s life changed a year ago, leaving him moody, exceptionally hungry, and scared. He lives in absolute terror every day. It isn’t the typical monsters like ghosts that terrorize him, but his very own wife! For reasons Gerald cannot fathom, she has become a witch bent on hexing her husband, or so he thinks. As he attempts to survive his wife’s curse and the difficulties that come with it, he discovers a friend who helps him along the way and a new town that feels like it was made just for him. While Gerald’s plight grows worse, he begins to document his experiences, but little does he know, his wife has been keeping a record as well.
This is a little off-topic for me, but it is something that I have been thinking about for a while. I haven’t been sure if it is something I could put in my blog or not since I try to keep the theme of writing. I decided to dive into it because I feel it is important and can be connected to writing.
An author is expected to “show” not “tell” while developing a story, or in other words lead the reader to water don’t force her to drink. That had got me thinking, what if everyone was expected to do that not just authors?
I know, it is pretty crazy, but imagine a world where people proved they were good instead of simply saying they were? Isn’t that the way things are supposed to be anyway? I have had actual experiences like this. I knew a habitual liar who claimed to be a good person, even after lying to children for over a year. I knew someone who bragged about having above average mental health because said person was in treatment. If this stuff is true, why say it? If someone is honest or has good mental health shouldn’t that be obvious and not needing to be announced?
Instead of saying you are a good person, show it. Actually, it is probably better if you never say it at all. We all have slip-ups, and that sort of stuff can come around to bite you. Just look at the current political season, that is evidence enough right there.
As a writer, obviously I’m a huge fan of books. I love that books are able to flush out a plot and the characters better than most movies because they aren’t confined to a certain length. In saying that, I argue that films are just as important as books to the genre, and frankly there is quite a shortage of quality fantasy movies.
The most recent fantasy films we got were The Hobbit Trilogy. Many people are divided over this films. Some complain about the deviations from the books, the 60 frames per second, supposed lack of character development, and the over usage of CGI. I would argue that they are gleaming gems for the fantasy genre. These films are far from perfect, but in the context that films should be judged separately from books they are some of the best fantasy films made recently. No, I do not count the overabundance of Marvel movies, besides they are science fiction not fantasy.
Over all there has been a draught of well-made blockbuster fantasy films, which is rather disappointing. Why is that I wonder? It isn’t like the audience for fantasy movies is too small. I would imagine filmmakers could tap into The Lord of the Rings fan base. Over the last decade science fiction movies, particularly superhero moves, have seen a huge uptick in quantity. Most fantasy films I have seen in recent years have been independent films, which is fine of course, but where are all the major films? Someone might point to Warcraft, and that might be a valid point, but we all know that movies based on videogames are rarely tolerable let alone good. Perhaps Warcraft will prove an exception to the rule, but that is still one move. The fantasy movies that have been released within the last few years have generally been panned. The Seventh Son, The Last Witch Hunter, all of them were pretty mediocre as far as reviewers were concerned.
What can us fantasy fans do about this? Well, maybe not much but we can support the films that are being released and maybe give attention to indie films. Typically, independent films have low budgets and subpar special effects, but I have found more than a few gems. Hopefully since superhero movies have made such an impact on culture, fantasy will not be so over looked in the coming years.
Due to spending a couple months on the second etition of Goandria: Visions of War, my next novel will be delayed. I originally hoped Crystal Moon would be out this month or next month, but that is no longer probable. I want to have the best book possible and realized Crystal Moon is best as an urban fantasy thriller, not a dark comedy. That means the editing and revising process will take much longer on top of already being set back.
There will be more updates as I continue to work on my next project.