The evolution of Crystal Moon

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.


Those of us who are writers know that creativity is not only a trait we possess. In reality, creativity possesses us, and we are merely the instrument through which ideas flow. At some times those ideas flow more easily than at others, yet we must continue writing. I have talked about many ways that I become inspired to write, but one of the most important things for me as a writer is to be surrounded by creativity.

I think it goes without saying that I am a nerd. Many of you reading this may not know me personally, but I am a fantasy author, and in order to write speculative fiction one needs to be nerdy on some level. My wife and I have shelves of Lego scenes ranging from medieval castles and monsters to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Maybe this sounds silly, but it is a hobby we do together. We build, modify, and set up scenes for display. We also have Legend of Zelda calendars and puzzles of Hyrule on the wall.

There was a time when I was embarrassed of all this. I was fine with my immediate family knowing, but allowing the outside world to know about it was quite a different matter. As I got a little older, I stopped caring as much what outsiders think. We all have quirks, and I decided to embrace mine. In doing so, I have found that my home is comprised of two very important things: love and creativity. I have come to realize that both of these fuel my writings.

Maybe my approach isn’t the same as yours, but if you are into creative writing, I suggest developing a creative atmosphere to inspire you, if you haven’t done so already. It made a world of difference for me.