So I'm finally on track to get these short stories out. I'm through four of the five, but this fifth one might give me a little trouble. It's a Sword and Planet adventure, which is a genre I've never played with. Here's the kicker, though. Writing this will likely make me have to walk back, or a least apologize for an entry I made not too long ago.
See, I watched all of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and while I absolutely loved it, I though it could benefit from a little bit more realism. Getting the shadows on the moons to look right and other pedantic issues. I don't regret making the blog entry and I truly do believe that going just a little bit further to get certain logical, fact-based details right (this was purely a matter of basic physics, nothing that would've changed the story) can only improve a story. That said, I guess there was something I just didn't know about the genre.
Apparently She-Ra falls into Sword and Planet. I hadn't been thinking about that when I decided to write the new story. A quick scan of Wikipedia reveals that one of the trademarks of Sword and Planet is not strictly adhering to scientific fact. Apparently it's the hallmark of the genre. Yes, we have ships that can fly, but we still insist on fighting with swords. How does this device work? Crystals!
I suppose in a way I should be thankful. Starting a brand new story, even a short story, in an unfamiliar genre could take forever. We saw how long Lieselotte took for me! Loosening the restrictions on writing could open things up. If I don't have to explain how anything works, I won't need to spend as much time plotting and planning. But then... this is me. There's going to be a certain amount of logic that I need in my stories. Will the genre conventions help? I guess we'll see.
Oh, and... sorry, She-Ra.
Don't forget to be awesome!
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.