The Annoyance of Creativity
I'm hoping this doesn't come off as bragging or an attempt to annoy anyone that has trouble creating stories, but I felt like I needed to share this today.
If you've followed the blog, you'll know that beyond The Paladin, I have a few other side projects waiting in the rafters. Of course I have the short stories about The Paladin extended universe (Val's Blog is on the front page) but I also have a few stories that are completely unconnected. A story about a blacksmith ripped from his home by godlike creatures and cast to another continent because of a petty squabble betwixt them. The story of a fairy girl who is dreading the day she loses her wings. The story of three kingdoms in an undeclared war, powered by their patron deities. And now... a new one fell into my lap.
I was talking my walk around the mountain today and had my playlist going. I've got a list specifically to help me concentrate on The Paladin (I think tomorrow might be another Paladin Playlist!) and that's what I intended to listen to as I started up the first slope. My thumb slipped. Or perhaps my mind subconsciously was tired of that same music. I won't say what playlist I landed on, but it began a strange hike for me.
It started as a humorous indulgence. I had no serious intentions and the music was, admittedly, a bit silly. But slowly, I started to think that a plot forming in my head could be added to one of my existing projects, specifically the warring kingdoms project. It became quickly apparent that this story, if I intended to do anything with it, would not fit in any of my existing frameworks and would require its own story. I fretted, but continued to the walk.
By the time I returned to the trail head I had concocted a new magic system, a set of rules, geographic locations, and at least four different cultures that would be interacting throughout this story. A story I can't write any time soon. God, I hate being creative sometimes.
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