It involved the stripper sitting on me in a particular way, as she successfully investigated my own anatomy, whilst I was blinded due to aforementioned particular-ness. Fortunately no public humiliation was involved . It could be argued by the conservatives and other sex-negative folk amongst us that my dignity was gone for even finding myself in that situation, but it was a buck's night .
What kinds of ideas do you have for future books?
I'd like to continue with the world described in the two stories I linked before, investigating other areas. The world itself is a combination of worlds, which were once separate stories of their own. I decided to mix 'em up into one work. Here's a list of stories I have in mind from that universe, so to speak. Lol, spoilers.
- An orphaned magic-user (I call witches in this story, because there are several kinds of different magic in this world, not because they have an affiliation with wicca, etc ) is brought up on a magic-tolerant island that is completely ignorant of the rest of the world. She foresees a future lover in battle (who is currently a stranger to her) during a dream. Along with her insanely jealous rival, she is sent off the island in a perilous coming-of-age ceremony for the foreign-born (lots of magic babies wash up at this place, etc, well-intentioned population control measure ), where she accidentally ends up in the region of her birth where magic is forbidden. She meets up with a bunch of other people from various cultures in her journey, and they travel to other regions of the planet, where they find out some revelations (like competing international spy networks that have bugged everyone). They also learn about the origins of their world, and meet the witch progenitor, who is a sympathetic villain that wants to ultimately supplant the divine creator (resulting in the potential of lots of world destruction). I'm currently flirting with the idea that the entire journey is a cruel setup for the protagonist, where as previously I only had her foreseen stranger/lover betray her. She's already a broken character at the beginning of the story, so I want to explore the depths of her sanity . The person she trusts the least, ends up being right, etc. A trope done to death, but I don't care .
- There are regions of the world, which seem like empty chasms that go all the way down to the centre of the planet, but are rather actual places only accessible via dreaming. One story takes place inside of this dream world. The "god" (which I call the Dream Weaver) responsible for the place's existence doesn't know about the outside world, and is very xenophobic to those that enter it. In the story, he's presented as a character for the protagonist to protect, so there is a bit of moral ambiguity. All the evils in this dream world are caused by how the Dreamweaver perceives his surroundings. The main antagonist is (naturally) the Nightmare Weaver, who was originally banished for no good reason, and becomes evil out of festering hatred (much like the evil witch in the previous story). Another antagonist is a rival lucid dreamer, living out his fantasies, and being pissed off that the Dream Weaver has issues with his existence . There's also a lot of other sub-plots with various other characters.
- Another story takes place in another area isolated from the rest of the world; the god of which has died, and in death, has split up into several incarnates, each sharing a specific element. Whilst the incarnates are alive, the world suffers from a lack of what their particular element is, eg: The death incarnate existence prevents people from dying, the water incarnate existence prevents the water cycle, the life incarnate prevents new generations of life coming about, the fire incarnate prevents new fires, etc. The region the story takes place in is thus pretty barren and depressing. All these incarnates are innocent children, who develop their powers during puberty. People connect the dots and want to kill them or experiment on them for the greater good, and most are pretty resistant to the idea. The protagonists are not on their side. Moral ambiguity and crises ahead. Woo. Fortunately some of the incarnates are less likeable, because they let their powers get to their head, making the job of ridding them easier. Once again, there are sub-plots, and revelations to the larger story arc.
- Another story follows the adventures of a student in a warrior academy. The entire school is massacred, except said student, by what seemed to be a trustworthy figure. So he studies up, and learns about the legend who began the academy, who apparently could defeat any opposing force by his mere presence (body language / aura, etc). Then he ventures out into the world to get the person(s) responsible for the massacre, whilst mimicking the trials of the legend. He eventually learns the cause of a lot of problems (including the massacre) was due to the resurfacing of some sentient embodiment of order. The first time this embodiment appeared, it did so in the form of chaos back in the days of the legend, and apparently the legend didn't successfully defeat it, so the student must surpass the master in order to do so. Blah blah blah. Also, sub-plots and greater story arc revelations.
- Another story focuses on the journey of a mother, whose child is a hybrid that isn't supposed to exist. The father is basically an element required in the world's programmed renewal (by renewal, of course, the current world must be destroyed). These elements (which I've called cherubs, angels, and seraphs, for simplicity's sake) aren't supposed to be having children with normal humans, etc. The programmers are in essence scientists, and the world is their unethical experiment. So the mother joins up with a ragtag bunch of people, deals with their subplots, and then tries to prevent this renewal process from happening, which requires her baby being kept alive.
- Finally, in this universe, you basically have those with
- As said somewhere else, I want to do a lot more development, so I imagine a lot of these ideas above changing a lot / being fundamentally unrecognisable.
In a totally unrelated story: I'd like to write a political thriller/drama based in the real (albeit alternate) world. The protagonist being a journalist who finds out something along the lines of what conspiracy nutters believe in. That'd require a lot of research since I want to write a convincing story, and that'd require understanding the inner workings of government (particularly the Australian government ). At least with fantasy, you can just make shit up.