That RIGHT left turn in Albuquerque

First, the word count. On Ohio 4 today, I got 1264 new words (out of my planned 1250…), and on Book 4, I now have 18,426 total.

This was, overall, an excellent writing day, in which stuff happened that I was not anticipating that was way better than the stuff I’d planned. My characters were in trouble, one of them was in terrible danger… and still is…

BUT this was not the day I’d planned. It was better… but in the same way that when Bugs Bunny popped out of the ground to discover that he wasn’t where he thought he’d be, he discovered he was on the moon. Or a beach with palm trees.

Someplace good.

I’m definitely not where I planned to be, but I am for damn sure someplace better. 

I set out to write five urban fantasy novels. 

I read a bunch of urban fantasy novels beforehand — some I really loved, and some I loathed… but I understood why each of them was urban fantasy, and what made them THAT…

And what I planned to write was that.

These novels are not that.

A simple left turn would have gotten me to urban fantasy.

But I turned some other way, and then a bunch of other ways after that. Up, down, in a spiral, then right, through a fourth dimension, up some stairs, left at a dragon, past the monk and through a nonexistent corridor that vanished behind me….

And here I am.

Whatever kind of fantasy I’m writing, it isn’t Urban Fantasy as defined by the state of the genre as it stands. Or ever stood.

It’s fantasy. Definitely fantasy.

And epic.

And contemporary… well.. contemporary-ish, with some bits that aren’t.

Beyond that, I don’t know.

I got the words, and I love the words… but I’ve just discovered have I no clue what to call these words, since I am not going where I thought I was going, I’m not writing in the genre I thought I was writing, and the core story is not behaving as I expected it to behave.

So… I’ll just keep writing, and when I wherever the hell I’m going — well, maybe when I get there, I’ll figure out what to call this.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and indie-publish my new ones.


2 comments… add one
  • Mike Lucas Aug 3, 2021 @ 20:01

    Reading Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, I’ve noticed that it starts off as urban fantasy but seems to get more and more “epic” as the series goes on.
    Are the Ohio books like that at all? (Note, I’m only half or 2/3 of the way through the Dresden books — it’s amazing and I like it a lot, but never really feel compelled to read the next book immediately.)

    There are also a lot of YA fantasy books that take place in the modern world but more epic fantasy. Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven and Dragonwatch series are like that. Maybe yours is kind of like those except for adults?

  • dragon Aug 3, 2021 @ 14:46

    Thumbs up. I am now really looking forward to reading this because it sounds like something I’m really gonna love. Having fun reading your updates.

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