Third installment of quarantine activities. This one has been modified a bit since first conception.
So, I’ve been working half-heartedly on the non-fiction book project. Mostly looking through, marking up, and taking notes on articles, books, and websites to incorporate. Still have yet to add anything from them, but hopefully that will start shortly. In the meantime, roughly 50,000 words in to things. Pretty happy with that for a second draft.
On the more creative, fiction side, I have put together several worldbuilds of varying levels of detail. Most have been set aside as “practice” material, or proof of concept, or trying out an idea that may reappear later in a more evolved form. Currently, I’m sitting on two, one of which may not go anywhere and the other is at a minimal detail stage (basically a collection of random notes).
That one has spawned a number of focused worldbuilding/lore vignettes and some shorts. I think the shorts are going to be further developed as a sort of slice of life style collection. For a while, even before working on the magic book, but emphasized as I worked on it, I’ve had a thought nagging at the back of my mind. We have a lot of stories, novels, TV shows, movies, etc. that incorporate, involve, or focus on magic schools. However, these almost exclusively focus on the perspective of the students (usually the newest student). The only exceptions I could think of off hand were Pratchett’s Unseen University (faculty perspective, and once a faculty-staff perspective, sort of, in Unseen Academicals) and Charmed’s Magic School (kind of faculty/admin perspective). But, the former is a parody of real world schools and the latter was never a major focus (and was primarily added, for a season or so, due to the rising popularity of Harry Potter).
These little slice of life, linked, vignettes/shorts kind of morphed as I developed the lore vignettes. They’ve become focused on the perspective of the staff of a magic school (caretaker, security, cook, grounds, librarian, steward, healer) moving behind the scenes. I may expand them into some of the areas geographically immediately adjacent to the school too.