If you could write anything you want right now, without worrying about sales, productivity, fan reaction, or anything else, what would you be writing?
I fully understand this question, but really, anything. It's not a particular thing, it's just I like coming up with new ideas; it's just fun. So most anything action-fantasy related. I say anything, I mean in my very narrow niche. So, I had been considering something that is more like a Korean light novel in style, something that is a game sort of system, but in the real world. So something like Solo Leveling or The Gamer, those are the ones that I guess would be more popular that you would know. Something like that I think would be fun, something I've wanted to do. Because infamously I don't really understand LitRPG; I don't really get it. I've read a lot of it; it's not really my cup of tea and it feels like ti should be. So I would like to figure that out in the genre that is closest to what I would like to write. So that's one thing I think would be fun.
Another thing I think would be fun is I mentioned space fantasy earlier; that is something I have been kicking around for awhile. I think that aesthetic is really cool. Again, it's just a theme, just a subgenre, it's not a particular story. There are a few character ideas I really like, a few game mechanics I really like, or world mechanics. I would love to do a sort of survival style fantast novel, like The Martian. I would love to, these are... Gothic fantasy, gothic horror style fantasy, so not a horror novel, a fantasy novel, but in a gothic fantasy, like Innistrad, if that means anything to you.
Oh, I would also really would love to do holiday books; I've wanted to do those a long time. Halloween, I love that aesthetic, I'd love it for a fantasy novel. Christmas, I love that aesthetic, I'd love it for a fantasy novel. Something like Nightmare before Christmas, but as a setting for a fantasy. I think it would be really neat. The problem with that is it feel like I would have to come up with holiday analogies for the other two seasons, because we have winter and we have fall. I just think it would be cool. I think it would be neat to have a character that has Christmas magic, right? I think it would be fun. So yeah, standard sort of ideas that I kick around. Those are all sort of things that appeal to me. But if I could write anything right now, it would probably batting one of those around until it felt like it clicked and then I would go with that.
The funny thing is, when I consider writing a new thing, I kind of go around in circles. I go around between, "Ah man, is this too much like Cradle, is this not enough like Cradle? Is this the kind of thing people expect from me? Is this a thing they expect too much? Is this..." And I get up in my head a little too much. It's funny, because when I look at other creators who have that mentality, I don't care of it's too similar, or not similar enough. Just do something. It's fine. So I know that's the attitude I should have. And it is probably the attitude that I will actually go with. But it's just... It's hard. I still go round and round about it. That's it.
There's a part of me that says... so I'm playing Stardew Valley right now, ConcernedApe, that's the developer of this, last week announced his next project, which is called Haunted Chocolatier. And it basically is a gothic, or lightweight horror themed chocolate factory. So it is sort of like a whimsical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, mixed with ghosts, mixed with Stardew Valley. And what it looks like right now, and we have very little information about this so it could end up being completely wrong, but what it looks like right now, is effectively Stardew, but with a different, more fantastical theme. And I love that. I think that's great. I wish people would just keep doing what people like from them more often. I also think people should just straight up copy people more often. I don't know why there aren't more knock offs of Harry Potter, weirdly. Even though there is tons of school fantasy, I'm like, why aren't there more Harry Potter knock-offs? Because there are tons of Twilight knock-offs. But as much as I say that, then I think, yeah, but that would that be fun for me? Is that what I want to do? Then again, I think about the chance to start over on Cradle and redesign it from the ground up, knowing what I know now, and that appeals to me. So, it wouldn't be Chinese cultivation novel inspired now, by the way. Probably. It would Probably have more different inspirations or conventions, not so much from the Chinese cultivation side of things. It's just, you know. I've done that. So it would be a different thematic inspiration, if anything. That's my answer.
One of the character types I've wanted to do for quite some time is a, because I haven't done this before, is a nobleman. Do like a noble. Someone who is born into a noble house. Someone who was born into more privilege and luxury, because that is something that I just haven't done before. So my characters tend to not be there. So, technically, Lindon is born into, like he's in a well off family, right? Well, for Sacred Valley, right? But the bottom of the bottom of the barrel in Cradle context. So it's more something that they would face unique challenges and start in a very different place. So that would be an interesting aspect to play with. That's all. Just be a little different. That's it. (responding to chat) No, Eithat doesn't count, and here's why: Eithan is not the primary protagonist of the series. So it's Lindon I'm comparing to, Lindon and Simon I'm comparing to. Because of course I've written characters who are noble before. Mercy is.