It was over a Thanksgiving holiday when I was at home alone, writing from a vague idea that gnomes had gotten bad press (those long beards and silly, pointy hats) and that dragons were cosmic embodiments of the laws of nature.
From that came about seven thousand words in three days and the concept for the novel.
Now I am reading Shawn MacKenzie's The Dragon Keeper's Handbook, a compendium of dragon lore, and I'm learning many new details about dragons that are providing me with ideas for new stories for my Dragons of Blood and Stone series.
I have one story for a little dragon, and the book has a section on "pseudo-dragons." I had planned to call them "little cousins" in my story (and probably still will). My money-hungry dragon in Dragons of Blood and Stone should benefit from MacKenzie's section on Western dragons, and the sand dragons in my short story "Who Listened to Dragons" should benefit from the section on Wyrms. I've already gained insight into DBS and "WLD" from a section I've just read on shape-shifting dragons.
Intuition--what characterization fits my feeling and intent--and research--what fits historical precedent--dovetail to new stories and perspectives. MacKenzie's The Dragon Keeper's Handbook, as a field guide to dragons, will help as I explore the terra incognita of my imagination.
Meanwhile, what am I doing rambling? My friends are calling me. They await patiently to become.
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