Sunday, February 28, 2021

Anatomy Of An Idea: Hunting Fire

 Grimbold anthology "Lost Gods" comes out tomorrow - order it here! - and contains one of my rare reprints, Hunting Fire.  This began as a writing prompt / freewrite on the theme of unseasonable weather.  As is my usual habit, I decided to tackle it a bit backwards:  I wrote about a warm spell in cold terrain, but from the perspective that this was a bad thing, even catastrophic.  I love to write about hospitable wintry environments, places where the cold is a refuge, not an enemy.

Of course, such environments can still be challenging for humanity, so I created a nonhuman race - the Glaciads - to live there.  With that decision came a few nonhuman mores and social structure, not enough to render them truly alien, but to separate them from humanity.  The choice to give the main character a daughter was a bit of a whim, but it turned out to be integral to the resolution.

As to the lost god ... you'll have to read the story and find out.