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New Project Talk: Experimenting Edition

If you’ve been around The Narcissistic Rose Café for a while, you know how much I love experimenting!! I like to tag entries like this with a “closet mad scientist” moniker. 😀

I have a number of projects in the plot bunny field that are straight up experiments. Before I can get to them without freaking myself out, however, I have to first write a book that has some familiar elements mixed with less familiar elements. A kind of a bridge, let’s say.

Like, before I could write something like WINTER’S SIREN, I had to get my writing back on track with NO REST FOR THE WICKED, because I was a-wandering, and I was not a-having fun.

The current project I’m working on has several scenes that take place in the past. Like the late 1500s past. Originally, to the surprise of no one, I freaked the hell out, got lost in a research hole, and quit. I was doing research on food, in case someone needed to eat something, and I decided, who the eff cares, it’s a coastal city, they’ll just eat fish and rice and cucumber sandwiches if comes up. Then I researched poison, so I would know what was logically available and how fast someone would die if they were poisoned with it, and then I decided, who the eff cares, I’m not even going to name the poison anyway, because the poison I picked has a very unsexy name.

Then I researched royalty, in case I needed to know who was king of different countries in 1579, and it turns out I don’t need to know. Then nobility, because I wanted to understand the family’s position in society, which I didn’t need to know either, because I’m going to have to make up a bunch of stuff anyway. Geography and weather, so I would know where I was and whether it was cold or not, and this didn’t matter because the temperature is just going to be breezy anyway. And then I did research on dogs, just in case one showed up in the past, I wanted it to make sense, so like, no fox hunting dogs, for example, because these people don’t hunt foxes, and if I’m remembering correctly, there aren’t even foxes in that country. This and the poison research are probably the only things I’m using, IF a freaking dog even shows up.

Non-spoiler alert: I found the perfect dog though! An Estrela Mountain dog. So pretty. They were used as guard dogs, so if one shows up, it makes perfect sense. >.<

Despite the research tripping me up, stalling the story, and stressing me out (haha), I get do something I have never done before. I’ve written stories with scenes in the distant past before, that’s actually not new.

I’m talking about writing science fiction! I keep calling this a paranormal sci-fi or fantasy sci-fi, but it’s probably closer to being a sci-fi with magic in it. Now, space-based science fiction is not my thing. It’s not that I find them boring. I actually think they’re really interesting, in movies. In books, I’m just lost. Like, I tried to read one a couple years ago. I couldn’t. It was interesting, but I didn’t know where I was. And I felt like I should have a clue as to where I am after two chapters. Like, was I in outer space in a satellite house? On another planet? On a weird version of earth? I had no idea! But I can always see where I am in a movie.

My sci-fi ideas, however, are all earth-based. And even though the current project is probably sci-fi, it feels very familiar. I have a main character with abilities, just like in a lot of other paranormal and contemporary fantasies that I’ve written.

I did start the first chapter over after dragging through it for what feels like a month. The energy of it just wasn’t right in my head. It’s amazing the difference perception makes.

So, all this to say, I’m writing a book with sci-fi elements and magic in it, and it’s crazy and wild and weird, but like everything I write, it’s a ride, and it’s fun. And I can’t believe I’m doing this. ^_^

Also, I just realized that my poetry book comes out next month. I keep thinking it’s still a couple of months away.


  • Michelle Athy

    I don’t read sci-fi, so what does an Earth-based sci-fi look like? Is it an Earth-like planet but not really Earth? Have fun experimenting–sometimes writing is best when it’s experimentation. Can’t wait for your poetry book!

    • Krystal Jane

      It’s earth but in the future, like Hunger Games or Terminator, or earth on an alternate timeline, like if the Cold War had turned into an actual war. Steampunk falls under the “what if” sci-fi umbrella.

  • Tonja Drecker

    I can’t wait to see what your mad scientists has concocted this time. It sounds like quite the read!
    Your research enlightenment made me laugh. While I always find research very interesting, most everything I discover never gets used in the stories anyway. I’m betting I wouldn’t remember barely any of it either if you asked me about something.
    Only a few weeks left until release day??? Oh wow! That is coming up fast. How exciting!

    • Krystal Jane

      Research being interesting is part of why it’s so easy to fall into a hole of information I don’t need. Lol!

  • Tyrean Martinson

    Your new book sounds awesome and fun to write!
    I’ve been down a few research holes, too. I have this historical fiction book (well, two, actually) that led me down a hole about game-playing in the late 900s. Did it really matter to the story? Well, kind of, not really. I just got interested in what kinds of games, if any, kids in the 900s played. Someday, I will finish that book. Not today. Today, I am taking a break from a MG Fantasy and a SF book to write a Fantasy set in my old story world, Aramatir (the same world as my Champion Trilogy).

    • Krystal Jane

      I’m kind of curious about year 900 games now. I bet some writers are very good at trivia games.The good thing about doing research and then setting the story aside is that when we get back to them, the research is already done. 😀

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