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A fantasy story, something completely different

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So, the votes are in (had we not just left this party?), and unless some last-minute, momentous turn of events happens, it looks like I will be writing a whole new fantasy story for my Patreon supporters.

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Which is fine with me – obviously, or I would not have listed it as an option.
I’m a bit sad about Asteria, but she was always the outsider in my catalog.

But I got more than votes – I got suggestions, too.
And I had plans and ideas of my own, so let’s see what’s on the plate.

The-Hand-of-Isfet previewI was asked for more Aculeo & Amunet.
And boy do I want to go back to those two!
The problem so far is I haven’t been relaxed enough to sit down and do a new story about Aculeo and Amunet. I have ideas, notes, things, but not the peace of mind required.
But OK, let’s say I’ll have a new Aculeo & Amunet story out by this summer. Before, if possible. By the end of May, for my birthday, would be nice.
It was also suggested I could do something about Nennius Britannicus and his Contubernium. As I explained on Patreon, Britannicus and the guys are about to appear in a magazine, and I want to see how that outing goes before I decide what to do with them. More stories are certainly coming, but let me see how the market reacts at the first.

Also, I was asked about the possibility of doing an Aculeo & Amunet Role Playing Game. My long-time followers know that such a thing was in the works from day one of the series, or thereabouts, but cautious inquiries with my publisher drew a blank.
BUT, considering how expanding into self-produced RPGs seems to be a good idea, I will probably do it, and I will probably do in in 2018, so watch this space.
I need to find me a gaming engine, and some copyright-free art, and then I’ll be running.
Thoth knows I’m not short of notes and background.


I was also asked about a story set along the Silk Road.
And this ties-in with Aculeo & Amunet, because I know the future stories of the two will take place in Central Asia. So, rest assured, a Silk Road fantasy is coming, and it will feature Aculeo and Amunet.

I was asked for a story set in the stone age.
513FXqA5hqL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_I have a friend that is working on a Stone Age fantasy setting, and we threw around a few ideas. Atlantis, Lemuria, the might and smarts of the lowly Homo sapiens versus the super-science of those ancient, decadent empires… stuff like that. My friend’s suggestion was to write something along the lines of Manly Wade Wellman’s stories about Hok the Mighty, published in the volume Battle in the Dawn. I find the idea very attractive, I am considering it right now as a possible theme for the forthcoming 12.000-words story, and while I’m not sure I’ll go for it straight away, I’ll certainly tackle it sooner or later. What worries me and attracts me at the same time is that I’d be forced to write a sort of character that’s very far away from my standard, an individual of a few words and of much action. But it’s good to try something out of our comfort zone once in a while.
Flint knives, clubs and sabre-tooth tigers could be quite fun.

And here we are – now I’ll wait for the poll to close, and then spend 48 hours thinking about my options.



Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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