The journey is an episode in my forever-in-progress novel, Londemonium, an urban fantasy about London,Hell and multicultural underworlds. I found out that I like to include stand-alone stories, folk tales, legends in my stories because I think these give a real depth to a world. In the beginning I added these kind of little episodes to advance on my word count in Nano, but then I have realized that stories and tales are very important to me and what seems like unrelated episodes embedded in the text of the novel are actually reflections either on characters or on themes, so they actually make sense (Yay!)
His skin had grown cold and his body felt heavy like a life well spent. The sun stopped shining for a moment and the moon held her breath on the other side of the world. The great gods had seen the little fish’s heroic journey and they were humbled by the power of his love. They nodded and life returned to the koi. His body felt strange: it wasn’t broken, it wasn’t tired and when he stretched as he usually did after a good night’s sleep, his tail seemed to hit the water far away. He looked at his reflection in the water.
He was no longer a small fish, but a majestic red dragon, strong enough to fight the waves.”
I am also delighted to say that I am guest editor on Fantasia Divinity’s upcoming “Masquarade” anthology.
There are so many things happening, yet I feel like I’m not doing enough.But that’s just how I am, I guess.