Monday, April 18, 2011

Mood swings

Today I find myself slipping into a Science Fiction mood.  It happens a lot.  I will go long periods of being in a specific "genre mood" and I will write, read, watch, and sometimes play, in that genre.  Then, seemingly out of nowhere, another genre will intrude and insinuate itself in my mind like a virus.

Ok, it's not usually out of nowhere.  But it is commonly the result of something minor, even mundane; a casual remark, the cover of a book, a piece of news.  This time, I'm not 100% sure where it came from.  It could possibly be that my bi-weekly D&D game has been going on for so long, and I am not accustomed to that happening.  When I lived in San Diego, my gaming group had ADD.  A "long-term campaign" would last maybe ten sessions.  Then, invariably, we'd all silently agree that it was time for a change.  So, we'd switch gears.  Sometimes for a single night, sometimes for ten more sessions.  Occasionally we'd even switch back to what we had done before.

Anyways, whatever the cause, the SciFi bug has bitten me, and I am wondering what to do.  I am currently writing a serial about Thomas Magni, which is SciFi/Parody.  But interest is waning a bit there, and it's not enough.  Then again, it's only week three.

My wife suggested taking a "cheat day" and exploring it.  Not sure if that will be enough either, but it's worth a shot.  So, maybe I'll set the Sword & Sorcery stuff aside for a bit, and look at some hard SciFi writing.  Maybe watch a good movie.  Don't want to pick up a book just yet, as I am currently trying to read about four different books as it is.

You know, it just occured to me while writing this blog where the bug came from.  A few days back Black Gate Magazine ran an article about Star Frontiers.  That's what did it!  It was that damn Larry Elmore cover for Alpha Dawn.  Gets me every time.

Ok, fine.  Lemme put away this broadsword and pull out my laser rifle...

You know, sometimes it ain't easy being me.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

I definitely go through moods as far as my reading. Not so much for my writing, but I guess I kind of always write whatever I feel like writing at the moment, or else I feel like writing what I'm supposed to be writing.