I had a weird realization the other day, while I was working on plotting out story stuff for the next Artisan Magic book. I was trying to decide how much I wanted to expand the world beyond Kentoria, and I realized that for all that I love dragons, I sure don’t write them.
There was a time in my life that pretty much anything I did was guaranteed to involve dragons. Yet, somehow, looking at the number of things I’ve written–I mean, my twenty second book is about to come out–gives me a disproportionate number of dragons. I have dragons on my desk, on my bookshelves, in my doll room, on my bed, in my dreams. Yet for all my love of the big scalies, how many dragons are in my books?
Because no, contrary to popular belief, Rune is not a dragon.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to have that one dragon in Spectrum Legacy, but I can’t help but feel like I need more.
Back when I used to draw, I sketched dragons a lot. I never did anything with some of the concepts I came up with, but as I thought about all this, I went back and looked at some of those doodles and wondered if they were ideas I should revisit.
Which story needs dragons? Part of me is tempted to see if they would fit into the story world I’m fleshing out for the Artisan Magic books, and another part is tempted to keep the story world much the same as it was presented in The Assassin’s Bride. Largely non-magical, with just artisan skills tapping into something a little more mystical.
So then I think, should I start another series after Artisan Magic? Something heavily bedragoned? The red squiggle under that as I’m typing tells me that’s not a word, but I’m leaving it there, because I’m still having a quandary. Dragons? No dragons? Little tiny dragons that like climbing on rocks and hoard crystals?
I don’t know. I really don’t.
What team are you on?
Team dragon, or no dragon?