I dreamed up something new the night before last. It’s set in my “Opera Magique” alternate history fantasy world that I’ve been refusing to work on.It didn’t start out there, but it didn’t start out much of anywhere — dreams are often kind of wishy-washy. When I woke up I told myself jokingly that I should shove this particular dream snippet into Opera just to keep things tidy, which was clearly ludicrous because there had been no magic in the dream at all… and then I realized that having none of my protagonists have magical powers in a world where a number of other people did made their situation a whole lot more interesting, and provided a really good explanation as to why they were sneaking around and pretending to be people that they weren’t and their lives were in danger, etc, etc, etc.
Suddenly there was story.
(With a hero that tells the truth less often than Kide from Pavane does. That’s going to be… interesting.)
I’m not going to add it to the queue yet, but I have no real hope that I’ll be able to forget about it. Eventually I’m going to give up, and give in, and actually start developing that world on purpose instead of by accident. And then I’ll want stories in the world to write about, and there it will be.