It’s almost the end of the quarter and the beginning of the holiday break. I am in that state of mind where I would rather be doing almost anything than the things I have put on my to-do list. Of particular interest are stories I am not working on, holiday plans which don’t need to be made quite yet and curling up with books and movies that are not related to either my dissertation or my writing. Yet, despite the lure of the irrelevant I have been getting things done. I put together my costume for the Tav’urisk party next week – and promptly misplaced part of it. I have finished the menu, made shopping lists and have a final list of decretive elements to obtain.
The writing on the religion, Daletha, is nearing a completed draft and I have finished drafts of the 12 Saints Tales. Of all the entries I have completed for the Encyclopedia of Idhua I have the most doubts about the religion. Oddly, as I noted as I began this project, it seems more strange and silly to create an invented religion and try to write about it, than it has to do so with invented countries and history. Perhaps because I want to maintain the mystery at the center of things within my work and religions often try to explain that mystery – particularly in their written texts. If I ever write a tale that is dealing heavily with the religion I will have to go back, but I have a slightly fleshed out outline – and an idea of the major historical periods and movements.
I will be glad to return to country building and short story writing in January. I am going to work on the country of Orin next. It is the country immediately south of Ariceda and settled early on by the same Seldue tribes that lived in Arcieda and southern Fjallind. I have already written one short story set in Orin – Catkin – which is the one I submitted several weeks ago; however it is not a world-building or cultural exploration. Orin was a convenient place for the physical requirements of the story.