This weekend we went to a very good Italian restaurant.
For… reasons, I wasn’t the one who picked. I wasn’t a great fun of Italian restaurants, even before I was low carb. Mostly because when i wanted Italian cuisine I made it myself, from making my own pasta, to making Caesar salad with homemade dressing. Because it’s one of my favorite foods to make, it wasn’t what I went out for.
Anyway, the restaurant was both amazing (quite possibly one of the best 10 meals of my life) but the recipes I ate were ones I make, and they were subtly different, but very good. Like, I’d say their Caesar dressing was better balance than mine, but the anchovy really came through, while I tend to be coy with it.
And it got me to thinking. Not in terms of doing it yourself and going out for it, but in terms of ingredient and balance.
And then a friend posted a list — just a list — she spent time writing (like a day) of things that make fiction special for her. Because she thinks it’s a way around the burnout: writing things that make her really happy and interested to be writing.
And I thought that MIGHT be a way to combat the burnout.
So far my list is pathetic, because I haven’t had the time to sit down and really consider it (SO LATE. ON EVERYTHING.) But I sat down and thought about it (mostly while husband drove.)
One of the things that has always excited me about science fiction and fantasy is the idea of a secret world, that normal people don’t see.
Also the idea that our lore (or dreams) are actually true.
So, you know, say the idea there are actually already colonies in other worlds, but they’re being kept secret for…. reasons, is inherently amazing to me.
That moment in Galaxy quest where they say “it’s all true” and the kid says “I knew it.” That’s like an electrical current through the center of the reasons I’m a fan.
I also love the idea of ancient civilizations that fell, and why they fell, and what could prevent us from falling.
And the idea of “the ancient ones of the stars” being humans, all along.
That’s it. I haven’t had time to think of many other tropes that just light my mind up like a Christmas tree.
But what are yours? what makes you all excited in books. And is it something you write or would like to write?