Okay, so what’s the best way for a writer to pass the time when he’s recovering from a second heart surgery, research of course! And watching the X-Files on Netflix.
My current line of inquiry has to deal with the relationship between Theosophists and Nazi Occultism. The stuff I’ve found–both on the internet and in legitimate academic papers–is a mix of facts, theory, and myth, as you might expect.
For a fiction writer, all this is pure gold waiting to be harvested. This isn’t a new area for exploration and exploitation by any means. Thousands of books, movies, graphic novels, and plays have been generated with storylines based on the occult, Nazis, or some combination of both.
Typically the Nazis are evil and the occult aspects are sinister, all very stereotype. The challenge is to work the fantastic into a storyline that isn’t just black and white, good versus evil, and set in a world that is both recognizable and empathetic to the human condition.
I have the shell of the basic story written. Every time I turn a corner though, I find some other aspect or avenue to explore, something else to give the story depth and a greater sense of reality.
So now that I have a few days, which I must see as an opportunity and take advantage of, I will keep researching and pushing ahead with the story.
Are you doing the same?