On my way home from work today, I had story ideas swirling about in my head. Nothing concrete, nothing I want to pursue just yet. It got me thinking about “what if magic was the norm in an otherwise modern world?” In all fairness, this isn’t a particularly new theme for me, though the modern world part is. But in thinking this I realized something about QFS (yes, it’s still always coming back to that. Someday I’ll have something new to talk about!).
I’ve told myself and everyone who cares to know that the origins of QFS began in my freshman year of college, when I wrote a short story. But today, walking in the beautiful sunshine and thinking about magic, I had an amazing moment of enlightenment. Long ago, I wrote a few scenes for a story in which a princess (I was probably elementary or middle school, so don’t judge my princess) was the only person without magic in her society, but because of her rank her failing was tolerated.
Jump ahead to 2010 and we get Lacey Wentwether, a young woman who, living in a magic-centric society, is without this power. Admittedly, Lacey is no princess and her lack of magic is a sore spot as she is barely tolerated by many and actively discriminated against by some.
The point of this is that the root of my story, at least part of it, took hold long before I realized. Any story can do this. Any idea can have seedlings, inklings, beginnings in the smallest thoughts. So even if an idea goes no where, don’t lose hope. It may come up again, it may be central to the story that crops up sometime in the distant future.