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Some of my biggest inspirations while working on Snowlight are:

  • The Baru Cormorant series by Seth Dickinson
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Fear of a Black Universe: An Outsider's Guide to the Future of Physics by Stephon Alexander
  • The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment by Adyashanti
  • White Supremacy Culture - Still Here by Dr. Tema Okun
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • Demon Slayer/鬼滅の刃 by Koyoharu Gotouge
  • Heaven Official's Blessing/TGCF/天官赐福 and Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation/MDZS/魔道祖师 by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
  • An overflowing spank bank mostly full of BL doujins and weird kinky ideas

Some of the themes I'm exploring are:

  • how isolation, homogeneity, and fear lead to hateful ideologies like white supremacy.
  • the intimate cultural experience of language-learning, and the way the structure of a language can inform its home culture, and vice-versa.
  • how learning about all kinds of science makes me tingly all over.
  • how much I fucking love winter and snow and mountains and pine trees and the Pacific Northwest.
  • cute queer dudes smoochin' on each other, rivals-to-lovers style.

It's mostly going to be a prose novel, but the main character Ryn turns into a monster thing, and when he turns into the monster I'm going to have the whole thing switch to being a graphic novel. Then, it'll go back to prose when he turns back to human. Cool, huh? Now, to see if I can actually pull that off in an engaging way...

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