I swore not to start any new fiction this year — at least not unless I finish a fair amount of the old. But sometimes I feel as if story ideas are an offshoot of the Borg, trying to assimilate me and bend me to their own purposes. I really need to swear off looking through the ideas in my Scrivener Stories file. I give them temporary names, and then when I have a reason to look through the file, one or more will catch my eye with a “What the heck is that about?” That happened this morning, and I wound up writing a couple of paragraphs before I caught myself. But I’m glad I did stumble over that title, because it gave me something to think about for when I go back to it.
The story is about a slave (So, what’s new? It’s an obsession. I can’t help it.) There are many economic factors to consider in historical slavery, making the whole subject more complex and therefore more interesting. When you bring slavery into the near-future and propose that it’s an integral part of culture and economics, you have to make sure the reasons for that happening make sense. If it makes sense, then it’s possible to write about slavery as a good thing, for the society, if not necessarily for the people enslaved. And yes, I did make notes. They’re my weapon against assimilation by the Borg.