@josey Yes, actually. More specifically, I write other genres with a fantasy element incorporated into them. I've dabbled in science fiction, mecha, gothic, post-apocalypse, all those wonderful things.
For instance, in one of my worlds, warfare was revolutionized from traditional sword and shield by a 'magical mineral', as soon as its more... mystical properties were discovered. This mineral was known as Idiun, and it was rather abundant. When a specific frequency of beta wave magic was applied to them, Idiun would release an incredible amount of kinetic energy, either destroying itself or accelerating at incredible speeds, depending on the joules applied to it.
Through this, you can probably imagine what the people of the world began using them as. Albeit, idiun in of itself when found naturally in the world is dangerous enough, as it absorbs 'life energy' and converts it into mass. A thousand or so years later, a refining process was developed and improved upon that could force idiun to go into a 'dormancy' state, making it relatively safe for handling. Idiun is one of many magical elements I wanted to develop for this world that helped shape the societies of the current age.
This is an old, old world, though. I haven't touched upon it in forever.
A big big welcome! And @Julie beat me to all the links! :D We're very happy to have you join us and I cannot wait to learn more about what you're creating. I have a small thing for wizards and fantasy novels! :D
Yay! Happy to help! ^_^ Yeah, I also didn't want to fall into that trope, but there was also no logical way to fall into that trope because the Sheqwuan had relatively little interaction with Earthborn humans until 25-40 years before the main events of the story.
That being said, when you're brainstorming, try thinking about what interactions are logical for the aliens and humans to have had before they became anti-human. I would also think about what their first meeting was like. First impressions are important, ya know?
Right now it happens a bit late in the story when someone threatens to turn her in for living alone in a house with her little brother and no adults. Everybody's dead at this point.
But I want to move it up to when her mother dies. In the current story, the mom asks Synta to help her OD on her pain meds so she's not a burden on them anymore. And then get out of there. Take her brother and run. Synta refuses to choose, still thinking it will get better, and her mom ends up dying while she's out running errands one day. I'm really thinking I'll have her go ahead and help. It's a defining moment. And... foreshadowing because she watches someone else get accused of the same thing later. It would bring an extra layer to that story line if she's worried about getting caught herself in the background of all that going on.
@Sian I am a fan of Murakami's stories too especially his short stories. I like how he play around with reality.
FOr me, most of my influences for magical realism are visual like surrealist or abstract paintings. I also get a bit out from graphic novels especially from the artist, Junji Ito. I think one of the biggest players and influence is the comic, Mushishi.
I really enjoy this series, and if you have a sneak peek at it, you can have a feel on what my story tries to capture especially the "marriage" of normal and paranormal