It’s NaNoWriMo time!
It’s been almost 2 weeks now since I started on this year’s NaNoWriMo. I’m busy working on a prequel to the Linus Saga, in which we get to meet young(er) Linus as he meets Deirdre for the first time. I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo’s since ’08 and it’s consistently how I get most of my writing work done.
But I get distracted, hell everyone does, but my worst foible is research. I LOVE research. I’m an absolute Hermione when it comes to getting all the facts and trying to magick up my own rules for my world. It’s led me down a few rabbit holes like the article hole, the Wikipedia hole, and the ever dreaded Elven Dictionary hole (although that one’s probably just me.)
Case in point, today I have spent an hour trying to research poop. That’s right. POOP.
I need to know how Dragons poop. Do they have pellets like raptors? Do they grind things up with gastroliths or maybe their bodies make their own calculi? Do their bodies do something incredible with the parts they can’t digest like fossilize them or do they incinerate the their waste in their own furnaces? How does that work?
Will all of this make my book all that better? Who can say? Who all out there is interested in how Dragons poop? If only one person is nodding right now, then congratulations. You’re the reason I’m looking up bezoars and mineralization. I’m doing this for you.
Okay, I got to get back to it now. I’m about 200 words away from hitting 20,000. Good luck to everyone else out there doing this! And good luck staying out of the rabbit holes!
I did not realize I wanted to know this until now.
Monica, the great thing about fantasy is that dragons poop how you want them to poop. My books have not yet delved into the scatalogical evacuations of the dragon species in my world, but I likely will get around to it at some point, and when I do, I’ll make it up on the spot, no research required. Here’s one idea. Since they have a cloaca, (assuming your dragons are reptiles) what if they pooped in the shape of an egg. I have chickens that leave egg-shaped poop. Heck, it would be hilarious if the dragons laid poop with a shell. Maybe there’s a yolk in there, maybe just a turd.
It would be cool if the dragons convert their waste product via some sort of internal combustion organ and that’s how they make fire. Dragon fire comes from dragon poop. Oh the joke possibilities!
That’s some deadly butt-breath, right there.