To this day, I cannot tell you which I read first. However, I clearly remember identifying with the character of Raistlin in the Chronicles trilogy, although I’m not entirely sure why. We don’t have all that much in common. But…I devoured the Chronicles trilogy and moved on to its sequel: the Legends trilogy.
When I reached the end of the Legends trilogy, I remember feeling discontent. I didn’t like how Raistlin’s character arc ended. Don’t get me wrong; it was appropriate to the story. It fit very well, and ultimately, it was the right ending. But it still didn’t sit well with me.
I remember sitting on the edge of my bed, thinking “I don’t like how that story ended. I think I can do better.”
Now, I’m sure, if this article ever reaches the eyes of any true DragonLance fans, there will be those who regard this sentiment as something akin to a Christian saying “I don’t like how the Bible ends; I think I can do it better.” (Any bets on how many people I’ve offended with this comparison?)
The thing is, though, everyone needs some impetus—some driving force—pushing them to improve and progress in whatever their true passion is.
For without drive, without ambition, all that remains is apathy and stagnation.
To be quite honest, I don’t want to “do it better” than Weiss and Hickman. The Chronicles and Legends trilogies are exquisite works in the Fantasy genre. To me, these narratives are examples of what good Fantasy can and should be.
Still, the thought served as a catalyst to uncover a part of me I had not yet realized existed, and ever since, I have been stumbling toward the stories I want to tell.
And that is why I write…