Tom Merritt co-hosts Sword and Laser, a science fiction and fantasy podcast and book club with Veronica Belmont. He also hosts the award-winning daily technology show Tech News Today and Frame Rate, a show for cord cutters, along with several other podcasts. Merritt has written three novels and a Chronology of Tech History. His new novel is Lot Beta.
by Tom Merritt
In 2010, for the 8th time, I attempted National Novel Writing Month. I’d finished the 50,000 word in one month challenge exactly once. But I always tried. That year, I cheated and won.
That year I had just finished reading Mists of Avalon and The Once and Future King for the Sword and Laser book club. I’m a fan of the Arthurian legend. I don’t so much love the Malory romantic stuff as the folklore of a Roman soldier defending the Celts and the remnants of the Empire against the Saxons.
So with my own historical readings now mixed up with two very different takes on the legend, I had a very clear picture in my mind of the essential elements of Arthur’s legend.
To extremely oversimplify it, a young boy has his true heritage hidden, befriends a wizard, becomes a King, fights against spirituality, assembles a team of heroes (one of whom betrays him) and falls by the hand of his illegitimate son.
So I decided that would be an excellent scaffolding for a story.
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