When Borders sends me a 40% off coupon, I find it nearly impossible to resist. Forty percent off is nearly as good as used-book prices, and I can get something brand new. Thus, when Cody and I headed for Borders today with our 40% off coupons in hand, I expected to pick up a new fiction novel. Maybe Lora Leigh's new Lion's Heat or Jim Butcher's third Dresden novel, Grave Peril, or maybe Warriors edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois with short stories by Diana Gabaldon and Carrie Vaughn.
The essay title that swayed me from "this is interesting, I'll keep it in mind," to "sold," was "No Glory That Was Greece—The Persians Win at Salamis, 480 B.C." It was, granted, a decision that had more to do with the fact that yesterday we saw Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and I'd decided that I wanted to know more about the Persian empire and less to do with my specific interest in that particular article. It seemed like a sign to my muse, which had been intrigued by the Hollywood-enhanced Persian culture of ancient history.
I have great hopes for this what if book. I hope that it will spark story ideas and get the creative juices going when I'm plot building. I hope that this will inspire new characters. And maybe, just maybe, it'll inspire me to finally become more interested in research, which would enable me to write the period-piece fantasies that stir in the recesses of my mind.