Why Dragons and Teacups?

My friend gave me a book for my birthday called His Majesty’s Dragon, by Naomi Novik. It has an interesting premise- what if dragons fought in the Napoleonic Wars?- but it was the quote on the back from Time that really caught my eye.

“Enthralling reading- like Jane Austen playing Dungeons & Dragons with Eragon’s Christopher Paolini.”

A picture formed in my head almost instantly of what that crossover might look like: a group of dragons and warriors, huddled around a table with tiny cups having an afternoon tea before rising, brushing the dust off their tailcoats, and going to battle. The idea made me laugh, but after starting to actually read the book, I soon forgot about it.

However, there was now that seed of an idea in my head. Then a few days later, I was at work and doing a somewhat mindless task when an even better mental image came to mind- a tiny dragon in a teacup. I wish I was artistic, because I have never wanted to draw something more.

Dragon in a teacup
This is not mine, even though I wish it was- credit to thefontbandit on DeviantArt

I wanted to do something with those words, even if I couldn’t do anything with the picture. I liked the way they sounded together and the instant contrast they created in one’s mind. I decided to do something I’d been considering since seventh grade and start a blog.

I don’t know if anything will come of this blog; I don’t know if anyone will even read it. But I’ll never know if I don’t just start writing.


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