At some point or another the little kid in me who was fascinated with Native American folklore took over and has dominated my creative process. At the moment I have 3 pieces I'm working on.
1) "Your Backpack": This is something I pushed out and had people read but it devolved into a "Most Dangerous Game" stock plot. The original idea I had started with was that a seemingly random person had been chosen as the target of a hunt by the figure "Ongwe Ias" the eater of men. Traditionally Ongwe's identity has not been firmly established and may refer to a race of giants, semi-human cannibals or individuals with the name Ongwe Ias. There are two solutions to a confrontation with any version of Ongwe Ias, killing it or acting in a hospitable manner. If you are nice to Ongwe he/it will become more and more human until he literally joins your family.
The idea is that Ongwe has been driven insane by both hunger and loneliness and has tried to satiate either or both of these needs by kidnapping somebody and dragging them back to where Ongwe lives.
2) Cultural Appropriation/Turtle Island: This is a more long-term project. The idea is that the genocide (literal and cultural) of the indigenous population of the Americas has driven the characters, concepts and setting of the oral traditions away from our universe. Turtle Island was a shared idea that the continent of North America rested on a giant turtle in an enormous sea. In this scenario Turtle Island is no longer properly part of the universe but not entirely divorced from it, a reservation, a ghetto for the stories of the First Peoples. In their place the stories and figures of the conquering peoples and dominant American culture have taken their roles. This one is going to be tough.
3) Lab Journal: This is an idea that I had while walking three miles today in the snow while listening to a podcast on sequencing primate genomes (I am a weirdo). It's a lab journal of a biologist who is trying to discover the impact of magic on living things. How does a killing spell kill? Is it the same for every organism? What about cell cultures? Can I isolate the metabolic pathways that grant a person sight-beyond-sight? Etc.
Any feedback or advise would be appreciated.