So I recently read

a short collection of George Orwell essays titled Why I Write – do not recommend reading it. The first, titular essay is alright since it’s just Orwell writing about his view on why he write (hint, it’s all political) but the rest of the essays are a morass of unsupported assertions about England, the English, society, Fascism, etc., etc., etc. Completely unsupported, he cites no evidence. BUT. The point is that I got a story prompt out of this thing, from page 19:

“Military dictatorships exist everywhere, but there is no such thing as a naval dictatorship.”

Well, obviously I just need to write a world where that would make sense, now don't I. I’m picturing a lot of archipelagos and islands.


Like I don't have a notebook of ideas I'll probably never get to already.