This might not seem like it relates to writing right off the bat, but for me, it does. My current WIP has a lot to do with gold, and a society that was inspired by the story of King Midas and the Golden Touch.
I recently wrote a flash fiction about the mythology of this world over at Postcards Poems and Prose, which will take you about forty seconds to read if you care to.
I’m not going to do in any major reveals for that story, as if I get ahead of myself, the thing won’t get written, but my goal this year is to get the first MS in second draft form and begin querying next year.
On the topic of gold, though… it’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? For the amount of gold we see in ceremonial, religious, or noble items across the world, you would forget that this metal was considered quite rare, and in most cultures, gold is still valued as the most important currency (with maybe the exception of platinum).
I recently discovered a book on Amazon that I am eager to add to my library. Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs by Paul Koudounaris. This is one of the top priorities on my wishlist for researching how gold will be used in my world.
The catacombs are really beautiful, but the skeletons are haunting, and I can’t help wonder about whether the decorated men were loved or feared by the people who gave them these funeral dresses. As saints, I imagine they were revered, but I also wonder how the saints themselves felt about this. I’m hoping the book will answer all of those questions. The photography is absolutely stunning, as well.
Do you have any special metals or currencies in your fiction?