Just curious, if you write fantasy/urban fantasy, sci-fi, or magical realism..... why? For me, I don't want to write slice-of-life fiction because I want to just escape into the weird part of my mind for a few hours as I write (I'll admit, talking about my weird plots to non-writers like my fiancee or my family, makes me feel uncomfortable because I keep thinking they are judging my sanity!). Another reason is, its just easier to make up races and cultures and languages. I can do all the research in the world about a culture or historic point in time, and still feel like I'll misrepresent them/it in some way shape or form. So out of respect, I want to stay away from writing about "real" things and "real people." How about you?