Today's WC: 4025 A disclaimer right at the top: this isn't actually a diary, as I have no intention of writing in it daily. But everyone seems to call their progress journal "progress journal" and I just wanted to mix it up a bit. I plan to use this space to hold myself accountable for finishing my current novel-length WIP, a work which uncomfortably straddles the line between alt-history and fantasy. I assume this means it will be unmarketable, and perhaps simply incomprehensible, but they say that the first million words you write are just practice anyway. So if this one turns out to be a burner, oh well. The issue I'm wrestling with right now is religion. So far there are two religions in the setting I've created, which are (meant to be) pretty clear analogues for Christianity and Judaism. The question is: should religion fall on the fantasy side, or the history side? I.e do I leave them as fictionalized versions of their real selves, or just use actual Christianity/Judaism (tweaked a bit for the other historical differences). While they're pretty close, my fictionalized versions are more than just a paint job, by which I mean that the differences from the real religions might be interesting enough to leave in for thematic purposes. But I'm just not sure why I need to have those differences, at the moment. My hope, I guess, is that this resolves itself as I write through, because I've been thinking about this for months and am no closer to making up my mind.