This was a bit more difficult that I thought it would be. For one, I couldn't find photos of bonbons (or what I call bonbons) because those were my inspiration for the bon'jies in "Ripples" and they are so widely exported throughout Y'Dahnndrya, they'll probably show up in every book. But I managed to find enough edible, drinkable, and non-edible taste inspiration photos. Read on to see the boards I created.
#writingthesenseschallenge Day 3 - Tastes Inspiration
If you thought you'd see an inspiration board without coffee on it, well you were wrong. LOL Both coffee and tea are heavy influences for me. I know for a fact how important medicinal teas are even today and I would hate for that to be different in my world.
As for coffee, there's just something about that "bolder than tea" warmth going through you. Far be it from me to deny my characters of this tasty treat.
When it comes to alcohol and liquor, they exist in my world and I've ironed out a few products from three of my clans. I have more work to do in this area, though. I'm more of a novice in this area than the other two and so thankful there's lots of info available online.
Water is as important in my fictional world as it is in my real one.
One thing I couldn't find was a photo of jerked meat. My characters travel a lot so jerked meat would be important on the trail. But I did find lots of awesome photos that I might expect to see at an inn or in a well-developed village. The bakery photo is my favorite on this board with the mushroom basket coming in second.
This board was as fun to put together as it was frustrating. As I mentioned earlier, I couldn't find a picture of bonbons. I didn't see any photos of marzipan, either, and that would've been a nice addition. I've never tasted marzipan but it's eye-catching and looks really sweet.
I chose what looks to be either an apple or pear tart in the upper right corner to represent the breakfast pudding that Liha likes to eat. Breakfast plays a big part in my stories, I think, because it's my favorite meal of the day. (That's kind of funny because I often sleep late and have to rush through breakfast, making mine more like a snack than a real breakfast.) The upper center photo is also breakfast and it looked super yummy. I think it looks more like a Shinnoahn or M'Neshunnayan breakfast might look, though.
I chose to add macaroons and candy sprinkles because they are the colors I imagine bon'jies to be. Truffles were added because they are the same size and probably similar in consistency. Fancy cakes and pies would be something you might see at a special event in Y'Dahnndrya.
So you're probably wondering why there's a photo of sparks in the upper left corner. If you've ever been around someone while they are working metal, you can taste a metallic tang in the air. Since the Genzet are known all over Y'Dahnndrya for their beautiful metal scroll-work and cut-work, this might be encountered in my story.
As mentioned in the section on main dishes, I tried to find a photo of jerked meats which might be taken on a journey. I couldn't find them but I did find a photo of berries growing wild and a lovely photo of herbs, which might also be found growing wild.
The juniper was added on the lower right because I think there would be many plants, including fruit or nut trees, growing in a forest that my characters could use for food, if they knew what to look for.
If you're participating in the challenge, what kinds of flavors might your characters experience? What sorts of tastes inspire you in your writing? Feel free to share below in the comment section, or share on Instagram (using the hashtag #writingthesenseschallenge) so I can see your response.
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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