|Pictured Within||Jon Lord||Dragons I Have Slain|
Jon Lord was the keyboard element of Deep Purple, but also an accomplished solo artist. His output was irregular and uneven, but his album Pictured Within is excellent. Early one morning, after dropping my spouse off at the airport, I was listening to this song in the car driving home. I love the song, but when it came to the line “There are dragons I have slain”, I realized that it conflicted with my vegan philosophy. I started thinking about circumstances in which the line would make sense for me, and this story is what I came up with. I had the opening paragraph and complete plot by the time I got home a few minutes later, and I wrote the story that morning.