A few days ago I had two ideas that hit me within a few hours of one another. I'd had each of them hit me before, but never that close. I decided to combine them.
My new novel is going to "Hayao Miyazaki meets Fire Emblem." Since some people probably don't know what/who those are, I'll explain briefly.
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese director. He has directed and/or written the screenplay to many successful anime productions.
Fire Emblem is a turn-based strategy video game. I plugged it a while back for more information.
Anyway, I wrote down the main things in Hayao Miyazaki's films and the main things in Fire Emblem games and rolled with it. I also added some aspects of epic and urban fantasy.
The basic plot of my novel is this: Sophia, a recent teen, is thrown into a war when she follows a scruffy thief out of her Haven, a walled citadel she's never left. Almost everyone, soldier and farmer alike, are fighting over the four metropolises spread across Maccia. Sophia and the rogue, Biter, assemble a group of naves and pros to fight a brigand party large enough to topple Urbaater to the west before they can seize it. During the final assault, Sophia learns an important lesson--everyone, even the lowliest thief, is worth fighting for.