Have you ever been so close to the finish line with your WIP when a cool idea fire-cracks in your head? It's good and you want to use it but your work is just soooooooo close to done that you don't want to go back and change it? What the heck do you do?
The idea that's drilling a hole in my head sort of resembles the world in "Dark Lord of Derkholm" and "Year of the Griffin" by Dianna Wynn Jones. They're set in the same world but there are several worlds all connected...somehow. In Derkholm a wizard is asked to play the role of the Dark Lord of Derkholm for the visitors from the other worlds. In Year of the Griffin it takes place at a magic institute and focuses on a band of friends, each from different worlds.
My world has been created. It has races, an economy, something of a government and a system of magic. How the worlds live together on one earth has been sorted out but this multiple worlds thing sounds better. More stable I guess. I'm not talking about Minotaurs come from Mars or Saytrs from Saturn. It's like a web of earths, each one an ecosystem for a majority of races, cultures, habits etc. The center earth is ours (both magic and mortal in harmony). I'm thinking each world corresponds with a historical era: medieval, Gilded/Vitorian age, 1830's (the highpoint of cowboy life and flourishing indians) Others would be for the elements, Fire would house dragons and demons, Water would house naiads and sea serpents etc.
Thoughts? Cures against the epiphany woodpecker?