Of course, the novel may never actually happen - in fact, it probably won't - but I have the feeling that the stuff I learned making just the plot overview was the real reward of Genius Hour.
I don't claim to be a genius. I'm certainly no kind of expert on classic heroic literature. However, Genius Hour did give me an opportunity to delve into this subject and considerably increase my knowledge of the topic. Had I not been given the opportunity to do this in school, I sincerely doubt I would ever have thought to do it on my own.
Okay, enough waffling. Let's get to the good stuff!
Based off of my research, and the results I received from internet polls and survey, I've drafted a plot overview for a fantasy story called The Kingdom of Athedon. It carries features from several hero stories I've read. The plot is kind of convoluted, though, and lends itself to a book of great length - something like the Chronicles of Narnia. Or perhaps even a series of books. I don't know.
At any rate, here it is. It's highly simplified, and in a final draft of the story, there would be many more characters and plot twists. This is more of the skeleton and the backstory.
Whether or not this plot summary grows into a full-fledged book, only time will tell. But one thing is sure. If it does, I'm publishing it!