I’m coming late to the party, but I’m one of the new ones and forgot I joined this forum! LOL
My question would be, what is the story you want to write? If you want to write the mining story, I would continue on that angle. The gems could work… but is there an easy solution for that? If they can easily work alongside each other, then that may be harder to pull off.
Where does this take place?
I love the B&B idea! I think that’s a good conflict as well.