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I don’t know if anyone remembers, but a while back I mentioned having a particularly vivid dream—the closest I’ve ever had, I think, to having my subconscious construct a plausible story in chronological order. ^^

 

I was extremely excited about it, but unsure if it would actually make a good story once written out. So I’ve let it sort itself out for a while, and now, quite out of the blue, I’ve had ideas coming thick and fast. I do believe it wants to be full-blown novel. O_O Though far from writing itself, inspiration has been pretty easy to come by, and I’m having a ton of fun with it. 

I’ve never been good at research (not that I necessarily don’t like it, but I can be a scatter-brain about deciding where to start and tend to get overwhelmed before I’ve begun), but so far I’ve been having fun with that too. This book is going to require me to have a pretty good grasp of this particular word’s legal system, and in particular how they deal with treason against the crown.

 

In the course of Googling for information on medieval trials, I found this delightfully stuffy and painstakingly detailed book called “The Law of Treason Trials in Medieval France” (Vol. 16, series 3, of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Thought). It’s all been scanned in online, so I am free to slog through it to my heart’s content… *happiness*

 

Of course, the author assumes all readers have fluent knowledge of both Latin and French, so I’m keeping my dictionaries handy. It’s all part of the fun. ;) I mean, it is tedious—but, please, tell me there are other people out there who enjoy the sheer tedium of reading an impossible book because it feels so scholarly and nerd-ish? Heh. Of course, it is proving useful thus far, as well. XD

 

So, in short, I’m managing to write several thousand words a day once more, and it feels wonderful.

In other news: I’ve started recording my mom’s book for her to put in her “booth” at an online homeschool conference. I thought I’d hate doing it (the sound of my voice on most recordings = much cringing), but I’ve actually really liked doing it, and Mom seems happy with it. And now I have to create a banner for it before the deadline too… 

 

The ongoing remodel (of super chaos- and disorder-causing powers): Just the hall (leading from our bedroom to the bathroom and the rest of the house) left to tile. Dust continues to fly, and Cami and I continue to be trapped either in or out of our room these days. But we do have a bathroom again, and it is lovely, which has been a cause for much celebration. Still, I can’t wait until the mess moves upstairs to the next bathroom, and we can move back down-stairs… =P

Date: 2008-03-05 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] polingly.livejournal.com
Oh, YAY! A new Nef-story in the making! Ooo, I can't wait to hear more about it....

But isn't that wonderful, when research turns out to be easy and fun? *laughs* When I was doing some research recently for the Tome, I found a book that I'm *dying* to get my hands on called, "Disability in Medieval Europe: Thinking about physical impairment in the High Middle Ages," but I've only been able to find parts of it online, and my university library, which hardly ever fails me, doesn't have it either. *wails* Not that I really need it...but judging from what I've been able to scavange, it would be perfect for generating some ideas.

So yeah, um...all that to say, you are not alone in loving the scholarly/nerdish feeling. *huggles Latin dictionaries* :D

And I'm glad your remodeling project is nearly finished! I wish ours was. *g*

Date: 2008-03-06 12:39 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Heh, you'll probably hear more about the story than you want to... =P

I knew you'd understand, Polly! LOL. Aaand, I think I may have the link to your book:
[url]http://books.google.com/books?id=m6o8aGeSPXEC&printsec=frontcover&dq=disability+in+medieval+europe[/url]

That the one? I've only just discovered this nifty side of Google, and I have a feeling it's going to very helpful indeed.

Meh. I know about never-ending remodeling projects from our years in a 100-year-old Victorian house (we've probably already told you some of the nightmare projects from there). I feel your pain. =/

Date: 2008-03-06 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nefhiriel.livejournal.com
Erm, that was me, forgetting to sign in. Not that you wouldn't have guessed... ^^

Date: 2008-03-06 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] polingly.livejournal.com
Oh, but I want to hear about your new story! :D

Yup, that's the one! Most of the beginning of it there is complete, but towards the middle, random pages are missing, and that's a little frustrating. But hey, if it's a choice between that or nothing.... :D And anyway, the beginning of it is incredibly good. We wants to own it, precious.... :D I really do love Google's book search.

Heh, my dad is about ready to throw in the towel and move, I think. But we really need to finish the house before we think about putting it up for sale or anything.... :P

Date: 2008-03-06 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nefhiriel.livejournal.com
Thanks, Polly--I really do value hearing my fellow ghosts' opinions a lot. ;)

Ack. I see now that they have random parts missing. *palmforehead* You've burst my happy little bubble now. =P Ah well, I'll get over it...

Aww, it must be painful to think of moving now, after all the work that you've put into your house. But it is SUCH a pain to be in a constant state up upheaval during prolonged projects. *sigh*

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