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