OK, so it’s been a while. But here we are again with a whole new project. And since I’ve been away from WordPress it’s had an upgrade and now I’m not entirely too sure how to edit anything on here any more. Mistakes will be made, possibly public ones, but I’m up for the learning curve.
So…. this new story is about the legend of the Siberian Ice Maiden.
I was unpacking a box of new children’s books that I’d ordered for the library (always the nicest part of the job), cutting the masking tape and inhaling that new-paper-and-ink smell like a good Cuban cigar, and one of the books fell out and landed at my feet. It was about ancient mysteries and landed open at a page about a woman who had been buried with full ceremonial honours on a Siberian plateau in the 5th century BC. But amazingly her body had been fully preserved in the permafrost. Even more amazingly, she was covered in fantastically beautiful animal tattoos.
So I started to read up on her and it just got more and more interesting and I had more and more questions about her. Why did she have the tattoos? What did they mean? What made her so revered in a society where women didn’t normally have that kind of status and why had she died young?
Then I spent a long time thinking about the story I wanted to write and whether it should be set in Siberia or a Siberian-style fantasy. Reality makes sense because it’s about a real person and multicultural fiction is trending at the moment. Then again, I’ve never been to Siberia and some elements of myth and fantasy kept creeping into it. So that’s what we’re going with.
Then I trawled around the vastness of the internet looking for a face. There were quite a few, including good old Zelda, Warrior Princess! But I’ve settled on this one. At least that’s how she starts off looking. She does have some inner-Zelda qualities though.
So that’s a start. Let’s see where we end up. Camp Nanowrimo starts tomorrow and I’m aiming for 25,000 words by the end of April.