Fifteen Things That Inspire Me to Write (Adamantine)

Not to be left behind, I'm toddling in Abigail's footsteps, writing up a list of the fifteen things that inspired me to write Adamantine. While not my first piece of writing, it is Leah's Joseph and the apple of my eye. So here we go, a patchworky peek at what inspired me to write the darn thing.

1. A year and a half after reading Beowulf in literature class, I got it into my head that people needed to remember Beowulf's story. So, as Inkyscrubs puts it, Wiglafwin was born, and he gets a book, while he only got the last couple of pages in the original tale.

2. The Roman Empire. Easy as pie, it's something I know well. It was the perfect foundation for a vast, efficient, and overpowering civilization on my new world scene.

3. Victorian England. Stereotypically stark in class-ranking, Dickensian literature aside, I wanted to throw a well-bred Victorian girl into a startlingly new world.

4. The Romanish empire had to have enemies, particularly peoples they hadn't quite conquered. Tweaking actual tribal names, I came up with my cat-like people, the Catti. Since their warriors could crush your skull with one hand, please don't say that's cheesy.

5. One of my favourite authors, she was my mentor and pretty much taught me how to write a decent story, even though we never met. She died when I was one year old. But many of her stories have glimmers and inklings inside my own writings now.

6. The best tea ever. Enough said.

7. Loreena McKennitt's music is as wild and otherworldly as Rosemary Sutcliff's literature. I find the combination of the two a great mix for making up new worlds.

8. The English countryside: inspiring authors for millennia.

9. Since my ancestry is partially Sicilian, I felt inclined to tie in some Mediterranean culture and 'scapes.

10. John Newton's famous hymn "Amazing Grace" wound up being an important thread in my sequel to Beowulf's epic.

11. No matter what I am writing about, horses always seem to worm their way in. There is something magical about them. Here's to the horses.

12. Lena, from George MacDonald's The Princess and Curdie, was a great influence for one of my characters. While I gave my character fewer brains than Lena, I owe a lot to MacDonald's curious Ugly.

13. Another George MacDonald, North Wind has a sort of cameo in my story, the Windress.

14. King Arthur and the General Mythos of Britain. Again, inspiring authors for millennia.

15. The last one doesn't really have an image. I owe just about everything to Christ and the work of the Spirit, without which this whole story would another pack of words on pages without any real meaning. Because of the Truth, I have Something Worth Writing About.

4 ripostes:

  1. Oh, fun! And very you, too. I love the images you inserted. ^.^

  2. This is a story I must read! I'm thoroughly intrigued. BTW, I adore Loreena McKennitt's music. She was a big influence in my medieval novel Behold the Dawn.

  3. Fascinating! I only just learned about her a year ago, and no music I have encountered so takes you away to times and places you could never approach yourself.

    Also, I'm touched by your enthusiasm. Thank you for the encouragement!

  4. Woot and Win! To umpteenth...