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Writing During the Holidays; &, a Book Recommendation

Hello everyone, and happy holidays! 2021 is just around the corner. Exhausting, right? Well, all I can say is – PLEASE remember to say “Jumanji” at midnight on December 31st, 2020! Then all the disasters might just end. 😉 haha, just a joke.

I’ve been researching continuously on the events of October 5, 1860 where the Wide Awakes did a march to support Lincoln as the Republican presidential candidate. Historical fiction is funny; at times, I’m afraid that I’m not portraying things accurately and I get frozen up in the details; at other times, it’s so engaging and freeing to be in another time, and not in this world. It feels very stress-relieving.

I’ve written a couple scenes so far, but still haven’t managed to make my writing habit daily again, yet. I’m reaaaally hoping to get it together before January, so I can start the new year off with a bang. That being said – this may not be for everyone!

I think there’s nothing wrong with resting during the holidays! I personally plan to keep going because holidays are very low-key for me this year, but in an exhausting year, it might be beneficial to just put your feet up for the holidays and then dive back into writing in January!

For anyone struggling with how to write even during holiday season, here are some articles I found on it:

5 tips

On making time to write during the holidays

Keep writing in holiday season!

Does anyone have any writing-related resolutions they’d like to share? How are your projects going? Plans for how to keep writing even during holiday season?

Book Recommendation!

For my fellow Arthurian-lore geeks out there, boy oh boy do I have a book recommendation for you! I’m not sure where I originally found this recommendation, I think it was somewhere on Reddit. It may have been in the fantasy writer group, or in a group where people can’t remember a book title and try to give details so other people can help them remember the book.

Anyway, the book is in fact book 1 of a trilogy, called The Lost Queen trilogy, by Signe Pike; the first book is titled The Lost Queen, as well. It’s set in medieval times. Our main character is princess Languoreth (bit of a mouthful there), the only daughter to a petty king who gives tribute to a higher king and is busy fighting off the Vikings. I think it’s set in the middle portion of England, or Wales.

At the start of the story, the main character is 10 years old and she and her twin brother see a mystical animal while grieving by the river. Their mother has just died and they can’t imagine life without her. Then, Languoreth’s brother gets a mystical vision of bad tidings on the way, and a messenger.

The story follows Languoreth into youth and adulthood, where she struggles with sexism of the time, Christians VS pagans, romance, family disputes, and other conflicts. She wants to be a mystic worker like her brother (the book calls it Wisdom Keeper, and I think it’s the path of the druids from history), but since she’s female, she’s bound to be married off to some lord for the advantages of wealth and protection from the Vikings, etc.

Image inspired by the novel, from the interview with Signe Pike in Enchanted Living Magazine

I don’t want to spoil the story, but I’m just going to say, this book was very suspenseful! A lot happens in a few pages, and the author does not skimp on giving the main characters a hard time, including character deaths, life not turning out as you thought it would, battles and gore, etc.

How does it all connect to King Arthur’s legend, you ask? Well, you’ll simply have to read it to find out…:) Let’s just say, the more the book goes on, the more the author sneaks little hints in. I really like how the author does not make it obvious that this is inspired by the King Arthur legend. It’s a very unique twist, so far, on a very well-known legend. I’m excited to see what happens in book 2 of the trilogy!

Here is: an interview with the author.

What books have helped you escape the stress of 2020? Is there any nonfiction about writing that you would recommend?

Until next time,
Chaitanya

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