The End of the Beginning

“It is not the beginning of the end, merely the end of the beginning.” These words are particularly appropriate this week, as I finish out Nanowrimo. Tomorrow is the final day, at which time I will have my very first finished novel. Of course, I say finished, but as stated above, this is an illusion. My Novel will have been given shape, but it has not yet been given life. That will require several months of intensive editing, re-editing, reading, re-reading, and possibly some re-writing. However, the basic form which it has now will not change.

It will still be a story about a Dragon named Aurelia who collects books, and is a scholar. She will still set out on a a quest to locate an object with several human companions. And she will still narrate the Story for us. So, I thought this week it would be appropriate to give a synopsis of the Novel as it now stands.

The Story is set in an alternate history Europe, with both Medieval elements and Classical elements, as well as some purely fantastical elements. The Narrator, Aurelia, is a Bookewyrme, though throughout the story she, and other bookewyrmes are referred to as “Librarians” as that is usually their occupation. Aurelia’s library is housed in the castle of the Prince of Durham, the younger brother of the King of Brittania. The Prince has three children, a daughter who is the eldest, and two younger sons. Unfortunately, the daughter cannot inherit, though she is the most suited to do so, because the Law of the Kingdom forbids this. The Princess is on the verge of being married to a Prince of another Kingdom, thus separating her both from her Rightful Inheritance and her beloved Lady Marisa, when she comes up with a desperate plan. She decides to set out to find an artifact associated with the Helenic God Hermaphroditus which is said to be able to change the gender of whoever uses it. She is accompanied by several Guards, the Lady Marisa, our Narrator Aurelia, and Aurelia’s plucky maid, Elsie.

They travel through many lands, and encounter many different people and beings, including an ordinary (and very bad-tempered) dragon, a woman who is one quarter Valkyrie, and a Dwarf. One of the places they visit is the Land of the Elves, which is based rather heavily on Ancient Egypt. Here they encounter the oldest living Bookewyrme, and several Elven Gods. At last, they finish their Journey to the Temple of Hermaphroditus in Eastern Helas, returning the Artifact to its proper place, and gaining the God’s gratitude. The Novel ends with the Princess returning to her own Kingdom to claim her proper place as her Father’s Heir.

Of course, there are a few twists and turns, but as I hope to publish this story some day, I will not spoil them for anybody. The novel is actually the first in a trilogy featuring Aurelia, called The Librarian Chronicles. Currently, the title of this work is “Princess” but it is possible this will change over time.

Many apologies for the short post today. I still have about 3,000 more words to chase around the page before Midnight tomorrow, and if I leave them for too long, they start to Escape.

Until next week, Dear Reader!

Thought for the Day: “You can’t wait for Inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London

Currently Reading: Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold



  1. November 29, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I loved “I still have about 3000 more words to chase around the page before midnight tomorrow, and if I leave them for too long they start to escape”. That is too funny, and true as well. Good luck finishing. It sounds like it is going to be an incredible story when you finish it.

  2. Bookewyrme said,

    November 30, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Thanks so much! I actually finished the last words just a few hours ago, in fact! I am incredibly excited since this is my first novel. Now I just have to edit it into a form that might be publishable some day!

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