Do many remember the day they got the inspiration for their stories?
Mine was August 6th, 2008. Just over four years ago? Yikes, and I’ve only just started writing =P
Some years ago, the US version of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ was in its fourth season. I am not a massive fan of such shows, but you tolerate such things to spend time with your family =P
So, that night was Week 1 of proper performances. The first dance was underwhelming, and it proved so in that both contestants were eliminated.
The second dance, however, that was memorable for many reasons.
It is on Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s77qAEibyDU
Firstly, it introduced me to the awesomeness of one Hayley Westenra. Holy crap, that voice! Big fan ever since =)
Secondly, it led to quite the vivid dream that night. Two people in a fight to the death at the top of an insanely high tower.
Woke up the next morning, and realised I had to write a story about this. Searched for Hayley on Google, and found the lyrics. Link is here: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/hayleywestenra/darkwaltz.html
Moon shining? Sacred geometry? Those four words defined the world my story HAD to be based in, though it has expanded somewhat.
Four years of history research, character naming research, and ‘off on a tangent’ research, and the world is finally is being put to paper.
A pity to have to wait until the penultimate scene of Book 7 to find out how the fight on the tower ends =\