I’m still working on this Falconer’s Apprentice idea, and I’m trying to go about it sensibly. Very difficult, indeed! I’m planning to do considerable research, and have found a pdf of an 19th century reproduction of a book written in 1486 on hawking, The Boke of St Albans, which I hope will provide me with enough background on how falconry was actually practised in the middle ages – thus giving me some semblance of chronological credibility!
I’m still trying to work out whether this will be a fantasy story or historical fiction. Currently I’m just seeing what will happen. I’m thinking that this could easily be merely one plotline amongst the backdrop of many, and thus have the scope to create a widely explored fictional realm. Again, whether or not that incorporates fantasy elements, I’m still not sure. As you may know, I’m always drawn to fantasy so it’s likely it could happen, but it would need to occur organically.
I forsee some trouble for a story with such scope, though, and that’s something which lies in me alone and not the story itself; I’m impatient. I’m terrible at taking my time with my novels, always wanting to rush ahead to the most important conflicts, and thus everything always reads as rushed and not properly thought-out. I hope this project can help me work on that! I’m excited to write it, though, and that’s something I haven’t felt since before the Summer of Creative Absence.
I might forgo this year’s NaNoWriMo, however, if I’m busy working on this story. I’ve written NaNo novels in the past two years, but I feel that the type of writing I was doing for them is exactly the kind of rushed, poorly thought-out stuff I’m trying to avoid with this story. But I hope that I can maintain the discipline of writing substantially every day which NaNoWriMo really helped me get into the pattern of doing.
And now I must be off, go to my amazing day job and frolic with falcons! I kind of love my life.