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Since January I have written some 20 or 30k words and I find myself late in the story, staring at what I believe is the descent - ascent, I suppose, but it feels like a descent - to the climactic chapters. It's altogether mind-boggling. But at any rate, I am at that thickest of thick parts where just about everything I come across reminds me of the story to a greater or lesser degree.
Tempus Regina involves and will involve a great deal of research, since it covers so much time. One of the earliest to get the story off the ground was, not surprisingly, The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff. It invoked images of one world I wished to create, giving me the first glimmers of light as I ventured into the writing process, and I would thank Sutcliff for it if I could. At the other end of the spectrum, Dickens' Bleak House helped sketch the underworld of Victorian London in my mind; I do manage to thank him by letting him make a cameo appearance, albeit not a very flattering one. And then more recently, and for no particular reason, I found in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew a kindred spirit.
I don't read a great deal of poetry, but there are a few snatches of verse that fit Tempus Regina: mostly Tennyson, but also Eiluned Lewis' The Birthright and the classic final line from Lord Byron's When We Two Parted:
if I should meet thee
after long years
how should I greet thee?
with silence and tears.
There is also a particular line from Tennyson's Morte D'Arthur that I keep pinned to my corkboard and refer to from time to time:
...the other swiftly strode from ridge to ridge,
clothed with his breath, and looking, as he walk'd,
larger than human on the frozen hills.
Everywhere I turn, there seems to be a song that fits one part of Tempus Regina or another. I think in many cases it is wholly my own bias. The first ever to be connected with the story was Escala's Requiem for a Tower, and then Street of Dreams by Blackmore's Night. The march style of Sarabande, also by Escala, is appropriate as well. Andrew Peterson's lovely Carry the Fire makes a wonderful theme for the story as a whole, and several relationships within it in particular; Maire Brennan's Hear My Prayer fits nicely with Regina. They make sense enough, but other songs are rather crazier - like Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Falcon in the Dive (Chauvelin swears), and Adele's Set Fire to the Rain and Skyfall.
It's all about the bias, I tell you.