Edinburgh in November 2015

Castle-alleySo we’ve had two days so far in Edinburgh. It’s been pretty windy but not too cold, and it’s only rained occasionally – so win! We have got hit by the end of Hurricane Abigail, but it hasn’t been too bad here – I think the north’s had it far worse.

Princes-streetSo far, we’ve been down the Royal Mile and up Carlton Hill, over to Greyfriars and up to the Castle. Tomorrow is Prince’s Street, back to the Edinburgh Library (I love that place!) and hopefully the museum. We’re also doing a Mercat Tour for the tunnels – I did Mary King’s Close last time, and although it was awesome I got really frustrated by the am-dram and grandstanding when all I wanted was to have the lights turned on and actually see the architecture! Archeologist ahoy…Bruce-and-wallace

20151113_120538My major reason for coming to Edinburgh was to look at statues for a new story – it’s all still a bit muddled at the moment, but I’ve got depressed women and grumpy statues and mini harts (and possibly an elephant…) and the Castle vanishing and wizards and magic and oracles and chaos. The starting point is just “statues coming alive” so it’s been fun to work out which ones would, and what they’d be and do! I’m not entirely sure of half of it, but I’ve been having fun researching. It’s still at the point of “get all the ideas and work it out later” which makes for a fun if chaotic mess. I’ve been taking pictures of statues and then I’ll just let it all stew. I’m expecting it to sort itself out next year, and then I’ll start writing rather than the scribbles of notes that I currently have.

20151112_123247I haven’t come on my ownK-writing-2 – I’ve dragged my two resident reprobates along with me, one of whom has been having fun with his camera (most of these photos are his) and the other of whom has been getting mildly terrified by the amount of walking – I’ve taken to describing where we’re going in the amount of up and down! K-writing-1They’re both loving it so far – Sam’s been before and Jon’s been for an hour (we were waiting for a flight) so we’ve got a nice mix of new-to-the-city and oh-yeah-that’s-awesome, which is lovely.

Also, you may get the impression that I stop and scribble notes a fair bit…but the boys are coping remarkably well so far! K-writing-4I think they’re resigned to living with a writer.

 We’re back on Monday evening, and then it’s back to the NaNo grindstone – although I have been managing (so far) to keep up my daily wordcount. On which note – I’m off to go and write some more words for that!

Edinburgh and a new story

Well, I got a flying visit to one of my favourite cities* today – we got one and a half hours to spend in Edinburgh between the hotel and our flight, which was just enough time to walk round the important bits. I took Jon to the Edinburgh Larder (which, incidentally, does amazing porridge) and wandered up the Royal Mile, and it didn’t rain! But it was as we were heading back on the tram that I caught a glimpse of Eloquentia on the Gladstone Memorial on Coates Crescent, and….BAM.

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Eloquentia from https://geolocation.ws/v/E/1953519/eloquentia-coates-crescent/

She looks like she’s just getting up. She looks like she wants to tell you something. She looks like she’s coming alive…

I spent the next half hour waving my hands and scribbling. I’ve now got depressed angels, a missing sword, whiskey, catching cherubs in a fishing net, a very annoyed Gladstone, a sleepy city, a vague plot outline, a vendetta against traffic cones, and a rather terrifying amount of research ahead of me, along with an ending that I need to write. It’s a story that’s going to change and grow and has so many holes waiting to be filled, but it’s there. It’s started. It’s a story.

I was never entirely sure what I wanted to write about Edinburgh. I knew I loved the city; I knew it had a story (or two, or three) in it’s streets. But I don’t want to write a dark one like Shadows, and I’m not sure it fits something silly like Madcap Library – it doesn’t need an entire city for a Sloth, although the thought of him going down the High Street in a shopping trolley makes me giggle every time I think of it! And the city’s too real to fit into the fantasy world of Green Sky. But something that draws on the history of the city, the heart and soul, the people and the places….yes.

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Historia from https://www.flickr.com/photos/gora_gray/4968265489/

I’m planning to go back. I need to wander round, take photos, read books, check my map, drink tea and people-watch and just scribble. I’m smiling at the thought of being able to write this story, and it’s absolutely taken root in me. It has to come out. I have to write it.

It’s going to be a good story.

 

*London is first, and then it’s a tie between Edinburgh and Florence, mostly depending on which one I’m currently in…