So I decided to start getting the plot and outline down for Hellawes. This will be my NaNoWriMo project and I am hoping to have a complete story by December 1st.
As of now, I want to split the story into 2 books and keep it at that. The first book is going to focus on Hellawes and how she needs to find a way to be a part of Lancelot’s life. It is not going to be mainstream Camelot because until now Hellawes did not really exist.
The second book will be more traditional and focus on the story of Camelot that most people are familiar with and add my twist. I have a lot of scenes playing in my head as it is but we shall see.
I found a small excerpt from a book about Arthurian Names, and many different characters are mentioned, including Hellawes. It claims she was an enchantress who lived in a castle and almost gave Lancelot the kiss of death. According to the book Hellawes could not have him by any other means so she tried to poison him with a kiss so he would stay with her in death. He did not kiss her after all and she died soon after of a broken heart.
I will be looking into the book itself but this is an interesting piece of news which I was aware of but now have an additional source. However, my Hellawes won’t actually die of a broken heart. No, her demise is much more dramatic and sorrowful than just this ending.
The Set Up
This will set the pace and scene for my writing career. This is the story of Camelot told from the point of view of someone who was there, the person everyone forgot but might have been the key to the downfall of Avalon.
I have always been inspired by Marion Zimmer Bradley, who authored the well known Mists Of Avalon. She told it in a way that captured the essence of women and what we go through, and how we are over looked. So when I stumbled upon Hellawes, I knew that her story needed to be told.
This obscure character who was ruled by passion, inspired by love, and destroyed by hatred finally met her end when she learned everyone she loved died by her hand. It is a story for any woman who has loved so deeply that life changed.
So what if it was someone else who caused the downfall? What if the great love affair between Lancelot and Gueniviere never happened, or was small in comparison? How did Camelot vanish into the hills of Britan, into the mists?
- Faery: Legends of Avalon announced (news.bigdownload.com)
- 100 Fantasy Novels and Collections Everyone Should Read (bookstove.com)
- (7/2010) Book Review: Dark Fairies By Bob Curran (basilandspice.com)