Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Working Away!

I'm very excited and thrilled with how the new version of The Light-Bearer's Daughter is coming along. After all that gasp and struggle at the initial stage, when I picked it apart and wasn't sure I could put it back together again. Oh, like The Summer King, it will be a hundred times better! And I've realised what book is the bright shadow behind it, the book that is its soul: Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, which originally inspired the boggles' golden eyes. Now I've re-read it for the first time since I sat down in the great library in San Francisco (in my bare feet) so many years ago and spent the day reading it. What a beautiful lyrical poetic writer! What a classic! First published in 1951. Well, in re-reading it I have been further inspired by it. Most of all, the meeting between the mortal and the fairy queen will reflect that incredible meeting between the Martian and the Earthling.


KJH said...

Interesting! When you mentioned THM being like A Midsummer Night's Dream, I recognized it right away. Was there anything that inspired your earlier works (Druid's Tune, Singing Stone) besides Irish myths and legends?

OR Melling said...

Uh oh. I'm going to have to think about that. We are talking ancient history and not only Irish. And sorry for delay in posting this, I didn't know how to use the system and only found these comments by accident! (Techno-baby.)

KJH said...

No worries! Just though I'd throw it out in case there were more exciting revelations to be had.