So, as you are reading this I am rushing to finish two jobs to hit the deadline, and then I’ll be gearing up for my NENaNoWriMo thing: writing a novella whose tag-line is “Like Dan Brown but lowbrow”.
A story about the secret of the Templar Knights, set here in Nizza Monferrato, jewel of Astigianistan, smack in the middle of the UNESCO Heritage site of the Langhe & Monferrato vineyards.
To get in the mood (and to break away from a month spent writing eight hours a say, seven days a week) yesterday I took a long and pleasant trip to the town of Saliceto, once a Templar chapter house, now a cheerful and quiet country place.
We (I was with my brother and a few other punters) went on a guided visit of the cat-infested alleys of the Medieval town center, and then visited the ancient churches, and the castle.
And there was a lot of food for thought and inspiration – from a recently discovered Templar (and/or possibly Masonic) chapel that had been walled-in for centuries, to unusual frescoes with Middle-Eastern influences and hermetic meanings…
… to a church filled with anomalous paintings (some of them copies, the originals stolen years ago) and rather un-Christian elements, including a Baphomet.
The day ended in nearby Cerro, a small village that boasts an unusual church and a derelict, spooky, and highly suggestive Napoleonic graveyard.
A nice day, a fun and instructive field trip, and a few good ideas for my not-yet-even-outlined story.
All I know is it will begin with a black-haired woman stepping down a train in a lonely station, late one autumn evening…
I wonder if I should put up one of those word-counter thingies, here in the sidebar.
What do you say?