The first draft of my short story is going very well. For more on the why of doing a short story between two novels, check this blog post on my “other” blog.
Besides the characters, the short story and Screwing Up Time share a plot feature, the tapestry that hangs in Miranda’s chamber. While Miranda’s tapestry exists only in my imagination, it was influenced by real tapestries that I saw at The Cloisters, which is a museum in Northern Manhattan dedicated to the art and architecture of Medieval Europe. And it’s actually built like a medieval cloister. (If you’re ever in NYC, visit! It’s amazing to find a place of quiet and serenity deep in Manhattan.)
Of the three thousand pieces of artwork, some of the most prized exhibits are the Unicorn Tapestries. Click the link here to see the six tapestries. They might even be familiar to you—the tapestries are so popular that they show up on notecards, etc. These tapestries inspired the tapestry on the wall of Miranda’s bedroom, which hid something of great significance to the novel. And the tapestry will play a small role in the short story. Though not because of what tapestry hides, but because of the story it tells.
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