Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Unicorn Tapestry

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.

If you’re not familiar with tapestries, they’re usually more that just pretty weavings. For example, the Bayeaux Tapestry (which is more of an embroidery than a weaving) tells the story of the Norman conquest of England. The Unicorn tapestries tell the story of the hunt of a unicorn. As for Miranda’s tapestry and the story it tells, you’ll have to wait. But I’m working hard, and I’ll keep you updated. 

Click here to read a new review of Screwing Up Time.

You might also like this post, Book Marketing Tribulations, on my other blog. 


  1. Glad to hear your first draft is going well. :)

    I love looking at tapestries.

  2. Glad to hear the draft is going well! Just stopped by Katherine's site and read her review. I'm sold and stopped by Amazon to buy a copy. Look forward to reading it next week!

  3. Stephen,

    Awesome! I hope you enjoy it.

  4. Those tapestries are exquisite. I can see how they inspired you. :-)

  5. I'm always fascinated by tapestries. They hold so much story and meaning. I also like your idea of writing a short in between novels. I've done that and it's refreshing.