I think I’ve mentioned at some point that I own a sword replica… as I’m fully immersed in the Middle Ages, please let me introduce you to my baby. It doesn’t have a name, yet (and I bought it back in 1997…) because I can’t decide if it’s a “real” sword such as Excalibur or Durendal or a fantasy sword such as Stormbringer.
The fact that I don’t actually use it or wave it around adds to the fact that I can’t come up with a name, of course. A friend of mine suggested I try to use it on pumpkins or water melons (depending on the season), maybe if one day I’m mad enough at Day Job, I could give vent like that – although having to do it outside, I might look a little crazy, so I’ll have to find a quiet place in my green enough suburb…
Being a writer, though, I could call it Quillkiller or something like that!
Supposedly it’s a 1400s sword, but like my aforementioned expert friend said, it’s strange. It has the blade of a one-handed sword, but the hilt is for one hand and a half. Which, he says, for a woman might just do. Except the fencing master who did the sheath refused to teach me any move, saying women didn’t handle swords. Grrr. That’s why sometimes I prefer fantasy to history!
I’ve been a warrior woman in most of my first fantasy stories, throughout the 1990s. Only in the new millennium I moved myself to quieter and more feminine behavior/occupations. The first was a woman disguised as a man to study, but she was barely a squire, not really a warrior. Then came the actress/writer who wrote about warrior women, but wasn’t one. Next (for my next graphic novel), I’ll be a merchant. So the adventurer of the graphic novel (The Prince and the Adventurer 1997-2001) is gone. Here she was, though (I even had very short hair at the time), and next year or later the novel will come out of this story, as I think it’s a very nice, unconventional love-story – and a sort of fairy tale revisited, as it starts with a Male Sleeping Beauty, awakened by this adventurer/warrior woman, poor chap.
Now Brithwen is not going to touch any sword, so let me put it back where it belongs… I will pull it out again only when I get back to writing fantasy, just in case I need some more inspiration!