First of all, my apologies for the lateness of this post. I’m going to blame my post-Thanksgiving turkey hangover for that one.
That said, I did devote some time to writing this week, if only to up my pathetic NaNoWriMo score. My thoughts (and pen) have recently turned to the old real estate mantra “location, location, location”. That is to say, I’ve been writing the reader’s first glimpse of the magnificent Schloss von Burlau, the family’s regal country estate. Although it is an entirely fictitious destination, I did draw inspiration from actual European castles and estates.
The golden yellow and rusty red color scheme of Schloss von Burlau, for example, can be found throughout Germany on castles such as Moritzburg:
and Hohenschwangau in Bavaria:
Another estate from which I drew inspiration despite, rather than because of, its Nazi ties is Wewelsburg. Although I have not yet been to Wewelsburg, I plan to do so next month. I’ll be sure to post pics on this site when I return. Meanwhile, you can discover the castle for yourself through their official website:
What inspired me about Wewelsburg was its triangular shape, the interior of which seemed perfect for the von Burlau’s formal garden, in which young Viktoria loves to wreak havoc. I’ve added some of my inspiration for that garden to my photography page this week:
I’ve also posted the next chapter of The Aldana Incident to keep you busy until my next post:
Thanks, as always, for visiting my site!