Monday, November 30, 2009

Etienne the Groundskeeper

Etienne knows everyone and their history. This octogenarian is the groundskeeper of the chateau estate, the farrier, and the stable master.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Paths to Nowhere

Friday, August 14, 2009

In the Professor’s Forest the protagonist, Holly, catalogues the flora around the chateau and in the surrounding forest.

To research these scenes I hiked the paths around LaMuse. There are many stone stairways that led up or down the steep hills into the forest. I stood at these entryways looking into the overgrowth for a path or tumbled walls; some evidence of where they had once led. Thick saplings, armies of nettles, mossy rocks, herds of ferns and dark trees looked back. Where to go? Into the forest or back to the comfort of the well-trodden path?