for my reconceptualization of the Archland series.
Because I’m reading a lot of medieval stuff right now, my interest in anchoresses and monastic women has been renewed, and I’ve been thinking for a while about making my Sleeping Beauty/Rapunzel character (Coryla), something like an anchoress.
Coryla’s mother, Cinera (or Fraxina if I rename her–she is Cinderella), is a very powerful seer with the ability to see past, present, and future at varying levels. Magic like that is traditionally inherited, but I had not put a lot of thought into Coryla’s magic.
I thought it might be really cool if, while Coryla was asleep for ~500 years, she dreamed about all the events that I want to narrate in the series, and the framing device is her telling all that she knows to Pomona (Beauty), who has always been whom I consider the protagonist. Of course, at the point when she reaches present events the framing device would have to be retired, but it might be a good way for me to explicate all the past events without confusing the reader with different POVs and timelines.
It would also give Coryla a more active role in the storyline. She’s a great character and I never liked that she was just stuck in her tower with her major active contribution being her children (Hansel/Elianus and Gretel/Laelia).
Eh, I still need to do a lot of thinking, but it might work with some playing around.