I adore the artwork of the artist Phobs. Let’s just put that out there.
But when I saw this sketch floating around the internet (probably Pinterest, tbh) this summer, I nearly squealed aloud. Not just because it’s adorable (because it is, like most of Phobs’ work), but because it reminded me so much of the main characters of the Iron Queen trilogy, Tamar and Dervish.
In related news, I finally wrote a good synopsis for my 2016 NaNoWriMo novel project and I wanted to share it here:
The orphaned daughter of a fisherman in rural Ashkad, Tamar was a no one before being taken as a concubine by Shahriyar, the Sul of Ashkad. Thrust into the hive of hornets that is the royal harem, she fights tooth and claw to find her place in this new world, and refuses to merely survive the attacks of her many enemies—she swears she will become the queen Ashkad has not seen in centuries.
But such a feat is impossible without the cunning of the vizier Dervish Yahyazade, a man with secrets and ambitions of his own.
Cursed by the gods with ill-fate and burdened by the expectations of his father and his sovereign, Dervish is torn: will he continue to fight to stay on the straight and narrow, to become the Kingmaker he was raised to be, or will he give in to the sweep of destiny and the forbidden desires of his heart?
Caught between fate and ambition, Tamar and Dervish’s tangled lives leave a trail of broken hearts, murders, and toppled dynasties in their wake that change the course of history.
This is their story.
For NaNoWriMo, I’ve finally decided I will try to write 50,000 words of my rewrite of Book One of Iron Queen (and hopefully finally come up with a title…).
It’ll be a challenge. Of the three years I’ve done NaNo, I’ve only lost once–when I was applying to grad school and super stressed out about life and lost in the sea of a mess of a novel that I’d been working on for close to 10 years.
That project has found its happy new cozy home deep in my filing cabinet (maybe for forever… who knows), and now it’s time for Iron Queen to shine.
I have two papers due the first week of December. I’ll be honest, guys, NaNo might be too much. I might fail.
But I like a challenge. And what’s a challenge without the fear of failure?
Catch ya later, joonam. I’ve got mountains of art history reading to do… xx