Back in early October, 2011, before my Mom’s passing, I’d engaged in the writing of a short historical tale here on the blog. A tale featuring Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, the young Bishop of Lucon — and the future Cardinal Richelieu of “The Three Musketeers” infamy. The untitled story charted Richelieu’s course through the Concini Affair in 1617. Historically this classic doublecross was the brainchild of the King’s favorite, Luynes, but I made the work of Richelieu for dramatic purposes (though Luynes still thinks he’s the manipulator, not the manipulated). I’d plotted it out and started writing, then had to put it aside. Well, I think it’s time to dust it off and get back to it — in 300-500-word chunks to serve as my warming up exercise.
If you’re new to the blog or if you don’t feel like searching the archives, here’s a link to the pdf of the plot. Reading it now, several months later, I’m still excited by it — which is good. I would only make one change, near the end: when Lenora confronts Richelieu in his carriage, she should be armed. Richelieu takes the weapon from her, illustrating the little-known fact (little known to most readers, I assume) that he was a soldier before donning the cloth.
So, I will read over the prose, polish if need be, and see about getting started with new material tomorrow!