And for NaNoWriMo: A Biography

I keep saying I'm going to write the Epic Tale of the Lighthammers at Angrathar, and I keep not doing it.

So you know what's coming up next month? NaNoWriMo.

Now, Angrathar doesn't strike me as being a 50,000 word story. But if you were to go back across the whole of Nancie Lighthammer's life, starting from her days as a young battle cleric from Ironforge, back in the days when her name was still Ironhammer and she and her brother Brandur were on the front lines together, going through her war adventures, earning her name, getting married, having a daughter, going back to war, the near loss of her marriage and the compromises she and Geoffar made to make things work, and eventually, the trip to Northrend and the siege of Wintergarde…

Then you might have 50,000 words.

I'm going to be spending some time noodling over lore over the next couple of weeks before I get started, and I won't be surprised if I end up tearing my hair out a bit as I try to nail down the details. I'm also pretty sure that some things are going to end up retconned a bit — over the last four years, I've written bits and pieces of Lighthammer history, and some of it probably won't end up being exactly how it happened — but I think I'm going to give this a shot.

After all, the world needs more stories about female dwarves. A lot of them, dammit. If anyone can name me a book (better yet, a series) where the main character (main! not supporting!) is a heroic female dwarf, I'll buy it! If you can even name any books that showcase heroic female dwarves in supporting roles, I'll be pretty damn happy.

And with any luck, at the end of November, there'll be one more.

Oct 14th, 2009
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