Weekend Writing Warriors – November 9

This is one potential beginning of Chapter One in  a historical fantasy novel in progress. Working title is “A Crystal Tapestry.”


Gretje Bowe was born on May 23, 1618, the third child and first daughter of a master weaver and his wife, who often drew designs for his handiwork, and whom he was training as an apprentice, just in case.

The Bowe family lived in Schwabstedt, a town on the east side of a peninsula that grew from the north edge of what would some day be called Germany, nearly touching Denmark. Gretje was born as the sun was beginning to reflect off the waves of the Baltic Sea, and by the time it set in oranges and pinks over the North Sea was suckling strongly at her mother’s breast.

The same day, two members of the Protestant nobility and their clerk were thrown out a high window of a towering Castle in a land far to the south and east of Gretje’s small village. The Castle was in Prague, a bustling and magical city. The two Protestant noblemen were hurled out the window by two Catholic noblemen into a deep pile of dung, and thus escaped, smelly but whole.

This unseemly defenestration, which became a common practice in Prague, triggered the Thirty Years War, a conflagration that spiraled out from Prague and engulfed Europe, including Schwabstedt. When word of the war reached the town a month later, Gretje’s father left with the other men, and Gretje’s mother learned how to weave while nursing a newborn.


About jeanlatzgriffin

Jean Latz Griffin is the owner of CyberINK, a small business that produces quirky skeleton-themed products. She has finished the first draft of a historical fantasy and received comments from her agent. She has turned to Orson Scott Card for tips on the second draft. She is author of "In the Same Breath," and "One Spirit: A Creation Story for the 21st Century." She has a certificate in creative writing from the University of Chicago's Writers Studio. Griffin is a member of the growing community of former Chicago Tribune reporters, enjoys Weekend Writing Warriors and the Story Studio in Chicago. Her Sheltie, Thunder, likes to "type" on her computer keys, and Dr Wu, a Weimaraner, likes to lick her ear when she is trying to think. Her husband passed in June of 2011. Her three fabulous grown sons live nearby. She plays violin in an amateur string orchestra.

10 Responses

  1. OMGOMGOMG! Are you writing in “my” time period? Haha. I mean, you’re writing historical fantasy set during the Thirty Years War? Sorry, just got a little excited when I saw the Defenestration picture. Very interesting beginning; I would definitely read this!

  2. Just my opinion, but I’d start with the bodies falling from the high castle windows. And show it happening instead of telling about it. THAT will capture your readers and demand they discover what has happened and why 😀 Great 8!

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