the modern era dawns & all roads lead to Prague


It’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors

Every Sunday, a clutch of writers post upon their blogs, 8-sentence snippets from their Writing Works in Progress.

There is much reading, commenting, sharing and getting to know one another. Also great writing. Click on the red square with the white feather and sword to see the list of blogs and perhaps add your blog’s name and join us in the fun. If you are, like me, a person who needs deadlines and feedback, this really helps.


Snippet from “A Crystal Tapestry”  A 17th century, historical fantasy in progress.

3SM_CharlesU 400yrs old
1600s Gothic architecture Charles University Prague

The day Gretje Bowe was born, May 23, 1618, two Protestant nobles and their clerk were thrown from a high window of Castle Hradshin in the heart of bustling Prague, miles away from the baby’s simple village.

Gretje, born as the rising sun began to reflect off the waves of the Baltic Sea, was the first girl in the family and named for a Scottish ancestor, was sucking strongly at her mother’s breast by the time Sol set in oranges and pinks over the North Sea.

Her father held out a tightly woven blanket of soft wool as the midwife laid the baby in his arms. He helped his wife get their new baby settled.

“Katarina, what a fine, strong daughter we have.”

“Praise Frigg for an easy birth and kicking baby, Stephan.”

Meanwhile, the nobles landed in a deep pile of dung and survived. Since those who tossed them were enemy Catholic nobles, this unseemly defenestration triggered the Thirty Years War, which spiraled out from Prague to alter lives and livelihood throughout Europe.

Stephan was the only master weaver for many miles. He trained all the journeymen and apprentices in an area that ran from Denmark on the north to Hamburg to the south, and westward from the Baltic to the North Sea.

Katarina drew the designs for much of Stephan’s handiwork and he was in the midst of training her as an apprentice so their business could continue if he were gone.


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.

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