In one month, I will at last head to Aberystwyth to research medieval Welsh at the university for the phrases I use in the book, Braided Dimensions, and to choose a site for Kyna’s home (Kyna being, of course, one of the main characters in the novel). I’ll be traveling by train from London where I’ll first meet cousins, then join a friend who’s of Welsh ancestry and spent his summers in the south of Wales while growing up, for the train trip and explorations.
Not only will we spend time in Aberystwyth but we’ll also go to Machynlleth, the old market town where Kay attends the Solstice Faire in the 900’s on her first visit into the past, and Borth, the town from where Aelfwyn’s yarn shop gets transported into modern day Ukiah for a short spell.
We’ll also drive to the Isle of Anglesey
where Kay is snatched from the castle at Aberffraw, a castle which did exist in the year 1000 but no longer stands today. On the way there, we’ll pass Snowdonia.
Being in Aberystwyth will allow me the imaginative scope to picture life there a thousand years ago – based on the research I’ve been doing for the past seven years, from California. In the second book, Kay goes to modern Wales so as I revise Book Two – Stretched Across Time – I’ll be able to add in the flavor of the place in modern time.