Anyhow, I've just started on The Weaver's Second Tale. The Weaver is one of Chaucer's 'orphan pilgrims', i.e. he doesn't get to tell a Tale in The Canterbury Tales and doesn't appear in any verbal interactions, prologues or epilogues.
From my point of view, the orphan pilgrims are very useful. Although they are described physically (or rather sketched), their characters are not fleshed out, leaving them as 2-dimensional figures that I am at liberty to expand on more or less as I like.
My Weaver's Second Tale will feature Friar Ted, the sleuth and wandering, medieval monk who appeared in The Doctor of Physics Second Tale. This new Tale will also see the reappearance of the unnamed Doctor who helped Friar Ted unravel the mystery of a blugeoned stranger's death in the previous Tale.
Since the plot of The Weaver's Second Tale involves both Friar Ted and the Doctor being constantly in close proximity, I've therefore decided to write the story in the first person, from the point of view of the Doctor, in a similar style to Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.
Below is the first eight lines:
By thirteen fifty-six I’d been retired
For sev’ral years and ardently desired
Before my joints and acumen seized up
To travel to exotic realms and sup
With learnéd scholars, knights and kings and queens,
To ponder panoramic, foreign scenes.
So once spring’s thaw set in, I ventured forth
Upon my ancient nag and headed north.
That's it for this week. I'll keep you informed of my progress.
Below are links to my two Global Short Story Competition winners, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi, and my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment: