Meet Marion. Well... this isn't really my Marion. This is a character from WoW or some other video/computer game like that. I wouldn't know, exactly. I'm not a gamer.
But this picture is about as close to Marion as we get... besides the sketches that I've spun up of her, which are not uploaded on this computer. Her leather arm guards/armour are amazing.The red hair is perfect, though her expression is a little dark. She just needs a ski-jump nose, like she has in my book. =D
But I could do a character bio later. What were we discussing again? Ah yes. My novel dilemma.
If you'll remember, several months ago I mentioned a novel that I'd been writing since spring about Maid Marion Fitzwalter... and how she meets up with Robin Hood after he returns from campaigning for Richard's throne.
Are you willing to help me out? *Grins sheepishly*
Here's where I'm at:
Right now Guy of Gisbon (NOT Gisborne, and 'Guy' is pronounced the old English way--- "G-ee," rhyming with 'tree' and spoken with a hard 'G' sound) is setting a trap for Robin Hood, as so many legends tell. And yes, according to tradition, Marion is the bait. She's stuck in his castle... etc. The Gisbon/castle/trap scene is a minor excursion in relation to the plot of my entire book, but nonetheless, I'm stuck.
Guy is trying to trap Robin. But how?
Frankly, I need ALL your ideas concerning medieval booby traps. I need a really ingenious trap that will surprise both Rob and my readers. But what?
Whatever it is, Robin DOES get stuck in the trap... and then, of course, has to get out, making everything more exciting as danger piles upon danger.
Will you put on your thinking caps for me?
I'm not just looking for a trap door that collapses when he walks over it. It can be a 'trap' in any sense of the world. My mom suggested a moat with imported alligators. =D
Cleverness and creativity are what I need. I just don't know why I can't find mine. I've thought about this 'trap' so much that my brain refuses to give me any more ideas!!
Pull out your made-up or Medieval booby traps and head over to the comment box... if you dare. There are Gisbon's poisonous porcupines down there (how was that, Mom?)!