Well, I have done it. I have decided and declared I am writing a novel in a month. I thought about it last year, but alas, chickened out. This year though, I have a plan. Over the next thirty days I will tell the tale of Elizabeth Lavenza, adopted sister and betrothed of Victor Frankenstein.
This is a bit of a cheat, I know. A good deal of the plot has already been mapped out for me and the main characters are already present. And in some ways, I look at this as an exercise. However, this is most definitely a novel. We have only had one person’s version of the events, that of a mad man, and that version is second-hand, the tale transcribed by R. Walton to his sister after hearing it from Victor. I have always felt there was more to be known, more to be told.
And so, I present to you what I presently call “The Tale of Elizabeth Lavenza”.