It’s been a while since I made a costume update, but here’s a sneak peek on little somethin’ somethin’ I’m working on VERY slowly…
Lirael is a character who means the world to me. I discovered Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom trilogy in my early teens, I was 13 when I read Sabriel, and the next year, I realised there was a sequel and devoured it apace.
At the beginning of the book, Lirael is 14, the age I was when I first read it. She is painfully shy, introverted, depressed, suicidal, an outsider, shunned for being different. And a big part of her story is that she finds a way to keep living, despite the fact that it’s hard, and it hurts. Sadly, there were parallels to that in my own life. I very quickly found myself empathising with her, she was a character I could look at and remind myself that if she could pick herself up and keep going, so could I.
Nearly 12 years later, I’m still here, and while I never got to go on magical adventures like she did, Lirael has always been there within the pages of the book to remind me that even though it’s hard, and even though it hurts, life is for the living, and I’m damn well going to do so.
With the prequel Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen coming out late this year, I’m hoping to have this costume finished in time, in celebration of this amazing, life changing series of books.
This got a lot deeper than I meant it to… oops.