A Writer's Journey

April 1, 2019

Fairy Tales of New York

A few weeks ago, I talked about some of my original ideas—including resurrecting some old NaNoWriMo projects that comprised a series I called “Fairy Tales of New York.”

(That series name will probably change).

Let’s do a refresher for those who forgot or are new around here.

The series started with Fairest of Them All, a modern take on Snow White. Gwen White gets a chance to advance to a management position at the hotel where she works. She is up against Melissa, who is not afraid to resort to any tricks possible to get the position. As all of this happens, she ends up meeting Brandon King, the son of the hotel’s owner, and starts to fall for him.

Gwen also starts to have strange dreams, vivid ones where she is Snow White. When her life starts to mirror the fairy tale, she wonders are they just dreams?

Or are they memories?

I still love this project and want to go forward with it. So I’m slowly starting to go back to it, though my focus is still on The Christmas Wish. I’m nearing completion on my conversion from fanfic to original novel on that project, but more on that later.

So, here’s the deal about Fairest of Them All…I’m pretty sure I lost everything typed up. If you remember, my old laptop—Old Blue—went to electronic heaven and I had to switch to Little Blue, the laptop I got for traveling. And my IT guy at work was unable to save anything from my hard drive. I lost a lot as I wasn’t regularly using OneDrive then.

I am now.

Now, it’s not a total loss. I actually wrote my first draft of it in a notebook. I’d have to go through everything to find that notebook but it should be easily located.

However, I’m not sure I want to pull it out and type that all up. Especially as I’ve come up with different angles for the story. So I’m thinking it’s just best to start from scratch and go from there.

What changes am I making? Well, here’s a few of them…

  • Eliminating the hypnotism angle. In the original, Gwen reluctantly agrees to be hypnotized, which awakens her memories.
  • Also the five main “princesses” wouldn’t be college friends anymore but they would still be friends. They all would now live in the same apartment build, Grimm Towers. Being there is what “awakens” their memories.
  • I had originally intended for one of my princesses to the be the princess who didn’t laugh but it’s best if she’s changed to Cinderella.
  • I’ll probably be changing a few names. I went a bit heavy handed with symbolism last time and I think I want to dial it back a bit.

Plus a lot more that will probably happen while I’m writing.

So that’s my next big project. Wish me luck!

(And happy birthday…but more on that later!)

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December 24, 2018

The Christmas Wish Chapter 4: Christmas Eve

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The sneak peeks of my fanfic-turned-novel, The Christmas Wish, return as Adelaide, Theo and the people of Stony Castle start to celebrate Christmas.


Adelaide held Hugh’s hand as they entered the warm and brightly lit diner, Hugh bouncing by her side. Minnie had decorated more since they had been there that morning, pushing the tables aside to create more room in the middle of the diner so people could stand around. A Christmas tree now stood next to the jukebox and Christmas lights hung around the diner. Fake snow covered the windows and paper candy canes, snowmen, Santas and reindeer were taped up on the walls. Christmas music wafted over the buzz of the conversations and Adelaide paused, taking a deep breath to bask in the holiday spirit filling the place.

People greeted her and her son as she headed toward the back. She recognized most from her job at Town Hall, usually because they were lodging complaints for some reason or another. Tonight, though, she only heard good wishes for her holiday and New Year as everyone put aside business for this one day. Adelaide returned every greeting she got with a warm smile and Hugh waved to everyone like he was the mayor parading down Main Street.

“Adelaide! Hugh! Over here!” Maisie waved from the table she had taken for her family, rocking her baby son Daniel in one arm. She wore a festive red sweater with snowmen embroidered on it and had paired it with a nice black skirt as well as black snow boots. A red headband sat in her brown hair with silk holly and red beads mimicking berries attached to it. Daniel wore a Santa Claus onesie and together with his mother, looked like something out of a Christmas catalogue.

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August 25, 2018

“The Christmas Wish” Chapter 1: A Wish For Santa (Excerpt)

Filed under: journey,The Christmas Wish,writing — mackenziew @ 12:00 am
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In Monday’s entry, I said that I would share the excerpt I first shared on Patreon. This is from Chapter 1 of “The Christmas Wish,” which is entitled “A Wish for Santa.” It’s an introduction to the relationship between my two leads, Adelaide Ellis and Theo Edwards, at the start of the story.

For early access to sneak peeks as well as other material, please consider supporting me with just $1 a month on Patreon.

Enjoy after the cut!

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April 23, 2018

A Dance for a Rainy Day

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Pitter Patter.

Pitter Patter.

Pitter Patter.

Emily curled up on the couch, listening to the sound of the rain as it beat against her window. She left the lights off, so her room was more grayish than not. With her blanket wrapped around her, it was the perfect way to spend this rainy afternoon.

“Are you sitting in the dark for a reason?” her husband asked, entering the living room.

“It’s atmospheric,” she replied. “I like it.”

He chuckled. “Is there room for one more under that blanket?”

“Of course,” she said, holding it up so that he could climb in with her. Once he was lying behind her, Emily wrapped them in the blanket and curled closer to his warmth.

Andrew breathed out and she felt him relax. “This is nice.”

“It is,” she agreed. “I love rainy days.”

“Oh, I know that.” He kissed her forehead as they cuddled together, the rain lulling them into a dream-like state.

She wasn’t sure if seconds or hours had passed when he shifted next to her, rolling onto his back. He pulled her on top of him, rubbing her back. “You asleep?”

“Almost,” she murmured, nuzzling his shirt. “Why?”

“I was just thinking…Listen to the rain,” he told her.

Pitter.

Pitter Patter.

Pitter Pitter Patter.

Pitter Patter Patter Pitter.

Pitter Patter Pitter Pitter Patter.

She smiled, opening her eyes to look at him. “It has a very good beat.”

“I love a good beat,” he replied, eyes sparkling with joy. “Dance with me.”

Emily lifted her head, giving him an amused smile. “Right now?”

He nodded, sitting up. “Come on, Em. Dance with me to the song of the rain.”

“You’re a dork, you know that?” she asked fondly. She still took his hand as they stood from the couch and let him lead her to the middle of their living room.

Andrew took her hand in his while placing his free one on her hip. They started to sway to only a melody they could hear, accompanied by the sound of rain drops on the windowpane.

It was the perfect way to spend a rainy Spring day.

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