A Writer's Journey

October 19, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015

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I can’t believe it. Time certainly does fly, huh? I can’t believe I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo. I logged back into the website last week to find everything reset for this year. And it was a bit exciting, to get everything ready.

A few weeks ago, I talked about scrapping Savannah’s story for my reincarnated princess series. How she no longer fit with the direction I wanted to take it in. So I was swapping her out with Ellie, a Cinderella story. And I thought that would be my NaNoWriMo project.

Then came the shower and my plans changed. Long time readers of my blog will know that happens quite often.

So what happened?

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February 24, 2014

Blurb: “Fairest of Them All”

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(I know I’ve been talking about “Dreams of a Rose” more than “Fairest of Them All.” But “Dreams of a Rose” has scenes that don’t really scream “Sleeping Beauty” yet. So I’m going to use a scene from the completed “Fairest of Them All” instead. I thought it would be a nice cap to Fairy Tale February).

I sat in a chair meant for someone half my size. Like the seven men gathered around me. None had come higher than my waist when I was standing. They were different ages from what I could tell. One was no older than eighteen, by my guess. His hair was blond and he had no beard, unlike the others. A gray cap was clutched in his hands as he watched me wit wide blue eyes, lurking by the windows. Another fellow stood by his side, one with dark hair and a dark beard. The yellow of his outfit caught my eyes.

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February 3, 2014

Reimagining Fairy Tales

We are all fascinated by fairy tales. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a sweeping overgeneralization. But there are still enough of us entranced by fairy tales. And with reimagining them.

Why? Well, let’s look at what fairy tales are. They are archetypal stories and their Aesops timeless. Okay, some are the same. Snow White and Cinderella both contain the message about being good and getting rewarded if you are patient enough. Red Riding Hood is about stranger danger. Goldilocks about not breaking and entering. (Okay, it’s probably more about finding what’s “just right” for you, but breaking and entering is pretty bad). Sleeping Beauty is a warning about excluding people from your fancy parties. They will curse your firstborn otherwise.

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February 4, 2013

Once Upon a Time…

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And no, I’m not talking about the TV show. Though that is amazing and I suggest you go watch it.

So what do I mean? Well, I thought I would go back to my NaNoWriMo project for this post. Remember—“Fairest of Them All”? It’s the story of the woman who believes she’s the reincarnation of Snow White. And it’s the first in a series. Gwen—my main character—has four best friends who may be reincarnated fairy tale princesses as well. I leave hints as to who Rosalie, Kalliope, Anne and Savannah are in Gwen’s story. There is also the possibility to bring in more princesses or fairy tale characters if I so chose.

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