Hello bloggers! I hope you’ve been having a lovely 2018 so far, and have been eagerly working at your goals! ^_^ I have a something special for you this week…
I’ve created a challenge! 😀
If you haven’t read the title, (which you obviously have), it involves comp titles. You may be asking:
What’s a comp title?
Well, wonder no longer, for I have the answer! (If you weren’t wondering, you may proceed XD) A comp (comparison) title is a book that is similar to your story in either content, genre, format, anything of that sort. It’s most often used as a marketing tool to help authors pique the interests of their readers.
For example, you might say ‘my novel could be described as Harry Potter meets Twilight. Ew, that was a bad comparison…But you get the idea.
Here are some tips on coming up with just the right titles for your stories:
Think about the genre of your story. Where does your story take place? When does it take place?
Probably don’t take the biggest names and throw them together (like I just did up there ^). Nobody wants to read Harry Potter meets Twilight meets The Hunger Games. (Okay, wait a minute, that might be interesting…XD)
Don’t worry about describing your story PERFECTLY. If you find something that you think describes it well, then great, but don’t stress it. It’s just a general idea.
ALRIGHT let’s get to the challenge!
My rules (though they’re really more like guidelines):
Pick a few (or all!) of your WIPS!
Give them some comp titles!
Tag a few peoples if you wish!
Have fun! 😉
Here are a few of my WIPS //
Imprint // Merlin meets Inkheart
Anyone else into Merlin? No? Just me?
*slithers into dark corner*
Dangerous Minds* // Marvel meets Michael Vey
*Previously titled The D
Because SUPERHEROES!! YEAH!! 😀
Sciamachy // Treasure Island meets The Snow Queen
That…doesn’t really sound terribly exciting, but IT IS. TRUST ME. XD
There’s also pirates, if that entices you at all.
Not Found // Inception meets Undertale
UNDERTALE, amiright? No?
Give or Take Your Time* // Six of Crows meets Harry Potter
*Previously titled Wanted For Time
I haven’t actually made my way into the HP fandom (yet?) so the comparison here is that they both have a school for teaching magical gifts.
This book basically defies genres, so I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO DO HERE. XD
Pickpocket // Sherlock Holmes meets Mary Poppins
Sounds pretty cool, right? Like, imagine if they were the same person. That’s Pickpocket in a nutshell.
The Ink Slinger // Peter Pan meets Greek mythology
NEW IDEA ALERT. This is one of those four new ideas I got this year. I’m working on remodeling my ‘Books’ page, and there’ll be a little bit about it there.
This is where I actually got the idea to create this challenge, because, I don’t know ‘Peter Pan meets Greek mythology’ just sounds really epic to me. I would love to read a book like that. XD
Crown of Thorns // The Hobbit meets Edgar Allen Poe
So…This makes it seem like a depressing quest story. XD
^THE AESTHETIC OF THIS NOVEL BASICALLY^
Now, as I said above, you could choose to tag someone, or you could leave an open invitation. I’m going to be lazy and choose the latter. XD So go forth with this challenge! Do it yourself! (I would LOVE to see what you come up with!) Share it with your friends! (I would LOVE to see that they come up with!)
What did you think of my comp titles? Strange? Interesting? Let me know down below! And if you do this challenge, leave me a link to your post/tweet/update in the comments! ^_^
Hey guys! Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done this segment! But I’ve scoured my old notebooks and found even more of the best, most cringe-worthy “stories” that little author me wrote many, many years ago (and by many, I mean like seven). 😀
Also, I apologize for the shortness of this post. I’m working on some future posts that will be longer, so you can look forward (or dread, if that’s more your thing) to those! 🙂
Alright, you know how this goes, I didn’t edit anything, I’m simply typing out what I wrote. Oh, and there’s new a new commentary feature!
Once their* was a princess. She was no ordinary princess.
*I see we’re off to a great start, using the improper use of ‘there’. Super.
She was Princess of Albion*.
*Fun fact: that’s the name of the township I live in. I’m so creative, right?
She had black hair that shimmered in the sunlight. Lips red as cranberrys, Piercing black eyes and beautiful copper skin.
She wore a dress of cotton. It had long sleeves that tickled her finger tips* and was adorned with Glittering beads.
*Guys I was so proud of that line. You don’t even know.
Her feet were muddy from running. She was always on the run. She had to, to get away from him.* The evil man who had left her Fatherless, Who had taken her mother, who had destroyed her home.
*Really just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it it? -_-
She promised to get him back but she never could. She was to pure, to loving and Kind*.
*Where is pure? Where is loving and kind? Is she going there?
No, she couldn’t, but one fateful day was about to change all that.*
Well. I forgot how painful this is. XD Do you guys like my commentary? Or would you rather enjoy it in it’s purest state? XD Also, are you guys cold? You can be totally jealous of me. It’s a balmy 34° here! Yeah, I can FEEL your jealousy. XD
Well guys, it’s that time. 2017 has come to an end and 2018 looms ahead. Anyone else shocked at how fast this year has flown by? No? Just me?
The writing scene has been interesting this year, to be sure…
// I finished editing Imprint and gave it a few close friends and family for a prescreening. I’ve only gotten feedback from one person so far, but hopefully the others will be able to finish and tell me what they think.
After that, I’ll go through their notes, do a teensy bit more editing, and then I’ll be sending it to some beta-readers!! *confetti, cheering, merriment* 😀 I don’t know for sure when I’ll be ready, but let me know down in the comments if there is the slightest bit of interest reading it over. 🙂
// I did JuNoWriMo for a third (fourth…?) time! It was really fun because I decided to go rebel and work on several different projects. I wrote a total of 36,227 words that June! Even though I didn’t win, it was still really great finally getting some of these ideas in my head into rough outlines. 🙂
// I also attempted to do NaNoWriMo again! Though I fared much less successfully than JuNo. I had been going back and forth about what idea to go with, so I ended up deciding on writing a Snow White retelling for the Rooglewood Press Contest.
Well. That didn’t work out.
I think I was just so burned out from work and other matters that I just didn’t have the motivation. So I quit. Still a bit sad about that, but what’s done is done, right?
// Over the course of the year I came up with not one, not two, but FOUR NEW FULL FLEDGED IDEAS. And now I’m drowning in ideas help. XD
Two of these ideas I shared with you back in June. Crown of Thorns and Pickpocket. They were only baby ideas then. Ha. Ha. Haha. HAHA. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
The other two ideas will remain a mystery for now, though I will tell you that I’ve tentatively titled them The Ink Slinger and They Sit in Darkness. I’m so excited about them guys. But I should also probably work on all the things I’ve already started first. Just maybe. XD
// I haven’t really announced this, I think I’ve mentioned it a few times in other posts, but towards the end of the summer I got a job at my local library! I work as an aide, shelving mostly, but also checking in books that come in the book drop and putting requested books that come from other libraries on the shelves. Some days are slow, while other days are WOW PEOPLE. XD I’ve gotten to know a lot of the regulars who come in though, and that’s nice. 🙂
// I got two new cousins this year! Two weddings last year, and now two new friends! 😀 For privacy, I won’t give their full names, but their first names are Jason and Jameson. They’re both boys and they are both adorable. ❤
// I watched a bunch of good movies this year! Some old for the first time and some new! A quick rundown:
Cars 3 | This was really, really good! I thought it was a perfect closing for the Cars trilogy. 5/5.
Spiderman Homecoming | GAH. I JUST. THIS MOVIE. TOM HOLLAND. *flails* SO. GOOD. 5/5.
Jumanji (1995) | I’ve always liked the book, but I hadn’t seen the movie up till now. Robin Williams did SUCH a great job! It was a really entertaining watch. 5/5.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Though I didn’t like this one as much as the first, it was still REALLY GOOD. It moved Peter’s storyline along nicely and I can’t wait to see these guys in Infinity War! 😀 4.5/5.
Thor Ragnarok | EASILY MY MOST FAVORITE MOVIE THIS YEAR NO JOKE. Though Spidey gets a close second. JUST. THE BANTER. LOKI. THAT EPIC DOCTOR STRANGE SCENE. *screams for 564984 years* 5/5.
The Phantom of the Opera (2005) | I was recommended this movie by one of my coworkers and though there was too much singing for my taste (what was I expecting though, really?), it was still a solid movie. Phantom is so creepy… 3/5.
Divergent (2014) | Can you believe I hadn’t seen this movie yet? It was awesome. Four is awesome. Everything was just awesome. Yeah. XD 4/5.
Arrival (2016) | SO. FASCINATING. I loved this movie TO BITS. The atmosphere, the characters, the setting, it was all just so…fascinating. That’s the best word I can think for it. 5/5.
Nearly All the Bourne Movies (various release dates) | I’ve been watching these with a friend and they are SO. INTENSE. GOODNESS GRACIOUS. My favorite one so far has been the Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner. SO GOOD. 😀 4.5/5
Also, I just started watching Merlin and OH MY GOSH WHAT AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO. I just started season two but GOSH THAT SEASON ONE FINALE. EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO TO MELT INTO A PUDDLE. O_O
// Reading scene was a bit weak this year. I read a grand total of thirty books this year. Sad, I know. But I’m not disappointed! Goodreads tells me that my average rating for the year was 4.5 stars. THAT’S PRETTY GREAT. It was the year of good books, I guess. XD
I won’t list all of the books, but here are a few high lights of the year:
Five Magic Spindles by various authors | LITERALLY SO GOOD. All the stories were so creative and AMAZING. 5/5.
Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer | I mean. It’s about Iko. And it has the whole Lunar Chronicles cast. What’s not to love? 5/5.
The Bright Empires series by Richard R. Lawhead | THIS SERIES GUYS. So beautifully descriptive and complex and witty and just EPIC IN GENERAL. 5/5.
Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans | So I’ve read the first three books so far and THEY’RE SO ADDICTING HELP ME. I’m itching to finish the rest of the books. SOON. O_O 5/5.
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine | On Goodreads this book has really been looked down upon for not being all that great. But I just LOVED IT. The twists were scream-inducing and the characters were so COOL. I don’t know why nobody likes it?? Like?? -_- 5/5.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon Hale | Okay, if that title doesn’t make you want to read it, I don’t know what will. There are footnotes. Three whole pages dedicated to names of squirrels. Text conversations with the Avengers. Still not convinced? 😉 5/5.
Here are some nerdy stats you are all probably dying to see. XD
I wrote 70 posts this year! (Well, 71 counting this post. 🙂 )
My three most popular posts are my three Silmarillion posts which you can read here, here, and here.
I got 1,064 visitors, 134 followers, 388 likes, and 640 comments. (Also, a shout-out to my top commenters, Laurel, Deborah, Faith, and Abbey! You guys ROCK! ❤ )
I also have an announcement! This site is going to be going through a bit of renovation. Though I have grown to love the owls that I use as a profile picture and on my banner, I’ve decided that it’s time to retire them and bring in something new. I’m not entirely sure what that thing is yet, but it will be good, trust me. 😉
I’m also going to be redoing some of my pages at the top of the site, throwing some away and adding new ones.
And I’m learning to be very careful to only use stuff that is copyright-free, or that I’ve created on my own. I recently read an article (of course I can’t remember who wrote it now… XD ) about a blogger getting sued for copyright infringement, even though she had given credit and it put things in a whole new light for me. I’m going to step lightly now.
Goals for 2018
I really wouldn’t even call these goals, but I have to have something to go off of right?
My loose plans are to work on outlining a TON. I don’t think these ideas can stay in my head for much longer. I need to write them all out so my brain isn’t so strung up on details. XD
I have no plans to do JuNo or NaNo, but I’m not against it. I’ll have to see how open my schedule is at the time and decided from there.
And as a last goal, I really want to try and not put too much pressure on myself. I’ve found that I am VERY hard on myself and I don’t know when to stop. So if I need to take a hiatus, then I will. If I need to rework my blog schedule, then I will.
And that’s not just for blogging. Reading, writing, and life too.
We’ll see how well this works out. XD
Happy New Year, bloggers! I hope you have a wonderful 2018! Do you have any resolutions? Goals? Let me know down below!
Hey guys! So, I’m sure you all know that Christmas is fast approaching and it’s the time of year when you don’t want to leave your house because driving is a nightmare and it’s absolutely FRIGID outside. (You guys down south are LUCKY.)
But it despite being cold and unwelcoming outside, I’m blessed to have a warm inside where I can snuggle up and watch Christmas movies. 😀 So since the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, I thought I would divulge my top favorite movies for the season. Enjoy.
The Toy that Saved Christmas
VeggieTales will always have a place in my heart. I remember watching this when I was a little thing, back when animation was still so new and this was just AMAZING. Plus you learn a lesson at the end! I mean, I probably didn’t realize that there was a lesson when I was really young, but it must’ve taught me something, I don’t know.
I recently heard on the radio that Home Alone is Minnesota’s favorite Christmas movie. Though I wouldn’t call this my favorite, it’s still a really funny movie. The songs make me feel nostalgic, (even though I wasn’t around when this movie came out), and it just fills a little piece of my heart with happiness.
Frosty the Snowman
This was a staple of my childhood Christmases. I watched it multiple times every year around Christmas time and I basically had the whole movie memorized. I also remember watching the sequel, Frosty Returns, multiple times too. I still never figured out why he says ‘Happy Birthday’ though…
The Year Without a Santa Claus
This is one of those old movies that just makes you smile. I love the Heat and Cold Misers the best. I was always excited when their scene came on. I still get their songs stuck in my head every year. And really, stop motion is just so great. It makes everything seem homey and cozy, like everything is right with the world.
The Santa Clause
I’ve watched this and both sequels so many times, if I watched it now I would know exactly what’s going to happen. And I remember the first time I watched this being so proud that I recognized the characters voices from other movies. I thought I was so cool. XD
The Polar Express
I know a lot of people say that this movie is like super creepy looking, but I like it! The whole story is really cool, I love how all the characters have their own stories, and the ending just makes me so happy. Like waking up from a dream. Plus Josh Groban music is great, A+.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Okay, so maybe you guys remember me posting about this a while ago, but I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE?? But this year, we finally got my whole family together, and we watched it and it was GREAT. I loved it so much. I finally understand a whole lot of references much better now. XD
So, this one isn’t very well-known, but I’ve watched it a few times now, and I just think it’s such a clever, well-thought-out movie! And it’s HILARIOUS. The characters are so funny! And it’s just heartwarming and meaningful and gah. I love it.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Half an hour of nostalgia. The dancing scene, the Christmas tree, the singing, Linus telling the story of Jesus, it’s just so simple and good. What else is there to say?
My favorite Christmas movie of all time. I really don’t need to explain this one. If you haven’t watched it WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE. And if you have, well good for you, you rock. *gives you world’s best cup of coffee* 🙂
So those are my favorites! What are your favorite Christmas movies? Am I forgetting any good ones? Let me know down below! ❤
Hello friends! So, maybe you’ve noticed I don’t, THIS?
*sighs* EXCUSE ME WHILE I FLIP OUT.
Since I’ve been wanting to do a Marvel themed post for a while now, I figured this would be the PERFECT time since everyone is hyped about this trailer!!
I mean, I dunno know maybe it’s just me… *crawls away into a dark corner*
But anyway, I’m here with my top ten favorite characters with some reasons why I think they’re awesome! Let me know what you think of my rankings!*
*all pictures taken from Pinterest, all gifs taken from Giphy
10 // Iron Man
• is a total jerk but everyone still likes him
• “if you cared you would really be here”
“steps out of suit”
• actually cares for everyone like a mega-ton
• no superpowers, just a super genius
• my first superhero movie
9 // Captain America
• wouldn’t hesitate to die for his friends
• so confused with technology omg
• “there’s only one God ma’am”
• “on your left”
• “I understood that reference”
• awesome shield
• cares for Bucky like so much wow
8 // Hulk
• let’s be real, I love Bruce better than Hulk
• him and Tony are science bros
• “I’m always angry”
• “suns getting real low”
• him and Nat
• like so awkward, but I love it
7 // Ant Man
• “I’m your conscience”
• is so excited to meet Cap like SO EXCITED
• loves his daughter sooo much
• is literally friends with ants like so adorkable
• “our first move should be calling the avengers”
6 // Quicksilver
• MOMENT OF SILENCE
• just wants to protect his sister
• “you didn’t see that coming?”
• he’s fast
• BRING HIM BACK PLEASE
5 // Thor
• huge dork
• HE PRESSES THIS GENTLY
• “GET HELP”
• is actually HILARIOUS
• but like so caring??
• loves his brother even when he’s a total backstabber
• THAT SCENE AT THE END OF RAGNAROK THOUGH
4 // Doctor Strange
• phenomenal cosmic powers
• his hands guys I could cry
• “dormammu I’ve come to bargain”
• SLING RING
• cloak of levitation and strange bffs
• “I’ve been falling for THIRTY MINUTES”
• master of snark
3 // Spiderman
• literal fanboy
• like an excited puppy all the time
• THE SCENE
• epic-ness of the Washington monument scene
• “metal arm? that’s so AWESOME!”
• films during a huge fight
• THE PANIC OF THE REVEAL SCENE
2 // Bucky Barnes
• AWESOME METAL ARM
• “who the heck is Bucky?”
• epic knife flip
• even more epic motorcycle straddle
• can stop bullets with his hand
• just wants to eat plums
• “you used to wear newspapers in your shoes”
• the poor tortured soul
1 // Loki
• villain but everyone still loves him somehow??
• “I’m here”
• “we’re not doing get help”
• THE RESCUE SCENE IN RAGNAROK
• “there was this one time when we were children…”
• but like he’s also so sad and I feel so much sad for him??
• cannot die. really.
• ACTUALLY REALLY CARES FOR HIS BROTHER
Okay, so probably ABSOLUTELY NONE of that made sense. I kinda went all fangirl on this post… XD What do you think of my rankings? Whose your favorite Marvel character? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR INFINITY WAR OR WHAT? None of my children better die… 😡
Hey guys! You’re probably wondering what’s wrong with me. I haven’t been updating my word count, I’ve been replying late to your blog posts, and I haven’t posted myself in a good while.
Well, this post is to answer all three of those questions!
As a lot of you know, I was planning on writing a Snow White retelling for the Rooglewood Press contest. It was set in the 1920s and had gangsters and mafia bosses and magic and epic-ness in general. XD
Well, I have to say, I love this story to bits and I would love to finish it someday.
But today is not that day.
I think part of the problem this month was just wasn’t in the right mindset. It seemed like work and family and life and writing was just coming at me in all different directions, and I couldn’t handle it. I couldn’t focus and my mind just wasn’t set on writing this month.
So, I probably won’t be entering my story in the contest, and I won’t be winning NaNo. I am SO GRATEFUL for all of your support and encouragement! ^_^ But I see now that I should’ve just given myself a respite this month, instead of just pushing through. And now I’m suffering the consequences. XD
So there’s my story. But enough gloom. Instead of wallowing in self loathing, I thought I would celebrate all you writers who are ACING IT at NaNo! I’ve seen all of you guys’ ideas and they just all sound so WONDERFUL AND I WANT TO GOBBLE THEM ALL UP. (Get it? Turkey pun? Thanksgiving? Oh, Thanksgiving’s over? …Oh.)
Christine!! ACK YOUR IDEA I JUST. *flails* Camera that takes pictures from the past? Creepy forest island? PRECIOUS CINNAMON ROLL JONAH? YES PLEASE. <333
Deborah!! STEAMPUNK LITTLE MERMAID IS SOMETHING I NEED IN MY LIFE. Wind spirits, skynavy, pirates, assassins, CAN I JUST HAVE THIS BOOK ALREADY PLEASE AND THANK YOU. <333
Hayden!! Seriously, GO LOOK AT HER FIRST PARAGRAPH. *clutches heart* SO. GOOD. <333
Laurel!! Your writing style is just so…*flails* AMAZING. THAT FIRST LINE. KELL. I JUST. Snippets please please please. <333
Mary!! Can I just? This line? “Getting involved in a murder plot was not how she thought her day would go.” *dies* I NEED THIS BOOK. <333
Savannah!! You little rebel. I BELIEVE IN YOU! <333
Katie!! You do not know HOW MUCH I WANT A SUPERHERO NOVEL. O_O That blurb is EPIC-NESS IN A PARAGRAPH. I just want to fangirl over this novel so bad okay. <333
Also, all you lovelies who entered the Rooglewood Contest!!
Hello friends! Just a brief update from me today. Because of things happening in my personal life, and just being a bit overwhelmed, my word count is not very exciting:
I’m not too worried though, since I set a 20,000 word goal for myself this year (the maximum word count for the Rooglewood contest), so I will hopefully be able to get that down, plus maybe a bit of rewriting!
I’ve been scrolling through my second book, Rewrite, recently, and I’m just remembering how much this story means to me and how much I love it. So I’m considering doing a bit of revision there as well.
That’s where I’m at so far! How are you guys doing? Based on what I’ve seen on the NaNo site, all you guys are doing an AWESOME job! And if you’re not doing NaNo…What writing adventures are you pursuing? Let me know!
Hello fellow bloggers! Some of you many know that I live in the cold, cold state of Minnesota. And it is with deep remorse, that I must announce…that it is snowing. And not just gentle, fluffy flakes. No, no, no. The wind is pounding on my windowpane and my house is creaking and shuffling around, already settling for the winter.
BUT IT’S NOT WINTER. Did the weather fairy not know that? It’s not supposed to be SNOWING four days before Halloween. -_-
But anyway, I do have a point to this rant. With it being so cold, the time of sweaters and long sleeves have come. And I since Mary over at Sunshine and Scribblings tagged me to do her lovely tag, and it’s about sweaters…Well, it just made sense. 🙂 Thank you Mary! *sends a hug over the internet*
– Give the person who tagged you a never-ending supply of cookies (or just thank them – either works) – Answer all the questions and use the blog graphic for this tag somewhere in your post – Pass along the tag to at least five other people – Wear a sweater (okay, this is optional…but why wouldn’t you want to??)
fuzzy sweater // a book that is the epitome of comfort
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale is the very first ‘big kid’ book I remember reading, and it’s really what got me interested in reading. I’ve reread it many times and it will always make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. ^_^
striped sweater // a book which you devoured every line of
I like to think I devour the lines of every book, but to be particular, one of the most recent books that I absolutely ate up was The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine. It just tickled me pink in all the right ways. 🙂
ugly christmas sweater // a book with a weird cover
Definitely this cover for The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker. It’s just so aesthetically unpleasing, with the weird pink color and the stock photo frog. It just doesn’t make my eyes happy.
cashmere sweater // most expensive book you’ve bought
*picks through bookshelves* That would have to Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer at a whopping $22! But believe me, it was TOTALLY worth it. SO. GOOD.
hoodie // a favorite classic book
I do so immensely enjoy Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It’s a very homey, comforting book, plus, I have THIS beautiful edition.
cardigan // a book that you bought on impulse
I buy a lot of books on impulse… XD But one that I had absolutely no prior knowledge of would have to be The Lost Track of Time by Paige Britt. I found it in our old used bookstore in wonderful condition, so I picked it up. While it wasn’t my favorite, it was still cute and enjoyable.
turtleneck sweater // a book from your childhood
I remember getting this book as a Christmas present from my grandparents many years ago. The illustrations (by Gail de Marcken) are whimsical and beautiful and the story (by Jeff Brumbeau) is even more gorgeous.
homemade knitted sweater // a book that is indie-published
This is a wonderful book published by my blogging friend C.B. Cook. I was following her serial story on her blog up until she got it published. It’s so awesome to be able to hold a physical copy in my hand! ❤
v-neck sweater // a book that did not meet your expectations
I had HIIIIIGH hopes for this one. I mean, it was written by STAN LEE. HELLO. But sadly, it didn’t quite wow me the way I thought it would. 😦
argyle sweater // a book with a unique format
I am definitely saying Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. SUCH a cool format! The story is told in documents, chat room conversations, and various other forms of communication. It was so fun to read!
polka dot sweater // a book with well-rounded characters
Okay, so some of you may have seen this coming…BUT SERIOUSLY. SUUUCH good characterization!! I could rave about this series forever. 😀
Thank you again, Mary for such a fun tag! And FYI, I am wearing a sweater. It’s gray with black and pink sleeves. 😉 How are you all enjoying fall? Has it snowed where you live yet? PLEASE SAY IT HASN’T. Let me know down below!
NaNo is coming up fast, and I’ve been wildly flailing to get ready. But it’s kind of hard to get ready when you don’t know what you’re writing yet. XD
I was trying to determine between two novels, but it was really getting me worked up and I just couldn’t choose one. Plus the outlines weren’t finished, and I there was no way I’d finish them in time.
So, I veered off in a totally different direction. Some of you may know about the Rooglewood Press Contest. This year’s challenge is writing a Snow White retelling. And so that’s what I’m doing. The story has to be under 20,000 words, so I’ll have to do some extra to make up for that, but that aside…
I’M REALLY EXCITED.
So today is a Beautiful Books. It will probably be incoherent and vague since I don’t even exactly know what I’m doing with this retelling yet, but enjoy nonetheless!
What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
I’ve thought about this contest since I first learned what fairytale we were challenged to retell. So…About five months? Me and my family came up with numerous ideas, but I finally decided on this one and I’m really excited to dive in!
Describe what your novel is about!
I’ve surprised myself by writing something with more of a historical fiction feel. I never write that, but hey, who can know the mind of a writer? It takes place in the 1920s in New York. There is much swing music, fedoras and suits, mystery, fun slang terms, and a mafia family (hint, hint, that family is the seven dwarves 😉 ). While I haven’t nailed down the plot yet, I already have my characters, and a basic direction to go in. More details to come!
What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
Mystery. Black and white. Pearls. Mafia. Mirrors. A dash of magic.
Introduce us to each of your characters!
Well. That could take a while. XD But here are my main three:
Gwyneth // Snow White
Nathaniel // The Prince
Rhiannon // The Evil Queen
How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
Lots of flailing. Mild doses of panic. Much screeching.
Hahahaha, totally kidding. *nervous sweating* I usually write some sort of outline (both my favorite and least favorite part of the process) and then just pound it out.
But this year, I’m going for more a different approach. I’m still a total planner at heart, but this NaNo, I’m going to be partially winging it.
I know that sounds crazy coming from me (if you’ve known me any amount of time), but it’s not like I won’t have some sort of notes. I figure, it’s a novella. It’s short and I can play around with it. If I don’t like something, it’s a relatively simple fix.
I’ll probably be eating my words here soon. XD
What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
I’m really excited about the characters. I’m always excited about the characters. Sure, it’s great coming up with a super awesome idea, but it’s the characters that I’m always excited about. I can’t wait to see how I can tie in the classic tale with something of my own, while still making it original. It’s going to be a bit of a challenge. But it should be a good time. 🙂
List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Gwyneth’s goal in this story is to find her dad who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. She discovers a mafia family, who she starts to become friends with. But little does she know, she’s being hunted. By someone much stronger than any mafia family.
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Um…spoilers? *nervous smile because I don’t even know yet*
What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
I want readers to feel like they’ve been transported back in time to the Roaring Twenties, but to also, I want them to feel encouraged. Just because your small doesn’t mean you can’t do big things. ❤
Well, peoples, that’s it. Do you think this idea sounds interesting? Am I crazy? Are any of you doing NaNo this year? Maybe we can panic together in the comments below. ^_^