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Know the Novel Part 3 – Featuring Part 1

After weeks of silence I am back from my unintentional hiatus! Even though I’ve missed blogging, I am really glad my hiatus happened but I am pumped to get back in business! Before we get into today’s post, I’d like to mention that I’ve done quite a bit of housekeeping around my blog so if you’d like to poke around I’ve now added a contact page and gave my about me page a makeover (featuring a lovely graphic by an equally lovely gal!). And please, if something doesn’t work or it looks off/bad or it’s a pain to use, I would love to know! Any feedback would be wonderful for this still-new-to-blogging blogger! 🙂

As I mentioned in this post, I’m no longer writing More Than a Dream but I wanted to temporarily say goodbye by doing part 3 of Christine’s Know the Novel linkup. You can find her previous linkup posts here and here, and mine are here and here. And if you haven’t joined in yet, please do! You do not have to have done NaNo or even have participated in part one or two. You could even combine all three parts into one epicly huge post!

Today I’m bidding More Than a Dream a very fond farewell and introducing Roses, Thorns, and Curses by answering the questions from Know the Novel Parts Three and One respectively. So. You’re in for a very long post. *laughs nervously* #sorrynotsorry

Know the Novel Part 3 — More Than a Dream

Firstly, how did writing this novel go all around?

Overall, I really enjoyed writing it. Yes, things happened and I had to temporarily set it aside, but like I said in this post, I do not regret any of the time I spent on it. If I hadn’t written what I did, I wouldn’t have the plot I now have for books 1 and 2. Sometimes while I wrote things were a bit sluggish or came to a halt altogether, but I managed to keep on by putting aside the part of me that questions everything and worries about how things will turn out and simply enjoy writing the story and seeing where it would lead me.

Did it turn out like you expected or completely different? And how do you feel about the outcome?

*guffaws* This in no way turned out like I expected. And while a part of me is sad I couldn’t write the original story I’d intended, I am thrilled nonetheless over where it’s now headed. I don’t want to say too much because it is all still very much prone to changing, but I think a collision of fairytales is gonna happen at some point. *grins*

What aspect of the story did you love writing about the most? (Characters, plot, setting, prose, etc.)

While the plot was very fun to mess around with (okay, it mostly messed around with me, but, eh, details), the part I loved the most were my characters. My wonderful, amazing, rebellious, drive-me-crazy characters. This is what made me so sad when I realized I needed to stop writing this story, I was finally getting a true feel for them, especially Ellar. My poor boy had at last had his breakthrough and was ready to face what was in store for him, albeit shaking in his boots the whole time. But then characters that weren’t even supposed to be in here showed up and stole his moment. Rude. What can I say? I have demanding characters. *smile smile*

How about your least favorite part?

Heheh, um… plot? Uhg, I know, right? I just said it was fun but yet all the times it changed on me and did what it wanted to do was a bit frustrating. And I’m finding out I’m loving having written a bit more than the actual writing sometimes. Please don’t throw things at me.

I LOVE writing, but I also really like the editing process where I have my story all written down and I simply have to add a few things here, trim a few things there, and give it a general polishing. And yet, I still find myself chasing plot bunnies when I should be editing. I am a very contradictory person.

What do you feel like needs the most work?

Plot. Definitely need to fine-tune some plot stuff, which I’m hoping will be mostly taken care of by the time I reach this book again. I also need to really work on my worldbuilding. So far I know a few of the countries and a few of the different races, but it needs fleshing out. Worldbuilding and villains are the bane of my writing existence. XD

How do you feel about your characters now? Who’s your favorite? Least favorite? Anyone surprise you? Give us all the details!

I love, love, love my charries! Favourite? Boo, hard question. Okay, fine, Ellar. Just don’t tell the others or they get a little jealous. ;p Least favourite? Definitely Lord Ridley. I. Do. Not. Like. This. Man. He is, well, he’s a monster and makes me wish I could go into my story and make him regret the day he ever set eyes on Ellar. Yes, I’m crazy, just go with it. Did anyone surprise me? *sputters in laughter* That is the whole reason I had to stop writing this story! Several characters surprised me by showing up, but the one that surprised me most was VIP. Maybe one day I’ll reveal his true name, but today is not that day. As for character actions surprising me, well, Ellar kept bolting in a few scenes I wanted him to stick around in, so yeah, he surprised me. I also kept being surprised with Charm because I never knew how she would react to something until she just up and did it. Oh! There was also the surprise of finding out someone had unrequited feelings for a certain someone else and ugh, I think I’m writing a love triangle. I don’t hate love triangles, but I don’t like it when it goes on and on and on and the girl keeps going back and forth for the sole reason of making fans take sides. So. This will be interesting to see how it plays out.

What’s your next plan of action with this novel?

Letting it sit until I write the two books that come before it. And then I shall probably have to rewrite a lot of it and then I can finish writing it! *cue the epic dance party*

If you could have your greatest dream realized for this novel, what would it be?

Publishing it, along with the rest of the series, would be wonderful, but my greatest dream for all my stories is that God will use them for His glory even if they are not blatantly Christian. I do not believe He has called me to preach through my stories, but I do want to share His love through them. To show that there is far, far more to this life than the darkness all around, there is light and there is love, if only we will look to the One Who has sacrificed His own Son for all of us. I didn’t mean to ramble into a sermon, but I have been thinking a lot about this subject lately. Oh, and garnering a raving fanbase woul be absolutely amazing and I would up and die of happiness. ^_^

Share some of your favorite snippets!

*grins* I picked quite a few for y’all. Enjoy! ;D


“You want to what-now?” Giselle shook her head, her golden curls bouncing. “Girl, you’re crazy!
Charm raised her eyebrows. “That’s never stopped us before.”
“True, true, but you know your father—”
“Are you going to help me or not? I don’t have much time.”
Huffing and leveling her emerald gaze, Giselle crossed her arms. “Fine. But I’d better not be linked back to helping you and get myself fired for my trouble.”
Charm grinned and linked arms with the other girl as they walked out of the goose-pen. “Relax, he knows better than to fire my friends.”
“You’re right, I won’t be fired, I’ll be executed for treason. I’ve changed my mind.” Giselle slipped from Charm’s grip and turned back.
“Oh, no you don’t.” Charm grabbed her and hauled her back aright. “Father doesn’t execute, you know that.”
“First time for everything, especially when he finds you missing.”
“That’s where Collin, Will, and Jack come in. Trust me, everything will be fine, I’ve got a plan.”
“You know, for some reason I don’t find that very comforting.”
Charm jabbed the goose girl in the ribs.


He guided her down the rows of carriages, some lavishly ornate, some ostentatiously out of style, until he stopped before one covered beneath a cloth tarp.
“And what exactly is under there?”
Will grinned at [Charm] as he grasped the cloth in both hands. “Your prince’s chariot!” He said with a flourish as he whipped the cloth off, sending a poof of dust swirling in the air above the pristine, horseless, pumpkin orange carriage.
She couldn’t help it, her mouth fell open as she gazed at the pumpkin carriage, even the gilding on the sides looked to be vines and leaves and some sort of box thing on the top was styled to look like a pumpkin stalk.


Once his brother had been absent for several minutes, Anderson slid up beside Ellar as he finished putting in the last item. Without a word, Anderson shot his hand in [the trunk] and shoved it underneath the neatly folded piles. For a moment, Ellar feared Anderson would fling it all up in his face, but then he withdrew his hand and grinned.
“What did you do? You know I’ll be the one in trouble, right?”
Anderson’s grin turned into a smirk. “Oh, don’t worry, he’ll know it was me. After all, I’m the only one who’s had access to any stinkweed lately.”
Ellar’s eyes widened. “You didn’t…?”
“Oh, I did, I very much did.” Anderson cackled gleefully and rubbed his hands. “By the time we get there, his impeccable highness will smell worse than a rank turnip!”


“Well, come on, we’ve got a lot of castle to cover before tonight.”
“Yes, Princess Charmina.”
She frowned. “And Charm will be just fine, if you think you can put aside formality just enough to do that.”
“Then you may call me [VIP], Charm.” He smiled as if he’d tasted something wonderful. “I like that name, Charm, it suits you.”
“Thanks,” she deadpanned, “I picked it just for you the moment I was born.”


Will arched an eyebrow and placed his hands on her shoulders. “Calm down, Charm. What’s wrong?”
She averted her eyes and kept her arms at her side. “Nothing. Everything. I’m just stressed.”
“Would chocolate help?”
She immediatly looked back at him. “You got any?”
He smirked. “No, but I got you to look at me.”
Charm crossed her arms. “Not funny, William, chocolate is not a joking matter.”


“Why am I doing this again?” Ellar whispered, mostly to himself.
“Because Charm is your friend and she would rather you be the one she pretends to be in love with. Now get out of here before my legs cramp up.” Giselle jabbed him in the back of his knee.
“Ow! You are as cross and stabby as the goose my father once had.”


For the first time in a long time, music sprang from his heart to his lips and he gave words to the melody within as he removed the layers of dirt, dust, and grime from his bedroom. Pain still filled his heart as he looked upon old trinkets he’d managed to salvage from Lord Ridley’s ruthless searches for valuables to sell, little rebellions even as he obeyed his stepfather without question. Perhaps he hadn’t been as compliant as he thought he’d been. But even through the pain, the melody still found its way, weaving his new happiness with his old pain, and creating a medley of hope.


That last one is possibly my very favourite and was also one of the last scenes I wrote.

Did you glean any new writing and/or life lessons from writing this novel?

A lesson I learned, I’m not sure if it’s a life lesson or just a writing lesson so take from it what you will, is that sometimes even if you’re doing something you love, like I was with More Than a Dream, there comes a time where it becomes necessary for you to set it aside, temporarily or not, and work on something else. I loved writing More Than a Dream, but things just weren’t working in the story unless I figured out the events that took place before it. It did hurt some to let it go, and yes, I had the small freak out of ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve told dozens of people and broadcast it all over the internet that I’m going to write this story and finish it. Now what are they going to think of me?’ Yes, that was crazy, I’ve had nothing but support from all you lovely, wonderful people and I can’t thank you enough! ❤ But in the end, this was the right decision for me and my story and the time I spent working on More Than a Dream will always be a special memory for me.

To these memories I will hold and now I bid you all a very fond farewell…

Perfect moment, had to use it #idowhatiwant

Halfway through! You still with me? *hands out snacks*

Know the Novel Part 1 — Roses, Thorns, and Curses

What first sparked the idea for this novel?

Like More Than a Dream, it was a Pinterest picture. Well, two of them, here, I’ll just show you.

These were the two that sparked my idea, this is where it all began. The fun part is that I came up with this idea and then the very next month Sleeping Beauty was Fairy Tale Central’s fairytale of the month. Quite serendipitous, huh? XD

Share a blurb (or just an overall summary if you’d prefer)!

And I’ve come to find I really don’t like writing blurbs, but here you go.

“They say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true…”

“For years I have dreamt of him, I know him better than I know myself…”

“I always knew he’d find me eventually, I just didn’t know it would be like this…”

A Fae bides her time, waiting to unleash her wrath on those who betrayed her. A prince seeks the answer to the dream that plagues him. A princess has lain in slumber, but now awakes to find a world not quite right.
When Sorren finds the answer to his dream, more and more questions take its place. Before Maelle can exact her revenge she is enslaved by a beast of a man. Aurana must navigate a hostile world with more questions than answers and find a way to rescue the sister she knows but doesn’t remember.
When secrets from the past threaten them all, they must work together to find a way to stop the looming darkness, and then maybe Maelle can worry about revenge.

Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?

This story takes place in the fictional countries of Ambrodia and Zarona, through thick forests, menacing castles, an underground chamber or two, and within the barrier of a great thorn wall. My favourite aspects are learning more about the setting. XP As I said above, worldbuilding isn’t my forté. But something I recently discovered is hidden passageways within a castle, I love writing about hidden passageways. 😀

Tell us about your protagonist(s)

I can never seem to have just one protagonist, and one of these I’m not even sure will actually be a protagonist and not just a faithful sidekick, but I really, really love him and want to talk about him, plus, he may very well smooth-talk his way right up to protagonist status. Now for introductions, with pictures!

Sorren

Loyal // With you to the end // Brave // Let me fight for you // Impetuous // I am such an idiot but I’m not an idiot // I’ve been having these weird dreams lately…

Sorren is my precious. He has such a firm faith in God, which is surprising based on what kind of father he has. He has a genuine sweetness and he is so adorkably awkward. He reminds me of Ellar, but is more sure of himself. Sorren will go to any extant to keep his loved ones safe, especially his mother and sisters. (Also, he had a name change, he was previously called Phillip in the snippet I already shared, but after further thought, I deemed it best and less likely to get me sued if I changed it.)

Maelle

Anger issues // Trust issues // Lots of issues // Don’t touch my sister // Heart-broken // You want me to be the bad guy, I’ll be the bad guy // Leave me alone… please…

Maelle is quite something. She is a Fae who was raised among humans. She didn’t even know she was Fae until a certain something happened five years ago. During that incident, she was betrayed in such a way that she no longer trusts anyone, not even the few people who remained at her side through it all, except for one person. To say she has issues is an understatement, and she also cursed her sister. Which brings me to…

Aurana

Kind // I can help // Let me help // Inner strength // I’m a damsel, but I’m not weak // Give me a chance // Trust me // …protect me… // Keep me safe // Where’s my sister? // I know you… I saw you in a dream…? // #napqueen

Aurana is my sweet Sleeping Beauty. She has a bit of a memory problem upon waking. There are some things she knows and other things she realizes she knows only after blurting it out. At first I thought she was shy and timid, but now I’m finding she has a feisty-pants side. She retains her femininity but is not afraid of getting her hands dirty.

Feyden

Charming // Suave // Dashing // I’m not vain, I’m just being honest // Totally vain // Maelle can’t live without me // I would die for her // Dark past // Hidden secrets // Don’t make me show you my pain… please… // A lot like Loki, but less betrayal // Sarcasm is my native language

Feyden, ooh boy, Feyden may possibly, slightly, be more of a favourite than Sorren, but that’s really hard to say for sure. Feyden is a changeling who somehow lost the ability to shift forms on his own. He is also a long-time friend of Maelle and is the one exception to her never-trust-anyone-again policy. He is charming, suave, and sarcastic and very fun to write.

Who (or what) is the antagonist?

I’m not sure. Anyone got any suggestions? XD See! Villains are hard for me for some reason. I have a vague idea of someone/thing menacing lurking in the shadows of the story for the most part, but exactly what is still to be determined. But he/she/it will only be the main antagonist, I do have a few side antagonists, such as Sorren’s father, King Gregor of Ambrodia and King (name to be determined) of Zarona. Oh, and Sorren’s brother, Kaedren, is very antagonistic towards pretty much everyone, he’s quite beastly… *smile smile*

What excites you the most about this novel?

My twists on the fairytales, Sleeping Beauty and the fairy that cursed her are sisters (there’s also a difference between fairies and faeries/fae), and all of Sorren’s siblings are different characters from fairytales. Exactly how many siblings he has is something I’m still figuring out… So, yes, the conglomeration of fairytales is what excites me the most.

Is this going to be a series? Standalone? Something else?

*chokes on my coffee as I try not to laugh* THIS IS A SERIES! XD That’s the whole reason I had to stop writing More Than a Dream. This is most definitely a series. At least, it better be. ;p

Are you plotting? Pantsing? Plansting?

I think by now we all know I’m purely pantsing this thing. I thought I was plansting, but yeah, my characters keep throwing out what little I plan so I’m letting them run with it and we’ll see where it goes. Except I feel like I let a group of toddlers hyped up on sugar loose with scissors in hand and there are open cans of paint in one corner and china glass in another. Send help!

Name a few unique elements about this story.

Sleeping Beauty and the evil fairy are sisters, and she’s not really evil. There are more or less seven different fairytale protagonists living under the same roof as Sorren. Sleeping Beauty slept for five years, a smidge closer to the fairytale than the few hours in Disney’s movies (even though I adore the animated movie and Maleficent movies) but one hundred years would be unrealistic for the story I want to tell. And, um, anything else could possibly be a spoiler, gotta keep some stuff for myself, right?

Share some fun “extras” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!)

I may or may not have found out that my story has some major Frozen vibes. Let’s just say Maelle is possibly what Elsa would have turned into if she’d been locked away for accidentally hurting Anna…

And, as you’ve probably already noticed, it’s heavily inspired by Disney. What can I say? I’m a Disney child. ;D

And here’s my Pinterest board!

And here’s a snippet!!!

With a jaunty smile, he bowed deeply at the waist while keeping eye-contact, his arm sweeping dramatically out at his side. “Welcome back, Princess Maelle.” His raven-black hair fell across his forehead and his piercing brown eyes seemed to drink her in.
Maelle rolled her eyes. “Oh, stop it, Feyden.” She stepped closer to him as he straightened and smoothed the collar of his shirt for him. “Honestly, how is it that you are the only one who can annoy me yet make it impossible to stay mad at?”
He smirked and puffed up his chest beneath her fingers. “Just one of my many charms,” he flicked a hand out flamboyantly, “which has been severely lacking in the past few years. What say we remedy that?”
She patted his shoulder. “Lacking charm hasn’t just afflicted you in the past few years, darling. Wait your turn, I have a curse to fulfill at the moment.”


If you made it all the way through I applaud you and offer deep gratitude and lots of Christmas cookies!

I might have mentioned something called MyNoWriMo earlier… well, that didn’t happen. Due to certain things, I haven’t been able to get much, if any, writing done this month. And, you know? I’m kind of glad? I wrote almost every day last month, even if it was only a handful of words, and I guess my mind and creativity are just drained from that. So I’m not going to force myself to write this month (or, what’s left of it), instead I’m going to enjoy the holidays (CHRISTMAS IS THIS FRIDAY!!!) and squeeze in as many books as I can before the year is up. And on that relaxing note, I don’t think I’ll return to blogging as I normally do just yet. I have two or three more posts lined up and then I’ll see what happens. Hopefully sometime in January I can return to blogging regularly!

Who’s excited for Christmas! What’s your favourite Christmas song? Anyone like Hallmark movies? And lets not forget the reason for the season! Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

Tell me in the comments! 😀

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21 thoughts on “Know the Novel Part 3 – Featuring Part 1”

  1. This post was so fun! Twisted fairytales are always a blast and I loved learning more about yours! The snippets were SO GOOD!

    I am SO excited for Christmas, my favorite song of the season is probably God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. I don’t watch a ton of Hallmark movies, but I may or may not be writing a Christmas short story inspired by them at the moment 🙂

    Yes, Happy Birthday, Jesus!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jorja!!! ❤ Ack! I'm so glad you liked the snippets! ^_^

      Oooh! That's a good song! I haven't heard it a whole lot recently but I still enjoy when it comes on. 🙂 A Hallmark inspired short story? So cool! I hope you're having a merry time writing it! ^_^

      Yes indeed! Happy Birthday, Jesus! <333

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  2. MADE IT TO THE END!!!! Yes, I read and ADORED ALL. OF. IT!!!! First though, I saw the updated about page!! I LOVED it and the graphic I designed just looks soooo awesome there!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!! Now, onto the post!!!! EEKK!!!!! AAHHHH I LOVE YOUR NEW STORY IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!! Like can I just go leave earth and spend the rest of this year with Sorren and everyone else? Also, I LOVE Disney, so I will NOT complain if it has ANY kind of Disney similarities!!!! XD (And I LOVE THE GIFS!!!!!!!!! <33) Don't worry about the amount you've been writing, I say you're doing AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! YOU'VE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy the holidays!!!!! YES!!!! SOO EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAHHH, Favorite Christmas song? Is that possible? How about Danny Gokey's version of Mary Did You Know. That one's REALLY good!!!!!!!!!!! YES to Hallmark Christmas movies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My mom actually just suggested we have a Hallmark Christmas movie marathon tonight. It's gonna be EPIC!!!!!!!!!

    YES!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, AWESOME post! I can't wait to hear more about this new story!!! I still LOVE More than a Dream, but this one sounds just as AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <33 MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!

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    1. Oh, also, I should’ve pointed out that this is Maggie, but I’m changing my name to Issabelle, ’cause that’s what I wanna publish under, though I still LOVE Maggie, and you can TOTALLY still call me that. I’m cool with whatever!

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      1. Awwww!!! Issabelle! The niceness! You’re too sweet! ^_^ Yes! Your graphic looks amazing!!! Thank you so much for designing it and letting me use it! 😀

        I am speechless! What do I say in response to all this wonderfulness? Ahfjdkshdjs!!! Thank you so much! Sorren and the gang would love to have you visit! But, um, you might want to wait to visit until they’re not going from one dangerous situation to another. XD Hehe, yeah Disney is my happy place. 🙂 (^_^ finding the GIFs was such fun! I’m so glad you like them!)

        Yes! Happy Birthday, Jesus!!!! <333

        Eeee! I look forward to sharing more once I return to writing it! Awww! Thank you SOOO much!!! ^_^ <333

        Lol, no worries! I saw your profile pic and figured it was you. 😉 Actually, once I learned your name was Issabelle I keep almost typing that instead of Maggie, so calling you Issabelle is fine! ;D ^_^

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  3. This post was so much fun to read! I thought your snippets were so so so so so good! You definitely have talent. (Also I love the names Giselle and Charm.) This story idea sounds so unique, and I love books that don’t make me say, “Hey, I’ve read something VERY similar before…”
    I love what you said about God’s using you through your novel although it doesn’t directly mention him. It reminded me of the books of Esther and Song of Solomon, which never mention God’s name once but still point straight to him. I’m reading the Chronicles of Narnia right now and am amazed at the Christian message it has without saying God’s name. Sometimes that can be more powerful for readers.
    I also liked what you said about having to put aside something you’re working on even if you love it. I’m sort of going through the same thing right now, so I totally relate!
    It’s so hard to choose a favorite Christmas song, but I would have to say I love “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” the most. And I LOVE Hallmark movies and shows!

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    1. Oh my goodness, Joy Caroline! Thank you so much!!! ❤ Really? I was worried it might not be as unique as I thought, so THANK YOU A BILLION TIMES! ^_^

      Yes! Exactly like that! Esther is actually one of my favourite books in the Bible. 🙂 Some of my books do show God in a direct way, but others show Him through the themes and messages, I just have to pray as I write and let Him guide me. Though, I'm still learning to listen. 😉 The Chronicles of Narnia are some of my absolute favourite books! I love how Aslan is like Jesus! ❤

      Awww, thank you! I hope you can get back to it soon. ^_^

      I knooow! There's so many good ones out there! Oh! Those are two of my favourites!!! <333 Yes! Hallmark is GREAT! One of our favourite movies is "A Princess for Christmas", we tend to like the royal Christmas movies best. 😉 And we LOVE the mystery movies! 😀

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  4. Hello, Jen!!!!!!!! I read the whole post. Thanks for the snacks halfway through and the Christmas cookies! XD Love the GIFs, especially the Disney ones! I love your story ideas!!! And Sleeping Beauty is always one of my favorites!!! I loved all the snippets!!!!!! And the chocolate not be a joking matter was really funny!!!!!!!😂 Your Pinterest board looks cool too!!!! I really like that your character, Sorren, has a “firm faith in God”!!!!! I’m the same way, Jen – I want to show God’s love in my stories and for them to touch someone’s life.

    *raises hand* I’m excited for Christmas!!!!!! I don’t think I have a favorite Christmas song but I really like “Here With Us” by Joy Williams. I love Hallmark Christmas movies!!! Yes, happy birthday, Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!🎄

    I have a question: I currently have three novel ideas that I happen to really like and I’ve started on all three. I don’t which one to devote most of my time too. So, I was wondering if you had any advice on choosing which novel to stick with until the end?

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    1. Hiya, Katherine!!! Thank you!!! Hehe, you’re welcome! XP Disney GIFs are GREAT! I had a lot of fun, probably too much, finding the GIFs. ;p Oh my goodness, Katherine! Askfksgakfhs!!! All the wonderful niceness! Thank you so much! Hehe, I really enjoyed writing that scene, Charm and Will are fun. 😉 Sorren had to grow firmly in his faith with the father he has, though it IS due to his mother’s influence. That’s wonderful! My greatest goal for my books is for them to be used by God. 🙂

      “Here With Us” is a beautiful song! Hallmark Christmas movies are wonderful! ❤ Happy Birthday, Jesus!!! <333 Merry Christmas to you, too!!! <333

      I'm so honoured you're asking me for advice! I have to be honest, though, this is something I struggle with too. I'm a slow writer, so it can be hard for me to stick with a novel until the end. One thing I do when I need to pick a novel to work on is go with whichever idea came first, but sometimes I go with the one that excites me most. And I forget to do this sometimes, but it does make a difference when I do, pray about which story to write. God knows far better than we do which story we need to tell at the moment. Another thing, don't be afraid to take breaks from your novel if you need to. If you're getting burned out and feeling like you don't like the story anymore, step back from it for a while. That's what I had to do with the (only) novel I finished. I was forcing myself to write it and I started to really dislike my story and characters, so I took a break and worked on a story that excited me. I didn't finish that story yet, but it did help me rejuvenate my love for my novel and ultimately finish it. I hope this helps! ^_^

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      1. Thank you so much for your advice!!!!!!!!! It really helped!!!!!!!!!! I don’t know why but I never thought about praying about it before. You’re so right, God knows, and I need to ask Him. Thank you so so so much for your help!!!! I am really grateful!!!!!!!! 🙂
        Oh, and I just remembered I forgot to tell you that I LOVE your title, Roses, Thorns, and Curses!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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        1. You are so welcome!!!!!!!! *hugs* Whenever you’re ready to share, if you want to, I can’t wait to learn about what story you choose! ^_^

          Awww! Thank you SO MUCH!!! It’s by far one of my favourite titles I’ve come up with. I’m so glad you like it! ❤

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  5. This was such a treat to read about More Than a Dream again!!! I really intrigued about this love triangle thing. I feel the same on love triangles and honestly avoid them to just have plain to see which one both sides like (which from the top of my memory it is always each other), but the fact that you don’t like the thing that love triangles always seem to appear as, is a sign that you will write a good love triangle if you keep it in!
    And I just LOVE ALL OF THE SNIPPETS from More Than a Dream!!!! They are so good!!!
    OH MY WORD, ROSES, THORNS AND CURSES sounds amazing. I may have been squealing while going through its section cause there are just so many things I LOVE ABOUT THIS. That blurb is amazing, I love all of your protagonists and the fact that Sleeping Beauty figure is the sister to the one who cursed her is just SO COOL. I love it all. The Pinterest board was great and the snippet was heart-eyes worthy. (I may also be shipping two certain people but I’m keeping who to myself. XD)
    Also, I have to say Maelle is my favourite out of the four cause she interested me the most (her story so far is SO intriguing), and I definitely noticed the Maleficent movies vibes she has. I love Maleficent!

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    1. 😀 Thank you so much!!! Heh, yeah, love triangles can be SO annoying. I don’t exactly mind if it goes on for a book or two, but three or more and I’m ready to chunk the book across the room. XD Awww! Thanks! I hope it will be a good one!
      Eeeeep! Thank you!!! ^_^
      Cannot word! You’re too nice! Broke my vocabulary! XD I am squealing over your comment!!! ^_^ Thank you so much! (*grins* I think I know who, but I’m not saying anything… XD) EEEE!!! I’m so happy you like her! I was a bit worried she’d come across too harsh? BUT she’s your favourite? Ahhhh! ^_^ *dies of happiness* Haha, *high fives* Maleficent movies are GREAT!!!!

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  6. Blegh. I’m with you on the plotting. It’s a necessary evil, and that’s coming from a 100% plotter. AND YOUR PINTEREST BOARD. I love and followed it! I totally get not forcing yourself to write. I had to stop my NaNoWriMo Snow White and Rose Red retelling because I was too emotionally drained. Darn world. Anyway. As for my favorite Christmas song, that’s like asking what my favorite book is. I have several! Two of them are “Redemption Song” by Mikeschair and Philip’s, Craig, and Dean’s version of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”. I’m picky on Hallmark movies, but there are definitely some cute Christmas ones. Merry Christmas!!

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    1. Haha, yeah, can’t we just have a book without a plot? Won’t readers just love following our characters around as they amble through the story? XDDD Necessary, but troublesome. 😉 Awww! Thank you SO much! :O So sorry you had to stop writing your story! Snow White and Rose Red is an awesome fairytale and I’d LOVE to have more retellings of it! But yay you for knowing you had to take a break! Losing emotional health isn’t worth forcing yourself to write. 🙂 Oooh, I don’t think I’ve heard “Redemption Song” before, but I googled it and it sounds amazing! “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is one of my favourites too! Haha, yeah, some of Hallmark can be corny or cheesey, but there are a lot of cute ones!
      Merry Christmas!!!

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  7. Aaaaahhhhh a new Jen post! AND a Jen post about epic stories! Christmas came a couple of days early!!! 😀 (Although there is NO shame in going on a hiatus. We definitely need those! <3)

    OKAY. BUT. THIS POST!!! SO MUCH GOODNESS HERE. I loved getting a closer look at More Than a Dream and I think it's so admirable you decided to step back from it. I definitely struggle with knowing when to step back and probably push on for no reason oftentimes. I'm so proud of you for making these decisions! And I know this story will be all ready for you when it's time to return to it. ^_^

    BUT ALSO. THE SNIPPETS. Oh my gracious, girl, YOUR DIALOGUE. I was grinning and giggling through so many of these! I love how LIVELY Charm is. Dragging people into crazy ideas and just being so unpredictable. It's so great! And the SASS. “I picked it just for you the moment I was born.” Absolute gold. XDD And that last snippet! *clutches heart* So heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time! Charm and Ellar and just EVERYONE are so precious!

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey of this story with us. I have loved following along, and I know one day it'll be exactly what you hope it to be! ❤

    AND OKAY BUT THE NEW STORY. *heart-eyes for days and days and days* Oh my gracious goodness. First of all, that blurb is BEAUTIFUL. So engaging! And the CHARACTERS. AAAHHHHH I LOVE THEM ALREADY. They sound SO. INTRIGUING. I am absolutely IN LOVE with the idea of it being the princess's sister that curses her. :O And I love how Maelle and Feyden seem morally gray while Sorren (love his new name by the way) and Aurana seem so NICE and just AKLJL:SJDLKJF. I could go on and on and onnnn about to these characters but this comment is already such a monster. BUT I LOVE IT. ALL OF IT. (But also: "I’ve been having these weird dreams lately…" I see what you did there. *GRINS*)

    The whole concept, the characters, the idea of Sorren's brothers all being fairy tale characters, fae, ERRRRYTHIIING. IT SOUNDS AH-MAY-ZIIING! Cheering you on as you write this absolutely beautiful thing! BUT it is Christmas time and you should absolutely allow yourself some rest!

    Speaking of which…

    MERY CHRISTMAS!!!!! I do hope you and your family have a bright, blessed day! *HUGS*

    Thank you so much for joining all the linkups and sharing your gorgeous stories with us. Reading about them is an absolute TREAT!

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    1. OH MY STARS! THANK YOOOUUU!!! I am sitting here grinning like a fool your comment has made me so happy!!! ^_^ *rereads comment* *dies of happiness*

      *revives* Akdhgjsks!!! Cannot word! I am a giddy mess over all this niceness!!! (I just realized pretty much all the snippets were dialogue… well, characters are the heart of my stories! 😉 ) Lively and sass perfectly describe Charm! Like I said, I hardly knew what she was going to do until she did it. XD Eeep! Thank you!!! It really is my favourite scene, despite (or because XP) of the emotional trauma going on and all the things he’s working through. I sound like such an evil author. >.>

      Thank YOU for hosting! I don’t know if these two stories would have turned out the way they are if it hadn’t been for this linkup! Awww! Thank you so much! ❤

      *dies of happiness again* Christine! I can't with your sweetness!!! *heart eyes* I really don't like writing blurbs, but I actually think this one turned out pretty well. Thank you!!! *grins* I was completely taken by surprise when I found out they were sisters. Truth be told, I pantsed the first chapter shortly after finding those prompts with no idea that it would be a Sleeping Beauty retelling, it wasn't until Sorren announced he was Phillip and Maelle came out with wings and horns that realized "Oh, guess I'm writing a retelling now." XD Haha, yeah, Maelle and Feyden do have strong moral compasses, buuuut they don't always listen to them. Sorren and Aurana are definitely my cinnamon roll charries. ^_^ I love them all to bits! (Thanks! I was stuck between Sorren and Sorrell, but Sorrell makes me think of squirrel and I couldn't get the image of him with a bushy tail out of my head. XD) I LOVE YOUR MONSTER COMMENT! I wish you could see how big I'm still grinning! 😀 (AHHHHHHHH! YAY! I was hoping you'd see the reference! I honestly couldn't help myself, I had to do it. *grins back* Kingdom Hearts fans for the WIN!)

      Akfhahfjsks!!! THANK YOU!!! Oh, yes, I am definitely getting some rest in, I may not even get back into a groove until February. I'm just feeling the need to slow down and process things, think through my plans before I actually do them. Thank you so much for cheering me on over the past few months! It's really been a blessing to me! <333

      MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU TOO!!!! I hope the same for you and your family! *HUGS* ❤

      Thank you again for hosting the linkups! I had so much fun and I hope to do it again next year if you're doing it! ^_^

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  8. *loud munching sounds as I quickly devour all the snacks and Christmas cookies*
    SLEEPING BEAUTY AND THE FAIRY THAT CURSE HER ARE SISTERS WHAT. I love this. I love this SO MUCH. Also all Sorren’s siblings being fairy tale characters? YES PLEASE. I love fairy tale mash-ups ❤ "Anger issues // Trust issues // Lots of issues" sums of several of my characters XD Your More Than a Dream snippets are so much fun! (Chocolate is indeed a very serious matter. I'm glad someone understands this.) "Ellar kept bolting in a few scenes I wanted him to stick around in, so yeah, he surprised me" XD Gotta love those characters who WON'T DO WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO AHHH. …But we DO love them anyway, eh?
    Best of luck on Roses, Thorns, and Curses and the whole trilogy!!

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    1. *grins and passes you more*

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I’m really excited for this story and Aurana and Maelle’s relationship is going to be very interesting. ;D Sorren comes from a house of fairytales, so this will be fun. ^_^ Lol! Yes, my characters usually have a lot of issues too. XD Awww, thank you!!! (Chocolate is a very serious matter. *nods firmly*) I knooooww! I love him so much but I would also LOVE for him to at least pretend to do what I want at least once. XD

      THANK YOU!!! <333

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