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…
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!
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.)
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…
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.
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!