Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What I'm Working On, Summer 2016

Bushnell park, late 1800s:      It's been some time since I've done any kind of update on my writing, so I thought I'd share a little bit on what I'm working on this summer. I've joked that I'm pretty much just going to lock myself in my room for the next three months and type away, but I don't think my family would stand for that. Besides, I had to leave the house to go see Captain America: Civil War, anyway, so I've already failed. ;)

     Perhaps my largest summer project is the work I'm doing on my next novel, Philippa (title of which is very subject to change). I'm in my first round of major revisions. It's a bit like Hidden Pearls in the fact that it is probably rather "Christian-fiction-ish." It's sort of a slice of life story about Christian people in everyday (if historical) circumstances. No pirates, sadly, but it does have pickpockets. And kittens. So that's something.

As well as being an utterly gorgeous triple threat, Louise Brooks was also a star of numerous silent films, and apparently singlehandedly popularized the bob haircut. It sure did look good on her!:      I'm also hoping to finish a novella retelling of Snow White this summer. I started it over a year ago but got stuck on a plot point which I've since untangled, thank goodness. It's going to be a longish novella, but still much shorter than a novel, so I think this could be my next published work...I'm thinking if all goes well I can release it with the new year. It's set during the 20s, too, which means I can listen to a bunch of highly awesome jazz music to get in the mood for it.

     Speaking of shorter stories, I have a whole list of ones that I'm working on, and probably will continue to work on throughout the school year. My long term goal is to collect them and then publish two (loosely) themed collections of short stories and novellas, one of which would include a print version of For Elise.

     And lastly, I've started on a fantasy series. I adore my plot and characters, but sadly everything collapses any time I put pen to paper. This might be because fantasy is a genre still new to me (writing it, I mean- I've read plenty) but this story has definitely been a problem child.


     Anyway, these projects are my immediate future. I'm most optimistic about the first two, since I think I can really make some headway on them. Of course, I'm not sure how active I'll be on the internet because of it, so I apologize in advance. Does anyone else have grand writing plans for the summer?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Top Ten Childhood Characters You'd Love to Revisit As Adults

     Two Top Ten Tuesdays in a row! Most of these answers are actually from children’s books, because, believe it or not, most child protagonists are from children’s books. Who would have thought? Anyway, I loved this topic (though I have a feeling some of my answers will be common among my fellow bloggers) so here is a list, in no particular order, of child characters I’d love to see as adults.

Ten Childhood Characters I'd Love To Revisit As Adults

#1 Pretty much every American Girl ever.

I could actually fill up this entire list with Felicity, Samantha, Kit, Addy, Josephina, Molly, and the rest of those delightful girls I grew up with. Seriously. (Especially Felicity and Samantha. I mean, the American Revolution is only starting in the Felicity books- there’s a whole lot of material for more adventures! And I totally have a headcannon that Samantha was on the Titanic. But what else ensued while she was aboard, I don’t quite know.)

#2 Mary Lennox
Does she marry Dickon? What about Colin’s relationship with his father? Do Colin, Dickon, and Mary get involved in World War I? I need to know these things.

#3 Shasta/Cor & Aravis

Well, we know they eventually got married, but I’d love to see what their lives ended up being like five, ten, fifteen years after the end of The Horse and His Boy. I bet their courtship was hilarious.

#4 Sara Crewe
Another heroine of Frances Hodgson Burnett, I really want to know what happens to her—and the other girls at Miss Minchin’s.

#5 Tom Sawyer
Actually, on second thought, do I really want to know?

#6 Ramona Quimby
One of my childhood favorites. I always loved the Quimby family and want to know what other sort of mischief an older Ramona would get into.

#7 Junie B. Jones
Another I grew up with, thanks to my second grade teacher who read them aloud to us in class.

#8 Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire

Because I need to know what happens after “The End.” (Incidentally, is anyone else ridiculously excited for the Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix series coming out??? I might get Netflix just to watch it)

#9 Flavia de Luce
The one character from an adult novel on the list, this is a (very) new heroine to me. Having only read the first book, I’m not sure what I think about this series as a whole, but Flavia is definitely an interesting character…

The Boxcar Children
Mainly because I'm just bitter that there were SO MANY DOGGONE BOOKS but none of the kids ever seemed to get any older?

     Thanks to this topic, I have now been inspired to write slews of fanfiction now (or at least go looking for some). Also, I have just realized while writing this list that there is a huge absence of Louisa May Alcott characters, due to her tendency to write about characters’ childhoods and their adult lives. Thank you very much for that, Miss Alcott. It is appreciated. 
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