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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Hopeful Motivation to the FIVE MAGIC SPINDLES Writers

With just a few short months left before the deadline of the Five Magic Spindles creative writing contest, writers are often finding themselves stuck, stressed, and exhausted. Some are even lacking in motivation, an all-too-important key in a writer's life.

So let's look back to the very first fairytale collection contest -- Five Glass Slippers.

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It wasn't too long after its release that Five Glass Slippers became a bestseller in Canada, the US, and the UK. With the help of Christy-award-winning author Anne Elisabeth Stengl, five talented writers came together to form sweet romances, intriguing mysteries, science fiction retellings, and side-splitting comedies. These five novellas came to be known as What Eyes Can See by Elisabeth Brown, Broken Glass by Emma Clifton, The Windy Side of Care by Rachel Heffington, A Cinder's Tale by Stephanie Ricker, and The Moon Master's Ball by Clara Diane Thompson.

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It seems that last year's contest and this year's release of Five Enchanted Roses has been following in its predecessor's footsteps. The novellas included in this Beauty & the Beast fairytale collection include Esprit de la Rose by Kaycee Browning, Wither by Savannah Jezowski, Stone Curse by Jenelle Schmidt, Rosara and the Jungle King by Dorian Tsukioka, and The Wulver's Rose by Hayden Wand.

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In fact, as a promotion for Five Enchanted Roses, Rooglewood Press is now releasing the final tale as a free ebook, coming soon to Kindle and Nook.

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Now we've come back to this. The rather haunting Sleeping Beauty creative writing contest. Five Magic Spindles.

It could be you. Your name could be on the cover, bold as brass.

Remember the original collections -- how one of them's a bestseller, even outside of America? Use that as motivation.

But what if you don't get chosen? Look at the author of Rosara and the Jungle King! When her novella didn't get selected for Five Glass Slippers, she self-published it under the title of Cursed Beauty! And Dana Li, who gave away her Beauty & the Beast retelling, Empty Crowns, for free!

Rooglewood Press clearly states in their Five Magic Spindles submission form: I [your name] understand that should my story not be accepted for inclusion, all rights to my story revert back to me [your name].

So there you have it! If you don't get chosen, guess what! The novella's still yours, and you wrote it! If your tale isn't chosen, why not go and find a publisher (or self-publish it!) who'd be willing to put it in print for you?

Best of luck to you all! And "may the odds be ever in your favour"!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September Show-and-Tell + New Blog Look!

1. September Show-and-Tell

Have any of you Five Magic Spindles writers out there participated in the September Show-and-Tell on Anne Elisabeth Stengl's blog? If so, her new post is out, with a handful of the contestant's working titles, opening lines, and author bios ready for the reading! Head on over to this link to learn more.

And just in case you want to see my entry into this spectacular show-and-tell...

2. New Blog Look

Does anything around here seem different to you? Exciting news -- a blog settings update!

And though a rainy-window background did rather suit my pluviophile personality, I was getting tired of it, and thought it might be time for a change... (And I must admit that I was inspired by Tracey Dyck's Adventure Awaits background!)

There is, however, a downside to all this. My older posts were formatted to fit the blog's theme, and now that there's an entirely new setup, there are many things to be reset to fit the style and formatting. Which I don't plan on fixing, anytime soon. So, should you come across the desire to read any of my posts older than September sixteenth, 2015, you might have trouble reading them. That leaves you two options: a) either tilt your computer screen to adjust the colour coordination, or b) highlight the words within the post, which should allow for much easier (but not much prettier) reading.

And so, with that, good luck to you all, and may you have a blessed day! :)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Autumn Q&A!

I thought it might be fun to do a little bit of Q&A, this evening. The questions were retrieved from cinnamonandcider.tumblr.com. Feel free to leave your own answers in the comments!! :)

  1. What is your favourite 'ber' month? (Sept-Oct-Nov-Dec)
  2. What is your favourite autumn leaf?
  3. What did you dress as for Halloween last year?
  4. What is your favourite fall food?
  5. Do you have any fall traditions?
  6. Do you have any Halloween traditions?
  7. What music do you like to listen to during fall?
  8. What is your favourite fall outfit?
  9. Favourite spooky movie?
  10. S'mores or pumpkin pie?
  11. Hot chocolate or warm apple cider?
  12. Do you like Pumpkin Spice Lattes? ;)
  13. What is your favourite day of the year?
  14. What would your familiar be, if you had one?
  15. What is your favourite part about fall blogging?
  16. What is the story behind your URL?
  17. What is the best thing about your town during fall?
  18. What is your favourite fall food?
  19. Tea or coffee?
  20. Halloween or Christmas?
  21. Cats or bats?
  22. Do you enjoy carving jack-o-lanterns?
  23. What is your favourite fall colour?
  24. Why did you start your fall blog?
  25. Do you have a 'main blog'?
  26. Spooky or sweet?
  27. Trick or treat?
  28. Do you enjoy visiting graveyards?
  29. What is your favourite fall memory?
  30. What was your best fall ever?
  31. Gloves or mittens?
  32. Do you enjoy ice skating?
  33. If you could spend fall anywhere, where would you choose?
  34. What's your dream Halloween outfit?
  35. Be honest... are you already stocking up for fall?
  36. Do you enjoy the other seasons?
  37. How do you plan to spend this Halloween?
  38. In ONE sentence... WHY do you love fall so much?
  39. What is your favourite fall makeup look?
  40. What is your favourite fall candle scent?
  41. Do you enjoy Christmas?
  42. What is your favourite store during fall?
  43. Do you enjoy cold weather?
  44. What is your least favourite thing about fall?
  45. What is your favourite Halloween candy?
  46. What is one thing you'd love to try during fall, but haven't yet?
  47. What do your friends and family think of your fall obsession?
  48. Be honest... are you already planning your fall-themed wedding? ;)
  49. Do you have fall/Halloween boards on Pinterest? Link them!
  50. Do you enjoy rain?
  1. Hmm... I'd say either October, November, or December! :)
  2. No idea. Maple?
  3. Princess Una from Anne Elisabeth Stengl's Heartless.
  4. Mashed potatoes. :D
  5. My grandpa comes down from Humboldt, California every year. <3
  6. Uh, not really.
  7. Celtic! I make it a resolution to try a fairly new Celtic artist/album every year!
  8. Not quite sure... Maybe my black-and-blue plaid dress shirt. Or scarves. Scarves are good.
  9. I'm not really into spooky movies, but every single one of my friends has been creeped out (including myself) by the last three-quarters of the movie The Making of a Lady. Much more eerie than expected.
  10. I-- can't-- decide!
  11. Hot chocolate, for sure! But hot apple cider is pretty swell, too. :)
  12. I dunno. Never had one, before. I do love most things pumpkin spice, though!
  13. Uuuuhh, Christmas?? Probably.
  14. I do not understand this question.
  15. The writing! For some reason, autumn seems like a lovely season for writing, during. Once the summer heat has worn off, of course (which, it hasn't).
  16. You mean my Tumblr? I like unicorns... a lot (as you can probably tell from my writing blog's faction).
  17. Nothing's really that great about San Diego. Well, maybe some of the coffee places and craft stores. ;) The Northwest is much more exciting, during the fall, though.
  18. I believe I've already answered this (see no. 4). My second favourite is apple pie, however. Vegetarian stuffing is incredible, as well. :D
  19. Well, ick to both, then! I'm okay with both if they're flavoured a bit better, however.
  20. Christmas. Halloween is awesome, but Christmas lasts longer. :)
  21. Cats!
  22. I'd rather them carve themselves, thank you very much.
  23. Black, seeing as midnight blue's more of a winter.
  24. Whispers on the Wind was started late July, this year.
  25. Whispers on the Wind is my main picture blog, but I probably spend more time enjoying myself on *A Sapphire Chamber*. :)
  26. Sweet!
  27. Treat! :D
  28. When accompanied by someone I trust (preferably during the morning or early afternoon). The one in Ferndale, California, is my favourite, though!
  29. The apple harvest festival in Humboldt when I was a little girl. Also going to a pumpkin patch (again, in Humboldt) with my parents and grandparents when I was about three.
  30. No clue. Every autumn, something weird happens. My first fall in San Diego (I was five), I fell down and scraped my knee, resulting in a still-existent scar. The autumn a few years ago, I went up to the southern Northwest (I believe that's a thing) with a girl who didn't really like me or my family. Last year, I skipped out on trick-or-treating for the first time, and ended up having a very bad day.
  31. Mittens, for sure!
  32. Yes!
  33. Oregon!!!! <3
  34. No clue. Sweaters, scarves, jeans, and cowgirl boots are cool. :D
  35. Kind of. At least, I'm planning to. ;)
  36. Yes. Summer's too hot for me, but early spring brings back memories, and winter is wonderful.
  37. I'm not really sure... I want to do something great, though. And maybe in a group, too.
  38. I don't know; it's just such a comforting season!
  39. Same makeup every time, for me. Might switch it up between grey and brown eyeshadow, though. ;)
  40. Probably pumpkin spice. Even though sea island cotton's not exactly a fall scent, it's my favourite, by far.
  41. Of course!
  42. Hhhhmmmm... Most likely Bath and Body Works.
  43. Absolutely!
  44. Might I direct you to a quote I believe to be from The Princess Bride... (*ahem*) "What's not to like?"
  45. I refuse to answer this question. :P
  46. Nope, not really.
  47. Smile and nod, that's all they do. :D
  48. Winter rain, actually.
  49. I honestly can't link them all. Just go to pinterest.com/rainprincess22. You'll find one, eventually.
  50. Definitely!! <3
You're more than welcome to send me your own Q&A questions! Just leave a note below, and have an awesome autumn! :3

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Musings of a Night Owl

Most of my life (as I can recall), I've been a night owl. My mind may be rather confuddled at the late hours of ten or eleven at night, but it is directly after dinnertime -- as the sun is setting -- that I think my best. And it is then that I do most of my writing.

I was wondering as I returned from a short break from my homework, today, why I'd been getting less distracted than usual during my studies, recently. Then, I came up with two theories, each one hand-in-hand with the other.

1. I've been keeping my room very dimly lit, recently, meaning that finding and attaching myself to distractions is much harder than if I could see everything perfectly.
2. My room (going back to the dim lighting) only has one light on during the hour of my studies. A tiny desk lamp, at that. All of my curtains are drawn, as well, and my door is closed. Could this be that the atmosphere gives me the effect of the evening, causing my brain to be more concentrated and focused?

And there they are. :)

What about you? Is there a certain atmosphere you work best in?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Woe to the Murdered Manuscripts!

It seems that this is yet another post inspired by the talented Anne Elisabeth Stengl (this one's based off her own Manuscript Graveyard, of 2011). I thought that I might share just a handful of the many novels and novellas I once began, but never went anywhere. (You'll see stories I might one day consider restarting marked with a *.)

I. For Wonderlock -- a sci-fi retelling of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, partly taking place in an asylum in which the Queen of Hearts is trapped.

II. Haunted Knights -- a story in which a group of knights is sent to the future, and soon grow to remember their pasts. But one of them still can't remember, and the others must find a way to help her.

III. A Thousand Hunters -- a charming young Brit attends a career-building boarding school, where he falls in love with a rather pretty -- and clever -- professor.

IV. Andromeda -- a retelling of the Greek myth. You may recognize the legend better as the story that inspired the old film Clash of the Titans.

V. Bewitched then Enchanted -- a tale in which a fairytale princess is sent to the future and becomes a car saleswoman, all the while being protected by her good friend Mark and Prince Charming, himself.*

VI. Ehud -- a fictional novella based off of the true story of the man with the double-edged sword from Judges, chapter three.

VII. Dame of the High Seas -- a young servant accused of being a witch must leave her master (who she's head-over-heels for) to become both a pirate and a captain. A Cinderella story, of sorts.

VIII. Lightning Crown -- based off a dream I once had, in which a teen girl travels to Ireland to become a warrior. Was originally planned to be a series, but looking back on it, I think I'd make it a single novel if I ever started it up again.*

IX. London's Fog -- a tale of England in the 1900s, in which a young woman is in an arranged engagement to a wealthy businessman, but has fallen for a middle-class employee.

X. Number Ten, Highway Zero -- a Beauty and the Beast retelling (wish I'd remembered this for the creative writing contest, last year!). I remember dreaming this up one April at my grandpa's house.

(And, last but not least...)

XI. The Lady Rapunzel -- a (you guessed it!) Rapunzel retelling inspired by a bit of Tangled concept art I once found. If I were to ever find a creative writing contest based upon the girl with the golden hair, then I would be more than happy to start this up, again!*

And, to close off, I give you all a quote:

"Don't abandon your work unless you see absolutely no alternative! And never throw it out entirely, because there might be a hidden gem in the midst of all that nonsense that will glint with inspiration for you, one day..."
--Anne Elisabeth Stengl

The Events of Nightwind Court -- September 2015

I must start off by saying that this post was inspired by Anne Elisabeth Stengl's monthly Doings at Drakenheath posts. And so, without further ado, I introduce to you all my (possibly) monthly post series (yet again -- possibly), The Events of Nightwind Court! Starting with September...

High school!!!! ...Yaay...

Of course, where would September be without the starting of school? And not just any school -- high school! That's right -- bushels of classes, college prep, homework, and more. Thank goodness I use an independent study school, though!

Farewell to summer meetings.

By the end of the summer, I'd say that I've attended -- what? -- about five seasonal gospel meetings. Autumn meetings are to be rolling in, of course, followed by winter, spring, and, yet again, summer.

One year since my adventure began.

The end of September is to be marking exactly one year since I started working on my novel-in-progress. My thoughts on things?

Wow. One year. One totally awesome, incredibly aggravating, story-begging year.

And it's been an awesome year, at that. But, of course, due to Rooglewood Press's third annual creative writing contest, I've had to step down from writing my novel-in-progress to begin toiling away on my novella entry.

Looking back on things, I've realized that -- wow! The first draft of my novel-in-progress was almost finished! ...And yet there were SO many plotholes.

So, my plan is to finish up my novella (writing, editing, editing, editing, submitting, etc.), and then return to that good ol' story. And I hope to be starting fresh. Since the first draft was nearly completed, I plan to leave it unfinished, and turn to draft two. The outline has changed so much since then that I might as well. And so, from now on, I figure on referring to my novel-in-progress as...

The game is afoot.

And the novella. Oh, the novella! Once upon a time, I'd begun it as a modern-day fairytale taking place in Louisiana. But it wasn't too long before I lost interest and became incredibly bored with it.

Sometime in July, I tossed the novella away, and thought about it a bit. Soon, I'd started an entirely different tale -- one that was medieval, romantic, and I was totally in love with it. And I've been working on it ever since.

Hopefully, this story is and will remain a blast for me. As I've learned from last year, if your novella is not selected, it is yours to attempt to publish. Which could be wonderful.

September show-and-tell.

By the way, to all who are interested and are participating in this creative writing fun, Anne Elisabeth Stengl released on Saturday that she plans to be having a September show-and-tell. To learn more about that exciting affair, click here.

...So that was it! My first The Events of Nightwind Court post! What did you think? What are your plans for September? :)


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