New Project: Snow White and the Real Heroes

Folktales (or, fairy tales) are a convenient source of inspiration. Adaptations of the Grimm Brothers’ tales are especially good at inspiring new stories. Whenever I read one to my daughter, I think of ways to absorb familiar elements into retellings.

Most of the time, I jot down my ideas in a few lines for for later. One of these stories poured out into an eight-page outline that could result in a 30,000- to 45,000-word story. This novel (or novella) will feature iconic characters from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and the friendlier “Snow-White and Rose-Red” within a fantasy world based loosely on Germany in the Twelfth Century.

Here’s a logline I’m playing with.

A magical family of dwarves save a princess and overthrow her evil parents to reclaim their rights among humans.

You can read about the main characters and watch for updates on the Dwarves of Seven (the working title) page.

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15 Every 15 in Review

My short series of 15 Every 15 story bites allowed me to share my work after the latest quiet spell.

Did you see the posts? Here are all seven story graphics from the series!

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Thank you for reading. Writing without an audience is like swimming without water. You make the motions more meaningful.

New Design for the 2017 Holiday Season

Every time I visited the site during my recent 15 Every 15 series, I faced a design that looked outdated and mismatched.

We’re entering the holiday season (here in the US that means the cluster of Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, the winter solstice, Christmas, New Year’s, and the like). This is a time for redecorating, contemplating personal appearances, and frantic repairs around the home before relatives arrive. Seems like a fitting time for a new design, right?

I decided to go big with the layout and colors. Either way, this theme offered:

  • accessibility features for a better experience on various devices,
  • a fixed navigation bar that remains at the top while you scroll, and
  • more room for content on the screen.

The current gold, gray, and white color scheme might stick around past January. We’ll see. I also took the opportunity to drop in a new site icon (image in tab bars) and tweak the static pages (available from the top navigation bar).

So, what do you think?

Studies of Changing Words

I know, I haven’t completed a “Weird Science in the News” post in a very long while. However, I have continued to collect links to science-related articles. Two of these I wanted to share today.

The New York Times’ article “Your Brain on Fiction” is a two-page opinion piece that discusses the neuroscience of fiction. In summary, researchers are finding that fiction expands upon the real-life experiences of its readers.  Confirmation is nice, isn’t it?

In “Color-coded text reveals the foreign origins of your words” on i09, you can see how words from various places have formed into modern versions of the English language. My favorite part of this article is where it mentions Kinde’s future Website. His analytical program could really help when writing historically based fantasy and historical fiction. Maybe when it’s available, some of us will spend less time looking up the origin on every suspect word for such stories.

Further Reading

Papers from The Mar Lab

“What are the origins of the English Language?” answered by Merriam-Webster