Happy New Year’s Day!
WIP cover for inspiration
Dancer in medieval dress
I had resolved to make the second of January my launch day for drafting my short novel, Dwarves of Seven–but I forgot! The year is beginning from the first day with brainstorming, note-taking, and drafting a new page for the story.
While working on the opening lines, I could already see gaps from autumn’s research. I know of writers who leave most of their research, world-building, and character designs for last. That’s not my way. Filling in the gaps as they’re noticed helps make scenes flow smoothly.
Anyway, what’s happening is that I am now officially drafting this novel!
This week’s writing soundtrack is Carmina Burana, based on the medieval texts compiled under the same name.
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.
Sometimes I wonder what the perspective of other life forms is like. Understanding the perspective of a monkey is a big enough challenge. Could we ever understand the life of a flower?
An organism doesn’t need sentience to feel. Do they need thoughts to yearn for more life?
This is a part of my 15 Every 15 series. Check back September 30 for the next edition.
Author Commentary about “Violation”:
I know. This piece doesn’t read as fiction. What inspired it was an idea of a sentient machine responding to a routine procedure. The violating human is unaware of the artificial intelligence and the distress the procedure causes.
The words drafted on paper (as this was originally written on dried tree pulp) spoke for a quiet, desperate part of me. I realized it could speak for too many others in real life.
This is a part of my 15 Every 15 series. Check back September 15 for the next edition.
To me, parenthood
is all about nurturing a child
to the best of your abilities
until they can shine on their own.
I imagine the mother of stars
could feel the same way.
This is a part of my 15 Every 15 series. Check back August 16 for the next edition.