Another story and troubles in YouTube land

Hello!

Sorry for not having been around for so long!!!  Its been hectic around here!  My summer job is very sporadic and my inspiration is running a bit low at this point . . .

I do, however, have a tonne of news to share:
1) I scripted two YouTube videos for my vlog, which should be premiering June 1 if all goes well.

2) I’ve decided that the novel I will enter into July’s Camp Nanowrimo will be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast instead of Sleeping Beauty because it’s one I’ve wanted to write for a long time and which even has an ending in my head.  The premise: Belle comes from a family of monster hunters . . .

3) I’ve finished reading Awoken.  Bottom line is: I love it, now go read it.  However, I have not yet had the opportunity to give it a proper Good Reads review.  I’m currently reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, but I only read a chapter of that per month, so once I’m done the June chapter I will move on to either Story of a Soul by Saint Therese of Lisieux or Scarlet by Merissa Meyer, depending on whether or not I am up to reading something more serious and spiritual or if I will just need a light read to relax me.

4) I’ve written a bit of a short story about Snow White.  This story is a parody: I intend to write a serious Snow White retelling one day.

5) Regarding my troubles in YouTube land – I’ve scripted two videos and am working on a third but have as of yet had no time to record them!  Ah!!!  What’s a girl to do!!

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Detailed outline draft 1

Hello guys!

So . . . I admit I have yet to finish the detailed outline of my Sleeping Beauty story (note: title suggestions are welcome).  I am currently outlining the second act – the one narrated from the princess’s point of view, in more detail.  A few details changed, and an extra chapter was added in the process.  Although the outline is as of yet still incomplete, I will nonetheless share my outlining process today, using the “set up” section of Act 1 as the basis:

I start out with Katytastic’s basic outline

Act 1

Set up – Introduce Hero and ordinary world

Introduction (set up)

Inciting Incident (conflict)

Immediate Reaction (resolution)

 

Then I fill in the blanks (name the hero, name the world, very briefly explain what the set up, conflict and resolution will be):

Act I: [POV of Flammia, the Warrior Fairy]

Set up – Introduce Hero [Flammia in this chapter] and ordinary world [fairy court]

Introduction [Fairy counsel regarding the birth of the new princess and her christening]

Inciting Incident (conflict) [to invite Malicia, the evil fairy, or not?]

Immediate Reaction (resolution) [They will not invite Malicia]

 

Once I have all the sections of all the acts outlined, I add the setting, time, characters and action, which, according to my French literature professor Dr. Vaillancourt, are the basic elements of a story, to each block.  WARNING!  ATROCIOUS SPELLING AND GRAMMAR FOLLOWS:

Act I: [POV of Flammia, the Warrior Fairy]

Set up – Introduce Hero [Flammia in this section] and ordinary world [fairy court]

Introduction [Fairy counsel regarding the birth of the new princess and her christening]

– Setting: High Queen’s castle in fairyland (near a waterfall with flowers), in the courtyard

– Time: Medieval-ish time period, noon

– Characters: Flammia the Fire Fairy, listening in to a conversation between the Logic Fairy and the Art Fairy, getting into a discussion with a servant girl fairy

– Action:  They are discussing the birth of Princess Clarity and her christening, the political situation in the kingdom they are about to visit, the responsibilities of a fairy godmother, etc.  They are waiting for the fairy counsel regarding the preparations for the ball.  Flammia describes the situation to the servant fairy and agrees to sneak her into the counsel room

Inciting Incident (conflict) [what to give the Princess]

– Setting: The counsel room of the high queen’s castle in fairyland

– Time: Medieval-ish time period, afternoon

– Characters: the 12 good fairies: Titanna the Fairy of Order and high queen of the fairies, Flammia the fire/war fairy, the Water Fairy, the Earth Fairy, the Wind Fairy, the Sound/Silence Fairy, the Art Fairy, the Logic Fairy, the Light Fairy, the Joy Fairy, the Peace Fairy, and the Love Fairy; Malica/Erissa the Chaos Fairy (disguised as the servant girl)

– Action:  They are discussing the gifts that they will bring the baby when the servant girl transforms reveals her true form: Malicia the Chaos Fairy.  She declares that she did not get an invitation to the counsel or to the christening, but that she intends to go anyways before disappearing dramatically

Immediate Reaction (resolution) PART 1 [They will not invite Malicia]

– Setting: The counsel room

– Time: Medieval-ish time period,

– Characters: The 12 good fairies

– Action:  Flammia admits that she is the one who brought the servant girl into the counsel room and takes responsibility for Malicia’s discovery of the truth.  She agrees to be Princess Clarity’s main fairy godmother and protector.  The other fairies admit that Flammia’s rash actions are to blame for the mistake but they note that Malicia would have found out one way or another nonetheless.

Immediate Reaction (resolution) PART 2 [Flammia prepares for the ball and prepares for Malicia’s attack]

– Setting: Flammia’s volcanic castle

– Time: Medieval-ish time period, evening

– Characters: Flammia and her Roman soldier lover

– Action:  Flammia prepares for the christening; we find out why her lover was cursed (Malicia cursed all the 12 good fairies when they refused to give into her rule); they have a conversation in which the Roman soldier tries to comfort the frantic Flammia; Flammia will be VERY heavily armed at the christening

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As you can see, a lot changed between the first outline and the final outline.  I even ended up adding a chapter to the resolution.

Once I finish the outline, I will have a very basic short story written.  In the case of this particular story, I will most likely have enough information to write an easy-reader picture book.  However, since I am aiming for a 50 000 word+ novel, I will be expanding (a lot) upon the 936 word outline I have created.  I will most likely do one or two more outlines once I am finished this first detailed outline.

I have also begun world building and character sheets for the three narrators.  I will most likely create character sheets for the wicked fairy Malicia/Erissa, the other twelve fairies, and the parents of both Princess Clarity and Prince Drek along the way.  I’m also considering giving Prince Drek a sibling, most likely a sister.

Thanks for reading guys!

I hope you enjoy the blog!

Your diligent,

Aleksandra

My current project

Good morning! *yawns*

So, despite school being over, my life is still super-busy . . .  Even my writing life is insane!  One of my jobs requires writing!  And on top of that my friend has sent me her story to read . . .  Not to mention the fact that I am currently reading both Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and Awoken by “Serra Elinsen” (aka Lindsey Ellis, Antonella Inserra, and Elisa Hansen of Channel Awesome/Team Nostalgia Chick fame and three ghost writers).

Of course, this means that I’ve finally finished Marissa Meyer’s Cinder.  Here’s a link to my review (but to make a long story short: READ IT :P): https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/923676379?book_show_action=false

Regarding the story I am working on now as my mind rests from writing An Epic Story.

Its a retelling of Sleeping Beauty.  It will be told through the three points of view.  The first section will be told through the POV of the fairy godmother who modified the evil fairy’s curse (Merriweather in the Disney version, Flammia the Fire Fairy in my version), the second section will be told through Sleeping Beauty’s POV (her name will be Princess Clarity), and the third will be told through Prince Charming’s POV (his name will be Prince Drek).  I don’t yet have the full outline of the story written down, but I do have some idea as to what the characters will be like.  The story will be more heavily based on Charles Perrault’s version of Sleeping Beauty than on Disney’s.  Flammia will be a feisty and snarky sort of character, Clarity will be a kind and fun loving character whose defining characteristic will be curiosity, as it was in the Perrault version, rather than physical beauty (she will, of course, be very physically beautiful: I’m planning on exploring the role of beauty in society in greater detail), and Prince Drek will be half-ogre, as he was in the Perrault version.  There will be 12 good fairies and one wicked fairy, and the parents of both of our young lovers will be alive and well.  That’s all I can give you so far.  Hopefully I will soon be able to post my outline for you.  I am basing my outlining process on Katytastic’s 27-part outline, which I will also describe in more detail at a later date.

Here’s a highly recommended YouTube channel with some great writing tips and tonnes of critical analysis of today’s media.  Mind you, I don’t always agree with the vlogger’s opinions, but they are really well worth a listen.  She’s a very thoughtful and analytic young woman.  She’ll go far in life for sure!  I give you, MelinaPendulum:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClnCLTkRd1vhQYU1t1HyivQ

I won Nanowrimo!

Hey guys!

My name is Aleksandra and I wrote 50 000 words in a month!  On that note, I’m so happy to be off to an epic beginning with the purplemouseblog, a blog named after a character my mom invented and dedicated to my writing and indie “publishing company” (I have put that term between quotation marks because, as of now, “purple mouse publishing” refers to my self-published books).

This, however, puts me in an awkward position, because I must introduce both myself and the story in one blog entry, and we all know that no one has the patience to read through all that . . .  To make the introduction considerably shorter than 50 000 words, I’ll focus on the literary side of myself for today and expand on it in the days to come.  So without further ado:

5 Facts about Aleks and Books

1) My favourite book is Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.  It inspired me to write and to be a teacher

2) I have an English Major and a Masters in French literature.  I am currently doing a PhD in the latter

3) I am currently reading Drame d’Amour a Anecho by Felix Couchoro for school and Cinder by Marissa Meyer for fun

4) I have been writing since third grade, but I’ve only completed a novel once.  It was called U.W.I. United with Infinity: Dancing with Change (it has a wibbly wobbly timey wimey plot)

5) My Master’s memoire (short thesis) was on Discours sur le bonheur by Emilie du Chatelet

 

Facts about my Nanowrimo story

1) It’s called An Epic Story

2) It’s a fantasy adventure that mostly takes place in another dimension called The Land of Legends and Ancient songs, which can be best described as Middle Earth-meets-Narnia-meets-Disneyland

3) It is my first time writing from the point of view of a boy (NOTE: my studies center around women’s literature written by lesser known female authors who I attempt to bring into the main stream, and, although I have read and thoroughly enjoyed many books from the point of view of men, I find it easiest to relate to female heroes.  Making the hero believable and realistic was therefore, quite a challenge for me).  This boy is high school student Roland Delacroix, a self-proclaimed “stereotypical nerd” and “looser” with hidden depths.  The story, while written in third person, is mostly focalized through him.

4) Although Roland, a “physical world” human is the “chosen one” and the hero, this story has a large ensemble cast of main characters who embark on a quest to slay the Last Dragon.  These characters being Aleks and Andrzej, two Interdimensional (basically “human TARDIS”) siblings who act as the transport, Captain Jolly Roger (a “land of legends human”) who is the intoxicated one, Toto the rottweiler (the muscle), Valdin Bearhide the dwarf (the blacksmith and weapon’s expert), Wawawa the naiad (the “athletic one,” although I haven’t completely developed the character yet).

5) The story will probably end up being in three books, not because it is truly an epic enough story to merit three books, but because I tend to be long winded

 

It would seem that for the next few months this site will describe my editing and . . . erm . . . publishing process . . .  I have a topic to keep me going!  Stay tuned for my misadventures in publishing!

 

Your verbose,

Aleksandra