The Shelf


What is on my shelf? Nothing finished, that is certain! To me, The Shelf is where I go when I am stumped on other projects (or just not in "the mood"). It's where I put the half-finished projects that I started once upon a time that just ran out of their own steam, or got abandoned when they didn't work out just the way I was thinking and I couldn't salvage them... yet.

Here on the blog, it's a bit like more of an "inside look" at those things I have that need editing or need to be finished and I have just moved on to other things. Feel free to comment on anything that looks interesting, or if I pose a question or conundrum that's "jamming the works" so to speak, I heartily welcome suggestions anyone can offer! Check in regularly, as I will make further details available upon request!


Bottom Shelf: Rewrite Purgatory--Finished or unfinished, but needs amounts of editing I am rarely in the mood to commit


Fairies Under Glass & Return to Phantasm

Background: This was my first attempt at trying to collaborate. I had this scene in my mind (actually, it's the scene in the first excerpt, "Discovery") and I wanted to see if anyone could help me come up with a story around it, because I couldn't think of a context for this random (but really cool) scene.
One week later, I had not received any response, but that was all right, because I started coming up with my own stuff anyhow. This was my first attempt at "sporadic writing"; I didn't write chronologically, I wrote in "excerpts", and as a scene came to mind, I just wrote it down, no matter if it came later in the story or not.

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Excerpts: Discovery; Fairies And Their Dust; Learning; A Giant Conundrum; Tiny, Curious Troublemakers; Waking the Giant; The Flight of the Gryphon; Adolf Attacks

Issues: My biggest problem is it's just old. It was an old style I used a while ago, and I like to think I have changed since then--but every time I come back to this, it still "sounds like me" so I have no idea how to change it! That, and all the while I was writing it, the age of my main character changed by about a decade or so, making it hard to convey his reactions correctly--like maybe some of the thought processes are suitable for a fifteen-year-old, but how would an eighteen-year-old react in that situation? As for the sequel... it's just "blah." I wanted the chance to develop my own fantasy world as it's own entity and I had a lot of fun coming up with stuff--then I ended up just slapping things together in a hodge-podge sort of way that I can't seem to smooth out!

Laurel of Andar

Background:
This is the one idea that actually started out as fanfiction. It survived through two years of writers block, and acquired a sequel... but it was another two years before I decided to take out all the copyrighted stuff and repurpose it into my own original work.

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Excerpts: The Exodus [Prologue]; The Heart of the Elvenking; Revised Excerpt #2 Bonus Material: Intro to Andarian; The Lord's Prayer In Andarian; Revised Excerpt #1; The Rewrite Process;

Issues: Can I just please NOT have to think about something fantasy right now? Please? My biggest issue, when it comes down to it, is that, yes, I have a pretty awesome fictional language to go with this project... but I can't shake the feeling that I can't get the story itself to rise to the level of this cool language... I mean, a language that awesome should have a fantastic story to go with it... I just don't quite know what that is, yet...

Middle Shelf: Passive Active--Currently trying to poke away at it, but hasn't really taken off yet....

Merely Meredith: A Modern Persuasion

Background: I got the idea for this one after reading it for the first time during a course on the "Life and Works of Jane Austen." (Totally awesome, right?) What with the wonderful success of adaptations such as "Clueless" (Emma) and "Pride & Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy" (that one's obvious) and along the lines of "She's The Man", a fantastic adaptation of my favorite Shakespeare play, "Twelfth Night", I was inspired to develop my own adaptation of "Persuasion", my favorite Jane Austen novel.
Introductory Post

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Excerpts: Introducing The Elliots; Dinner with the Elliots; "A Chance To Love" by Meredith Elliot; Presenting Mrs. Cassandra Marianne Elliot Mangrove... The Great; Charlie's Return; Encounter in the Library; The Runaway Steed; Ellie's Date; The Incident At Port O'Connor

Issues: My main problem is that every time I sit down to write my mind turns blank. I was in the middle of rewriting the first few chapters of this one and I just lost interest in it. Of course, getting more and more fantastic ideas all the time didn't help any... I need to get Phoebe and Meredith to California and be able to get the introductions rolling, but I just get brain-stuck!

A Writer's Tale, Extended Edition

Background: Some of you might recognize this title from the second Serial Saturday series to appear on this blog. I wrote it as a fool-proof idea for winning NaNoWriMo because each section was basically the same overall plot arc with the same core characters occupying similar roles in different settings, so I could essentially write multiple sections at the same time, depending on which scenario was spinning through my head at the time.
One problem.... I got so excited with the potential for success that I "accidentally" started writing it on September 29th, and finished it a week before November... so I essentially had "nothing to do" that year for NaNoWriMo.
Anyhow, it was fun... but at the same time, there were instances where ideas I originally wanted to add into the stories had to be skipped because I wanted to keep the word-count limit. After it was finished, though, I thought about how fun it would be to turn this "serial story" into a series of novellas; I would still keep the "formula" style, but I would be able to add the original ideas back in, giving each tale its own unique "twist."
Which brings me to today... Now that I think about it, I want to tweak the series even further, making these different "worlds" the author visits to actually be her own creations, invented and then abandoned because she "wasn't creative enough" or she just gave up on them. It would add motivation for actually experiencing them in person, because she would start out with a small acquaintance--but then the story takes off in a completely new direction that she doesn't expect, and she learns more about storytelling and even her own capacity for world-building that way.

Top Shelf: Future Works--Started and un-started, but not going to get around to them till the two "lower shelves" are clear

THE BRITANNICA CYCLE

Background: This idea "spawned" while I was studying Shakespeare's "Henriad" (Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V are all connected plays) at the same time I was mucking my way through postmodern American Literature. One thing led to another, and I simply had to have a novel for each British country!

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-Red Dragon of Wales
Excerpts: Introduction; Rebooting Drake Ross; The Dragon Walks; Outsmarting the WRAITHS; Sideways

-The Last Snake in Ireland
-All the Swans in England
-Where Heather Blooms in Scotland

Persuasion and Pixies

Background: If you've ever heard of Pride And Prejudice And Zombies... this is a little bit like that. Except instead of horror, I'm doing a more "dark fantasy" version.

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THE WORDSPINNER CHRONICLES

Background: Yep, you guessed it. "The Last Inkweaver" is only the first in a series! Just yesterday I was inspired with the concepts for not just the next book... but all three sequels!

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-The Last Inkweaver [FINISHED]
-The Song of the Story-Healer
-The Secret of the Earth-Teller
-The Talesmith's Forge 

"Amazon"/"Triangle" (Or "Amazon Triangle"?)

Background: Basically these two scenes that occurred sequentially in my brain with vivid imagery and little to no context, so I called them "Amazon".... and then this happened:

Six pairs of parents and their kids (Two fathers and their sons, and a mother and her daughter), all of whose lives have crossed at some point or another, end up on a South Pacific cruise that crosses the Bermuda Triangle, which turns out to be the point at which the real world crossed with an alternate dimension where the super-tall, dark-skinned warrior women always referred to in the myths as "Amazons" are actually mermaids who can change their form to walk on land. The people are divided into three tribes: one regards humans with curiosity and looks to them as the answer to separating the dimensions, or at least coming to a peaceful arrangement between the races; one would love to escape the interdemensional "triangle" and conquer the human race; the last regards humanity as a threat, and now six lives are at stake as the group must work together to prevent the invasion from happening, while trying to stay alive.

Bonus: This storyline would provide context for my "Amazon" idea!

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Excerpts: Amazon Part 1 Amazon Part 2

His Eyes Were Blue

Background: It started as a random suggestion that two blue-eyed actors should star in a movie together... and in my mind it warped into an ingenious mystery-thriller in no time flat:
Three men have one feature in common: blue eyes.
One is a driven detective completely devoted to his job.
One is a perverted psychopath who delights in abducting random people and tormenting them to the point where they cannot describe him, but they never forget him.
One is a perfectly innocent family man caught in the middle of the greatest manhunt the city has ever seen.

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The Water-Man

Background: This one's a little weird; it came from a dream that was so vivid and strange that it woke me up, but at the same time there were parts that fascinated me and the whole thing took shape in less than an hour. It involves a small coastal village between Scotland and England commonly visited for summer holidays; a mansion belonging to a rich, titled family, that is robbed at the beginning of the story; a doctor and his young daughter taking a vacation by the sea, where they make a shocking discovery; and a mysterious man named Celian (SEE-lee-ann) who happens to be a mythical shape-shifting creature known as a Leonie. (Kind of like a Kelpie or a Selkie)

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