This has been a productive week. I spent a good part of last week dealing with a stomach bug running through my house and various children staying home from school, and then last weekend we went camping with a bunch of people from the kids’ school. (Yridessa had quite an adventure on her first camping trip.)
Since I’ve been home, I’ve been working on catching up on laundry, experimenting with a couple new art projects, and I’ve spent a lot of time writing.
I’m working on a new story. I’m at about 60,000 words right now. It’s one I started several years ago for NaNoWriMo, but then got busy working on other things and never finished it. I pulled it back out a few months ago, and I’m really excited about how it’s coming along.
It’s a fairytale-inspired story, and it’s the starting point of a set of similar dark fantasy types of stories that I plan to do.
I’m trying not to make it just a retelling. Not that there’s anything wrong with retellings. I’ve read some that were delightful, and Havok’s Fairytales Unfettered issue was a lot of fun.
My goal is to have a story that draws on fairytale themes, but is entirely its own. For this story, it’s working quite well. The inspiring story is is Sleeping Beauty, so the theme is there, but it’s not a traditional Sleeping Beauty story. It’s more like Sleeping Beauty meets the Salem Witch Trials meets Rip Van Winkle meets Druids.
The next one I’m planning, which I’ll start for NaNoWriMo this year, is going to be Little Mermaid inspired.
I’m having a harder time plotting that one, because it’s been done in so many incarnations. From Hans Christian Anderson to Disney to the movie Splash (which is being remade with a merman instead of mermaid), mermaid stories tend to follow the same types of arcs. Creating a unique story that is a darker fantasy with more elements and inspirations like are in my Sleeping Beauty story is proving harder than I would like.
Meanwhile, I’m plotting out some of the future stories, and what fairytales might inspire them. I have a few ideas. I want to steer away from the Disneyized stories, specifically stories with a romantic plotline, for future stories (she says as she’s plotting Sleeping Beauty and Little Mermaid). Stories that are well-known enough to be recognized, but not so over-done that they’ve run their course. Stories that haven’t been tied in to Once Upon a Time and aren’t dependent on True Love’s Kiss.
What are some of your favorite fairytales? Why did you like them? What sort of story would you want to see in a fairytale retelling?