Thursday, May 21, 2015

stuffs and more stuffs

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Lovely title, I know. (Also this is going to be a messy post. Bear with me.)

I will not lie. My life has been thrown into a hurricane the past couple weeks. God is stretching me in ways that I never expected. In one week's time, I have hurt, I have loved, I have hated, I have forgiven, and I have grown. Amazing how God works. I love Him for it. I also sometimes despise His methods. But they're always good, in the end.

Emily Ann recently posted on her many happenings lately. I'm somewhat ashamed to say that my writing happenings are considerably fewer than hers. Also, may I just mention that she is one of the most wonderful human beings on the planet? While I'm juggling a job, finishing up my senior year of high school, heading to dance classes, and trying to publish a book (not to mention trucking through the emotional turmoil of the past couple weeks) ... anyway, while I'm trying to juggle all of that, I've accidentally shoved Ain't We Got Fun to the back burner. But she's managed to keep up on blog tour dates, giveaway put togetherings, interaction with our graphic designer, and all of the in-betweens. She's a saint. God knew what He was doing when He stuck her in my life.

Anyway, what writing things have been happening with me lately? I've edited Ain't We Got Fun. And ultimately, I'm waiting to see what the next fairy tale contest is going to be. Do you know what I'm talking about? If you follow Rooglewood Press or Anne Elisabeth Stengl's blog, you know what I mean. If you don't, here's what I'm talking about.

Two years ago, Anne Elisabeth launched her own publishing platform. She entitled it Rooglewood Press, and she started it off with a bang by hosting a writing contest. The challenge was to rewrite a classic fairy tale, crafting it with your own unique twist, and the five best stories were chosen to be published in a beautiful collection of novellas and short stories. The story she chose was Cinderella, and that is the how the lovely book, Five Glass Slippers, came to be. The next year (last year, 2014) she hosted the contest again, this time for a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Hence the reason Five Enchanted Roses will be released in June. Also in June, she will be revealing the cover for the third fairy tale contest, as well as announcing the fairy tale she has selected for this year. Personally, I am hoping for Sleeping Beauty. I fancy I have excellent ideas.

If it is not Sleeping Beauty and I fail to brainstorm anything worthy of writing, I will hopefully look deeper into a WWII novel, or perhaps Jem's story. (The War of 1812 idea.)

All that to say, I humbly ask for your prayers as I traipse through this thing called life. It's not easy -- it never was -- but it's funny how things get tougher when you grow up. Growing up should come with a warning label. Actually, you should have a choice: grow up here or just fly to Neverland. I think, personally, I would fly to Neverland. Peter Pan and I would get along pretty well, anyway.

10 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear that life's been a bit of a whirlwind for you lately, but I'm glad to hear that you've been learning from it! Same story with me. It's a crazy time of year, especially for us senior high schoolers! We'll get through it!

    I'm so excited about Ain't We Got Fun, and that's really cool that you may be entering the next fairy tale contest! I haven't read Five Glass Slippers yet, but I love the idea of it. You'll do great! (I hope it's Sleeping Beauty, too!)

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    1. May is the bane of senior high schooler's existence. -_- I just pray that I'll survive.

      We should start up a petition for Sleeping Beauty. We can present it to Anne Elisabeth if it's NOT Sleeping Beauty, and maybe she'll change her mind. ;)

      Thanks, Hannah!

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  2. God knew what he was doing when He stuck YOU in MY life! You're the best writing buddy in this whole dang world. Keep being your beautiful, amazing self. =)

    I'm so excited to hear what the next fairy tale re-telling is!! Sleeping Beauty would be awesome!!! I'm also really fascinated by your other two story ideas. =) I need more Emily writing to read. =)

    Prayers and hugs!!!

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    1. Awww! :') Thanks, Em!! Love you so much.

      I need more Emily writing to write. My fingers itch to be at it again. ^.^

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  3. Growing up does come with a warning label, but us grown-ups tend to hide it from our children.

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    1. That's probably a good idea, actually ... :/

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  4. I'm sorry life has been so busy for you lately. It's kind of been that way for me, too, what with finals coming up in school and cross country practices starting up. I'm sure we'll both pull through in time.

    I, too, am so excited for the cover reveal of the next fairytale retelling. This will be my first year entering, and I am resolved to do so. I've only found two hints about the fairytale retelling on Anne Elisabeth Stengl's blog. The first is that it's less popular than the Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. The second is that it really inspires her. So basically, all of my guesses are pretty blind. I did think of Sleeping Beauty as a possibility. Or Rumpelstiltskin. Or a million other fairytales. At this point I'm just rattling off random fairytales. Gah! I am so desperate to see what it is!

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    1. Well, we're all in this together, right? ;)

      Ooh, your insights into Anne Elisabeth's hints have intrigued me! Rumplestiltskin? Hmm, if that's the fairy tale, this girl is going to be doing some research! I've even wondered if maybe it's Snow White. Snow White gets such little attention in the fairy tale world, it seems.

      Thanks for commenting, Ana!

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    2. Hmm...Snow White might be it, too. I thought it was too popular, but now that I think about it, it really doesn't get much attention when it comes to retellings.

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    3. And the cover reveal email arrived! *rubs hands excitedly*

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