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Wordcount Wednesday

Hey friends. What’s up in your neck of the woods? My blog now has a Facebook page, which you can find here if you are interested.

I started taking Mr. Schwabauer’s curriculum, Other Worlds, Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy and I’m really enjoying it. It’s been sitting in my desk drawer for a year, and it’s high time I started it. I am also really excited for his new curriculum, Byline, that’s releasing in July.

Retelling The Little Mermaid – This is at 39,721 words. Last night, I had left some of my work unsaved, and then my computer did a restart update. Needless to say, I was very panicked when I came back in my room and noticed this.




I was thankful that after an hour I was able to save most of my work from the auto recovery.  Always save your work, always. Never leave your computer unattended even for thirty minutes. Save it. Always.


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OYAN Summer Workshop, Wordcount Wednesday, and Life

Hey again everyone.  It’s been quite an interesting week. I went to an LSU baseball game, and I’m going to another one tomorrow as a matter of fact. I’m insanely happy with this picture that I got. Can you believe that my cheap phone captured thus? Me neither. But I am in love.


I also passed my World Religions DSST test, which is a huge relief.

The OYAN Summer Workshop is coming up and I am so excited. I’m gearing up to actually pitch my novel to Steve Laube, which is exciting and nerve wracking. I need to stop procrastinating ad actually prepare for what I want to say.

Besides Steve Laube, there is, of course, Daniel Schwabauer,  Jeff Gerke, Robert Treskillard, Nadine Brandes, Mark Wilson, Stephanie Morrill, John Otte, and Jenn Bailey. Lots of awesome stuff happening.

But you want to know about my writing. So Beauty and the Beast. It hasn’t changed much since the last Writing Wednesday. I have been so confused about why a story I loved so much and that is near and dear to my heart could be so hard to edit. I so badly want to send it to friends, but it is definitely in no such shape to do so.



My answer came last week from author Anne Elisabeth Stengl in her fairy tale Facebook group. She mentioned that maybe we have trouble retelling dearly loved fairy tales just because of that— we love them. We want to do them justice, and that’s hard. And I want to do this story justice. It is the first story that really stuck with me. That time I saw the Beast dance with Belle and I knew I wanted something just like that one day.  To little me that movie was very much real. Little me could see the love the Beast had for Belle, and I didn’t know how to handle that feeling. I still don’t.  All I know is that I want this retelling to be the best it can be.  My dear friend Adrienne wrote a sweet article on how she felt, which I enjoyed reading. 



Retelling The Little Mermaid is at 38,188. Loving this more and more each day. My new map is drawn and I have some more character sheets to make. This retelling is much easier to write.  And I believe it is because I don’t like it as much. The Disney movie creeped me out as a child (cough, Ursula) and the original is depressing, so I wanted to have a happy retelling. Yes, it has its downs, and depressing times, but it is definitely different. *evil grin because I’m not sharing any details*

Want to see my inspiration board for The Little Mermaid? Click here.

How is your writing this week?

See you next Wednesday.

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I haven’t done a good job keeping up with this, mostly because I have such little time to write and my word count doesn’t get very high as fast as I like. But hey,  I’ve finally got it through my thick skull that that doesn’t matter, really, (unless my snail process drives y’all crazy) because I’m where God wants me, and that’s really all that matters.

Beauty and the Beast retelling ~ I started edits on this, and I’m going by pages on this, because there doesn’t seem to be a better way to track it. So far, I’ve done 29 pages out of 137. I’m happy with the pace I’m going at, though I do have a sense of urgency because  I want to finish it up and have it sent to friends to critique. I was hoping to have edits done by now, but it’s not gonna happen, and that’s okay.

Retelling The Little Mermaid ~ This is at 33, 733 words. This has come a long way  since my last Wordcount Wednesday. I bought a large poster board and drew out my world’s map. I’ve also made seven character sheets, filled with details about my characters. Strangely, believe it or not, I’ve never made these before. These sheets have been so helpful–I’ve had to glance back at them several times. I really don’t know how I wrote so long without them. They’ve been invaluable.

So friends, how’s your writing looking this week?

See you next Wednesday.




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~Wordcount Wednesday~

Hey friends. It’s time for another Writing Wednesday! I know I missed last week, but sickness and college kind of took the will-power out of me to post, even though I love doing Writing Wednesday.

Beauty and the Beast ~ I’ve finally started edits on this, I just couldn’t look at it on my shelf and leave it only anymore. I’ve scrapped the beginning and started over.

Speaking of Beauty and the Beast, who is ready for the new movie? I’m super excited for it and am on pins and needles. Have some pictures.









Retelling The Little Mermaid ~ This is at 21,861 words. I’m loving this story every day. Lately I’ve been working on the geography and cultures of my lands– it’s taking a lot of brainstorming, and with college I haven’t had much time for it, but things seem to be falling into place, and now I’m just filling in my binder.



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After much debating, I have decided to put my Rapunzel retelling on hold. Writing three stories at once is a lot for anyone, and with college thrown into the mix, I just can’t devote the time I would like to to this story. Tangled is most definitely my favorite movie, so I shall enjoy that, (I watched it today by the way 🙂 ) and someday I will write my own story of a girl with long golden hair, love, and sacrifice.

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Beauty and the Beast ~ I’m hoping to start on edits on Valentine’s Day–I’ll be past my Western Civilization CLEP test, and what better day to start a love story than on Valentine’s Day? 😉  There are also some friends whom I promised to send the story too, so I need to get busy.



The Little Mermaid ~ This sits at 19,133. Haven’t been able to work on this one much because we are putting new floors down in our kitchen and laundry room. Everything from said rooms is in the living room and the whole house is topsy-turvy. I did take the time yesterday to brain-storm over a plot hole–actually several of them. After an hour, the sun broke through (literally because it was raining outside) and I got two problems fixed. The workers may or may not have heard me squeal….



Rapunzel ~ This is still at 669–it has many holes that hours of thinking have yet to fix. I may need to ditch my current plot, but I don’t want to because I love it so much. I am planning on watching Tangled Saturday, so maybe that will give me some inspiration.

How is your writing on this Wednesday?


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Wordcount Wednesday is here again, where I tell you how my writing is going.  I had to take a rain check on last week because I had a test I needed to study for.

Beauty and the Beast retelling ~ Draft 1 still currently sits at 24,607 words. It still sits upon my shelf and I’ve left it alone. Frankly, I forgot about it, being wrapped up in my retelling of The Little Mermaid. 



Retelling The Little Mermaid ~ This is currently at 14, 294. I’m not going as fast as I was at first, but it is still a story near and dear to me. I’m brushing up on the sea and re-reading the original fairy tale, which is much more depressing than the Disney movie let on.

Who loves buying inspiration? I’m already a sucker for those cute Funko Pops, so it wasn’t so hard to convince myself that I really did these for writing. 🙂


Retelling Rapunzel sits at 669 ~ Sort of at a standstill on this one.  I’m trying to use the Snowflake Method to work out all the kinks that need fixing so I can get this show on the road. Haven’t bought any inspiration for this yet, but I do owe myself another Tangled movie night.

How’s your writing?

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Introducing Wordcount Wednesday, where I give you updates on how my writing is going, while at the same time, trying not to give too much away. 🙂 

Beauty and the Beast retelling ~ Draft 1 currently sits at 24,607 words, roughly four hundred words short of my target of 25,000 words.

Here it sits, bulging with critiques I received at Winter Workshop, out of sight, out of mind. I’m trying to leave it alone till March. We’ll see how long I last…..


Retelling Rapunzel ~ This currently sits at 900. This is my second attempt, though you must know phase one went to 1,600 words and it just wasn’t working. So I trashed it and started over.

Retelling The Little Mermaid ~ This sits at at 6,969 out of my target goal of 80,000-100,000 words. This story is going to be epic and so far it’s working beautifully. I started this story a week ago and have averaged roughly a thousand words a day. I’m in my element–the sea– and I love it.

How is your writing coming along?