Famine and Feast

For three years I had failed writing ideas. They were great concepts, but I didn’t get that ‘feeling’. You know what I’m talking about. The feeling that this story is going places, that the road will reveal itself if you just start driving.

Then after my agent suggested I condense Antebellum down into one book, I had to seriously get over my writer’s block in order to generate new ideas for the stories. I realized what I’d been doing wrong (for three years!) and got back on track.

And then, after such a long famine, at a time when I needed to be focusing completely on Antbellum, I received the inspiration for not one, but two more novels:

The first, tentatively titled SOULMANCER is about a boy named Jorian with the power to manipulate life forces, and his human best friend, Annika. Jorian, is ‘confiscated’ by a society known as the Spaeren. Confiscation involves separating the soul from the body in a way that each survive, but the soul is cast into a terrible void until the body finally dies and releases the soul to the afterlife. However, Jorian is so close to Annika that instead of existing in a maddening void his soul attaches to hers and he clings to life in this way. Annika must go on an adventure to discover the lair of the Spaeren and somehow get Jorian’s body back so he can live again. Along the way, Annika starts to develop powers of her own, while Jorian slowly forgets what it’s like to be human, and when the reason for Jorian’s confiscation is revealed, Annika must choose between her best friend and the safety of the world. SOULMANCER is strongly influenced by Scandinavian fairytales, and I’m going to try and incorporate trolls and giants, and all sorts of fun things.

The second is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Talia wakes in an abandoned castle, surrounded by dessicated roses, and with no memory of who she is or how she got there. A young man in the room with her tells her that she’s been asleep for 100 years, following a terrible accident she was responsible for that killed her family, brought endless winter to the land, and cursed her to a century of sleep. Now that she’s awake, the land will begin to thaw, and she must go to the neighboring country to marry the prince, whose armies and gold can restore her country and protect it from the evil magical beings that have taken up inhabitance. However, Talia doesn’t feel like a princess, and certainly doesn’t have the personality for it. As they travel through lands infested with evil creatures and home to a few remaining peasants, Talia learns more about the history of her country, and ultimately the truth about who she is, and what really happened a hundred years ago. There’s going to be epic romance, betrayal, an immortal witch, and some sword-fighting ass-kicking. I’m thinking of retelling this story by alternating chapters, with one chapter taking place 100 years ago, and the next taking place 100 years later. There’s a twist ending, too!

So, I’m incredibly excited about both these ideas, but Antebellum has to come first now. I’ve completed Chapter 6 of 31 for the rewrite, so it’s moving right along. I just wanted to share my new ideas!

I also wanted to share the song that I can credit with inspiring both of these novels. This is Florence and the Machine’s BLINDING, and I listen to it on repeat every time I’m in my car, dreaming of these two new worlds I’ll get to work with soon:



21 thoughts on “Famine and Feast

  1. knightlee says:

    Heh. Funny how deadlines help get rid of writer’s block.

    Personally, I love the second idea. I know there are a lot of fairy tale retellings, but I love the twist you have on Sleeping Beauty (my favorite old Disney movie, btw).

    That CD inspires so many ideas, for some reason. Not sure why.

  2. cursed_stars says:

    So happy for you! And I love retellings. Sleeping Beauty’s my favorite Disney Princess! The scene with the spinning wheel never fails to give me the shivers – I’m sure you’re going to execute the retelling very well! Congratulations and good luck with the rewrite :)

  3. aekubo says:

    Yay for new ideas! The Sleeping Beauty idea sounds amazing. I can`t wait to read it when it gets published ;)

    By the way, I`m also a fan of Florence and the Machine. I discovered her on Sarah`s blog.

  4. Anonymous says:


    Both those ideas sound awesome, but ‘Soulmancer’ in particular captured my attention. For some reason it reminds me of Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’; have you read it?

    (I’m sorry for the random comment… I’ve been following your blog for a while. It’s interesting. I think I may have read some of your story on Fictionpress.)

  5. postaxial says:

    Yay for fairytale retellings :D Both ideas sound awesome, but I’m a bit of a fairytale nerd :D
    Good luck with the Antebellum rewrite, I look forward to reading it one day :)

  6. angelwingsbaka says:

    Is there something in the water? Amazing plots seem to be hitting people left and right recently! I’m a HUGE sucker for retellings, and fantasy, so I’m rooting for the sleeping beauty idea as your next project. <3

  7. Anonymous says:

    *gasp* I have a Sleeping Beauty retelling in the works too! It sounds so similar, in that my MC is responsible for the death of her family and countrymen, and she forgot what has happened all those years ago, and the truth is more complex than what it seems.
    Mine wakes up after being cryogenically frozen though…
    …Not sure how that’s going to work out. I’m actually literally wrestling with this monster of a story. (In my mind, ‘the story’ is akin to a giant octopus, whose tentacles are reaching out to places and plots I don’t want to go. Em…yeah…)
    But kudos on two BRILLIANT ideas!!

  8. lalaith7 says:

    Somehow I missed this post when it first went up and so when you’ve recently referred to your new stories I desperately wanted a hint of what they were about.

    Now that I know, the Soulmancer idea really interests me because it reminds me of Full Metal Alchemist (a manga and anime series) which I really enjoy.

    I look forward to hearing about Nameless too now that edits are done.

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