Well I guess I’m a bit of a glutton for punishment, because I just decided to take one two (big-ish?) projects for the summer.
Here’s bingo card so far, and I’ve listed out the categories and books I’ve completed so far.
- Set at Summer Camp – Him by Sarina Bowen
- Enemies to Lovers – Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
For those not in the know, NaNoWriMo (aka National Novel Writing Month) runs every November and is a whole thing. If you don’t know about it, I encourage you to check out their website to learn more.
Camp NaNo is like a mini, slightly more chill version of NaNoWriMo, and you set your own word count goals. Mine is set for 50k, and I plan to write a collection of short stories.
The PLAN (as such… so far…) is to write a collection of urban fantasy/paranormal romance fairy tale retellings. Some of them are fairly direct translations in a modern day urban setting, others mess around with the idea of who is the villain of the piece and flip the fairy tales on their heads (heads-over-tales… there’s a title idea?), other’s are gender-swapped/gender-bent/GLBTQIA versions. My focus for starters will be on some stories I have sort-of inklings of ideas for, and the glue that binds them all together is a nightclub owned by Rumpelstiltskin (name still TBD, which I suppose is fitting for a nightclub owned by Rumpelstiltskin?)
Some of my initial thoughts:
The Little Mermaid (M/F) (mermaids/sirens, selkies)
Rapunzel (F/F) (witches, villain MC, hero as villain)
Hansel & Gretel (M/F) (witches, villain MC, hero as villain)
12 Dancing Princess (M/F, faeries)
Puss in Boots (M/M?) (shifters)
I’ll be posting more about it throughout July (probably a lot when I’m stuck… haha).
If you’ve got a good idea for a fairy tale that you’d like to see retold, I’d love to hear about it. Give me writing prompts please! Haha! Also, if you have a great idea for a name for Rumpelstiltskin’s club, I will credit you in my acknowledgements in the infinitesimal chance I ever publish these stories. 😉