marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Once upon a time, a heroine lost her husband and had to go on a quest to rescue him.  It was long, and during it she met an old man who could summon all the beasts in the world to ask if they knew something to help her, another the same with birds, and the third the same with fish.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
ah Julian. . . there I was, merrily outlining along, and got to the point where I introduced him. . . love interest.  To give my heroine more motive to get her job done.  And then it turns out. . . .

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Was just about settled on partible inheritance for fairy tale kingdoms -- not only does it fit the fairy tales where there are kings who are brothers, it also helps split up the kingdoms after an only daughter princess marries an only son prince -- and if it would result in kingdoms the size of postage stamps, well, that would explain why a princess who sets out to seek her fortune can easily walk to the next one and get a job as a scullery maid.
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
I have these worlds of magic.  One with werewolves, one with dragons, one with bird maidens -- one, I think, with trolls and ogres -- and the heroine, one of the bird maidens, goes on a walk.  A long one.  And meets a troll, and knowing her fairy tales, says, "Good morning, grandfather."
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Once upon a time there was a writer who came to the conclusion that since she needed shapeshifting, she needed more tales with shapeshifting in them. Preferably with wicked wizards and witches and demons being behind it in some way, to lend unity to the world.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Ah, a solution!  I know exactly the problem to give the hero and heroine with the bad guy for the climax.

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Plugging around on my outline.  Massive fairy tale mash-up, avoiding all the top 20 pop tales.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Taking notes as I write along on a novel that's a massive mashup of fairy tales.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Doing a crowd scene.  Of birds.  And hunting for folkloric bird-brides.
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curses!

Mar. 5th, 2016 11:20 pm
marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
So the hero and the princess heroine are sitting around talking between the tasks he has to do. . . .

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
There's a real advantage of reading a lot of variants of fairy tales when it comes to retelling.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Picking fairy tales into an outline in a massive-multi-fairy-tale mash-up. . .

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Liked one of the Beauty and Beast tales enough to try to steal it.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Once upon a time, there was a prince who saw a raven bleeding on a marble stair and wished for a bride as red as blood, as white as marble, and as black as a raven. . .
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
One thing fairy tales tend to be sparse on is motives.  There are variants of the Twelve Dancing Princesses where we never find out if the dancing is voluntary on the princesses' part.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
When stuffing a story full of fairy tale references -- especially if you venture past the Pop Top 20 tales -- even if you intentionally exclude the Pop Top 20 tales and close variants -- one thing that should be easy is finding enough references.  There are, after all, hundreds of types of tales.
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fairies

Nov. 22nd, 2015 09:37 pm
marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Was reading an illustrated Sleeping Beauty in which the fairy godmothers were the winged, fluttery Victorian flower fairy type.
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
So the heroine and her husband are with her parents while they do the half the country thing.

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