After some deliberation, I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo 2016. Am I mad? Probably. 🙂 I’m still editing book two, Awake in Purple Dreams, but I’ll put it on hold for a month. It’s just a month I tell myself. I can do this, it doesn’t have to be perfect being a first draft. I’m coaxing my muse out further into neverland, ready to break boundaries hoping that this will stop me wandering online, something I do way too often, distracted by pretties. Normally I have a detailed outline, plots mapped out, etc, but this time, I only have images playing parts of a story. A few first names have evolved and visual storyboards to get me started, guess the beginning is the easy part. I’m sure the difficulties will come later as I’m a plotter and not a pantser. This will definitely test my ability to adjust, to flow, and just let the story grow. It’ll be frustrating, challenging, but also, hopefully, interesting and insightful.
Let the fun begin… 😉
Here is my page on NaNoWriMo ~ HERE
Website Link ~ HERE
This painting really inspires me and reminds me of a character in book two, Wulfstan. Not that there’s a grand connection, but something draws me in. Initially, I chose this name because it’s a variation of my families name, mother’s side, Wolstenholme. (Wulfstan meaning Wolf Stone). Amazing that something as simple as a name and an image can stir deeper story elements. These are the parts of writing that I love most, dreaming and plotting.
Ivan Tsarevich riding the Gray Wolf by Viktor Vasnetsov.
I found an image that suited the books theme perfectly. It would make a great cover.
Character ~ Tim
Note: The book cover is for inspiration purposes only (an adaption created using Polyvore – the wonderful art / photography is by YURI SHWEDOFF) – Link to purchase Yuri’s original art can be found via the book website: HERE
More inspiration ~ Taken from the protagonist, Brooke’s, POV
The book blurb (not edited – just a rough guide at this point)
A story of hope and courage in adversity.
The world is in chaos since the peoples’ rebellion waged war on governmental systems which permitted conglomerate greed over the needs of the general population. As civil battles continue in all major cities, more and more children are made orphans. Homeless, scared, and alone, their only way to survive is by sticking together. This new generation becomes known as ‘Lost Indigos’. Their lives are filled with violence and fear until a young woman, Brooke, offers them an alternative way of living, a wonderland of her own creation. There’s one problem, how can she maintain her care of the Indigos and still seek revenge for her parents’ brutal murder. Will it be possible for her to do both? If so, who must she become to make this happen? Brooke soon realises that what she teaches the children about fairy tales is something that she needs to believe in, too. Miracles can happen, but as she learns, only if you’re brave enough to seek them out.
This book is intended as a ‘future’ story in ‘A Carpet of Purple Flowers’ Series. There is also a book for the past, ‘The Purple Book of Menteith‘. Both could be considered ‘Book Three’, it just depends on which direction of the cycle you wish to go.
Overall, it is an epic tale which links characters and worlds of all intended books.
I’m crazy I know, it’s quite a lot to take on. I should’ve made the debut a standalone. 😉 Guess you can’t help what stories are whispered to you from the creative muse. This one just keeps growing and I love it.
All images can be found on Pinterest ‘Claíomh Solais’ storyboards. HERE