Showing posts from March, 2015

Cinderella & More Cool Things About the Victorian Era

I saw the new live-action Disney Cinderella on St. Patrick's Day. Cinderella is not my favorite Disney princess (that's Belle), but I essentially dragged my friends to see the movie because of this guy:

Anyway.... (as I told my friend Jess, if there are random Scottish men floating around in the Victorian half of the Vic and Nic story, it'll be because of the combo of Richard Madden and Outlander)

It was an adorable movie, very funny at times, and I was in the mood for something simple and sweet and romantic and gushy, so it was perfect for that. Could it have gone further in the modernizing, to make Cinderella even stronger? Maybe. I'm sure it could have. But I was happy to see something that wasn't cynical.

Cynicism gets tiring, you know? And while I don't think girls have to be--or should be--all kindness and lightness and politeness, there is a lot to be said for just being kind to people.

My friend Jess coveted the stepmother's outfits. (They were amazi…

Guest Blogger: Michelle Tran

In answer to the basic question, "How did you get into writing?" Michelle Tran wrote:

Locked in a bedroom of white walls with a tiny brown-spotted dog standing guard beside me, I surrounded myself with library books that smelled oddly of unwashed jeans, adventures, and dreams. Page after page I turned, fighting to drown out the sound of reality just outside my door.

Reality for thirteen-year-old me sounded an awful lot like my mother’s muffled cries, and my father’s deep voice, shaking the foundation of our home. And yet, as the days, weeks, and months went on, I, too, read on.

There was no ‘thing’ or ‘aha moment’ that got me into writing. Rather, it was this period of time in my life that planted and nurtured my love of words. This tough moment in my childhood led me to books, and unregretfully I was hooked on them, devouring all I could like a drug, relishing in that temporary high that could always be fixed with another.

Yet in all the books I consumed, I struggled to unders…

An Interview With Krystal Jane!

Today, we are beginning what I hope will become a new bimonthly or tri-monthly feature on The Sunflower's Scribbles: guest posts and interviews with writers, authors, passionate readers, editors...

To inaugurate this, I interviewed Krystal Jane, a prolific fantasy/supernatural writer from Tennessee. She is a frequent commenter here and blogs about writing at The Narcissistic Rose. Her website Planet Krystal also features stories on getting into and out of debt--and haircare!

Here, Krystal tells us about how she began writing, why she loves fantasy so much, what her favorite fairytale is, and how she's currently revising a manuscript for a revise and resubmit.

When did you start writing? When did you realize you really liked writing? 
Hmm, lemme see…I remember writing picture books in elementary school, but I was 11 before I wrote anything with the intention of being able to call myself a writer one day. I always loved telling stories. Even before I could write, I was making up c…

Guest Posts, Cover Visions, and Harry Potter

This is my 600th blog post.

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It occurred to me today--as I was typing up this post and reading back posts I wrote last year about the Keegans (I'm trying to figure out why some of this novella story, which I'm polishing up, is so whack-a-doodle, since I cut-and-pasted it out of the Keegans)--that after six years of blogging:

--I'm not exactly running out of things to write about, but as I'm writing two projects at once...I am sort of running out of topics I feel interested in enough to write about.

--That I would happily turn the blog over once a month or once every two or three months to a guest blogger, who could talk about their latest book or their latest writing project or why they started writing or what they do as an editor, a freelancer, or an agent. Maybe even why a particular book captured someone's imagination.

--I'd like to start with people I know. Being still an unpublished writer, I would be open to interview (or feature artic…


It occurred to me a few weeks ago that I'm not totally done with the world of The Keegans of Banner's Edge.

That is, while I'm done querying it, there are elements of the story that I still really like and may well go back to in the future.

I'm working on one of those elements right now. Pearl is a secondary character with a pretty hefty subplot in that story. She first appeared in the second draft, was my beta's favorite character, became my favorite character, and made an impression on other writing buddies.

Pearl begins as a slave--she's lady's maid to Mrs. Keegan, when the Keegans are living on a plantation in Barbados. When Mrs. Keegan dies suddenly, Pearl's future is in limbo. She fears she'll be sold. She hears a rumor that Mr. Keegan will return to his native England; Pearl has a desire to go to England, one that she has barely acknowledged. Ten years ago, her younger brother was sold to a British naval captain and Pearl wonders if Mr. Keega…

IWSG: Real Life Characters

Happy IWSG Day! The Insecure Writer's Support Group posts every first Wednesday of the month. Check out the group here. Our co-hosts for March are Chemist Ken, Suzanne Sapseed, and Shannon Lawrence! Thanks guys!

Once upon a time, I couldn't write an original character without that character being, basically, based on one of my friends. Book the First, in particular, is rife with characters who are not-very-loosely-at-all based on my closest friends.

Since then, I've stopped basing characters on people I know directly and actually invent characters, one of my favorite parts of the whole writing thing. My friends don't, for the most part, fit the things I'm writing now anyway and because I'd still like to have friends, I leave them alone.

But still, I'm a writer and one of my favorite writer sayings is Be Careful, You Might End Up in My Novel. Writers take from real life and insert things into their work. It's the way it is, peeps. And sometimes--not oft…

Downton Abbey Season 6 Predictions & Wishes

Oh, come on--it's traditional on this blog to make my guesses and state my wishes for the next season of Downton Abbey. Season five has come to an end here in the States and so, I can make my predictions without too much fear of spoiling.

Needless to say, if you plan to watch Season 5 and haven't yet...better not read this post. Spoilers below.