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I amuse myself lately looking at skate art, or graffiti art, or whatever the heck it’s called these days.

Kevin is out of town, leaving me at home with my dogs, weaponry, and Assassin’s Creed 2 expansions. There are tadpoles in my rain barrel. I drank too much coffee today and now I’m jittery and queasy, but I have knocked on nearly 9K in the last two days on this version of Beauty and the Beast, despite being occasionally seized by doubt that Rose Daughter is the definitive retelling and this will come off as a bad homage by somebody who thinks roses are too damn much work.But the Beast’s a smartass, which is nice, and there’s some creepy stuff going on, although I’m running into the problem that it’s hard to get a lot of action in a story that’s basically about somebody stuck in a freaky magic house. The heroine’s stabbed him once already. To do it again would be repetitive.

I have no idea what to do with it once it’s done, other than sending it to my agent and saying “Can you find someone to publish this?” which is my usual modus operandi, although it will require finding a totally different publisher than Dragonbreath, obviously. (and yes, I could self-publish, but I really kinda like having other people that I don’t have to pay involved.) I just hope that my current spate of hammering on it will sustain to the end, and not peter out just short of the finish line, as has been known to happen before. (On the other hand, we’re at 40K already, and there is a certain momentum once you crack about twenty.)

So that’s what I’m up to these days. How are you, internet?

reddoghead

EYESEARING! 6 x 6, mixed media. For sale, of course.

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.

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I am fairly sure that Catie just squeed so loudly I could hear her from Ireland. (Beauty and the Beast is a soft spot of hers...)

Is "Rose Daughter" definitive? Mmmm....I'm very very much looking forward to your retelling. I think it's a story that can stand up to repeated interps. Well done on slamming out 9k! And good luck to finding someone who'll grab it! Do you feel 40k is stand-alone publishable?

As a novella it might be, but not this one--it's nowhere near done, it's just AT 40K at the moment. I am so bad at calling my own word counts I won't even try, but hopefully it'll crack 60 (which still isn't really novel length.)


Beauty and the Beast is my favorite folk tale!
Rose Daughter is good, but it is in Robin's distinct voice. Would love to hear it in yours.
Can't wait to read it!

of possible interest: someone attempting to build definitive international database of human attempts to represent animal sounds (as in oink, mew, meow, moo, & cetera)
http://m.livejournal.com/read/user/linguaphiles/5795320#full

Is this part of the same story with the hedgehog and the bird golems? Or is that different?

That one's different, and sort of hanging in limbo, as it's got some weird issues. The voice is almost middle grade, the plot is very YA, the publisher of the book that's kinda-sorta set in the same universe doesn't want it because of that, and while some day I may slam it into shape and publish it myself, we get into time constraints there.

Also, it's based on a variant of Bluebeard called "The Robber Bridgegroom" (perhaps the most common of which is "Mister Fox.")

It's a Hound of Tindalos! With big melting eyes! In the nice sort of melting!

♪♪♪ You're a good blood red sanity eating dingo puppy! ♪♪♪
♪♪♪ Yes, you are! ♪♪♪

Aww that is a cute lupine. (It's something to do with the eyes that makes it so cute in spite of the red colour)

Would it be too meta to do an annotated fairytale of your own fairytale? :¬D


It makes me think of "If Ed did modern graffiti" somehow.

My first thought was of Ed, as well. He sticks with you, huh?

[swoon] I really, really hope that you hammer through to the end, and that your agent finds the right publisher for your version of Beauty and the Beast. It's my favorite folk tale, and I would love to read your version of it! I am very fond of Robin McKinley's Beauty and Rose Daughter, but I don't think either one is the definitive version. Your snarky, smart-alecky characters and wonderful blend of practicality and complete insanity would bring out a completely different aspect of the story.

It's ED!

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Ed!!! SQUEEEE!!!

I far prefer Beauty to Rose Daughter I must say, but both are lovely in their own way. No one seems to like Spindles End much but I quite like it, it certainly improved on rereading. She does do fairy tales well :)

Grafitti! My favourite thing, I have some photos of some great work in two different countries

http://lensaddiction.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/is-this-grafitti-or-art/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebluerose/sets/72157624829260769/ - various shots of Melbourne but with fantastic street art

And I have been teaching myself to make bobbin lace and quilling - http://lensaddiction.wordpress.com/ the last 2-3 posts are handcrafts :)

I enjoyed Spindles End! It does seem to be a pretty small club, though.

I love, adore, and collect Beauty and the Beast variants. Even if the momentum dies and you end up leaving it half-finished, I would pay for a print out or CD of whatever you did write!

It's Ed. Ed as he deserved to be, as he became at the end. Deep respect to Ed, hero when a hero was needed.

And respect to Ursula, who has created in my mind a hero to call on in times of need. I relate to Ed.