Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"It's all fine till you get to the eyebrows. They're attack eyebrows!"

 Wherein Jack talks about Beasties

 "Hello, Beastie!"

 Couldn't help it.

 No, this post has nothing to do with pirates.

 I am writing this while sitting at my desk, surrounded by laundry, with an ice pack wrapped around my head, and fall music playing. All I need is someone to bring me some hot chocolate coffee and I'd be set. Oh, and if it would start raining...that would add to the mood.

 I've been wanting to do this post for a while - by that I mean a week or two. Since I haven't had the idea for this story for long. But as I mentioned, I am entering the Five Enchanted Roses contest. (There is a link, but I'm feeling too out of it to find it. Or too lazy, take your pick. But it isn't hard to find.) Basically, a book is going to be coming out containing five short stories of the retold Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. I wasn't going to enter, because I don't do short stories really well, and I've tried to retell fairy tales and that always flops. So, mixing the two didn't seem like a good idea.

 But now I am entering.

 Why? You might be asking. Or maybe you are asking why you don't have a bowl of ice cream right at this moment, which is a more important question.

 Either way.

 A year or so ago I got the random inspiration for a story called Finding the Magic. It was going to be set during the London Blitz and be about some children who went to the country to stay with this older man till they could go back home. While there, the man teaches them there is still magic in the world, even though it is hard to see because of the war going on. He was supposed to take them on all these fun adventures - like picnics, hikes, fishing, swimming - and show them God was still taking care of them. 

 For some reason the story never took off and sat in the back of my mind collecting dust. I wasn't sure if I'd ever get round to it, when the contest came along. And something bounced into something else and hit the right spark and before I knew it the story shortened itself into a Beauty and the Beast retelling.

 The story, still with the same title, is about 15-year-old Belle. She is sent to live with grumpy Adam Prince in the country when the bombings begin in London. Her father is fighting in the war, but before he left he gave her a rose and reminded her to always look for the magic - God's blessings - in everything, even if she has to look past thorns.
 Belle is determined to find the magic in her new home, and at first it is easy when she is befriended by the maid's son, who goes by Chip. But then she meets Mr. Prince and her resolution becomes harder. Until she decides she is going to show Mr. Prince - who is grieving over something he refuses to talk about - the magic she can see.

 I'm not sure how well it will do, as it doesn't have the typical elements of a Beauty and the Beast story - since Mr. Prince doesn't actually look like a Beast and there is no romance in it. (Maybe a hint, but nothing huge.) It is another of my friendship stories. 

 I've been having fun writing it, more then I thought I would. 
 And that, my friends, is what I am working on now. I want to finish it by the end of this month so it can get some editing before I send it in. And I got behind with the whole tooth thing. 

 That said, I saw Doctor Who last night. Deep Breath, 12's first episode. 12 has instantly become one of my favourites. And that is why I used a quote from the episode.

 The End.




  1. You should totally write this! I know I would read it any day! I love re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, and think that your idea is superb. You could throw a little bit of romance in it, like Rumpel and Belle in Once Upon A Time or just not put any at all and use the 'magic' of God to be the romance.

  2. That sounds like a great idea!

    The 12th Doctor....he is brilliant! I love him, and especially him and Clara together. The two of them remind me of the 4th Doctor and Sarah Jane.

    I loved Deep Breath, especially that scene with the tramp in the alley, but it would have been so much better without Madame Vastra and Jenny. Seriously? They just shouldn't be there at all.

  3. I like the sound of your retelling. Make it happen!!

  4. Sounds intriguing, can't wait to read it!!! :)

  5. What a lovely idea! It's very unique because of the no-romance aspect. I like it.

    Where in the world did you find Deep Breath to watch?!?! Argh, everyone has seen it except me! Although technically I'm still an episode behind... I finally watched The Name of the Doctor last night, and have yet to watch The Time of the Doctor (it's finally on Netflix, huzzah!)

  6. I'm so ridiculously excited to hear you're joining in on the Rooglewood contest!!! I am as well. ^_^ And oooh my goodness. JACK. Your story idea sounds AMAZIIIIING. Yes, you MUST write this thing. I LOVE the idea of it. I love how the "magic" is God's blessings. What a beautiful take on the story. Plus it's so fun that it's actually a historical tale and more centered around friendship than romance. Ah, I love this so much, Jack!!!

    Also the twelfth Doctor YESSS. I love him to death! I'm so excited about this new season.

  7. Wow. That sounds awesome! Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale. I think it's close enough. I love that it's set in London during the WWs. And I like how you turned it into a friendship story.

    Did you change the blog layout? Maybe you did it awhile ago and I just didn't notice. But I like it. :)

    I also love the blue rose picture. :)

  8. HI, Jack...

    I really like the premise of your story! GOOD LUCK! And thanks for telling us about the contest.... maybe, if I have time, I can whip something up. LOL. Have a great weekend!

  9. I am excite. I already wanna draw... OH! do i need to start illustrating for Whatsoever?

  10. this sounds perfect, just write it so I can read it, I thought of entering but nothing creative came to mind, i'm glad you thought of something, it seems to work well.
    I loved the new doctor, my goodness he was good, and the reference to the eyebrows, that was my favorite scene. Funny how we can make space for other people. I thought he was going to be hard to get used to,
    keep us updated wont you ?
    Blessings, Rachel Hope

  11. Your contest entry sounds amazing. I would read that.


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