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Grimm 053: Little Snow-White

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This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

I know I said I wanted to look for unusual fairy tales, not the typical fare. But I learned a new factoid about this one over on Tor.com, which has some really great examinations of fairy tales, in their piece Charmed, I’m Sure: A Closer Look at Everyone’s Dream Prince. So let’s dive in. Source is pitt.edu. This is the Brothers …

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Old Peter: The Silver Saucer and Transparent Apple

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This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

I was waiting until I could find my copy of Old Peter’s Russian Tales–a collection of Russian fairy tales as retold by a British visitor (Arthur Ransome, of Swallows & Amazons fame) with British children in mind–only to discover that it’s available for free in multiple places online. D’oh. I did find my book. Unfortunately, because of the nature of …

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Grimm 108. Hans-My-Hedgehog

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Holy cow, I was not expecting to stumble across this. I came across the mere mention of a “hedgehog princess” and immediately had to look it up. I didn’t find a hedgehog princess, but I did find a half-human hedgehog boy who marries a princess! Yes, this requires some explanation. Let’s begin. Source: Pitt.edu Summary Like so many fairy tale …

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Grimm 198. Maid Maleen

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This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

There’s a princess and a tower and a wedding, and yet this isn’t one of the more popular stories. Go figure. Source: SurLaLune Fairy Tales: Annotated Maid Maleen Synopsis Maid Maleen is the daughter of a king. She falls in love with a prince, but her father is against the marriage. Being a reasonable parent, he has a tower built and …

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Anderson: The Dryad

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This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

My summary isn’t going to do this justice. Anderson writes evocatively of the setting and the people, and I’m just going to focus on the main plot. Here we go. Source: HCA.Gilead.org.il Summary In the countryside of France, a massive tree is felled. The villagers replace it with a young chestnut tree, which has a dryad living inside it. She is …

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Grimm 122. Donkey Cabbages

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This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

Doesn’t “donkey cabbages” sound like a kid’s insult? I’m not quite sure how to even summarize this one, it is that strange. Here we go anyway. Source: The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Knickerbocker Edition) Summary One day, a huntsman is walking around and comes upon an old woman. He’s kind to her, and so she blesses him with a magic cloak (travel …

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Grimm 037. Thumbling

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This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

Not Thumbelina, but the German answer to the English Tom Thumb. You may well know the gist of this one. Source: The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Knickerbocker Edition) Summary A lonely peasant couple wishes for a child. A boy is born to them, but he’s only as tall as a thumb, so they call him Thumbling. They are delighted to have him. …

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Fairy Tales on deck, starting Feb 28

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This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

New project. In order to better familiarize myself with the fairy tale cannon, once a month I’m going to read and examine a fairy story. Preferably not super popular stories, I’m looking for unusual stuff. I want to do this for my own edification, and also to give my blogging some structure. I like fairy tales as a genre, and …

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Scrivener and Story Genius

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It’s well established that Scrivener is a great tool for writers. You might not be aware of how well it integrates with other writing tools and systems. For this, there are Scrivener templates. A template is a collection of Binder items that are arranged and pre-filled with content to help you on your way. I’ve downloaded many templates over the …

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#RPmyBook: a chat for writers

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I realize I never made an announcement here, so here goes. I’m hosting a weekly Twitter chat for writers, called #RPmyBook. RP stands for role-play, and the idea is that writers answer questions as their characters would. What’s the benefit to writers? Character development, darling. Writers already spend a lot of time developing their characters, often with the help of …

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I’m in #QueryKombat 2017!

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I was selected for QueryKombat! QK is a contest where queries and novel excerpts are pitted against each other, bracket-style, until the strongest query is reached. I’m on Laura Heffernan’s team, competing with the query for IN HER OWN SKIN, my YA selkie novel. As of last night I officially survived Round 1 and made it to the stage where …

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Misconceptions About Plotting (vs. Pantsing)

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Right up front I’m going to be honest and disclose that I have a horse in this race and his name is Plotty McPlotface. It took me a long, long time to figure out how much plotting I needed to make a working novel happen, and yes, I started out pantsing. I plot because plot holes bother the crap out …

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Productivity: Co-working and write-ins

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There was a time after college when my friend Vijay and I had a lack of external structure. There was no more school, and work was hard to find. So we would meet at a local library to work on our writing together. We spent our days working in studious silence, jockeying to reserve private study rooms, and then we’d …

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#PitchWars 2016 Mentee Bio: Return of the Bio

In Giselle, On Writing, Progress by Bronwen2 Comments

Hello mentors and aspiring mentees! I’m Bronwen, host of this-here blog. I write YA that typically falls in the realms of contemporary, fantasy or historical, nearly always centering around a strong female lead. I volunteer with my local writing communities as an organizer because I believe in giving back, and in creating the things you want rather than waiting for …

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Monster Structure Worksheet v1.1

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Major updates to the Monster Structure Worksheet! What is the MSW? It’s a combination of novel structure theories into one chart to help you visualize what-all is supposed to happen and when. I’ve been reading K.M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel [amazon asin=0985780401&template=add to cart] and I highly recommend it. It’s a great step-by-step walk-through of  the parts of story structure. Weiland …

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Rewatching the Wizard of Oz

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It seems like almost every book on writing craft makes at least one reference to The Wizard of Oz (the film, not the books), and it’s often a prominent example. I finally picked up Debra Dixon’s GOAL, MOTIVATION, CONFLICT, and she suggested a rewatch. This GMC is a concept I struggle with, I decided to take her up on it. [amazon …

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What I Read, Part 1: Blogs

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There’s been a bunch of talk in my spheres lately about what folks are reading to learn about their craft. I found a bunch of new things to explore, and I figure I should share. This week I’ll post about the blogs I follow, and later I’ll go into the books I love. RSS Feeds and Readers RSS stands for …

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The value of chatting

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A few weeks ago Ms. Lovett (@lovettromance) urged me and some of the others in our writing group to hop into a Twitter chat (#rwchat, more on that later). She’s become very involved, not only in participating but in helping to organize and run these weekly chat sessions. Until now I’d been watching from the sidelines, seeing just her part …

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No Such Thing as Wasted Writing

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It’s a common lament. “I’ve already done all this work! Now I have to backtrack and throw it out.” My friend, you are not Penelope perpetually unraveling her weaving at night so she can redo the exact same section the next day. Penelope never wanted to move forward, she had an island’s worth of dickish suitors to keep at bay. …

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Second Place in the YARWA Rosemary Contest!

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All day I’ve been on tenterhooks. The last week has had an element of the surreal. The last month even more so. Today the winners and finalists for the Young Adult Romance Writers of America’s 2017 Rosemary contest were announced. My manuscript, IN HER OWN SKIN, won second place! (I’m sorry if you’ve never seen the Yatta video before. You …

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I’m a finalist for the 2017 Rosemary Award!

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This is the second major good news of the last couple of weeks. I actually learned about it around the same time I got into #QueryKombat (Round 2 Entry), but didn’t want to say anything until finalists were announced. The Rosemary is an award given by the Young Adult Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America (YARWA), “for excellence …

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I’m in #QueryKombat 2017!

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I was selected for QueryKombat! QK is a contest where queries and novel excerpts are pitted against each other, bracket-style, until the strongest query is reached. I’m on Laura Heffernan’s team, competing with the query for IN HER OWN SKIN, my YA selkie novel. As of last night I officially survived Round 1 and made it to the stage where …

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Counting Down 2016

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Hello, world. I’m still here. 2016 has been a really, really tough year for me. It’s been downright wretched for the world at large. I’m not sad to see it go. The Move is still in progress. We’ve bought a house that we move into in February, and life should settle into some kind of routine at that point. That …

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Dream Diary: Finish the thing!

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I’ve never had any of the ‘classic’ dreams that people like to talk about–teeth falling out, flying, naked in a classroom. (All of that at once? Eesh.) I don’t know why, I just haven’t. In most of the dreams I remember I’m searching for something very important. It was explained to me in the dream what the thing is and …

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Unexpecteds: When $#!& happens

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This is not so much an informational post, because I have little in the way of information. It’s a venting post. Because my mother is sick. A few weeks ago she started feeling nauseas, every day. She got progressively weaker and then went to the doctor, who thought it might be pancreatitis. Her bloodwork had some interesting numbers so then …

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Unexpecteds: Travel Checklists 

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I’m a list maker. I love pulling order out of chaos. And I love my dear friend, Google, for providing me with starter lists. My mother is also a list maker and I got to crib off her lists for the Leaving part of this move. But my Google Fu is failing me. I am failing to find lists, or even …

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To-Do List Paralysis

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I have a day planner, a physical one, quite a beautiful one, that I have not touched in months. It started well, with lots of good intentions. Then I reached a point where I was just lucky to make it through the day and maintaining the planner fell by the wayside. For The Move I have a rather extensive list …

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So I’m going to be a #rexpat

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Here’s how my bio now begins: Bronwen Fleetwood was born in South Africa, raised in New Jersey, and is now returning to South Africa, making her some kind of doubling-back expat. A #rexpat? Something like that. Everything’s finalizing now–the move is official. It’s happening. I’m leaving the country where I grew up for the country I was born in. I’m …

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#PitchWars 2016 Mentee Bio: Return of the Bio

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Hello mentors and aspiring mentees! I’m Bronwen, host of this-here blog. I write YA that typically falls in the realms of contemporary, fantasy or historical, nearly always centering around a strong female lead. I volunteer with my local writing communities as an organizer because I believe in giving back, and in creating the things you want rather than waiting for …

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New posts in your inbox, the magic is real

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Hopefully you’re reading this post in your inbox. If you are, that means I got my auto-emailer settings to work! Hooray! You’re subscribed to get an email every time I update. (If you change your mind you can always unsubscribe at the bottom of this email.) If you’re reading on the website, you can sign up for updates in the …

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The value of chatting

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A few weeks ago Ms. Lovett (@lovettromance) urged me and some of the others in our writing group to hop into a Twitter chat (#rwchat, more on that later). She’s become very involved, not only in participating but in helping to organize and run these weekly chat sessions. Until now I’d been watching from the sidelines, seeing just her part …

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NaNoWriMo: A Win!

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Well, it took me until almost the 11th hour, but I made it. This year I managed to stay above par almost the entire month. I built up a four day buffer. I lost it over the Thanksgiving break. Pies (from scratch, mind you) Turkey Day Very Challenging Homework My Best Friend’s Wedding (in reality, not the movie) If I …

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NaNoWriMo: Eyeing the Finish Line

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Today I broke 44k, which means my win is within the week. According to the official site calculations, I’ll finish on the 25, which is a very comfortable win and right on target for my goal of 55k by the end of the month. Oh yes, I may finish early but I will still be writing. In fact, I’ll be …

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NaNoWriMo: Bending the Rules

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So, I might be cheating just a little bit. The official rules for NaNoWriMo state: Just be sure to only count words written during the month. Now, I have about 15k of a previous draft of GISELLE sitting on my hard drive. It covers quite a bit of the same material in this draft, with differences. And I really like …

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#NaNoPrep: The Pacemaker

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While checking out the competition browsing our neighbor regions I came across a link to The Pacemaker. It’s a super nifty little words-per-day calculator. Set your target word total, designate when you’ll be most and least productive, and voila! For a while now I’ve been interested in trying ‘reverse NaNo’, as its been dubbed. That means starting with high output, …

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Scrivener and Story Genius

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It’s well established that Scrivener is a great tool for writers. You might not be aware of how well it integrates with other writing tools and systems. For this, there are Scrivener templates. A template is a collection of Binder items that are arranged and pre-filled with content to help you on your way. I’ve downloaded many templates over the …

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Scrivener – Changing Index Card Summary Text Size

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This has been driving me crazy for months: how do you change the size of text in Scrivener’s Inspector? Today, Celal Öney provided the answer. He calls himself a Scrivener Expert, and he really does know his stuff. Control over the Inspector Turns out, the part that looks like an index card is still considered part of the Corkboard, even when …

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#NaNoPrep: The Pacemaker

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While checking out the competition browsing our neighbor regions I came across a link to The Pacemaker. It’s a super nifty little words-per-day calculator. Set your target word total, designate when you’ll be most and least productive, and voila! For a while now I’ve been interested in trying ‘reverse NaNo’, as its been dubbed. That means starting with high output, …

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Scrivener Image Cards

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Scrivener does a lot of nifty things. I think most people are aware by now that it has a cork board/index card function. Each text file has an accompanying information card, where you can put things like a description of what the file contains. These cards can then be displayed en mass and drag-and-dropped to reorder them. This is, as …

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Scrivener Color Coding Pt. 2: Icons

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In Part One of this mini-series I shared how I use Label colors to show progress of my documents. This worked really well for me during UNCHURCHED, which is a single POV. My trouble began when I started work on GISELLE, which has two POVs. Sure, I could use my original color coding method to track who was speaking, but …

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Scrivener Color Coding Pt. 1: Labels

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A few months back, I shared this tweet: Trying a new approach to revising in @ScrivenerApp #amwriting #amrevising #amgettingdesperate pic.twitter.com/imd6SxggvZ — Bronwen Fleetwood (@bronniesway) April 13, 2015 It was retweeted by @Scrivener and is my most successful post, proving that funny sells almost as well as sex. For the uninitiated, Scrivener is software designed specifically for managing large writing projects, …

Solution: Scrivener files won’t open

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I had a wee heart attack earlier this week when my Scrivener project wouldn’t open on my laptop. I bounce between a Mac at work and a PC at home, using Dropbox to keep them synched, and up to now I hadn’t had much of a problem doing so. I was having trouble Googling for a solution, so now that …

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