Greetings, peoples! For a nice change of pace, I thought it would be fun to let all of you know what sorts of story ideas are floating around in my brain. These range from drafts to outlines to simple figments of my imagination. But beware… Here there be monsters.
- The Rachael Leaf series
This was actually the first book I ever tried to write. I began it when I was eight, so it’s been around for a loooong time. The current story bears almost no resemblance to the original. Really, the greatest similarity is that the main character is named Rachael. (And back then, it was actually “Rachel”…) I ditched it after a couple of years when after sixteen handwritten chapters there was nothing resembling a plot, but a few years ago I came back to it, viciously tearing apart my previous plans and piecing them together into something rather different. At that time, I wrote Books 1 and 3 (long story) and started on the sequel series. (Book 2 was coming, too…) Then I decided to see if I could turn it into something publishable; so here I am again, brainstorming ideas. And I have plenty of ideas; it’s just the “turn it into something publishable” part that’s evading me. I really like the idea of the story, but unless Rachael learns to cooperate, she might never see the light of day.
Anyway, the plot as it currently stands is that Rachael and her family have always been on the move. Someone is hunting her father, seeking vengeance for an old crime. Most recently, the Leafs have moved to Lillyvale, a small town that nevertheless has its very own aristocrats who live in what townspeople call “The English Manor”. Rachael is curious about these wealthy neighbors and meets the family’s two youngest children, Jordan and Jessica English. But nothing is ever as it seems, and the English family is hiding its own dark secrets…
This series began with a simple high school history assignment: Write a journal entry as if you were one of the Israelites leaving Egypt during the Exodus. I had so much fun with this that I decided to turn it into a book. That book soon gave birth to a twelve-book series. I’ve published Books 1 and 4 (yes, I do have a problem with skipping around in series), and Books 2 and 3 are in draft form. But I feel like my writing has progressed since I started this series, and the currently-published books could really use some serious editing. I do want to finish this series, but I think I’m going to completely start over, keeping the same idea but turning it into something better. If I do finish it, it will expand from the time of Abraham to the time of Jesus. (Or maybe Paul; I haven’t decided yet.)
- The Pemberley Mysteries
I really can’t take the credit for this idea, because it’s not entirely mine. Some friends, my siblings, and I recently made a short movie in which the children of the Jane Austen characters meet and end up solving a mystery. I liked the idea so well that I stole it took it and adapted it, turning it into what I hope will be a five-book series of mystery novelettes. The two main characters are Diana and Charlotte Darcy, daughters of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice. I’m really enjoying writing it, although I don’t know if I’ll ever actually publish it or not.
- The Mundus Trilogy (Books 2 and 3)
By now, I’m sure all of you know about this series. But as a refresher, it’s a fantasy series about a world that’s split into five different kingdoms. In the first book, The Wild Card, the five kings set out on a quest to kill a dragon. This book will be published next Friday (:-O), and I’m currently working on the sequel. So Book 2 is technically a draft, but it’s still more of an outline at this point. I have several ideas for Book 3, but I won’t start working seriously on the outline until Book 2 is finished. (Because, see, I don’t entirely know how everything is going to play out in Book 2. My characters sometimes do crazy things that I could never have anticipated and take things in a completely different direction.)
- Fairytale Rewrites (no, that’s not the real series title)
Again, I can’t take the credit for this one. I got the basic idea from my best friend (and from everyone else who’s rewritten a fairytale), but the stories are more or less my own. (More or less because, you know, they’re based on other stories…) Currently, I’ve only started writing the ones based on Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast; though, to be honest, I haven’t worked on either of them in years. *sheepish grin* I have basic synopses for the others (e.g. A girl’s parents are killed when she’s a baby and she’s taken to live in the woods with her three eccentric aunts), but they’re mostly just figments of my imagination. I don’t think I’ll publish this series; it’s more of something to work on when all else fails. But you never know.
Figments of My Imagination
- Narnia Screenplays
Yes, you read that correctly. I did say “Narnia screenplays”. But before you freak out, let me explain. I love the current Narnia movies. I love them so much that I’m intensely disappointed there aren’t seven of them. I’ve been waiting with growing impatience for nearly seven years for The Silver Chair to come out. What I would have really liked, though, is for a Narnia movie to have come out every year over a period of seven years. (Sort of like they did with Harry Potter.) So, as a result of my wild imagination, I have decided to write my own screenplay adaptations that could be used for just such a purpose.
Now, before you start freaking out and throwing copyright laws at me, I’d like to say that I am well aware that Narnia is still under a copyright. I’m not actually going to publish these things (should I ever finish them). If anything, I’ll just make my kids perform them for drama class. XD But at any rate, it’s extremely fun envisioning how the books would look as movies, and I can make everything happen the way I would like.
- Middle-Earth TV Show
What? Don’t look at me like that! I’ve wanted one of these for years! Just imagine it: it would start at the very beginning of the world, go through the entirety of The Silmarillion (with additions from Unfinished Tales), take a detour in Númenor, and wind up in Middle-Earth right before The Hobbit begins. It would be so cool! I already have four seasons planned out. (Yes, it is a little obsessive. And yes, I do know there’s already going to be a Lord of the Rings TV show. But it won’t be what I have in mind.)
So, what do you think? Which (if any) of these plots and ideas sound the most interesting to you? Would you want to read any of them?