“If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” - Toni Morrison

Friday, January 10, 2014

My 2014 (Sort Of) Writing Plans

I got the idea to do this from Cait, one of the Notebook Sisters. (Check out their blog. It's awesome.) First, why do I call this a "sort of" list? Because I'm one of those people who have lots of ideas floating around in their head, but due to excessive amounts of school, the urge to watch Doctor Who and pin pictures on Pinterest, and procrastinate in other words, I never really physically write anything down. It's one of those things that I've been working with myself to improve for a long time. Frankly, I blame high school. It's then when I stopped having time to write, so I stopped writing altogether, and then I didn't want to write anymore.

But let me commence without further off-topic descriptions.

Important Note: All these titles are working titles. Some are very...let's say, off the chart. Because I am terrible at thinking up titles...or character names...or anything in that category.

This is a novel idea that I've had cooking in my brain for about three years now. I've written down some of it....revised some of it...and thought about it, mainly, but it's one of my oldest book ideas and, therefore, the dearest one to me. But I'm terrible at spending too much time in the introduction instead of the description.

Marianne Roberts turned to fandoms and celebrity crushes after her aunt and uncle passed away. But when the collector Mr. Hertz finds a dangerous stone in her uncle's treasures that she had planned to sell, her life is turned upside down. Marianne finds that her world is very different from what she thought it was - there are elves living in the forest that starts in the park a few blocks from her house (Seriously! I know it sounds too fantastic to be true.), for example. Marianne is sent on a quest along with a few other friends, a wise old priest, and a man who turns out to be a villain (a kind of Boromir...but he doesn't repent) to return the stone to a king that she never knew existed. All the while, she struggles with her self-doubt and the guilt of a past life.

Rhona Ranling has lived on the outskirts of a village for her whole life - or so she thinks. She discovers that she is the niece of the king (she was living away from court to be protected) - and now she must leave her foster mother and all she ever knew. Rhona, who always thought herself better than others, is delighted with her destiny. However, she finds that the court is a dangerous place, and the king himself has no idea what is going on.

To Kill a President (NEWEST)
The Family ________ is regarded as the most villainous family on planet Earth. Father, mother, and children are all excellent at theft, breaking in, murder, you name it. But by some marvellous chance, they are now stuck in the Government Prison. However, not even the family itself knows that one of the adopted children, Lona Weatherspeed (commonly known as the Unnamed Fear) actually needed to get into the Green House. She is one of the undercover group ________, which has been keeping tabs on the President and his villainous deeds for a long time. Once having escaped her prison cell, she teams up with Prison Guard Perdo (also undercover secret agent) to kill the President - maybe.

ACABECA (Yes, the title is a monstrosity.)

Victoria is disappointed when she finds out her crush in college is planning to become a priest (honestly, as a Catholic, I can tell you that it is a girl's worst fear realized...it's also a bit of an inside joke among Catholics). However, when David needs her help, he tells her that it's all a cover story. In fact, he's not even human. Victoria's friendship with David takes her on her own undercover mission and to a planet where old people unknowingly go on a train cruise to death and an old lover of David's plans to kill him.

Not A Beast
Maude hasn't led the greatest life ever sine her mother remarried after an anullment. However, when her real father dies, Maude's own mother doesn't seem to care for her anymore, only for her multiple brothers. Maude finally decides to run away, but either outside world is a replica of fairy tales or else she's going crazy. For instance, when one of her little brothers follows her, the "nice lady" who lets them stay over for the night and has cupboards full of candy wants to eat them. After being saved by a scraggly man who grumbles that saving a girl from a wolf is enough for one day, Maude meets a selfish prince who lives in an enchanted castle and doesn't mind coping with an evil witch.

I'm thinking of scrapping most of the details there and combine the Beauty-and-the-Beast element with an idea about several teenagers who are transported to a fairy-tale world after being killed in a train accident. One of the characters of this story would be an Ariel-like girl who is tired of waiting for her Prince Charming, but the only girls living in the same place are stereotypes of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White...and she's going bonkers with these other girls.

Which of these ideas do you like best? Send an email to alyiannabaggins@gmail.com if you would like to get updates on her stories and story excerpts!


  1. Yay! Such awesome ideas! BTW, you seem really good at writing nice and tight little summaries. That is not easy, so good work! I'm not sure which to pick as favourite... ACABECA made me laugh. ;) I'll probably go for Not A Beast, though the others still sound intriguing. I'm dreadful at titles too. They're either fifty metres long or else they're one words. Why is there no in between?!!

    I tooootally understand the procrastinating too. It sucks. Hehe...why is Pinterest so luring?! *sigh* But this year I'm determined to write more...ah, paced? Maybe? And write MORE. I mean, I wrote a lot last year, but I burnt out a bit in the middle of the year and didn't feel like writing for months! So, I'm pacing. Schoolwork is notorious for eating your time, eh? I'm sooo glad I'm finished.

    1. Well, thank you. I certainly try my best (and, to be honest, I sweat over them for a while). The two stories you picked are my sort of in-between-ideas - so I've had them "cooking" for longer than To Kill a President, which is just a wild new idea, but much less than Innocent, which has been around in my head for a long time now.

      Agreed! Titles are horrible little things to write.

      Yep, that's what I tell myself every year - that I'll write more. We'll see if that happens this year. Have you finished college as well as high school?


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