As a writer, I have a whole slew of plot bunnies just hopping around. I reference a lot of them in my blog posts, and I realized that even I couldn't keep them straight. Hence I decided to compile a list of descriptions of all of the stories that I've referenced here.
All covers shown are mock covers created by myself.
So, what has my muse been playing with?
Short Story WIPs:
Jessamine and Kestrel are two struggling actresses that end up at the West Side Theater with a small theater trope playing Phantom of the Opera. Jessamine ends up with the lead part and gets to play opposite of the two best actors - Eric Gerard and William Coulter. What happens when the love triangles start moving off-stage?
Theme: A Phantom of the Opera fanfiction that plays with role reversal and behind-the-scenes drama.
Notes: One of those stories that magically appeared during school hours. This story is currently in Wattpad HERE.
"Rose of Culmore"
John Callahan has lost his crops and his family to the Irish Potato Famine. Desperate to escape the pain, he moves north with a friend to find work in Derry, Ireland. He ends up in Culmore, where he meets a bonny lass by the name of Rose O'Neill. But...Rose is bound for America and wants nothing to do with John. Can he change her mind?
Theme: Re-telling of the traditional song "The Maid of Culmore"
Notes: I've hyped this one on the blog a lot, and then was forced to table it in Spring 2017. I've now got an ongoing version HERE on Wattpad.
"Seeds of an Orchard Invisible"
Eirwen’s core is slowly rotting…..
From infancy, she has only desired to be a good and kind queen to her people of Glywysing. But a scandalous marriage by her widowed father sows seeds of anger in her heart. An anger that, in a kingdom about to rebel and a castle full of scarred hearts, could be advantageous or disastrous.
When a hunting party trip turns deadly, Eirwen is forced to flee into a decaying orchard. But she doesn’t leave those invisible seeds behind….
Will Eirwen cut through the undergrowth of her heart or will an invisible orchard hem her in?
Themes: interior anger v. meekness, A Welsh retelling of Snow White.
Notes: Reinvention of a previous WIP, The Apple in the Snow.
"The White Rose"
Princess Janina Sigurdnir never expected to be the Blue Star of Duventoliel quite as soon as she did...but her older sister Magda's expulsion from the marriage market leaves her no choice. During the tournament for her hand, she finds herself attracted to the noble-hearted, charitable, manly and still-single King Ealdread of Aistaraina...and he feels the same for her. Only trouble is, that King Ealdread is nearly a score of years older than she.
Will Ealdread's heart win over his head? Or will his fears of losing his happily-ever-after keep him from attaining it in the first place?
Themes: love has no age
Notes: Based off of my great-grandparent's romance. It's also a "backstory" to From the Cave, as it tells the story of Conlaoch's parents.
From the Cave
Gail is an ordinary teenage techie junkie. When her parents insist on her taking a camping vacation, she is not at all pleased. But when a storm breaks and she is forced into a cave for shelter, her phone is whisked away to Aistaraina...wherever that is.
With the portal suddenly closed, Gail is forced to adapt to her new surroundings. As she becomes accustomed to Aistaraina's way of life, she becomes aware of several races of creatures. Creatures that seem harmless but Gail suspects of having dark motives.
When the children of Aistaraina start showing signs of mysterious disease, Gail is determined to find the cause. What she doesn't know is that she has been lured to Aistaraina...and her tempter is coming for her....
Themes: the good and the bad of technology in a fantasy setting.
Notes: This is definitely one of my favorite WIPs. My first BP post was dedicated to Gail. I've also dedicated a "Meet the Books" post to this work.
Fair Winds, Sassy Devil
Ciara Arlen is left alone with her sister Grace when her father and mother are lost after a bad hurricane. After they are kidnapped and placed on a pirate's ship, Ciara must use her wits to escape...even if it means trusting total strangers.
Themes: many aspects of femininity, dangers of gossip
Notes: This is my only completed work! It still needs expansion/editing though. My second BP post was dedicated to Ciara and Grace's parents, Leo and Jacinta.
Fair Winds, Fallen Angel
Ciara has run from the safety of the British Navy and has struck out on her own. Her dingy runs aground on the Carolina coast, and she runs into a tribe of natives. A climatic scene was written into the post, The Ocean, She Plays.
Notes: This is a sequel/second part to Fair Winds, Sassy Devil. The plot bunny for this story was created before Sassy Devil, but I had grown very enamored with this poor little captainness named Ciara Arlen. So I created her backstory first.
Laboure, Ancora Spei.
An Eastern Rite Catholic teacher from Syria.
A Norvus Ordo Catholic from England.
A couple from Norway that are organic farmers.
A Traditional Catholic wife from America.
All visit the Refuge State of Ancora Spei at the same time. What do they find?
Theme: Catholic society, world-building
Notes: As part of a school project, I have to create my version of a utopia. It has started to blossom into a full novel idea, if not a huge exercise in world-building. This is also the first time I've experimented with a multi-POV story, so we'll see how it goes.
It's a Matter of Faith, My Girl
Katherine Morgan is an ordinary Amish girl, about to commit to being baptized into the Amish church. When she meets the Catholic boy that is working her neighbor's farm, she thinks nothing of him...at first.
Themes: conversion story
Notes: This is a relic from my high school days that really needs a rewrite. It is meant as a conversion story, but I'm thinking of making that a subplot. Not sure what I'm going to do with it just yet.
Wow, that is a lot. And that's not counting all the rest of the plot bunnies I have in the many binders and notebooks that I have lying around. Better get cracking, muse!