Monday, April 25, 2016

U is for Undecided

First off, thank you everyone who wished me a happy birthday yesterday. It was a lovely time. Thirty doesn't feel much different from twenty.

I've hit that part of downtime where I am ready to dive back into writing, get something ready to go. The only problem is, I have absolutely no idea what to write!

Well, no, that's not true. I have too MANY ideas to write. There are no less than three picking at me right now, demanding that they be the one I work on. Usually I let these ideas duke it out until one comes out on top. One will give me an idea I just have to run with, or it'll overshadow the others. This time, though, it's been days and they're at a stalemate. So, since I can't decide, I thought I'd pitch them out and see what other people think.

Story 1) The Atlantis story detailed so many years ago here. A young boy is stolen away to the mobile underwater supercity of Atlantis by an even younger girl. With them both in trouble if he's discovered as an outsider (like, imprisoned for life trouble) and the city already on the move again, the girl and her family have to keep him secret and safe until they cycle around to his home beach... the next year. Harry Potter under the sea.

Story 2) Thirteen years ago, thirteen-year-old Chloe was kidnapped, and as a coping mechanism to deal with the trauma, she invented a fantasy world where she was a hero, with a cute farmboy boyfriend, a young soldier supporter, and the man who kidnapped her as a wise advisor. At least, that's what all the doctors told her and her parents. Having built her adult life around the story of her kidnapping and the certainty that her adventure wasn't real, her world is shaken when the soldier appears in her office and begs her to come back and save the fantasy world again, this time from the mad ex-boyfriend she left behind. But first they have to save the innocent old advisor from Earth's Death Row.

Story 3) A fairy tale retelling of a collection of stories, a loyal handmaiden is attacked and replaced by an evil witch who runs away, disguised as the handmaiden, with her princess. Lost and with only an injured fox for companionship, the handmaiden must follow her princess's trail, solving the troubles of normal people along the way using her wits and cunning, earning her a reputation as a fairy godmother.

Right now, those are the strongest three. The Atlantis story has the most worldbuilding complete, but is proving to be the hardest to plot. The latter two are just interesting stories that I want to dig my fingers into the dirt and explore. Ideally they would all be novels. What do you guys think? Do any of these tickle your fancy?

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