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Dorlana’s Writing Diary (9th entry)

The Trouble with Scarecrows _3 Final (large) copyThe Trouble with Scarecrows (Book 2 Trouble with Men) –  I have my cover and my official summary/blurb , and a few days ago, I received my final galleys. But every time I get my edits back, I find tons of things to change – from commas to entire paragraphs. It’s not as much as the last one, but it seems never ending. So this is what I’m focusing on right now. After I’m finish with this round, I will send it back to my editor, and then I think the next thing I’ll receive is a PDF copy, and that one should be the actual final time to read through and edit little things (too late for anything else) before it goes on presale. So it’s getting to the exciting part of my – and the book’s – journey. (*clears throat* BTW, Book 1 – The Trouble with Snowmen is available now on Amazon. :)

Young Adult Fairy Tale Inspired Novel: Right now, I’m rewriting and expanding the last quarter of the book. On the last update, I had 39,000 words. As of today, I have 43,400, which is good considering I already have the rough draft. My goal is 50,000 – so I still have a long ways to go.  And, like any other story, doubts are swarming in my head: I’m never going to finish this one. (I began it like 5 years ago.) Is the concept strong enough? Are my character’s well developed? Should I be working on something else instead? (I already know the answer to that one though – I can’t. I must finish this one!! I just have to.)

Love and Laugher,

Dorlana

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TBT – Fairy Tale Inspired Poems

I think it was 2008 when I experimented with mixing different types of poetry with fairy tales. It was an interesting challenge to try and follow the rules and rhyme schemes of the different forms. I didn’t write down which poem was what style, of course, so I have no idea about some of them – others are pretty easy to figure out. Here a four out of the thirteen I wrote during that time.

Destiny by Dorlana Vann

A bequeathed curse placed upon a kingdom.
A century of thorns and valiant deaths.
A beautiful rose dreams of love’s freedom.
Without a mere glimpse he pursues his quest.
Fate leads the way and parts the tangled briar.
Gently he walks through a city at rest.
Destiny sleeps deep in a dark tower.
One second to see, one second to yearn.
Love’s sweet ache impels a kiss of power.
When their lips touch the intense passion burns.
The clouds move away to reveal the sun.
Happily ever after, soon they’d learn.
After a hundred years, all has undone.
A bequeathed curse lifted from a kingdom

 

Dear Mom by Dorlana Vann

Cinders on your face and hands, so you said.
Instead of supper you were sent to bed.
No one to play with—No huge castle walls.
Dined on the cold floor like one of the dogs.
Everyday I must hear your sad stories.
Really mother, they are getting boring.
Ella, you start, you are so very blessed.
Living the sweet life of a spoiled princess.
Let me live it and make my own mistakes.
And you’ll see wealth is not an evil trait.

 

 Ugly by Dorlana Vann

Mask of various natures I have worn.
It’s different than the day I was born.
A senseless mistake was made on my part.
Now I exist in shadows and the dark.

 My castle walls hide my grief and despair.
Servants, my companions, also prepare.
I find beauty in all except me.
Oh, life so cruel and as deep as the sea.

 Wisdom is not always for those who sought.
Nor can virtue or selflessness bought.
I would give my wealth for bliss and song.
Freedom and affection I truly long.

 Please stare at me as if I were classic
See beneath the hideous and ugly façade.
Love me for who I am, not what you see.
Then maybe my beauty will set you free.

 

 

Rebellious Child By Dorlana Vann

What shall I do with this rebellious child?
She came home filthy and late for dinner.
And oh the tall tale, the wild lies she piled.
Bears, chairs and beds, what a little sinner.
I’ll tell you, her punishment won’t be mild.
She’ll be locked in this house till next winter.
I’ll give her porridge if that’s what she craves.
Porridge till she ends her defiant ways.

Free Fairy Tale Inspired YA Novel: The Princes of Tangleforest

What if the school’s misfits discovered a way to use mind control in order to become the popular group?

Free  January 7-11 2016

The Princes of Tangleforest by Dorlana Vann

The Princes of Tangleforest by Dorlana Vann

The Princes of Tangleforest

(Inspired by the classic fairy tale Rapunzel )

by Dorlana Vann

 ages 12+

Skater and reformed geek, Tanner Dobbs, soon learns that his new school, Tangleforest High, is ruled by the Princes. This group of brains used the techniques of Neuro Linguistic Programming to “persuade” the student body that intellectuals are cool, with an added bonus suggestion: “The Princes are the smartest and therefore the most popular.”

Julia Webster used to be part of the Princes’ crowd until they became obsessed and increasingly dangerous to themselves. Now she finds herself an outcast from her former “nerd” friends as well as the students who had ostracized her since elementary school. She’s worried when new kid, Tanner, is invited to join the Princes. She figures Tanner hides his smarts in order to fit in and worries that the popular status the Princes offer, even though geeky, might entice him.

When Tanner catches a glimpse of his golden-haired neighbor, Poppi, he thinks perhaps the Tangleforest community isn’t so terribly bad. But after climbing up to her window, he discovers she is locked in her bedroom by her wicked witch of a grandmother. Unfortunately, his only chance of saving the princess may be to become a nerd prince.

The eBook is Free January 7 – 11, 2016
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About The Princes of Tangleforest:

My favorite story starter formula is fairy tale + supernatural element. The Princes of Tangleforest combines Rapunzel + mind control. Mind Control: During my research, I came across a Neuro Linguistic Programming book, Frogs into Princes. It fit perfectly in name and theme – and would actually be a great subtitle for The Princes of Tangleforest. BTW Frogs into Princes is a fascinating read.
Rapunzel: The Princes of Tangleforest was inspired by The Brother’s Grimm version of, “Rapunzel.” However, it is not a retelling of the classic. Instead, I’ve taken certain aspects of the fairy tale and mixed them with contemporary characters and setting. There are some obvious connections to the original story but also a few “Easter eggs” to discover.

  

What Book 2 “The Trouble with Scarecrows” is About

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In the Trouble with Men series, there will be returning characters who make minor appearances and minor characters who become our heroes and heroines. However, each book is a stand-alone read where new couples get their own stories. Characters move in and out of a downtown Houston multiplex – a 1920s house (some say it’s haunted) that has been renovated into four separate apartments. And my favorite trope “opposites attract” is the theme that also ties these books together. Below is the blurb for book 2: The Trouble with Scarecrows which will be released in April 2016.

The Trouble with Scarecrows

by Dorlana Vann

A scarecrow is the opposite of a wingman, a dating decoy used to scare away any “crows” who are giving unwanted attention, making it difficult for the right man to have a clear shot.

Thirty-year-old Brenda Fisher believes the best way to get over her ex is to face her past and find a new guy. She knows the type of man she needs in her life … and the type of man she does not, which includes alpha males like Neal Parker.

Neal Parker’s friend and former boss, Larry White, had been gracious enough to let him stay at his old apartment rent free while Neal pursues his culinary degree. But now the owner of the multiplex–Larry’s high-strung ex-girlfriend, Brenda Fisher–is threatening to sell it out from underneath him. Brenda is possibly the sexiest woman Neal has ever met. Nevertheless, he’s aware of her past destructive relationship with Larry and knows it’s best to stay clear.

When Neal finds out Brenda might be in need of some help in the romance department, he tries to trick her into an exchange: scarecrow services for the apartment. Brenda does not appreciate being manipulated. She ups the stakes, and if Neal wants the future he’d planned, he’ll have to play by her rules.

 

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

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