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.
Ellen, 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.
Your Loving Daughter,
As everyone is writing this month either for NaNoWriMo, or like me, working on a work-in-progress, I’m curious as to if you must write in silence, listen to music, or need a noisy coffee shop in order to write.
I’m a silent writer: no people, no television, no music. There are a couple of reasons for this. One, I type a few sentences behind my thoughts. So if I’m interrupted, it is a big possibility I’ll lose my train of thought. Two, I can’t concentrate with noise. I get distracted too easily. I have to be able to go into my writer-trance.
Of course there isn’t complete silence. There are a few sounds that I guess I’m used to because I have to really stop and listen to hear them: birds, cars, the tick-tock of the clock on the wall, and my fat cat snoring next to my desk.
Love and Laughter,
Inspired by the classic fairy tale Rapunzel and sprinkled with the question: What if the school’s misfits discovered a way to use mind control in order to become the popular group?
The Princes of Tangleforest
by Dorlana Vann
(Fairy Tale inspired Young Adult ages 13+)
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.
eBook Free November 4 – 8, 2013
About The Princes of Tangleforest:
How do you change
Frogs Nerds into princes the popular kids ?
Sometimes when I’m writing/editing and changing a lot of things around, I imagine my characters getting disgusted at me and saying, “Make up your mind, woman!” It reminds my of the writer skits from “The Carol Burnett Show” like the one below. Funny Stuff.