Friday, October 19, 2018

Know The Novel: Planning some Hair

So the majestic Cait and Skye aren't doing the Beautiful Books NaNo link-up anymore, but never fear! Christine over at Musings of an Elf is here to come to our aid. With Know the Novel. Another awesome link-up where we get to talk about our books! And I love talking about my books, so yay!!!

(Also, I need to get myself back into the blogging game. This year has just been all-around crazy, though.)

Anywho, for NaNo this year, I'll be writing book 5 of everyone's favorite Bookania Quests. And also finishing book 4, Honor: A Quest In, because it's not done like I wanted it to be. Just eight chapters left on that one, though.

So, questions.

1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?
Just following the writing of Sew, I wanted to know what happened next ... and the title "Hair We Go Again" came to me, I knew Lukas was going to show up, and I've muddled around with about twelve different plots for it in the days that have followed.

2. Share a blurb!
What I have on NaNo is "Robin and Eric agree to help Dick and Theo recover their old castle, lost in the hundred-year sleep." All the more that I'm going to say is that Rapunzel and jackalopes are involved. 

3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?
It takes place in Bookania, predominately in Winthrop, though we will be heading into Skewwood for a bit as that seems to be a staple of the series.

4. Tell us about your protagonist.
You know, that would involve me knowing who the precise protagonist is, and I don't actually know that yet, since I still have to write the book. Is it Robin? Is it Eric? Is it Lukas? Is it Meg? Is it Rapunzel? I know they're all going to have POV, but I DON'T KNOW WHICH ONE HAS THE STAGE YET.

(Also, I'd like to state that the "Hair" in the title is as much a reference to Meg's role in the book as it is Rapunzel's) 

5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?
Human nature. And maybe King William's grumpiness.

6. What excites you the most about this novel?
Several scenes between Eric, Robin, and/or Lukas, some scenes involving Maryanne, and then a proposal scene involving Meg.

7. Is this going to be a series? Standalone? Something else?
I think I answered this in the introduction.

8. Are you plotting? Pantsing? Plansting?
Plansting, as always. I do need to sit down and write up a table of contents, but so far all I have is: 
1. Wherein a Princess Prefers Adventures to Naps
2. Wherein Finding Old Castles are More Practical Than Jackalopes.

9. Name a few things that make this story unique.
It's a tale of what happens when the happily ever after seems to be going wrong. It also involves a precocious 18-month-old Maryanne who is intent on finding a jackalope. And maybe fishing a new best friend out from under a table.

10. Share a fun “extra” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).


  1. Awwww! You joined the linkup! :D This made me so happy!

    That's so, so fun you'll be writing the next Bookania book for NaNo! And the title is just gold. I love it so very much. XD Sounds like it's going to be a blast! Huzzah for Rapunzel!!! :D

    Happy writing!

    1. I love link-ups so... of course. I just ask that you limit your "general" questions like it seemed that Beautiful Books devolved into. I want questions specific to the book I'm writing now, not general ones about how I write. I also want excuses to post snippets. Please?

    2. I gotcha covered, girl! That was a big complaint I had with Beautiful Books too! Because yeah, the second part was supposed to be about how the writing was going, but then it ended up being about your process in general??? It was fun for the first one, but doing the same questions every year didn't make sense because they were the kind of questions where you'd pretty much always have the same answers. And I wanted to talk about my BOOK. So yeah, mine will be allll about the particular novel you're writing. And I've already got a snippet centered question. ;D

      (But hey, if you have a particular question you'd love to see, let me know! I might add it or put it in next year!)

    3. Yay!

      Just give me excuses to post snippets. That's all I ask. Oh, and were you the one who's making a NaNo fb chat? I was going to comment on your post about that, but then I couldn't for a weird reason. Anywho. I like Hangouts and talking to people about writing. My email over there is kendraeardnek at gmail dot com. :)

    4. That is so weird you couldn't comment. Grrr, blogger can be so persnickety. But YES! That was me. I'd be thrilled to have you!!! I'll go add you right now! :D

    5. Oh, the weird reason was on my end, not blogger's. I *cough* have "NaNoWriMo" blocked on my wifi router, and cannot pull up any link that has the full name in it. So, while I could read your post, I couldn't click through and comment on it.

  2. Judging from your chapter titles, it's going to be hilarious!

  3. Rapunzel has always been one of my favorite fairytales, so it'll be fun to see how you weave it into Bookania (plus I've been waiting to find out what happened to Lukas since Eric first mentioned him). :-D

    Also, "fishing a new best friend out from under a table"--ooh-ha! XD

    1. "Fishing a new best friend out from under a table" may or may not be based on true events.


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