Mermaid Clans, Fairy Tales, War, and Adorable Princes (a.k.a. my NaNoWriMo Novel)

It has clearly been too long since I last posted, but I have been busy. (And also procrastinating, but let’s just focus on the busy here, hehe.) Anyhow, I’m back today to ramble for a little while for the novel I’ll be writing for National Novel Writing Month this November!

If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is who are you child, it’s where you try to write a novel in a month. Obviously. If you want more info, head on over to http://nanowrimo.org/

Butttt my novel! Let’s talk about that. It’s called….drumroll please…Battle Song. And I’m sure you’re wondering what it’s about, and, to be honest, most of it’s in the title.

I actually did talk about it a bit in this post, which also had this picture I drew:

mermaid colored pencil 2

Of course, at that point I didn’t know I’d be writing it for NaNoWriMo, and it’s more developed now, so I’ll just give you a quick summary right now. Basically, the idea is a retelling of The Little Mermaid where the mermaid loses her beauty rather than her voice, and also where the mermaids are a warrior society.

This idea has been developed more and I just want to ramble a little bit more about the stuff I’m really excited about, mentioned in the title.

Mermaid Warrior Clans

I am so happy about this. The MC is named Amrya il Osamarii, from the Osamarii clan. Basically there’s these huge family clans/tribes and they all war among themselves because…well, because I can’t resist having fighting or war in my stories. I just can’t. I’m pretty sure that there may also be something with some of the tail scales being valuable or increasing your position in society…but yes, they’re all warriors, including Amrya.

The reason I love this besides the whole warrior thing is that we get lots of new culture with a clan thing rather than a typical nuclear family, and there’s also going to be a strong theme of family. Amrya has five older sisters (or maybe only four, I can’t remember…), and one of the main points in the story is about her mother who died a while ago.

Her mother’s death is especially important because in the original Little Mermaid story by Hans Christian Andersen, the whole reason (besides love) the mermaid becomes a human is in order to have an immortal soul (which, of course, Disney took out) rather than turning into sea foam. So the whole sea foam/immortal soul/life after death is going to come into play in the novel, which I’m really excited for.

Fractured Fairy Tales

Okay, I just love fractured fairy tales and retellings and all that fabulous stuff. I’m just going to fangirl over those until the end of my days. I adore Ella Enchanted and also there’s some great ones by Jessica Day George that I read recently, and if you have any recommendations of adorable and awesome fairy tale retellings, please tell me.

I think it’s so interesting to see how many different twists you can take on one story, and I especially love the twist I’m going to be using. It’s going to be more about falling in love because of what you say and how you act and actual friendship rather than the annoying “love at first sight” stuff. Which’ll be great. And just people who are able to be actually in love and don’t just care about beauty. (I’ll probably talk about this more in the adorable princes section.)

And then I’m so excited to be writing a fractured fairy tale just because I get to include all of these extra little tidbits from the original story. Like, the palace is a yellow-ish color, and there’s a river thing that runs under the prince’s balcony where the mermaid watches him which, you know, isn’t creepy at all, and the girls who find the prince after the little mermaid has rescued him are actually part of a convent. There’s all sorts of cool reference things that help develop the culture, and I’m very excited.

War

I told you before, I can’t resist including a war in my novels. And just because continuous battles between the mermaids isn’t enough, the humans are also in a war. Is it bad that I’m already fangirling over this? And this is made so much better because the prince that Amrya is trying to get to marry her is also trying to deal with a war and generally just annoyed with her because of that. But since Amrya has grown up learning how to fight (and more than that, underwater, where it’s so much harder because of the water resistance), she gets to show off her sweet skills and totally be better than him. It’s wonderful.

Adorable Princes (who I just want to hug because they’re great)

This is possibly one of the things I’m most excited for. I always fall for romances with princes. (Ella Enchanted again.) They’re just my favorite, especially when the princes are so cute and sweet and just the perfect gentlemen.

And there are two fabulous princes in Battle Song. I can’t wait. I haven’t really developed their characters yet, not like I have with Amrya, but I know the basic idea about them. There’s the older brother (and the fact that they’re brothers makes this even better because siblings are fantastic), and he’s the crown prince. He’s a little arrogant and rude but I still love him so much because arrogant princes are so dramatic and fabulous. He also happens to be the one Amrya saves from drowning and also makes the deal with the sea witch to marry, but no way does he want to marry her.

But, there’s also the younger prince who is so squee-worthy because he’s one of the perfect gentlemen kind of guys. And he becomes Amrya’s friend and they’re adorable and sort of fall in love, all while Amrya’s trying to get the other prince to marry her before he marries anyone else. Which creates this love triangle-ish sort of thing, but it doesn’t really count because we all know who she’s supposed to end up with.

I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but there’s this one scene that just makes me die a little inside when I think about it because of its cuteness. Basically, there’s that whole thing where, because the little mermaid’s deal with the sea witch, every step feels like stepping on knives, right? And, in the original fairy tale, there’s this scene where the little mermaid is hiking with the prince and her feet start bleeding. And so I decided that Amrya’s feet get worse as time goes on from walking on them, and they eventually start bleeding. She tries to hide it from everyone, but eventually the younger prince finds out–and basically adorableness ensues because he’s worried about her and gahhh the damsel in distress and valiant knight thing always get to me.

And the best part about the younger prince is that he loves Amrya even though the sea witch took away her beauty, because he knows who she is inside, and that’s what he loves. Which is exactly the kind of guy I want to marry me.

And one more thing that makes me excited and also a little nervous: I haven’t yet decided whether or not it will end happily. I mean, you look at any other fairy tale retelling, you start the book, and you know it’s going to end happily. But with The Little Mermaid, the original doesn’t end happily. And so you actually have a chance of a sad ending where things don’t work out, and the girl doesn’t get the guy, and it’s not happily ever after.

Which I both hate and love at the same time. I hate it because I want Amrya to have a happy ending and I love ships that work out and fall in love, and that’s how I feel it should be. But that’s also why I love the idea of a sad ending: it’s not supposed to end that way, and you know it. But, that’s how life is sometimes. There’s tragedies and pains and there’s all that feeling and that’s the part of me that wants it to end with the prince marrying someone else and Amrya turning into sea foam.

I’m undecided right now, and it’s possible I won’t even decide until the very end. I think I’m procrastinating the decision.


Anyhow, that was a very long post, but also very fun! Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this November? What are you writing? I’m so excited for Battle Song (if you couldn’t tell). Tell me what you think. Do you love fairy tales as well? Wars? Adorable princes? What are your favorite fairy tale retellings?

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16 thoughts on “Mermaid Clans, Fairy Tales, War, and Adorable Princes (a.k.a. my NaNoWriMo Novel)

  1. Kit October 5, 2016 / 7:08 AM

    Your NaNo novel sounds absolutely awesome!! As for the ending, when you get to it, maybe you could write both possibilities, and decide which fits or which you love better? I probably don’t have very good advice, since I’ve never gotten to the end of a novel. 😛

    I don’t know my favorite fairy-tale retellings (there’s so many amazing ones!) but I loved Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow (by Jessica Day George) and The Lunar Chronicles (by Marissa Meyer).

    Good luck with preparing for NaNo!

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    • Lana October 5, 2016 / 7:43 PM

      Thank you so much! 😀

      Ooh, that’s a good idea. I’m hoping that by the time I get there, I’ll be able to decide, but if I’m still undecided by the end, I’ll have to write it both ways.

      Oh, TLC is great! Especially the first three. And I just barely read Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow for the first time a month or two ago! It was good but I have liked some of her other books more. Have you read her other fairy tale series?

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      • Kit October 5, 2016 / 8:04 PM

        The only other Jessica Day George books I’ve read are the Castle Glower series and the Dragon Slippers series, both of which I loved! 😀 I read them both as fast as I could get them on my Kindle.

        Those ones are fantasy, but by fairy tale series do you mean more retellings? I haven’t read any other retellings by her but I would love to if they’re out there.

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      • Lana October 21, 2016 / 11:00 AM

        Yes, there’s more retellings! It starts with “Princess of the Midnight Ball”, then “Princess of Glass”, and “Princess of the Silver Woods”. They’re all different fairy tale retellings, but the first one is a retelling of the 12 dancing princesses, and the two books afterward relate to that and all three are about three of the sisters, so I’ve really liked them. Plus, there’s magical knitting!

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      • Kit October 23, 2016 / 11:01 AM

        It sounds like I definitely should read those. Maybe over Christmas break, we’ll see! Besides, if there’s magical knitting, I have to see how that works.

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      • Lana November 9, 2016 / 8:55 PM

        Hehe, I thought you’d like the magical knitting. It’s pretty cool.

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  2. Kellyn Roth October 5, 2016 / 12:29 PM

    Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this November?: YES!!!
    What are you writing?: At Her Fingertips, historical romance-ish … although I have no idea how to write romance ……………….. *sigh* I really need to figure out how to write romance before November that isn’t in a tiny little short story that doesn’t count, and ……. yeah, I need a rambly post about this. 😉
    Tell me what you think: Oh, wow! It sounds amazing! I need to be this well plotted out … XD I love your enthusiasm … it makes it sound so awesome that I just want to read it!
    Do you love fairy tales as well?: YES!!!
    Wars?: I don’t ache for them in every story I read, but … yep, I like ’em when they’re there!
    Adorable princes?: Yes! Duh! 😀
    What are your favorite fairy tale retellings?: I love Ella Enchanted … and The Goose Girl (by Shannon Hale) is just amazing!

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    • Lana October 5, 2016 / 7:42 PM

      Ooh, At Her Fingertips! I can’t wait for this one! I mean, I haven’t even read Ivy Introspective yet but I still can’t wait. 😉 And…I’m honestly not very good at writing romance. But please just don’t have it be love at first sight. I mean, they can like each other when they first meet, but love has to develop. It’s just like an even deeper friendship.

      Hehe, it’s not really that plotted out, but I am definitely excited by what I have right now! It’s going to be great.

      Ooh, which fairy tale is your favorite? (And, I know, adorable princes just make my heart swoon a little, hehe.)

      I love The Goose Girl! And that whole series, actually. They were all so great. 😀

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      • Kellyn Roth October 6, 2016 / 10:41 AM

        That’s my plan! Those do bother me. It’s like, “Really? You literally just met … um … this is awkward …”

        I … suppose Cinderella? Or Sleeping Beauty, but only because I had this horrible crush on Prince Philip when I was, oh, three. 😛

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      • Lana October 21, 2016 / 10:58 AM

        Oh thank goodness! I’m glad there’s someone who thinks the same way as me out there. 😉

        Hehe, that’s funny. We never had the VCR of Sleeping Beauty when I was little, so I think I saw it once and then later a couple years ago I saw it again for the second time.

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  3. Cait @ Paper Fury October 7, 2016 / 3:52 AM

    I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS JUST FROM READING YOUR POST AHHH!!! I love fairy tales and I think there is a tragic lack of mermaid books around. Plus war and warrior mermaids?!? Heck yes please and thank you. (Also that picture you drew is AWESOME…the blood explosion and the blue water and just ahhh. I love it!) I also think it’s awesome how excited you are over this!! I hope this draft is nice to you and it comes really easily and is just sooo much fun for you! YAY FOR NANO. I’m trying to decide what to write but I’m like 78% sure it might be pirates.😜 A Davy Jones retelling actually. SEE. RETELLINGS FTW.

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    • Lana October 21, 2016 / 10:56 AM

      AHH THANK YOU SO MUCH! That really means a lot to me. 😀 (And I am pretty proud of that drawing. It was fun to think about how the tactics of fighting might be from three-dimensions. )

      Ooh, that sounds like a lot of fun! Pirates are great. 🙂

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  4. Morgan @ studiesincharacter October 7, 2016 / 11:27 PM

    I admit I skimmed this post. I’m sorry. I’m… -sigh-

    ANYWAY, THOUGH, THAT SOUNDS AWESOME. I CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT.

    You know I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings, though, hehe! (And yet, I know TWO people writing fairy tale retellings for NaNo this year, AND I AM NOT ONE OF THEM.)

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    • Lana October 21, 2016 / 10:53 AM

      YAY I’M GLAD. 😀

      (Yup, Peace and I! 🙂

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  5. joynellschultz December 7, 2016 / 6:06 AM

    I love your drawing! Talent. Also, how did NaNo go? I quit at thanksgiving time. 😦

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    • Lana December 7, 2016 / 4:06 PM

      Thank you! And it was okay. I didn’t win, but I learned a lot and I’m actually going to be writing a blog post about that in the near future! I really fell in love with my story and I think that’s the most important part.

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