Has anybody read the "Emily of New Moon" books by L.M. Montgomery (of Anne of Green Gables fame)? I liked Anne, as a girl, but I loved Emily. Emily was a writer, and though I haven't read the books in years, I still remember the story of her "lost story." See, she wrote a story about a "peddlar of dreams." I can't recall how much detail was given, but I remember imagining a peddlar's cart and an old dream merchant pushing it around, and the possibilities seemed endless to me. I loved that idea. Well, in the book, Emily showed the story to a trusted friend, who the reader knew (but she didn't know) was in love with her. She wanted his opinion of her talent, and he told her the story wasn't any good -- because he wanted to knock those writer dreams right out of her head so she'd give up and marry him, and in despair, she burned the only copy of the story. Tragic! So even though I read those books years ago, I've never forgotten that poor burned story, as if it were something real that had really been lost. Funny how things can take up residence in your mind, like this dream peddlar has been wandering in there with his cart, all these years.
Well, on my most recent quote search I came across this:
"If there were dreams to sell,
Merry and sad to tell,
and the crier rung his bell,
What would you go buy?"
-- Thomas Lovell Beddoes
And of course I instantly thought of Emily's story, and I got to thinking: I want to write that lost story! Wouldn't that be fun? Kind of like L.M. Montgomery "fan fiction" -- only, I'd probably actually just take the premise and write it as my own, not try to write like a fictional Victorian girl. . . but that would be fun too, a fun challenge. I wonder if anyone else might want to do this? Could be kind of a fun little group project. Write different versions of "Emily's lost story" about the peddlar of dreams. I think the premise given in the book is vague enough it could go in a lot of different directions. (Not that I have time to do it right now, but maybe as a little palette cleanser when I'm done with this round of revisions on Silksinger.)
Of course, I'd have to reread the Emily books, which sounds wonderful. I don't recall which book it was in -- maybe the second, maybe the third. (Unlike the endless Anne series, there are only three.) Here's the first one, if you're curious. Anyone interested? Or even if not, anyone else remember the story?