Friday, May 23, 2008

"Seller of Dreams" challenge

Well, then. I think we should do it! I'm so glad to see other people love and remember these books. Thinking about it these past days, I'm so excited to reread them! I'll have to get new copies -- can't find the old, I've moved so many times since I read them. I found some of the later Anne books on my shelf, which I bought and read a few years ago. But no Emily. So, we'll [re]read the books, and then we'll write our own versions of the lost story!

Yes? We'll give ourselves plenty of time since it'll be summer soon and we're all busy, and, er, since I have a book to revise, heh heh. But this will be a fun treat at the end of it! After I finished Blackbringer, it was pure fun to write the "Lips Touch" stories. This will be like that! And honestly, this story has been swimming around in my head in some way or other since I read the Emily books when I was, I don't know, thirteen or something. And that's a long time!

What do you say that the week beginning July 20th we'll have read the books, and we can post about them -- kind of like a book club? And with them fresh in our minds, we can discuss perameters for the story. I think we'll keep it very open, though: write a story based on Emily's idea. You might try to write it as if you were Emily, and "recreate" it, or you might just take the idea and go your own way with it. I'd say length is totally open -- it could be a super short piece, or it could be a novel (yeah, let's get right on that), but it would be nice to develop it into a short story of maybe 5,000 - 10,000 words?

Sign in below if you're interested in the "Seller of Dreams" challenge (see last post if you have no idea what I'm on about), and plan on blogging about the books the week of July 20th, and then we can go on to the next step. I think it would be fun it we post all the stories on their own blog. I'll design a cute header for it some time this summer.

And if you just want to be in the book club portion, and not write a story, that's okay too.



P.S. On an unrelated note, if you're interested in attending the Second Annual Kidlit Bloggers Conference in Portland, Oregon, September 26-27, go HERE and find out more about it. Author-bloggers and book-lover-bloggers welcome!

16 comments:

Nerd Goddess said...

Good thing my Mom asked me to buy the Emily books for her a few months ago, because now I can read them!

Sounds like a fun challenge, Laini. Thanks!

Elise Murphy said...

I'm in! I've got the first book waiting for me at the library. Can't wait to see the direction everyone goes with this.

And thank thank you for the LONG time line. That means I might actually be able to get it done, plus revise, and finish the new novel without going insane (oh, yeah, and there are those three daughters to attend to, too, and the garden, and . . . )

Anonymous said...

I'd like to play, if you'll accept poems rather than prose?

Mary
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http://www.pantoum.org

tinker said...

What a fun idea!

p.s. I'm sorry, I'm woefully behind in catching up with your blog!

p.s.s. I wanted to try your baked scrambled egg recipe, but can't find it again!

Shannon said...

*squeal* Ah, I'm so excited! And yes, thanks for the long timeline. Although, being a procrastinator I will surely start AT A MUCH LATER TIME. hee hee.

xegbp said...

I am in, this is a great idea and I can not wait to see what amazing stories people come up with.

Alicia said...

What fun. I can't wait.

Heather said...

I'm so STOKED! A summer project, yay!!

soliluna said...

I would love to participate!

Caty said...

I would love to participate! great way to get inspired!

Jone said...

I now have more books for the road trip...love the challenge.

Michele said...

Count me in also! This will be a fun challenge and a good chance to break away from ancient Egypt (subject of my WIP).

I launched my blog just for the occasion.

Anne said...

Can't wait to read the Emily books again. I've already made the trip to the library to get the first one, since my copies are 3000 miles away at my parents house.

Great idea.

pie said...

L. M. Montgomery has been one of my favorite authors since I was little. Some of my earliest scribblings were set on Prince Edward Island, and now the inspiration continues.... Thanks for the great idea!

Anonymous said...

I LOVED the Emily books, especially the first. I remember how sorry I was when she burnt the "Seller of Dreams". This is a terrific idea Laini! I'd love to write.

Anonymous said...

I LOVED the Emily books, especially the first. I remember how sorry I was when she burnt the "Seller of Dreams". This is a terrific idea Laini! I'd love to write.