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What I'd Write; Dogs

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So, a lot of people responded to my question: "If you could write anything you wanted, without fear of failing or being ill-received, what would it be?"

And I suppose I should answer, too. I'm pretty sure if I could write anything right now (beyond my already-planned projects/the QoG sequel trilogy), it would be the story of Celaena and Dorian if Dorian's father had been a nice, wise king who only wanted peace throughout the land and hadn't conquered everything and everyone. Yes, that wouldn't make for a really compelling/actiony story, but it'd just be a simple/short novel about the QoG characters if their world had been a happy one. Like, if Celaena had never been an assassin and Dorian hadn't been raised in a corrupted court, and whatnot. It's cheesy, yes, but...it'd be nice to write about them living in a better place, and how they might have "really" met.

Anyway, I had a fun weekend--went for dinner with friends, drove up to Santa Barbara for the day, did some shopping, did some reading...

We spent some time last night looking through breeds of dogs--because I really, REALLY want a dog. Like, I'm a HUGE dog person. I LOVE dogs. I miss my dogs (Isabel and Jack, a miniature dachshund and a welsh corgi, respectively) so much. When I see random dogs on the street, I make weird cooing and squealing noises. I've been BEGGING Josh to get a dog for a while, but due to the fact that we spent a lot of time traveling this fall, and will spend nearly a month this winter traveling, we haven't gotten one. I'm rooting for us to get a puggle.

All this got me thinking about my writing (yes, of COURSE I'd find a way to tie this back to writing): in ALL of my novels, the MC has a canine companion. It's totally intentional. Celaena has Fleetfoot (and Pig in Book/Part Two...who's been added to the story, and who was modeled after my own corgi), Salome has Cerberus/Fenris/the Marrok (um...you'll see), and Hades, of course, has her very own three-headed dog. Maybe it's totally cheesy to have dogs feature in every story (and maybe someday I'll write about cats, as I had not one, but TWO black cats while growing up), but I think dogs are capable of such courage and loyalty and selflessness that they deserve some kind of shout-out in my writing.

I don't know. I just really, really want a dog right now. Maybe after we get back from Israel...?

Anyway, it's back to editing/writing/reading. I think I'll spend today (since it's raining and gloomy--for once--in Los Angeles) editing the chapters I've written of HADES.

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star_x_faery
Dec. 15th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
It sounds really interesting to me! Like, a 'could-have-been' for Dorian and Celaena. Aw, now I'm picturing them being betrothed, and maybe growing up with a relationship like Odette and Derek in The Swan Princess ♥♥

Have you ever read Deerskin by Robin McKinley? Because talking about canine companions really kept reminding me of it. It's pretty dark (namely at the beginning...half, haha), based off of an old fairy tale about a mad king who fell in love (er, lust) with his daughter. Her constant companion is Ash, a puppy given to her on her birthday by a prince from an ally country (that backstory turns out to be adorable ♥)
sjmaas
Dec. 15th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
YES--I read Deerskin like...omg, I must have been about 12 or 13, but I remember how much I loved it because of the dog! And I remember how awesome I thought it was that she wound up with the un-conventional prince--he was overweight, right?

Haha, yeah...the could-have-been story might be similar to the Swan Princess, but...I don't know. Maybe after the sequel is written and finished, I'll write a novella about the happy/Disney version of QoG.
star_x_faery
Dec. 15th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
Yes! I love the dog ♥ The prince! Hm, I don't remember if he was overweight or not. I mostly remember what a total dork he was XD Especially when he came up to Lissar during the ball and said, "Oh, don't look at me like that; we've been spit up on by the same puppies."

Aww, that'd be sweet. ♥ So, just, because I've been wondering; QoG is actually three separate books, right? And the sequel is another three books? I never totally got how the story is going to be divided.
sjmaas
Dec. 15th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
haha, that line is AWESOME. I don't remember it, but it made me laugh just now.

Yes, QoG is now three separate books. Part One on FP is now Book One. Though, Books Two and Three are so absurdly long that they may wind up making the trilogy into a quintet or something. We'll see.

The sequel is planned to be another three books, but as they're going to be as long, if not longer, than QoG, that might translate into another quintet. ....*sigh*
star_x_faery
Dec. 15th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
haha, that line is one of the many reasons I love the prince ♥

Ahhh, I see! Thanks for explaining. Ahaha, good luck with all that writing! :D Gotta love it when stories completely take over like that. (Btw, I hope you're happy; I ended up starting a total rewrite of my vampire epic thus far. We'll see what comes of it ;) )
sjmaas
Dec. 15th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
YAY! That's awesome (about the rewrite)! Best of luck with it!!!
star_x_faery
Dec. 15th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
rabies444
Dec. 15th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
OMG The Swan Princess was my absolute favorite movie ever when I was growing up. Like, you have no idea. Better than any Disney movie(except maybe the Little Mermaid.

And that reminds me of a book I read recently: The Princess and the Hound. I loved the cover and started to read it(don't judge a book by its cover, I know...) and it was interesting. Definitely not what i expected, but it's about this princess and her hound who have this extreme bond.
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