As has been requested (endlessly) EK's Star Log is returning to the internet. You can still read the original archive here... https://eelkat.wordpress.com
The reason you couldn't find it is because I set it to private un-index mode, meaning it no longer shows up in Google search results and can only be accessed by a direct link.
Meaning, if you didn't have the url for it, no amount of searching for it would tell you how to find it. Anyone who had the url could still access it though.
I had set it to private September 23, 2013, intending to move each page here to EelKat.com... however, November 14, 2013, after only moving about 30 pages, I was beaten up and left paralyzed for 5 months, then spent 18 months relearning to walk. I am still crippled and have limited mobility.
Below is one of the blog posts that originally appeared on EK's Star Log. The original articles are still online but no longer indexed in Google. Links to the original article, are included with this post, as is the original posting date. Clicking the links will take you to the original site, where you can see the old Space Dock 13 website still online. Space Dock 13 as it looked when hosted on WordPress from 2003 to 2013.
NaNoWriMo 2009 Rapunzel Plot Started
NaNoWriMo 2009 Plot Started
Posted on Sunday, August 2, 2009 | Comments Offon NaNoWriMo 2009 Plot Started
Okay, so I know it’s early, and I’ve still got 3 months before NaNo gets started, but I’ve suddenly got the urge to get started in my planning. I’m still with no idea what I want to do for 09, but that hasn’t stopped me from studying various reference books look for ideas, nor has it stopped me from rereading all the writing how to books out there. I’m kind of waiting for that “one thing” to pop out at me and scream :”Pick me! Write about me!” but it hasn’t hit me yet. I’ll let you know what it is when I find it though.
Oddly for some reason though, my mind keeps telling me “rewrite Rapunzel – the original is all wrong” though I’ve no idea how I should rewrite it yet. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to go the whole Rapunzel road yet or not, but I figure, while it’s in my head I should start planning it out anyways, that way at least once November rolls around, I’ll have at least one plot to work with.
Okay, so hear’s my question(s):
What are you general thoughts on rewriting Rapunzel?
What if the story took place today? How would I pull off a modern day Rapunzel?
What about role reversal? Say if Rapunzel was really a man, and was rescued by a princess?
What if Rapunzel didn’t WANT to leave the tower with the prince/guy and he had to kidnap her and the story is her trying to get back to her tower instead of trying to escape it?
I don’t want to use an “evil witch” in my version of Rapunzel – so who is it that has locked her away from the world? I was thinking her father or the King at first, but than that doesn’t set well with me. Who would have reason to lock her up and why?
I thought about this too: what if it was a sci-fi or something of that sort, and she wasn’t a princess locked in a tower, but rather a political figure/spy/alien/etc locked in government prison or something to that effect?
I like mermaids and I do a lot of writing about them, so I was wondering, how about a Rapunzel under the sea type of thing?
Or what if she was locked away in the tower so long that now she deranged and ready to kill any one who crosses her path? – sort of an 80’s slasher movie thing or something, I don’t know.
Those are just a few things I’m tossing around at the moment, but so far nothing is really jumping out at me yet. I keep thinking I’ve got something here with this Rapunzel thing, but I just can’t find the right way to present the plot. Basically my plot such as it is now is:
Damsel in distress, locked away for years in complete isolation by the villain, and needs rescuing.
Not much is it?
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So I guess what I want to know is: any one got any ideas on which direction I should take this and how to flesh it out? I’d love to hear any thoughts you had on this.
I had an idea for this story, but I’m not sure how plausible it is, you know, if it could happen or not, so thought I’d ask if any one knew the answer.
Okay, before the story takes place this happens: A teenage girl is abducted and gets pregnant. For whatever reason, she has no memory of the abduction and is unaware that she is pregnant. With-in the first few weeks or months, before she realizes that she is pregnant, she has a miscarriage, and so never finds out she was pregnant.
Okay, now moving on the my story and my question. Twenty or so years later, say she’s now in her 40’s, still single and never had any children, but now she’s having vivid dreams of having been pregnant and having a miscarriage – so vivid that she begins to wonder if these are more than just dreams, but actual memories. So she goes to a doctor and asks if a test can be down that will tell her if she was ever pregnant.
Okay, so you can tell it’s sort of a supernatural, spooky, (maybe even horror? – what am I saying – since when did I write something that WASN’T horror?) story about a woman haunted by the ghost of her long dead baby. Here’s my question:
I want her to go to the doctor and the doctor runs a test and tells her: Yes, 20 years ago you were pregnant and this test proves it. But here in lays my problem, I can’t find any information on wither or not there really is a test that could tell a woman that.
Is there such a test that could tell an otherwise childless woman, wither or not she was pregnant 20 years ago, even though she never knew it because of a miscarriage before it occurred to her to think she could be pregnant? If there is such a test, what is it called and how does it go about determining if she had been pregnant years ago?
I’ve been Googleing all morning and have not found anything about such a thing yet.
I realize, in a book, I can make up such a test to meet the needs of the story, but I’d really like to be accurate and use a real test if such a thing really does exist. Has any one here ever heard of such a thing?
I just started looking up about miscarriage and was just reading some pretty awful horror stories these women had to say about what happened to them, even early on. Most are saying how bad it hurt physically, and than emotionally (for years afterwards). Some of the stuff is pretty hard to read – which is what I specialize in writing – stuff people have a hard time swallowing, so yeah, this is right up my alley of graphic “repulse the hell out of my readers” type of thing folks have come to expect to see me write.
This is still in the planning stage, and will probably be the plot I use for NaNo09, so I’m not sure yet what exactly I’m going to write. I’m still trying to figure out why or how she’d forget about the abduction too. Amnesia or something, I guess, post traumatic shock, maybe? Abducted by aliens – there’s a possability. Still working on that. I’ll figure it out sooner or later. I’ve got three months to figure it out.
I’m thinking of it being like Rapunzel sort of, in that she’d held captive for a long time, but than when she escapes she just black out everything that happened, and than years later, she starts reliving it, only she doesn’t know it it’s real or just dreams, but she keeps remembering this baby and it causes her to go back and try to find out what happened to her.
I don’t know, maybe, she doesn’t have a miscarriage, maybe she was held captive until the baby was born, and it’s still alive and somehow they have a psychic connection that causes the dreams? Baby torn brutally from her womb just a few weeks before birth – that’d certainly traumatize her into amnesia. I’m still exploring the possibilities of where I want to go with this. In any case I want it to be a highly emotional story, in the same graphic brutal, bloody older man tortures younger girl, villains always win, heroes always die horribly story that pretty much is the only thing I ever write about. Rage at the injustice of it and shock the hell out of the holier than thous who would turn a blind eye to the harse reality that life is hell. I can see this going very Love, Lust, Madness on a more toned down not quite so graphic more R-rated and therefor publishable scale.
At some point she has to find out she was pregnant, because than she has to start asking herself questions about: “What happened to my baby and why don’t I remember being pregnant and who did this to me and why?”, so that she will head off and find out what happened, and most likely get killed in the process – you know me, no female has ever made to the end of one of my TM books alive. So, right now I’m working on figuring out how she finds out about the forgotten pregnancy from her past and why she forgot about it to being with.
I don’t know yet who would do this to her or why, still working on that too. I got a lot of planning to do before November rolls around!
And yes, for those who thought they recognized the plot, this is me once again writing a new version of the 1993 edition of Friends are Forever from The Twighlight Manor series. Same basic underlining story, just taking it into a different direction. Not sure if this is heading to be a new segment of the Twighlight Manor series or not, as I’ve only got a fragmented plot at the moment and no characters picked out yet. It’s doubtful that it’ll be any less M rated than any of my other TM and TM type stories, as it’s certainly headed towards a violent plot already and I haven’t even got the full plot thought out yet. No idea yet if Etiole will end up in this one, if he does it’ll probablly go the same X rated road Love, Lust, Maddness did. But than I did throw in that thought about mermaid version of Rapunzel didn’t I? Hhhm. . . yep, I can see Etiole sneaking into this one, just like he did with The Pearl Necklace (which is nearing it’s final stages of editing you will see The Pearl Necklace published soon. . . I’m pretty much just debating on traditional verses self-publishing it at this point.)
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