This week’s writing is a bit rougher than I’d like, but it’s also a new approach for me and I had a blast doing it. Some explanation: I just finished reading Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz Versus The Scrivener’s Bones and spent so much time laughing out loud that my husband seriously considered checking me into the funny farm. Absolutely adored it and, by the way, the minute I have my own classroom I am buying all of the Alcatraz books and putting them on the class shelf because everyone in the world must read these books.
Back to the point, which is that the Alcatraz books are written with a very unique and incredibly clever narrative voice. While I certainly don’t want to try and copy Mr. Sanderson move-for-move, it looked like way too much fun not to try. Enter The Twelve Dancing Princesses, a fairy tale I’ve always wanted to take a whack at. I’ve had a fragmentary plot worked out for years, and when I finished reading that Alcatraz book it struck me: this was a perfect fit for the story I wanted to tell.
So, on the other end of the spectrum from “grief,” I give you the beginning of: