Stories and More Stories

So many writerly things happening lately. After being on a bit of a (if unasked-for) hiatus for a year, these past several months my imagination has felt the need to make up for lost time. After about a month of simply trying to get the skeletons of all my ideas down on paper, I finally had to take a step back and decide which one to pursue first. As you may remember from a previous post, I chose to focus on a chapter book for children (ages 7-12) and I am happy to announce today that my revisions for this story are finished at last.

You know what that means! I will be asking 2 or 3 beta readers to look over the story and offer feedback, criticism, and advice. Never having written anything in this age category before, I’ll admit I’m a little nervous of the results. But it was a story I felt I had to tell, so though it may need even more revisions, I am ready to share it with at least a few others at this point, and with everyone a short way down the road.

I wished to put off writing a full-length novel for the time being, simply because I have so many other things going on in my life that I know I don’t have the time to devote to it. Despite this, a story idea for a trilogy (YA fantasy of course!) has been stubbornly clamoring at the back of my mind for a long time now and I had to give in finally and at least write the outline for the first book . . . which led to writing the outline for the second and third books . . . which led to writing character sketches and fleshing out some scenes that I had in my mind . . . which . . . well, you get the point. This trilogy is daunting to me, and will probably not be written in full until some time in the future, but it is most certainly not an idea that is fading. The opposite, in fact. When characters start talking to you in the middle of every-day tasks on a daily basis, and when scenes play out so vividly in your head that you rush to the nearest scrap of paper to get them down, you know there’s no escaping the story.

In the meantime, to fill my time between outlining trilogies and revising a children’s book, I have also been working on some fantasy short stories which I would love to publish as a collection one day. So many of these ideas are so exciting to me, yet aren’t full enough for a novel. Answer? Put it in a short story! I’m so thrilled about some of these stories, I can’t wait to get all my ideas explored and written.

With my newly-written and revised children’s chapter book has also come my desire to add a few illustrations within the book itself. I won’t decide on this for certain until I’ve spoken with my agent and some others who have had experience to see if this is a feasible option. But it has led me lately to scouring book store aisles and Pinterest boards for samples of artwork that I admire.


Illustrations have such an impact on our feelings for a story. I’d love to know what some of your own favorite illustrations or artists are!

Also, what have you been up to this end-of-summer?

7 thoughts on “Stories and More Stories

  1. Aaahh I’m so excited to hear about your writing progress! I can’t wait to read your new stories, whenever they’re available! ^_^ Some of my favorite illustrations have been by Trina Schart Hyman–LOVED her pictures! I’m sure there are some talented illustrators still drawing these days… Best of luck on all your projects! I’ve been writing short stories lately too. Sometimes they’re what wants to happen, even if I wish I could be making progress on longer stories. 😉 I’m so intrigued about your YA trilogy! 😀

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    1. You’re right, Deborah – sometimes short stories are just what need to happen! That’s certainly true for me right now. I’m so excited to hear that you’re writing short stories, too!! I look forward to reading your work 😀 I looked up Trina Schart Hyman’s work and I just love it – completely stunning! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  2. Ahhh this is such exciting news!!! *flails* I’m so glad you’re back and writing more. 😀 And YA trilogy!!! *squeals* THAT WOULD BE SO COOl.
    I really really love Kirk DouPonce’s art. It’s just such a cool style and so amazing. (I also have a good friend who is an amazing artist and I love her stuff too.)

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    1. Kirk DouPonce is one I’ve always admired, too. I love several of his cover designs, like Nadine Brande’s trilogy, the “Knife” books, and “Tainted” by Morgan Busse. Extremely eye-catching!!


  3. Hi Ashlee! I am a YA fantasy author and Christian as well:) your story ideas sound great. How is it coming along? If you need a beta reader I would be more than willing to help. I am looking for beta readers or crotique partners as well.
    Blessings 🙂

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    1. Hi there! Thank you so much! Currently I do have 2 or 3 tried and true beta readers that I go to … however I do occasionally look for new ones to get me a fresh angle, and those calls for help usually are sent through my newsletter. If you haven’t signed up for that, you may think about it. In the meantime, I’d love to check out your blog!

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