https://deborahocarroll.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/original-tag-writerly-spring-cleaning-challenge/

Spring
is my favorite season, and where I live, most of the trees have burst
out in brilliant green and wildflowers are peppering the thick grass
with color. I really should be working on spring cleaning my actual
house . . . but Deborah O’Carroll’s blog tag is far more fun! She
created this challenge and tagged me.




Rules:


1.
Link back to the person who tagged you


2.
Share the picture


3.
Answer the questions (naturally…) or even pick and choose which
ones you answer


3.5
Tag 3 other writers and inform them that you tagged them




Questions:


1.
Dust-Bunnies and Plot-Bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make
New Ones)


In
my first post of the year, I listed a few goals. They haven’t
changed much, but at least one of them is getting more concrete:
publishing my retelling of “The Bremen-Town Musicians.” (I really
should set a calendar date for that, but that calendar has to be very
forgiving if I do.) The other goals – working on my longer novels
and exploring short story ideas – are a little nebulous, but I poke
at them now and then. I do have two new goals: 1) finishing the first
draft of another animal fairy-tale retelling (any guesses as to what
it is?) and 2) getting as much as I can out of the Colorado Christian
Writers Conference in May (so excited about going!).




2.
Which Stage Are You At?


Everyone’s
writing (and spring-cleaning) processes are different, and at
different stages. Pick the one that most applies to you and tell us
where you are in your writing process!


a.
Remodeling layouts (planning the story)


b.
Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)


c.
Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in
the vases (editing)


d.
Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet . . . just drawing
up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)


e.
Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)




I
pick b – painting the walls. Most of my editing is done with the
Bremen-town musicians story (that’s going to have an official title
soon, I promise!), so I’m having fun writing my newer stories,
particularly the Six Cousins novel set in Prince Edward Island and
the other fairy-tale retelling.




3.
Treasure from the Back of the Closet: Snippet Love


How
about some snippets from my children’s story “The Bremen-Town Musicians”? These
contain each of the main characters: Etzel the donkey, Jäger
the dog, Katarina the cat, and Rüdiger
the rooster.





Etzel
the donkey just couldn’t face walking to the mill this morning. His
knees and back ached as if the heavy sacks of grain or flour he often
carried were already on his back. His master, Herr Hoffmann, stood at
the doorway to the shack, clucking his tongue like an angry
woodpecker.


Ach!
Are you coming or not, you insolent, lazy beast?”




The
sun had reached its peak about an hour ago and was slipping now. Its
blinding warmth lay like a blanket on Etzel’s back, as if tucking
him in for sleep. Ah, it was like sunning in the pasture; he ambled
so rhythmically he felt he was standing still. It had been too long
since he had walked this far without aching from a burden. When they
first started out together, Jäger had gone from tree to tree,
rejoicing in the freedom of new sights and smells; but now he kept a
steady pace beside Etzel.




Instead,
the cat gave a tremendous sneeze and cough, spraying water all over
Jäger, who leaped back and fell into the stream as if he’d been
shot. “It—it—it’s alive!”


The
cat raised a bleary-eyed head, blinking at Etzel and Jäger with a
green, filmy gaze. It coughed again, delicately this time, and ran
the tip of its pink tongue around the edge of its mouth. “Of course
I’m alive, Dummkopf. I’m a cat, aren’t I?”




Who’d
have thought a rooster was so smart!” Jäger exclaimed. “You talk
smarter than Etzel; I almost can’t understand you.”


Thank
you, my good fellow. I merely quote the wisest of them all, the great
animal storyteller, Aesop himself.” Rüdiger’s red crest stood
high and his gold, green, and brown feathers puffed out, swelling his
size.




If
you want to do this, consider yourself tagged and please let me know!
You can visit Deborah’s original post for more information on the
challenge.

4 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning Writer’s Tag

  1. Loving the arrival of spring! I just wish the weather would make up its mind. 😛 Yay! You did the tag!

    I'm glad your goals are still coming along, and I'm excited about your animal fairytales! I hope the conference will be great!!

    "But that calendar has to be very forgiving if I do" <–haha! I feel you! (And did I ever mention you have a way with words? 😉 Because I love that!) If there's anything I can do to help with the release when it come times, I would absolutely love to, so just let me know!

    So glad you're having fun with the writing. 😀

    OH MY GOODNESS. I love these snippets!! I hadn't really gotten a glimpse of this story before, and it's making me want more of it! It sounds like a warm summer day and I love the little German touches! EEK. 😀

    I really enjoyed your answers! Thanks for sharing! ^_^

    • That weather though! Summer, spring, winter…which will it be? At least it looks like spring!

      Thank you! I might enlist you as a beta reader for BTM if you'd like. It's nice and short — less than 19k. 🙂

      And I'm so glad you enjoyed the snippets! I haven't really looked at my writing in this story as separate sentences, so I'm glad that individual passages I lift out do sound appealing. 🙂

      Thank you for tagging me and for your whole lovely and encouraging comment! I think it's so cool that you came up with an original blog tag. Happy spring writing!

    • Of course! I would love to read it! ^_^ Schedule's a little overfull right now, but just let me know whenever you'd like to have me read it, and I'll work on making room! 😉

      Thanks! Happy spring writing to you too! <3

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