{cinda-story} an introduction

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I had threatened at the first of the year to serialize a writing project on the blog. I am going to now follow through. The shorter working title “Cinda-Story” will appear in brackets above so you can be alerted to skip the post at will.

The sharing is just that–sharing. I have an awful vulnerability with my writing, and this is going to be me stepping off the precipice. I tried to pick a piece that would find a greater audience and interest. Maybe we’ll work ourselves up to hearing about “Jenavie Twist.”

what you may want to know…

The story is no clever re-framing of Cinderella; or even a pathetic re-framing for that matter.

Here is the summary I drafted when working on it during nanowrimo last year:

It is an old question: which came first, truth or tale? Every year on the anniversary of her birth, young Cinda Blackfeather Wyatt wakes knowing one new thing about the future. Is she telling the truth or is she just a storyteller like her Uncle Fox? Some believe she is given to dangerous fancy, while others find her strange but relatively harmless.

The story (like the summary) is in progress. I have run a few drafts up to a point that may be a terminus (or not). I am sure to have specific questions at points along the way. For one, I have been working through structural issues from the very beginning. I appreciate thoughtful input. I have no care for flattery, but constructively framed critique and/or genuine encouragement is always cared for.

what else might you want to know before we begin…

I like to write in ‘no place’ and at ‘no certain time.’ And with this story, the decision is intentional. The lack of concrete time and place can be a source of frustration for plenty. I have been accused of laziness (and sometimes by my self). The no-place or -time does not exclude influences of place or time, if that makes someone feel better. That I make cultural references will only further the head-ache for a few more.

I thought I would run it either: Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Saturday/Sunday. Druthers? I am pestering Sean for sketches to accompany posts so it may be less frequent. Or if enough people beg me to stop…well…

Part of why I chose this writing project to serialize is the aforementioned structural issues. I wrote it as a series of stories that build upon one another but where each could conceivably be read alone–after the first “chapter” or with a brief premise. The daughter didn’t like it. The time-line became tricky for her, I think, but mostly–she just didn’t like it. I’m going to say the story resisted too much change in that regard. I could finesse segues, and I tried to between “1” and “2.” I thought maybe situate the reader in the location and age of Cinda at the beginning of each. It feels awkward. Stick with me, you’ll see what this paragraph is all about.

Lastly (for now), I do not pretend that I am treading new territory in “Cinda-Story;” and I do believe coincidences occur, and that people share preoccupations. Just the same, the writing is mine, for better or worse. I will not take kindly to theft, either directly or dangerously close.

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Please share your druthers on the frequency of {cinda-story} posts. And, of course, if you’ve any questions or concerns, do share those as well.

coincidentally–because Winter never seemed to happen and Spring sneaked in–this little project fits right in there with “Stainless Steel Droppings'” Once Upon a Time Challenge and the spirit of things.

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{image: N last year on the Oregon Coast (thanks Sharie). I felt like I needed an image w/ this post, but some of the inspiration I have drawn from her.}

7 Comments Add yours

  1. I, for one, love a complex tale that takes some work from the Reader to fully appreciate and enjoy. Playing with indeterminate times is one way to do this, especially if you reference pop culture but have older things, too.

    I had to look up the definition of druthers… I think once or twice per week is perfect. Any more and a Reader that falls behind may not be able to catch up. As for the particular day, I have no preference.

    Enjoy the step off the edge. It’s worth the risk, I think.

  2. Connie Greenlee says:

    I love reading your words and really want to read this story. I like stories that are “without time”–I can then place there where I want, moving them around a decade or two or twenty to suit my mood. Saturday/Sunday works better for me just because I have more time then; but I can just get caught up on the reading over the weekend! I look forward to reading more.

  3. ibeeeg says:

    I am seriously behind in commenting. I am excited to read the tale you spun. I have marked the next two posts that are up as “unread” to remind myself to read, and then comment.

    I agree with Logan, once or twice per week is good.

    How brave of you to post, and thanks for doing so.

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