WIP: Alistair in Wonderland

Yesterday’s Top Ten Tuesday was one of my favourites so far. I absolutely love fairytale retellings (and fairytales in general, I suppose), so I had way too much fun going through other people’s lists and adding books to my TBR.

While I was brainstorming titles for my list, I remembered my own attempt at re-writing a favourite story. I wrote it for a contest and made plans to expand it into a full-length novel (or at least novella), but to be honest, I haven’t touched it in over a year.

So here it is. If you take the time to read this – thank you! And please let me know what you think! I hope it’s not too terrible.

Featuring the cover I made for it in my production class which isn’t the best because Photoshop/InDesign are not my friends and my instructor didn’t love the colour scheme (I told him that the black and white covers worked for Twilight and he couldn’t really argue).


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I’ve got nothing to lose…(except these writing contests)

It took me a long time to come up with a witty title for this post (I’m not even sure if it’s witty) but I’ve been saving all my good words for a short story contest, so I’m sorry.

I’m currently working on a submission for the Writer’s Digest Annual Short Story competition. Short stories are not my forte – I find it hard to limit myself to a word count (in this case, 2,000 to 4,000). But I’m really excited about my ideas for this story and I really need to start submitting my writing (in any form) for experience and whatnot.

The link:


Meanwhile, I’m also trying to psyche myself out to enter ANOTHER contest (this time, it’s FREE!)

The “Dear Lucky Agent” contest where you submit the first 150-200 words of your (unpublished) novel, to be judged by an actual, real-life literary agent! This time around, they’re focusing on Young Adult…which is conveniently the category I write for.

More details here:


I strongly encourage other writers to enter one – or both – of these contests! What have you got to lose?

P.S. This post’s title comes from Forever the Sickest Kids:

I should be brave, with nothing to lose…