Quockerwodger has its roots in the first NaNoWriMo in which I participated, way back in 2005. That project was a complete disaster in many ways–mostly due to my inexperience with plotting novels–and it languished in my files for a number of years.

After re-visiting it and realizing some of it had merit, much was incorporated into other projects: the fairy-land elements found their way to Twinkle Dingle; the “evil step-mother” and “magical girl” tropes became part of “Out of the Ashes“; the fairy-tale and fairy godparent portions became the core of Journey’s adventures; and an elemental-based magic system will be in an upcoming project, “Casting Shadows”. Maybe you can see why the initial “novel” itself was such a mess, with all of these disparate elements. 😉

The only thing left unused from that first NaNo project was the story of a princess and performer (actor in the original, acrobat in this version) who fell in love. To avoid spoilers, I will say only that the characters evolved in ways I didn’t originally anticipate; but stripped of the other story elements, a new conflict was necessary–and given the current state of affairs in the world, this is the story that needed telling.

I hope you enjoy this story preview, which you can find here. If you do, please consider joining my Patreon–the entire story is available exclusively to my Patrons.

Happy Pride month!

xx CC

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