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The Evil Seven Dwarves

     Don't count the dwarves in the picture.  There's thirteen of them instead of seven like I was trying to find.  Pinterest isn't perfect, and I'm not a master in digital photo editing.

       But here is part of my twist on Snow White, and I am having more fun with it than you can imagine. 

     I have a queen...drop-dead gorgeous...cold...reserved...tormented...but not evil.

     I have a princess...sheltered...trusting...a little naïve...generally believes the best of people...but not stupid.

     I have a huntsman...big...terrifying to behold...but well-meaning.

     I have a maid...tender-hearted...driven to reveal the truth and set things right...but completely mistaken on so many points.

     I have an herbalist...talented...bound to serve the dark side but resenting it.

     I have 7 dwarves...blood-thirsty...twisted...scheming...evil.


  1. Oooh! Sounds complicated!

    Mine might not be working out after all. I got it plotted and then told the plot of it to my sister, and she couldn't guess what fairy tale it was supposed to be. I'm torn between risking forcing the story into a shape it doesn't want to take, or not entering.

    But my sister did say the seven dwarves should be seven parts of a nesting doll, which is a neat idea, except I haven't come up with anything more.

    1. Ooh, that's a hard choice.

      If the story really wants to be in the contest (we're blaming the story because it's an easy way to address our own subconscious), you might find an easy way to add enough of a Snow White thread (maybe more Snow White elements) to draw it all together.
      If the story doesn't want to be Snow White at all, then let it take it's own form. It's still worth writing.
      And if the story refuses to be Snow White, then you get to take a little time and craft another contest entry idea.
      How do you usually come up with ideas?

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    1. Cool! You're not going to hate me for villainizing such sweet, beloved characters? That was my foremost concern -- that hard core fans of the original would tar and feather me for my blasphemy. ;)
      (I actually like the dwarves in the original tale as well, but this version just clicked well for me, and I wanted to share the Queen's true story, not the tale passed down in common folk lore.)

  3. Awesome! Can't wait to see where it goes.

    1. Thank you, Rebekah! Hopefully it will meet expectations.

  4. It sounds so interesting!!! I'm still trying to figure out stuff for mine (oh how life can be XP) but I do have a few of the main ideas down. Just have to figure out the big twists (easy, right?)

    1. We still have half a year. If you've got some of the main ideas already, you're in good shape. Those big twists will come. Can't wait to see what you come up with!


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