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The Nutcracker Prince belongs to Lacewood Productions, The Mouseking's Tale belongs to GDeNofa, and all other fanwork has been credited to its original owners, I believe. All other works are copyrighted to myself.

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My favorites features collections of Ballets, Fairy Tales, and DC Comics, among others.

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Shayla
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United States
Hey! My name is Shayla, and I hadn't updated this for at least two years. Holy cow.
I'm a writer and hobbyist artist. I like fairy tales and superhumans, especially when well-crafted and well-thought out. In my gallery, you'll find a lot of Nutcrackers and OCs, and I hope to be able to add more of my own original stories if given enough time.
So take a look around. Maybe you'll find something you like!
If you like my writing, take a look at my Figment account! I could always use more love there.
I've also got an AO3 account that I use for my Batman Rogue fics.

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So, the Timeline Tales is kicking my tush and I need help.
All of sudden, I've got a huge deadline looming in the distant future. Disney has announced that they want to make a live-action version of the Nutcracker, and they want it to be their next Alice in Wonderland. Kind of pisses me off, but that's a story for another time with a lot within that. I'm dreading it. However, people will have a greater interest in the story of the Nutcracker, so if I want to get my work noticed, that's the time to do it, before everyone else starts jumping on the bandwagon. I've already found three other novel versions of the story, so I want to get this done quickly, and I want it done well.
I'm at a block in terms of developing major aspects of my story. While several small details are falling in place, some key elements will not be going anywhere. I'm already seeing the signs. Thus, I'm wondering if I should adjust some of the my other plots, and keep Nutcracker and Coppelia, since they are most well-rounded and fit best together. 
With my characters, I'm thinking that I have so many in my story, that they're all starting to feel the same or one-dimensional. Giselle is just like my version of Pirlipat, Albrecht is coming off as a younger Drosselmeyer, and Nathaniel is dumb as a box. I've got nine well-developed characters, four main (Clarisse, John, Drosselmeyer, Svetlana,) and five supporting characters, (Fritz/Freddy, The Snow Queen, Ivan/Mouseking, Lorelei/Rosamund/Sugarplum, and Pirlipat.) They all fit nicely into archetypes, which will work in my favor. I may just end up dropping everyone else, besides the obvious family members and such, and starting fresh.
Even then, my plots are messy. Coppelia and Nutcracker work well together, with similar themes and details, thanks to Hoffmann, but Giselle and Swan Lake aren't. I only have scenes for them, and they aren't even that fleshed out. I liked Odette and Rick Siegfried, though, so I'll tuck them aside for now.
Anyway, in order for those to work, I'd have to develop two magical species from scratch, and I'm not up for that. I'd prefer to work off of more familiar things. Hopefully this would help my worldbuilding, if I can focus more on magic, technology, and geography.
I'll be rooting through my story graveyard and seeing what jumps out, not to mention doing more research on other stories (yeah!) and copyright laws and such (ugh.)

Anyway, for those who want to help, here's what's staying:
  • The setting of Cockaigne (Look up Schlaraffenland, Cuckoo-land, or Toyland for variations.)
  • Clarisse/Clara, John/Hans, Drosselmeyer, and Svetlana
  • Fritz/Freddy, Pirlipat, Lorelei/Rosamund, Ivan, and The Snow Queen.
  • Themes/Symbols of magic, dolls and toys, types of love and heartbreak, death, and time
  • Fae races
  • The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and all the things within those 
Thigns I'll be dumping/setting aside for now:
  • Giselle, including the characters and wilis
  • Swan Lake, including the characters and the fictional species for that.
  • Heavy emphasis on ballet and the seasons
Any ideas you want to throw my way? Favorite fairy tales? Etc.?

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Sorry if all these changes make me look a little wishy-washy. When (re)developing stories, I tend to find an idea I like, bounce it off of others, then decide if I want to keep it. This is probably set in wet cement right now, because I could wipe it over if needed, but it will probably stick.
I think I've got a good idea for what I'm going to do for the Timeline Tales. As I was going through my writing, I realized that the story would work best if I just expanded the storyline, and not add in too many other influences. I'd keep Coppelia and The Snow Queen as a prelude/afterward of sorts, but I'd focus on the Nutcracker itself. The Tale of The Hard Nut could be separate, although mentioned briefly in the Nutcracker, since I've got tons of ideas within that as well. The dual timeline can be kept, as long as I continue to keep it focused on Clarisse and her social circle. All in all, it's looking to be a five-book endeavor, with each probably shorter in length than the average novel. I'll also be going through the pinterest board and getting rid of excess pins. This story began just as the Nutcracker, so I'll stick with that for now.
So, the Timeline Tales is kicking my tush and I need help.
All of sudden, I've got a huge deadline looming in the distant future. Disney has announced that they want to make a live-action version of the Nutcracker, and they want it to be their next Alice in Wonderland. Kind of pisses me off, but that's a story for another time with a lot within that. I'm dreading it. However, people will have a greater interest in the story of the Nutcracker, so if I want to get my work noticed, that's the time to do it, before everyone else starts jumping on the bandwagon. I've already found three other novel versions of the story, so I want to get this done quickly, and I want it done well.
I'm at a block in terms of developing major aspects of my story. While several small details are falling in place, some key elements will not be going anywhere. I'm already seeing the signs. Thus, I'm wondering if I should adjust some of the my other plots, and keep Nutcracker and Coppelia, since they are most well-rounded and fit best together. 
With my characters, I'm thinking that I have so many in my story, that they're all starting to feel the same or one-dimensional. Giselle is just like my version of Pirlipat, Albrecht is coming off as a younger Drosselmeyer, and Nathaniel is dumb as a box. I've got nine well-developed characters, four main (Clarisse, John, Drosselmeyer, Svetlana,) and five supporting characters, (Fritz/Freddy, The Snow Queen, Ivan/Mouseking, Lorelei/Rosamund/Sugarplum, and Pirlipat.) They all fit nicely into archetypes, which will work in my favor. I may just end up dropping everyone else, besides the obvious family members and such, and starting fresh.
Even then, my plots are messy. Coppelia and Nutcracker work well together, with similar themes and details, thanks to Hoffmann, but Giselle and Swan Lake aren't. I only have scenes for them, and they aren't even that fleshed out. I liked Odette and Rick Siegfried, though, so I'll tuck them aside for now.
Anyway, in order for those to work, I'd have to develop two magical species from scratch, and I'm not up for that. I'd prefer to work off of more familiar things. Hopefully this would help my worldbuilding, if I can focus more on magic, technology, and geography.
I'll be rooting through my story graveyard and seeing what jumps out, not to mention doing more research on other stories (yeah!) and copyright laws and such (ugh.)

Anyway, for those who want to help, here's what's staying:
  • The setting of Cockaigne (Look up Schlaraffenland, Cuckoo-land, or Toyland for variations.)
  • Clarisse/Clara, John/Hans, Drosselmeyer, and Svetlana
  • Fritz/Freddy, Pirlipat, Lorelei/Rosamund, Ivan, and The Snow Queen.
  • Themes/Symbols of magic, dolls and toys, types of love and heartbreak, death, and time
  • Fae races
  • The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and all the things within those 
Thigns I'll be dumping/setting aside for now:
  • Giselle, including the characters and wilis
  • Swan Lake, including the characters and the fictional species for that.
  • Heavy emphasis on ballet and the seasons
Any ideas you want to throw my way? Favorite fairy tales? Etc.?

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fantasies-of-Melanie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the watch! It really means alot to me.:happybounce: La la la la Hug 
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ShayLaLaLooHoo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! I checked out your gallery, and it seemed really interesting.
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fantasies-of-Melanie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you think so. :D (Big Grin) 
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fantasies-of-Melanie Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope you have an amazing Birthday, and best of luck with your story!Hug Birthday cake  icon 
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ShayLaLaLooHoo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Which story of mine are you referencing?
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fantasies-of-Melanie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well,  I've seen some of your art about your stories based on the nutcracker and other fairytales. It seems really interesting, but I haven't quite caught up with all the characters and the plot yet. Sweating a little... 
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ShayLaLaLooHoo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm revamping the story right now. Check out my gallery called "Timeline Tales." That will have the most up-to-date stuff, but there's probably a few things I'm changing. If you've got any questions, feel free to ask!
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TroyandFriends Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday.
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ShayLaLaLooHoo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SweetDream87 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
Happy Birthday!! :D
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