The temporary title of the story I’m writing for my little boy. I have about four months to pick a better one. That should be enough time, right?
Anyways, since I’ll be posting bits and pieces for feedback, I thought it would be a good idea to post some kind of summary. One other note: this is meant to be gender neutral, just in case my son gets a little sister in the future, and just in case the ultrasound tech was wrong and I end up having a girl instead. It’s not easy writing this way and it can get rather irritating always having to wonder would a boy and a girl react the same way, but I figure it’ll all work in the end.
Alex is a bored ten-year-old out at the zoo with his classmates. He loves adventure, but there’s none to be found under the watchful gaze of his teacher and the chaperones, his father included. But a quake interrupts that boredom and the appearance of Robin Hood and his niece Lizzy attracts his attention. They say the fairy tales, myths, and legends are real. Or, they were at one time. Long ago they had retreated from this world and found another home where they can live in peace. Only that peace is threatened now and they don’t know how or why. Robin Hood just needs their help, but Alex’s father forbids him from joining the search/rescue group Robin is forming. He thinks his chance at adventure is over, but then he discovers Lizzy, who was supposed to stay behind, is missing, but her big sparkly blue dress is not. What’s he to do but go through the mysterious door in the penguin enclosure and find her to return her dress?
It’s a whole other world in there. The blue caverns are vast and there doesn’t seem to be a way out of this blue maze. That is, until he hides from Robin’s group and inadvertently finds a blue door. Without another thought, he goes through and embarks on his journey through various fairy tale, mythological, and legendary worlds, stories he’s heard and known that he now gets to come face to face with. But Lizzy is still missing, Robin’s group seems to be eternally circling through the blue caverns, and there’s something trying to destroy this storied world. And the blue dress Alex is stuck carrying around (it helps him find the blue doors between the story worlds) is starting to get heavy.
6 thoughts on “The Blue Caverns”
Sounds like you’re making things harder for yourself than you have to. Little girls can read about little boys and vice versa. I’d say just stick with him as a boy, you can always give him a friend who’s a girl.
I like your concept, the beginning reminds me of Alice falling down the rabbit hole. I’m interested to see where you go with it. 🙂
Oh, I know! I always make things harder than they need to be. But it’s kind of more of a nod to my mom. She used to tell us stories over meal times to get us to sit down and eat and always used us as the hero/heroine. I’m trying to personalize the story as much as possible to each of my kids and am contemplating using their own names as the narrator so they really feel like the adventurer is them, but I also may get tired of this and just go with your suggestion. I’ve been making all sorts of bizarre decisions since getting pregnant =) and they get tiring!
And thanks! It actually started with a dream where he did walk right into Alice in Wonderland, the Disney version, and ended up being chased by the rabbit and the cards. I hope the story turns out as well as it does in my head.
What a fascinating idea for a story! I’m sure my nieces and nephews would love it.
Thanks! I’m hoping it turns out as well as it does in theory, otherwise I’m sure my kids will make their displeasure known in a few years! And what writer mom would want to deal with that?
I think the story will appeal to both genders. I really love the idea of traveling through fairytales and myths, that would be so much fun (though perilous, especially with some of the myths)! 😀 And, of course, I think it will be great fun to write too. 😀
I hope so! Thanks! It’s been fun being able to put my own twist on the stories, keeping them true to the original, yet also making them child-friendly.