Guest Post: On Ideas in the Aether by Charlotte Henley Babbs

Today on The Solitary Bookworm we have Charlotte Henley Babbs. Charlotte Henley Babbs is the author of Maven Fairy Godmother: Through The Veil and Maven’s Fractured Fairy Tales. Just finished reading and reviewing Maven Fairy Godmother: Through The Veil which you can read by clicking the link. 🙂 Without further delay,
On Ideas in the Aether

When a writer gets an idea, it’s best to just hammer it out and get it written. If an idea is left floating around in the aether, it will be found by someone else and put into solid form, which can be copyrighted. If your story is close to something already published, it may be that you didn’t write it down soon enough.

Many beginning writers fear that someone will steal their ideas. Ideas can’t be stolen. They are a dime a dozen. If you don’t think so, look at the movies available on Neflix—every one was someone’s idea first, and there are enough variations on any theme you can think of to make a sub-genre. There are no new ideas, only new expressions and twists.

The only thing that can be stolen is the solid form—the writing, the recording, the drawing, the video. Sometimes Nobel Prizes are awarded to two independent researchers who come up with the same answers. If it isn’t in solid form, it’s fair game. Although it isn’t in solid form, if you are thinking about it, it’s in the aether.

The Collective Unconscious exists, which explains how we got two different Snow White movies released within a month of each other. That idea was floating around, just ripening up, and two different directors grabbed it and ran with it. Each one had a different take, and each movie has a different slant on this old story.

If you give the same writing prompt to ten people, even in a beginning writing class, you wil get ten different stories.

One reason it’s so important for a writer to read voraciously in and out of the chosen genre is to know what has already been done. There are only about four ways a time-travel story can work, for example. Now what you do with those tropes can be creative and original, or it’s a rehash–think Star Trek (TOS) plots from season three.

One website that can be helpful is TVtropes.org, which lists in incredible detail all sorts of themes, characters, and situations with examples from movies, books, games, and even real life. It’s a deep rabbit hole, but if you want to know what’s been done, they know, and it’s fun to read. Set a timer and tie a hank of yarn to your monitor, just in case.

It is disconcerting, however, to meet a character someone else’s web comic with the same name as one I started writing some 15 years ago. His character and mine are similar, although the stories are not, and the name came from the same general idea. But I let that character float around in my head—and by definition, in the Collective Unconscious—for too many years, long enough that someone else to think of it too.

There are enough differences in the story and details that I’m not in danger of copyright violation, but I will have to be careful how I write from now on, because I know the other character exists. I really wish I’d written more and gotten published sooner.

Today’s lesson, kiddos, is if you have an idea, write it down today. Work it up, before it latches on to someone else’s muse.

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Book Review: Maven Fairy Godmother by Charlotte Henley Babb

The Solitary Bookworm and Enchanted Book Tours presents Maven Fairy Godmother by Charlotte Henley Babb

Title: Maven Fairy Godmother
Author: Charlotte Henley Babb
Pages: 279
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
ISBN: 9781771270007
Source: Enchanted Book Tours

Broke, busted and despairing over the mess her life has turned out to be, middle-aged Maven Morrigan is offered a job as a fairy godmother, a one-time-only last chance to make something of herself and make the world a better place.

Not knowing who to trust: her boss, her slithery familiar, or her own Bump of Direction, she has to find her personal power by relying on herself, her real world failures, and her sense of the absurd, to survive in this imaginary garden with real trolls in it so that her clients get their happily ever after.

Publisher Page | Maven Fairy Godmother WebsiteMaven Fairy Godmother Facebook

REVIEW

Maven is a middle aged woman who is very unlucky with her life. She has no job, nothing to family, no place to stay, nothing to make her life easy. With no resources, Maven is desperate to have a job – any job. One call changes her life – and her job title? Fairy godmother. 🙂

I actually had a hard time following the story for the sole reason that it had a lot of characters involved although their stories are connected to each other – with that number of characters it can be daunting to remember them all. What I thoroughly enjoy though are the familiar story integrated in the book and how Maven works with them. She is very honest and intuitive (with the help of The Bump) and loves what she does but struggles with how Fiona wants her to do her job.

Maven Fairy Godmother is an enjoyable read it it can definitely tickle your funny bones. The ending was unexpected and my experience with reading Maven Fairy Godmother is one to remember.

AUTHOR BIO
Official Website | @charlottebabb | Facebook

Charlotte Babb began writing when she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name–although she sometimes mistook “Chocolate” for “Charlotte” on the sign at the drug store ice cream counter.

When her third-grade teacher allowed her access to the fiction room at the school library, Charlotte discovered Louisa Alcott and Robert Heinlein, an odd marriage of the minds. These two authors have had the most influence on her desire to share her point of view with the world and to explore how the world might be made better.

In the meantime, Charlotte has fallen prey to steampunk and the gears are turning…corset, bustle and magic, oh my! She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl Friday, and telephone psychic.

She has studied the folk stories of many cultures and wonders what happened to ours. Where the stories are for people over 20 who have survived marriage, divorce, child-rearing, education, bankruptcy, and widowhood? Here.

Charlotte loves Fractured Fairy Tales and writes them for your enjoyment.

FGH: FOUND, GRABBED, HAULED (IMM 9)

FGH: Found, Grabbed & Hauled is basically IMM – rebranded. Like the title said, this post highlights books that I found, grabbed and purchased this week. Includes bookish finds from second hand shops, bookstores, eARCS (Netgalley & Authors/Publishers) and anything book related.

OMG! it’s a month since I posted my last FGH. As I said before, I am trying to cut down with the amount of books that I buy ‘cos my TBR pile is insane as of the moment BUT I can’t really help it. Here’s a few that I got this week:

PURCHASE

I’ve got these babies just a few days ago from TBD and I am really really excited to read them especially the first 2 books since I have read great things.

  • Sweet Evil – This has been suggested by a lot of readers, and the blurb sounds interesting so let’s see. Gorgeous cover too!
  • The Immortal Rules – So freaking excited to read this book! 🙂
  • A Tale Dark & Grimm
  • Animal Farm – because I just NEED to! 😀
  • Timeless – I’ve been a follower of the series since book 1. Have read book 4 but haven’t reviewed it as far as I can remember. Should get on that soon! I’m not liking the cover on this one though 😦

NETGALLEY

FOR REVIEW

Determinant
by A.M. Hargrove

January St. Davis, on her own since the age of sixteen and struggling to stay in college, thinks she’s scored in a major way when she lands a paid summer internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. One evening, after working an especially long shift, a chance encounter with a group of mysterious men alters the course of her life.

Rykerian Yarrister, a Guardian of Vesturon with unearthly powers and impossibly gorgeous looks, finds himself at odds over the human female he recently saved from certain death. When it seems he is on the verge of winning her over, she is ripped from his hands by a strange and powerful being, threatening to destroy her if his demands are not met.

Do Rykerian and the Guardians have the ability to meet this fierce barbarian’s ultimatums, or will January suffer a horrid demise?

** Also receive books 1 & 2 of the series – Survival and Resurrection respectively.

Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil
by Charlotte Henley Babb

Maven’s new dream job–fairy godmother–presents more problems than she expects when she learns that Faery is on the verge of collapse, and the person who is training her isn’t giving her the facts–and may be out to kill her. Will she be able to make all the fractured fairy tales fit together into a happy ending, or will she be eaten by a troll?

The Mine
by John A. Heldt

In 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

** Thanks to John Heldt, Majanka of Enchanted Book Promotions & Cami of Reading Addiction Blog Tour.

SIDE NOTE: I had a very busy schedule last month and I forgot to highlight books from the tour that were already live and I reviewed, making a mental note not to let this happen again.

That’s all I got this week. Next couple of weeks, it’ll be mostly manga featured posts. I am warning you as early as now! hahaha. So what did you guys get this week?