Hello, lovely readers! Today, I had a short story (which was accepted for publication a while back) published in The Copperfield Review, a journal of historical fiction. It features the ten dollar founding-father, the General, and America’s Favorite Fighting Frenchman (so, I sent them a story about the American Revolution. What did you expect?) You can read “His Excellency” here. Enjoy!
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Hey everybody! I have great news for my fellow Broadway fans (though they’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard this) – two musicals are being made into movies! Sadly, they are not “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen”, but we are getting “Wicked” and “In the Heights”, two of my personal favorites, at some point in the future!
The “Wicked” movie release date is set for 2019. Currently we don’t know when we’ll get “In the Heights”, but we can hope it will be around the same time so we can get hyped for both at the same time.
But just because we won’t get the movies for a while doesn’t mean we can’t already be excited for them – and so I am here to share my dream cast lists for both of these movies. I know there are still rumors that Nicole Scherzinger will play Elphaba, but as those aren’t confirmed, (and she’s pretty much said no), I can give my list without fear of being called an ignorant! Yay fandoms!
Without further ado, here are my dream cast lists for “Wicked” and “In the Heights”.
Top Pick: Samantha Barks
Runners Up: Jasmine Cephas Jones, Anna Kendrick
Galinda – Amanda Seyfried
Runner Up: Mackenzie Mauzy
Fiyero – Jonathan Groffsauce
Runner Up: Aaron Tveit
Boq – Elijah Wood
Runners Up: Brenton Thwaites, Daniel Radcliffe
Nessarose – Phillipa Soo
Runners Up: Emmy Rossum, Anne Hathaway
Madame Morrible – Meryl Streep
Runner Up: Maggie Smith
The Wizard – Ian McKellan
Runner Up: There is no runner up for Ian McKellan
Doctor Dillamond – Hadley Fraser
Runner Up: Michael Park
IN THE HEIGHTS
Usnavi – Javier Munoz
Vanessa – Ana Villafañe
Benny – John Legend
Nina – Lindsay Mendez
Daniela – Andrea Burns
Sonny – Jordan Fisher
Graffiti Pete – Seth Stewart
Piragua Guy – Lin Manuel-Miranda 😀
So there we go! Let me know your picks, and we can get hyped for these movies together!
We’ve all been there before. Your favorite show ends. You stay up until one o’clock reading a book, only for that couple you’ve been shipping the whole time not to end up together. (Seriously, authors?) So you go online, pull up Archive Of Our Own or Fanfiction.net, and starting clacking away at the laptop keys until everything is set right. Then you just sit back and wait for the feedback to roll in, and cry over cute fanarts while you wait. (I’ll never let go, Mergana!)
Fanfiction is far more than a hobby. For many people, it is an obsession, and, like everything in fandom, often a huge time-sink. Trust me, I know. I have four books I’m supposed to be working on, but all I want to do watch Lost, play Breath of the Wild, and write about founding fathers giving each other sad glances and trying to disguise their obvious love for each other. (I see you there, John Laurens.) Fortunately for me, I found a way that I can both write fanfiction and be productive… and then I found two other ways which I don’t plan on using, but thought I should share all the same. Without further ado, here are H.G.’s “Three *Actual* Ways To Publish Fanfiction”.
Number One: Get Permission From The Creator
Pretty obvious, right? And also the one that’s least likely to work. But listen to what I’m saying anyway. A while back, lots of Star Wars fanfiction was published as companion books. And by lots I mean A LOT. Plus, they all had permission and could do some pretty zany things that were quite obviously non-canon (trust me, I read a few.) And people are still writing them! True, it’s more for the new universe now, but I’d still call it fanfiction. I can’t tell you how to get yourself onto the writing team for these books, or even if there is such a thing. All I can tell you is that, if you are given permission from the creator of a series/TV show/comic/etc., you can go ahead and write fanfiction for it. Getting that permission is the hard part.
Number Two: Write Historical Fiction
Historical Fiction is a time-honored tradition among writers – both alternate history and retellings of true events. It’s a tricky market, but if you can do it right, and if you put in the right amount of research, you can make good money off of it. In the fanfiction community, a lot of stories are written about real people, and this is called RPF. While Historical Fiction doesn’t always deal with real people, they’re often important, and it could be considered fanfiction… though the Historical Fiction community would mean that as an insult. (How rude.) Fortunately for me, I really enjoy doing research. I pretty much only read biographies these days, and I’m wiling to read a lot of them. I am in fact currently doing research for a historical fiction novel on Hamilton, Laurens, and Lafayette (big surprise), so technically, yes, I am going to make money off my OT3, back away from my babies, you can’t have them they’re mine. (And each other’s. But I digress.)
The picture above is from a television show which I have not watched, but I know takes place in the American Revolution -AKA my favorite thing ever. It is AMC’S “Turn” and according to the people who have watched it, it is basically a fanfiction as a lot of the stuff that happens is enormously unrealistic and/or inaccurate. Have a gif of Lafayette.
Number Three: Write On a Work That is Public Domain
This lovely book is a retelling of the “Alice in Wonderland” story, as told by a younger Queen of Hearts. It was one of the few YA books I read and actually enjoyed – and not only as a retelling, because I’m not an especially big Wonderland fan to begin with. In fact, retellings are often so interesting because they can stand on their own and show the story in a whole new way.
But, you’ll notice that one never really sees retellings based on currently popular books. Well, that’s because those are all new and therefore still under copyright protection. About – I believe it is currently 95 years – 95 years after a book is released, if copyright is not renewed by whoever owns it upon the author’s death, a work enters the public domain and anyone can use it, because no one owns it any longer. While certain versions of it may not be public domain, the work as a whole is, and you can write adaptations, spin-offs, or fanfictions to your heart’s content. Some works that are public domain include “Anne of Green Gables” (hence the awful Netflix show), “The Great Gatsby” “Peter Pan” and some (but not all) of the “Sherlock Holmes” stories.
Of course the best and most successful fanfiction (in my mind) that fits this category would be…
So there you have it! If your story, or one you are planning on writing, fits any of these categories, go ahead and set fingers to keyboard! Of course, getting it published after it’s written is the tricky part…
Today’s guest post is a Lord of the Rings fanfiction by a fellow fan named Nicky. I enjoyed this so much, because not only was it fanfiction, it was also poetry, which I have a soft spot for. So thank you to Nicky for submitting this lovely piece! If you’d like to find any of Nicky’s other work, I have the following links:
A few days after the great battle the armies of the West gather once more upon the Pelennor Fields in order to march towards the Morannon, the same Black Gate that Frodo and Sam saw upon their journey to Mordor and realised was impossible to enter. Tolkien describes the march as a “hopeless journey”, one that must end in inevitable defeat and death, and this begins to weigh upon the hearts of the young soldiers.
For those who have lived their lives in the far provinces of Gondor and of Rohan, Mordor has been but a name only, albeit a dark and fearful one, now it is a living nightmare that is beyond their comprehension. Aragorn treats them with mercy, allowing them to withdraw and to fulfil a mission that they can comprehend. They are to recapture the island of Cair Andros that lies within the waters of the Anduin.
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~Hamilton/18th Century RPF~
Everyone is born with a mark on their wrist that matches the mark of their soulmate. Most people have one mark; some people have none. Alexander Hamilton has two.
John toys with an assignment from his Psychology professor and learns a few things about his roommate along the way.
Yet another Laflams soulmate AU, this one taking place in the Revolution. You can take away your soulmate’s pain just by touching them, but the catch is that you then have to make that pain your own.
Fed up with all of the infighting from his cabinet and hoping to put them in their place, Washington forces Jefferson and Hamilton to hug before a meeting. Little does he know the effects this will have on his right hand man. Fortunately, Aaron Burr is there to help.
A Merlin/Lord of the Rings Cross over. Sam and Frodo are sent to Gaius, the physician of Camelot, for healing after the destruction of the Ring.
Several drabbles based on the musical “In the Heights” by Lin-Manuel Miranda
A Fi x Ghirahim retelling of the video game “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword”.