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Tiffany Rott

Adventures of a Storyteller

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As a welcome back to the blog after a long hiatus, I thought I’d introduce a new series I hope to become a regular on the blog:

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My hope is to post something about whatever I’m writing about once a week.

Today, I thought I’d post a snippet of my book.

Well, let me define “snippet”.

In First Laugh: A Fairy Tale, (which is getting an overhaul that I’m really excited about!) the fairy, First Laugh retells the story of Snow White. I had a lot of fun writing my own version of the classic fairy tale, so I thought it would be a fun way to restart blogging.

So here it is, First Laugh’s Snow White:

Once upon a time there was a beautiful Queen who was going to have a princess. As she sat next to an open window making a dress for the princess, she pricked her finger with the needle. She watched a drop of her blood fall onto the pure white snow.

“I pray my daughter will be white as snow, red as blood, and black as the ebony window sill.”

Her wish was granted and the princess was born with skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony. But sadly, the Queen only lived long enough to name her daughter Snow White.

Just a year later, the king remarried. His new wife was beautiful…and she knew it. Her prized possession was a mirror, but not just any mirror. This was a magic mirror. Each morning the Queen would stand in front of it and repeat the magic chant.

“Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”

And the mirror would always answer:

“Thou, oh Queen,
Are the fairest to be seen.”

The Queen gloried in this praise. She was so vain that she didn’t notice that Snow White was growing up to be a great beauty herself. So she was furious when, one day, the Mirror answered back:

“Thou, oh Queen,
Were the fairest to be seen,
But now in your place
Is another with fairer grace.
The daughter of the king
Is now the fairest to be seen.”

The Queen stormed out of her chamber and summoned her huntsman.

“I have a mission for you. Complete it and you will be handsomely rewarded. Take Snow White, daughter of the king, into the woods and kill her. Bring me her heart as proof that you have accomplished this task and I will let you and your family live.”

She dismissed him.

The Huntsman took the princess into the woods, but he couldn’t bring himself to kill the beautiful young princess before him.

“My princess, the Queen has ordered me to kill you.”

The horrified look she gave him pierced his heart.

“But I cannot. However you mustn’t come back to the castle. The Queen will only try again. You must fly! Fly!”

His voice rang out after her as she ran blindly through the woods. She ran and ran. She ran all night. Finally her legs gave way just outside a clearing. She looked through the trees and saw a little house. She made her way to the front door and knocked. When no one answered, she tried the door handle; it was open. She walked in, hoping that someone was there and just hadn’t heard her knocking.

The sight that met her eyes was shocking. The house was a mess! There were socks and jackets hung up all over. The kitchen sink was full of pots and pans.

Snow White searched the downstairs and called, but couldn’t find anyone else.

“Maybe if I clean up, they’ll let me stay.”

She worked hard all morning and by lunch the place was sparkling. She was exhausted and decided to go upstairs. It was just one long room. In two rows were seven small beds. Snow White went to the longer row, pushed the beds together, and lay across the four beds. When she woke the light was filtering through the leaves on the trees right into Snow White’s eyes. But that’s not what made Snow White blink. There were seven little men standing around the beds. Snow White sat up.

“Oh, hello. I hope you don’t mind. I was running all night and I came in and began to clean. Then I just had to rest.”

The oldest looking little man stepped forward.

“We are glad you chose our house.”

The dwarves muttered amongst themselves.

“Excuse me, but are you the princess?”

“Why, yes, I am.”

“We are honored that you are here, but if you don’t mind us asking…why?”

Snow White told the tale of her journey to the cottage. The dwarves were sympathetic and invited her to live at the cottage with them. Excited at the prospect, Snow White eagerly agreed.

The next morning Snow White fixed breakfast for the dwarves. When they left for the mines where they worked, Snow White finished tidying the kitchen.

She gathered an armload of socks that needed darning and sat by the fire to work.

She had finished three pairs when there was a knock on the door. She quickly answered it. An old woman stood on the step with a basket on her arm.

“Hello there, my beauty. Would you like one of these laces? Just a penny.”

She held up a stunning clue lace that perfectly matched the dress she was wearing. But Snow White hesitated. She knew she didn’t have the money for such beautiful laces. As is she read her thought, the old woman spoke up.

“Oh, look how perfectly this lace goes with your dress. Here, you take it. As a gift.”

She pressed the lace into Snow White’s hand.

“Thank you. That’s very kind.”

“Would you like me to put it on for you?”

Snow White accepted and the old woman took out her old lace and threaded the new one in. Snow White glanced down and admired the belt tightening. Her joy turned to concern when the old woman didn’t stop tightening the lace. As she tried to ask her to stop, the world spun and then went black. The old woman watched with satisfaction as Snow White slumped to the floor.

As she slipped out and left through the wood, she transformed from an old woman into the evil Queen.

The dwarves were heading home for lunch. When they stepped into the clearing, they saw their front door opened. Fearing what they would find, they rushed inside.

The youngest dwarf hurried to the girl. Seeing the tight belt he quickly cut the lace. All the dwarves gathered around Snow White.

Much to their relief, Snow White gasped. They helped her to a chair. Concerned they asked what had happened. She explained about the old woman.

“Without a doubt, it was the Queen. She is still determined to kill you. You musn’t let anyone in. We want you to be safe.”

Snow White agreed. Insisting she felt fine, she made lunch for the dwarves. Sending them off again, she cleaned up the kitchen and then sat down to finish the socks. She had just put the last pair away and was in the kitchen starting dinner, when a face appeared at the window. It was a young woman dressed in rags. Pausing, Snow White greeted her.

“May I help you?”

“I have some combs for sale. Would you like to buy one?”

“I’m sorry. I don’t have any money.”

“Well, if you would let me in, maybe I have one that you can have.”

“That’s very kind of you, but I’m not allowed to let people in.”

“Oh, that’s all right. If you just come out, I’ll put the comb in your hair.”

Snow White considered for a minute. The dwarves hadn’t told her not to go outside. And the combs were very pretty.

“Thank you.”

Snow White stepped outside. The young woman took on of the combs out of her basket and pushed it into Snow White’s hair. A moment later Snow White fainted. The young lady laughed as she disappeared through the clearing and again changed into the evil Queen.

The dwarves had finished their work for the night and returned to find Snow White unconscious in the clearing. The eldest noticed the beautiful comb and quickly pulled it out. Still Snow White didn’t move. They carried her to their beds upstairs and watched her closely.

At long last, her eyes fluttered and she awoke. 

Somewhat sternly, the oldest dwarf asked what had happened. Snow White told them of the young woman and her combs.

“Sounds like another trick of the Queen. Snow White, you must promise me that tomorrow you won’t let anyone in the house or leave the house yourself.”

Snow White agreed. The dwarves insisted that she stay in bed while they got dinner and tidied up.

By the next day, Snow White felt as right as dew drops on a buttercup. She got up, fed the dwarves, and sent them on their way. The dwarves warned Snow White not to forget her promise.

The day passed uneventfully. The dwarves came home for lunch and left again. Snow White was setting the table for dinner when she heard a knock on the door. She went to it, but didn’t open it.

“May I help you?”

“I’m selling apples, my dear, would you care for one?”

“No, thank you. I’m not supposed to let anyone in or go out the door myself.”

“Oh, that’s okay. If you will open the window I can hand it to you. They are such lovely apples. Juicy and red.”

The voice moved to the window and Snow White saw the face that went with it. A truly ugly face. Snow White was scared…but those apples really did look delicious…

The hag saw her hesitate and pressed her advantage.

“Deary, there’s nothing to be afraid of. I won’t come in and you don’t have to come out. Here, have a sample.”

The hag cut off a part of the apple and foolishly, Snow White took it. She took one bite and fell to the floor. The hag scurried away as the dwarves came home. They found Snow White, but this time nothing they did could restore her.

As they watched her lying there so peacefully, they realized they couldn’t bury her beautiful face with dirt. They built a glass coffin and placed her in it. They stacked some large stones for a base and put the coffin in the clearing. For almost a month the dwarves kept watch.

One day a prince from a neighboring kingdom stumbled into the clearing. He was immediately captivated by the beauty of the lady who lay in the coffin. He waited for the dwarves to come home. When they arrived in the clearing, the prince hurried forward and introduced himself. The dwarves accepted his introduction, but were wary. After all, the Queen had played so many tricks on them they couldn’t be sure this wasn’t another trick.

“I assure you, I have no association with the Queen of this land. I was on a royal visit to a neighboring country. On our way back, I decided to take this shortcut ahead of my people. They will catch up to me by tomorrow. They can vouchsafe for  who I am.”

After listening to his story, the dwarves were inclined to be more friendly to him. Then the Prince made his request.

“When I walked into the clearing I saw the beautiful maiden encased in glass. I want to marry her. When will she awake?”

Sadly, the dwarves told the Prince her story. The Prince was heartbroken that the beautiful maiden would not wake up, but he felt that he couldn’t leave the princess in the woods.

“I will build a house for her coffin in my palace. She will be admired by all who come.”

The dwarves talked amongst themselves. They agreed that letting the prince take Snow White away would be the most honorable thing they could do for her.

The prince stayed with the dwarves for the night, until the rest of his group arrived. The next day they put the coffin on a wagon. Eager to get the beautiful princess back to his palace and honor her, the prince set off right away.

The road to the palace was rough and the coffin was jostled quite a bit. The prince walked behind the wagon to steady the precious cargo. After a particularly bad bump, the prince saw something fall out of the princess’ mouth. Hurriedly he called for the driver to stop the wagon.

Lifting off the glass top of the coffin, the prince reached in and took a piece of apple from her pillow. The princess started breathing steadily. The prince reached his arm under her shoulders and lifted her to help her breath more easily. The princess’ eyes opened.

Snow White smiled into the prince’s face. He gently lifted her out. 

And they lived happily ever after.

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A New Year

Wow! It has been a really long time since I posted here.

Since my last post I’ve:

  • Won Nano!
  • Performed twice for the Second Sunday Series Concerts!
  • Had a fun Thanksgiving with my work family!
  • Attended the first conference of the year!
  • Hosted my parents for a few days’ visit!
  • Visited them in Florida for 2 glorious weeks!
  • Celebrated Christmas with 60 degree weather (and enjoyed temperatures up to 72 degrees!)
  • Visited with my sister, her husband, and their kidlets
  • Started a brand new year at work!

So much busyness! But so wonderful too!

Amidst all of the celebrations and such, I got ready for a new year. One of the gifts I received was the devotional book, Jesus Calling.  I read the first entry on January 1st and one of the verses jumped out at me….

Romans 12:2 “And fashion not yourselves like unto this world but be ye changed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God is.”

I don’t usually choose a verse of the year or anything, but for over a year now God has been laying this one on my mind:

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.”

Then after losing my niece about a year ago, I was sharing this verse with a good friend of mine and they pointed out the part of the verse that says “not to harm you” and, I tell you, I clung to that part of the verse during all the sleepless nights, all the tears, and all the incredible frustrations. I didn’t understand how all of that wasn’t harming me, but if God had said it, I had to believe it was true.

Again it became dear to me when I learned of the passing of a precious little girl I worked with in New Zealand. I grabbed that verse so hard, you could practically hear it choking.

That verse and that particular phrase sustained me through one of the hardest emotional years I’ve ever been through.

And to tell the truth it is still sustaining me today. I still have bad days, but the Lord continually brings this verse to mind.

But when I read Romans 12:2, I knew that this was the verse God was going to use for me this year. My desire is to focus on “renewing my mind” to be more intentional in becoming like Christ in my thoughts and actions.

I have a long way to go to be emotionally healed after this last year, but I feel like I’m at the point where I’ve been so broken down I can only be built back up…..And this is the way I want to build my self back up, from my heart and mind out.

A New Year!

A new year is here! It seems to have come so suddenly. It sort of passed by without my noticing. In fact, I was sitting on my sister’s couch watching Indiana Jones and the Something of Something (I’m horrible at remembering which title goes with which movie) with her and then suddenly it was midnight! And a new year.

Wow, a new year.

When I got back to Indiana, this is what my new year looked like:

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I am really excited to see what God has in store for this year. He’s given me a glimpse of all the possibilities, and He is leading in some great ways! I’m hoping to have an announcement up on my Facebook page by this weekend.

As I wait for His leading, I have come up with some “goals” for this year:

  • To draw closer and closer to Him with every fiber of my being
  • To learn to listen to His prompts and act on them
  • To continue in my pursuit of excellence in my acting
  • To continue working on my children stories and illustrations
  • To continue working on my full-length novels
  • To let the whole world know about the MasterWorks Festival! (lucky for me, this one gets to be my job as well as my goal!)

Now that I look at that list, please excuse me……I think I have something to do!

NaNo 2013

 

 

 

 

I am desperately trying to ignore the snow falling outside and focus on a post about NaNo (NaNoWriMo [National Novel Writing Month]).

This is the fourth year that I’ve done NaNo and I felt like I needed to do something to change it up a bit. So I started browsing the forums looking for one of the amazing calendars that people make specifically for NaNo. I found one here. I love it when they have motivating quotes.

But, back to my endeavor to find something new for this year, I had done the calendar before. In my effort to do something different, I wanted to go WAY different. So I decided to write the quotes on index cards that I could cross off to keep track of progress.

Then I found another calendar that had a word challenge for each day. So I combined them and created my own NaNo calendar on the back of my door.
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Here is a close up of the quotes and challenge words (actually, I didn’t like the quote that was on the 29th, so I added this one, which I thought was very appropriate).DSC_0434

Also, for the first time, I’m writing from a place where all the hats and coats and warmth everyone on NaNo talks about are actually needed. So I thought I’d add warmth to my room with candles. I also find that when I use the same scent used every time, it write helps me get in the right mood.DSC_0438As full disclosure, I am WAY behind on my word count. But now that Second Sunday Series is over I’m hoping to make up for lost time.

Are any of you doing NaNo?

(PS My plan is to go out with my camera when I get home and take pictures of this glorious snow!)

 

Watercolour

So last night I getting ready to work on some illustrations for a children’s book and I thought, “Oh, I should take a picture of this for the blog!”

So I did:

DSC_0394(And yes, Once Upon A Time was a necessary part of the process.)

Then I started and within a few minutes I looked around that perfectly set up desk and realized that this is what the desk usually looks like. So I decided that I should really take a picture of what it really looks like.

DSC_0399(Notice that Once Upon A Time was not just a set-up……that was real. 🙂 )

So that’s what has been taking up a lot of my evenings. Notice the coffee. 🙂

Give-Away Reminder

There are still 19 days to enter the Give-Away!

Here’s a reminder of my previous post:

I’ve decided to host a summer long Give-Away. The give-away consists of two of my own blends from Adagio Teas,  a teacup, and tea strainer.

Chosen Teas

The Chosen blend is based on the main character in my WIP, Kate. She has a story she wants the whole world to hear!

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I have created two blends (so far) for my First Laugh: A Fairy Tale line. There is a First Laugh and a Hope blend.

Since the give-away will last until August 17th, there are many ways to enter.

1. The easiest one is to comment on this blog.  (1 entry)

2. “Like” my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiffany-Rott/265983246872807?fref=ts (1 entry) (If you already have, let me know by commenting on this blog: 2 for 1 🙂 )

3. If you have never tried Adagio Teas before, let me know and I’ll send you a $5 dollar off coupon! (1 entry)

3. If you have a copy of First Laugh: A Fairy Tale, take a picture with it and share it with me! (2 entries)

4. If you have tried one of my Adagio Tea blends already, leave a review (3 entries)

5. If you have First Laugh: A Fairy Tale, review it on Amazon.com (4 entries)

Each time you do one of the above (and let me know 🙂 ) I’ll put your name on my list for the appropriate number of entries. Then on Aug 17 I’ll combine all entries and pull out the winner!

While I’m not going to be able to blog regularly, I am hoping to be keeping up with a picture blog of my adventures over the summer. Obviously that didn’t happen. 🙂

So here’s to Summer, Adventures, Acting, and Friends!

Summer Give-Away

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a week to go by as quickly as I do now. This Sunday starts The MasterWorks Festival! I am immersed in finishing up office work, character analysis, costume research, and line familiarizing…..and having the best time.

It also begins at least a month of disappearing from the blog.

So to make up for that, I’ve decided to host a summer long Give-Away. The give-away consists of two of my own blends from Adagio Teas,  a teacup, and tea strainer.

Chosen TeasThe Chosen blend is based on the main character in my WIP, Kate. She has a story she wants the whole world to hear!

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I have created two blends (so far) for my First Laugh: A Fairy Tale line. There is a First Laugh and a Hope blend.

 

Since the give-away will last until August 17th, there are many ways to enter.

1. The easiest one is to comment on this blog. What are you doing this summer? If you write, what is you current WIP? (1 entry)

2. “Like” my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiffany-Rott/265983246872807?fref=ts (1 entry)

3. If you have never tried Adagio Teas before, let me know and I’ll send you a $5 dollar off coupon! (1 entry)

3. If you have a copy of First Laugh: A Fairy Tale, take a picture with it and share it with me! (2 entries)

4. If you have tried one of my Adagio Tea blends already, leave a review (3 entries)

5. If you have First Laugh: A Fairy Tale, review it on Amazon.com (4 entries)

Each time you do one of the above (and let me know 🙂 ) I’ll put your name on my list for the appropriate number of entries. Then on Aug 17 I’ll combine all entries and pull out the winner!

While I’m not going to be able to blog regularly, I am hoping to be keeping up with a picture blog of my adventures over the summer.

So here’s to Summer, Adventures, Acting, and Friends!

How To Write A Book

For those of you expecting my Summer Give-Away announcement today…..I’ve run into a snag with a few of the things that are included. It should all be sorted out by next week…..On to this blog post:

The title is a complete misnomer. There is absolutely no one-way to write a book! But I have finally found my method.

First you write a 34 page, single-spaced outline:

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Then you take all the pages that look like this:

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And change them to look more like this: (this was a page I had semi-edited before I printed it, so it’s not really that bad)

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Then you go to the room you’ve just moved into and put a writing wall up and you pin everything there:

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The middle is kept for me to keep track of what I need to to. Although the One Pass Manuscript Revision is meant for after the story is written, I found that it helped me with the 34 page outline to confirm what I need to pursue and what needs to get cut, before I edit it all. And the reason my story isn’t already up is notated at the bottom of the board:

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Until this morning I couldn’t remember what I had done with it. Fortunately I found it on my way out the door and, hopefully, it will soon be covering those boards!

Next weeks is the big summer giveaway announcement. Come back a visit!

Just Stopping By

The summer has begun in earnest! My days are full of packing, line memorizing, lesson plan making, work planning. So I will be disappearing from the blog for the summer. (Although I’ll be appearing off-Broadway! 🙂 )

But come back next week for a very exciting giveaway I’m doing over the summer! I’m really excited about it and think you all will be too.

It has something to do with these:

Chosen Teas

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I’m really excited to share, but alas, lunch break is over. So I’ll be back next week with all the details. 🙂

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