(Let's try and ignore the fact that this post is being published MONTHS later than the ones it's supposed to be responding to. I'm great at follow-up, aren't I? *sigh*)
I have too many story ideas. I have so many bouncing around in my head at once - it's nothing short of maddening.
These will be divided into novel ideas and short story ideas - and hopefully I'll be able to see which have the most appeal (and which to write first, someday, if - * ahem* - when I finish my current projects). Note that these are all working titles, because many of them suck.
Season of the Hunt
Wait, but why?: This was all about the aesthetic - black and red and pale, pretty flowers. I just wanted to write something with that feel to it, and Red Riding Hood seemed like the perfect thing to steal and twist into exactly what I wanted it to be.
Of Keyholes and Roses
Wait, but why?: This whole thing springs from the fairy tale - I found this on a list of little-known fairy tales, and it's so delightfully screwed up and creepy that I couldn't help coming up with a book idea for it. Then I added the element of diversity that I've been yearning for in books.
Pick Your Poison
Wait, but why?: I basically combined a bunch of elements I want to see in YA - Asian-inspired fantasy, girls making poisons, girls fighting rape, girls in medicine, friendship, a YA without a romance - and came up with this.
The Silent and the Stained
Wait, but why?: I mainly came up with this because I had this idea about magical tattoos and I wanted to write a protagonist who looked like Emma Watson. Truth.
Wait, but why?: My younger brother asked me to write this - we came up with it together (he did the name, genre, and some of the premise stuff) and I thought it'd be super fun if I managed to do it right.
Wait, but why?: I MUST WRITE A FLAPPER BOOK. ALSO MAGIC IN THE 20s. ALSO THE GREAT GATSBY. Yeah.
Short Story Ideas
If we're thinking inspirations, Seii and Kaoru are obviously heavily inspired by Chihiro and Haku from the Miyazaki film Spirited Away.
Wait, but why?: I was deeply inspired by Chihiro and Haku after a rewatch of Spirited Away and wanted to do something with the Orpheus myth because it has so much potential.
"The Art of Swallowing"
Wait, but why?: I just adored this fairy tale so much. There's so much feminist awesomeness going on here, even if the ending ruins it a little. (The ending involves the heroine making a wish so that she turns into a boy and marries Iliane that way. I'm planning on keeping the heroine as a girl.)