New book project

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Snads ~CRK · Author · added over 1 year ago
Hello, everyone! I see we have forums now! I am far behind the times.

I started a project on here a couple years ago, and now I’ve returned due to the Launchpad contest and my working on a new novel.
(Don’t worry, the other two I had on here are still alive and well in my files; they just aren’t on Inkshares anymore)

Introducing: Pria, Prima Ballerina.
I have had this book in mind for six years, and I’m just now confident I can write it. It was a big hit at writer’s groups, so I’m hoping I can make a go at it on Inkshares this time to sell some copies (If not, then we’ll see how the contest results go)

More out of interest for your perusal and not to bore you, here is the short synopsis of the novel I wrote up today:

 

       Pria, Prima Ballerina is the story of a seven-year-old ballet prodigy named Pria and her discovery of the world around her as well as her coming in tune with her own emotions and her life. The novel follows her first day at Marnet’s Academy of Dance at age 7 through to her maturing and ending at her debut to an official ballet company at age 16.

Rose Adagio:

        PRIA, at age 7, is a stoic and detached girl who believes she was born only to dance and follows her calling akin to a programmed automaton. She begins study at Marnet’s Academy of Dance, the most prestigious dance school in Diamond City, and insists she wants to continue study until she can no longer dance. However, she is disappointed because her first class is with others her own age, and the course is very slow and boring. After much complaining, she visits MR. MARNET, and he agrees to move her up a level (despite his concern of everyone being preteens and much older than Pria); his compliance makes her happy. Now in the advanced ballet class, Pria is first overwhelmed by all the bigger kids, but she learns to try to relax. Pria looks forward to the class once the instructor tells them they’ll be doing a production of the Nutcracker Suite. During the practice and auditions for The Nutcracker, Pria gets a mysterious letter which later matches up with another letter that is in her bouquet after the recital. Mr. Marnet is surprised, though he won’t divulge who it is. Pria turns to her foster dad, ASHER, whom she always believed was her foster dad, though he never formally told her. Following the letter after the Christmas party, Pria meets and discovers her real father, MR. DROSSELMEYER, a journalist and photographer for the city paper. But Pria has yet to learn more about her mysterious mother. Also during the Nutcracker story, Pria looks forward to being in the same class as another younger student among the preteens, ÉMILE, who is very nice and baffles Pria with his openness of emotion and caring. As the two become close friends, Pria wonders what it would be like to be open to one’s emotions and discovers during dress rehearsal that she can channel the ballet song and become the character she’s acting in place of. This allows her to understand what it would be like to be a real girl like Clara. Émile begins to show a fondness for Pria, as well, admitting after the recital that she and he make a good pair.

        As spring nears, Pria joins the same advanced class again to be in the different ballet they are doing for the spring, which is Glazunov’s The Seasons. As the magnolias bloom around town, Pria becomes strangely nostalgic and cannot concentrate on anything else but the flowers. Then she realizes her perfume and pocket notebook both have magnolias attuned with them. Buried in the connects and immersed in the nostalgia, Pria suddenly collapses during dress rehearsal and cries—a feeling which she never had before, so the teachers and supervisors believe she’s choking. At home, Pria demands of her foster father the reason magnolias are so special, and he relays, heartbroken, that MAGNOLIA was her mother’s name. She was an astounding dancer just like Pria, and Asher and Mr. Marnet believe that, in some capacity, her spirit lives on in Pria. Pria wants to learn more about her mother, but Asher denies her to, for it pains him too much to remember his lost sister who died so tragically young. Mr. Marnet isn’t much of a help, either, as he just recalls fond memories. Pria looks for something more intrinsic—which she doesn’t find until she’s 14.

Lilac Fairy:

        A time skip puts Pria at age 14, and she joins a traveling ballet company attached to Marnet’s Academy of Dance. Though Pria insists she has no desire to travel, she joins the company’s first production of Swan Lake. All throughout the rehearsal and auditions, Pria is ridiculed by the other girls and especially teased by VANESSA, who becomes her rival literally and metaphorically as the black swan. Meanwhile, Pria finds a few nice girls who become her friends, though she is still uncertain what it means to have friends. At the debut production of Swan Lake, Pria is ridiculed by Vanessa and her gang and ends up falling not due to Vanessa’s trick but due to her own crutches of guilt and pain she felt inside. Mortified, Pria runs away the next morning, wandering around the city in the rain. Émile returns and tries to catch her, saying he has always looked up to her and even travelled just so he could keep up with her. He takes Pria back home to dry her off and get her some lunch, and they’re both met by the nice girls in Pria’s class, who were worried about her from yesterday. Seeing that they all care about her, Pria finally cries, letting herself understand the range of emotions one can feel. Pria, now, understands what it means to be cared about.

        Returning slowly to ballet again, Pria is told by Émile that he loves her, an emotion she has yet to understand fully and reciprocate. He says he understands, and allows Pria to meditate on it awhile. The two go out for a date in town and return to the academy together for the announcement of the next ballet, which won’t be for a whole year (It’s Sleeping Beauty). Pria finishes her course with the bully girls, who are still upset with her. Meanwhile, Pria helps her foster father clean out their house and finds a box in the attic which contains memories of her mother. She takes it without Asher’s permission. When the bullying gets to be too much, Pria turns to the treasure box with her mother’s things and finds a mirror. When she talks to Mr. Marnet, he gives in and shows her a picture of her mother, a likeness to Pria which is almost haunting—though more mature and poised. Pria later confronts the mean girls, saying that she knows who she is and that she has the truth inside her and will no longer accept their lies. Returning home, Pria smiles into the mirror, believing her mother is there with her to protect her. Still confused about love, Pria visits Drosselmeyer’s house and asks him about mom. He reminisces, saying she was his muse and he loved it when he’d take pictures of her dancing for the newspapers. Pria cherishes the thought of being someone’s muse and hopes to be one someday. After a while, Pria gets in trouble by Asher for taking the treasure box, and she tries to hide it because it means a lot to her. The mean girls tease her she is summoning a ghost, and Pria realizes for the first time what it means for someone to die and disappear. Now nervous, Pria tries to muster the courage to listen to the cassette tape that was in the box. When she does, she hears a lovely song, “Grande Valse” from Raymonda. Feeling her mother’s soul in that song, she dances along. Mr. Marnet burst in the practice room, knowing what song is playing, and sees Pria for the first time being just like her mom but also distinctly herself. Pria collapses and cries again, asking why the song ends so abruptly. Mr. Marnet explains that ballet songs run into each other, as though the dance never ends but continues with the next song; he wonders how she never knew that. Pria responds with “Now I know.” Now a bit more confident, Pria practices in her new course at the academy. Suddenly, she gets word that Mr. Marnet has had a heart attack upstairs, and the ambulance is on its way. Pria rushes to him and screams hysterically, acting like she never has before. At the hospital, she dances numbly in the serenity garden and is greeted and comforted by Émile, Asher, and Mr. Drosselmeyer. Pria sees Mr. Marnet before Asher takes her back home and realizes then and there what it means to care and love someone—it means being afraid to see them go.

        At last, the ballet company announces Sleeping Beauty and even calls for open auditions because there are so many parts to fill. Pria is destined, she believes, to get the main role, so she tries even harder than usual, a feeling she never experienced before. Émile tries his best to be the prince to Pria’s Aurora. When they get the parts, Pria finds herself feeling oddly nervous and strange around Émile, though he seems composed and the same as usual. She later realizes this is what it means to have a crush and also learns more about growing up and puberty. For the first time, Pria has fun around the city with friends and gets used to the idea of “hanging out” after practice. At the same time, Pria tries to come to terms with being like her mother, who was very emotional and channeling in her work. Pria finds this to be too difficult on her and gets frustrated, but Émile insists she’s fine the way she is. Pria then vows to find her own way. After Sleeping Beauty, Pria and Émile decide to formally start a relationship, something which Pria knows she’ll have to get used to, and Émile laughs and says she gets it by now.

        In an extra story, a charity ballet starts up at the academy and an international student comes to visit from Russia to see Pria. VITALYA is one of Pria’s fans and is happy to see her in person, as she cites her as an inspiration. Pria somehow becomes fond of Vitalya and the two go about town, visiting shops and eating ice cream. As they practice, Pria begins to notice that Vitalya’s talent is stifled; she suddenly realizes her private teacher is scolding her and hitting her a lot, so Pria steps in and stops her from hurting Vitalya. Vitalya explains to Pria that she learned from her true strength and insists she can make it on her own now without her mentor. After the charity recital and end of the internship study, Vitalya returns home, leaving Pria a few souvenirs, including the newspaper article about Pria she cherished back home.

        Pria, now almost 16, looks upon her future and wonders where it could take her. She’s learned so much about dance—but mostly about herself and others. She longs to find out what others things there could be in her life and in this world that she can cherish. With a sigh, she continues on with her mother’s spirit guiding her and her friends at her side.



The novel is in two parts and follows Pria’s life into maturity as she discovers herself and her family as well as new friends. It’s one of those kinds of books. I hope you’ll look forward to it, and I am happy to be back on Inkshares to help everyone out and enjoy reading and writing books together!

~CRK