Senior Prom 3I know there’s a writing metaphor in here somewhere … if I can just put my finger on it.

The underside of most dresses isn’t meant to be seen, and yet it’s where all the stitching that holds the clothing together can be found. I suppose a book in its final form isn’t meant to show all the hard work and sweat and tears and possibly even throw-yourself-facedown-on-the-floor-despair that went into creating it. It’s a pretty clever dress that can be worn inside-out and um …

Wait, I’m getting there …

It’s a good thing that writers blog about the interior aspects of creating a book, so that we all can appreciate the hard work that goes into them and learn to appreciate our own, sometimes messy, creative process. The underneath side of the book can be beautiful, too, if you accept that all the mistakes and missteps and re-envisioning along the way is necessary and beneficial.

I don’t know if that metaphor really works. It’s just a ruse anyway, so I can show off my daughter’s second prom dress, which is really her first prom dress turned inside out. It’s reversible!



Two proms, two dates, one dress.

Pretty cool, huh? Which side do you like better?

Moving away from my flawed metaphor, but sticking with the theme of proms and, by extension, royal balls, I want to congratulate Mary Waibel on the release of her YA novella, The Mystery Prince — an alternative spin on the Cinderella story.

Mystery PrinceTristan enjoys being in the shadows as Prince Rand’s bodyguard. Similar in looks, the two often exchanged places in their youth, but he never expected the king to order him to impersonate the heir to the throne in order to win the hand of a princess.

Princess Zoe needs to find a husband. After a year of searching with no success, her father insists on hosting a masquerade ball for the eligible princes of the nine kingdoms. Not one prince piques her interest, until she meets the mysterious stranger who won’t tell her his name.

When Tristan meets Zoe he finds the girl of his dreams. The only problem? She’s a princess and he’s impersonating a princeโ€•a crime punishable by imprisonment and floggings.ย 

Unable to tell Zoe his real name, he gives her a special navigation device. One that leads to the owner’s true love. Will this magic device lead Zoe to Tristan, or will her true love forever remain a mystery prince?

You can add The Mystery Prince on Goodreads and find it at Amazon today! Congratulations, Mary!