What happens when Sleeping Beauty wakes up? That was the question I asked myself when I started writing my story "After Waking," which has just been published in The Quotable. Just think how weird it would be to wake up and find you'd slept away a century. In some versions of the tale, everyone sleeps in the castle along with Sleeping Beauty. How would those people see her? How would she see them? And how would she react to her long sleep?
For starters, I thought, she might have trouble sleeping.
When I blog about stories, I sometimes like to talk about what inspired the story or how the writing process worked (as I did when I blogged about the talking cat story.) "After Waking" did have an unusual road to completion, but I'm not going to write about it here because I wrote a short piece on it for The Quotable blog. I will post a link when it goes live.
Ann Hillesland writes fiction and essays. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including Fourth Genre, Bayou, The Laurel Review, and Sou’wester.
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