Hello. I'm not sure if this allowed, but I'm willing to ask and give it a try.
A few years ago, I was inspired to try and write a variant of "Aladdin" from the 1001 Arabian Nights. Additionally, Howard Ashman's cut lyrics also played a strong part in my initial drafting of the story.
In the following years since I wrote it, it has since transformed beyond Ashman's lyrics, except for the inclusion of three human friends for Aladdin and the ambition to take the spoiled-princess theme and meld it somehow with the independent-princess theme Jasmine has later.
My initial draft was written between October 2009--July 2011, clocking in at roughly 505,806 words, and four books. It is still, technically, incomplete. But due to feelings of dissatisfaction regarding the plot and some of the characters, I decided this year to begin all over again. Thus, only the first book is officially finished now. Additionally, it is about more than just Aladin; the other central plots woven within it focus on the spoiled princess, a Roman-eques chef, a Hidasta-inspired boy, and a mysterious quest on the part of the caliph across the sea's son.
That said, I think this would normally be the time when I summarize the story so you can decide if it's even worth your time. But as I've developed a distrust of summaries, I'll just offer the first 100 some words, and you can decide for yourself. For reference, this first revised story is only 111,511 words.
( Three Mares and the Treasure-GardenCollapse )
All the same, I would be appreciative and grateful if anyone wanted to read it over, just for curiosity or critique. I'm open to suggestions for change (cut some things, alter things, shorten things, delete things, etc). I mostly just want as many opinions as I can get. Thank you.