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From the Writer’s Desk

Getting Entwined
By Heather Dixon

I’m a little shy posting today. All the other Greenwillow authors have done adventurous things like visiting misty woods and haunted houses and dark caves and stuff. I’ve never been anywhere. Unless you count going to the apartment mailbox, and I don’t.
 
I was daring once. In college. I lived on ketchup and took classes outside of my major. One of these classes was Latin dance, where we’d learn samba and rumba and all sorts of –mba dances and even the Paso Doble.

Paso Greenwillow

You can watch the Paso Doble here. Pretty passionate, huh? In fact, they almost seem to be fighting. And they are, in a way. The Paso Doble is a bullfight-charade dance, where the lady is the bull and the gentleman is the bullfighter. They duck and turn and feint and then both snap back into position.

Fascinating! The dancers were at odds, and yet still working together to make a story. The idea took seed in my head, and I envisioned a waltz-like dance—one that was both proper and competitive, where the couple was a pair and also a rivalry. But in a fun way. I think that’s when the Entwine was first born.

Since Entwined isn’t out for a while, I’m going to post the dancing instructions here and you can try it at home. And I won’t even charge you a penny!

Dance Position Greenwillow

In the Entwine, the couple begins apart from each other in open dance position. They each hold a side of a long sash. To win, the gentleman must entangle the lady with the sash, wrapping it around her wrists and pinning them together. Winning for the lady means not getting caught! The dance is timed: three minutes.

Dance steps in the Entwine are similar to a waltz, but in open position, with more spins and twists and under-sash turns. The dancers aren’t allowed to lean, yank, whip, knot, or punch. It is a Victorian dance, after all.

The most skilled lady is the one who never gets caught.

Entwine Greenwillow

And the most skilled gentleman, of course, is the one who lets the lady win. :)

Fin Greenwillow

Entwined GreenwillowHeather Dixon is the author of Entwined, which goes on sale in March. She is also an illustrator and animator (as you can see by the illustrations in this post!), and currently works as a freelance storyboard artist for animated films. This is her first novel.

19 Comments

  1. Wow! Just…wow! If your novel has half the energy and subtlety of your artwork–especially the colored piece–we readers are in for a treat!

  2. Paul Zakris says:

    Heather, loved the book and love your illustrations!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Jody Feldman says:

    If it makes you feel any better, Heather, my post wasn’t nearly as exotic as yours. It centered around taking a walk within a mile of my house. Love your art!

  4. Heather says:

    @David – Oh wow #^_^# You sez the nicest things 😀

    @Paul – And I loved the jacket design! I feel pretty lucky 😀

    @Jody – Woa, hey. A mile is nothing to be sneezed at. I once got a mile from my house before my parole officer caught up to me. 😉

  5. Virginia says:

    Heather,
    I adore ENTWINED. Thank you for this great post!

  6. Jana Warnell says:

    Entwined looks so good, I am looking forward to March. And your illustrations, wow. What a fun post!!

  7. Martha Mihalick says:

    That’s Mr. Bradford, isn’t it??? I LOVE HIM!

  8. cindy says:

    such fantastic artwork, heather!
    and i loved your debut!!!
    what a fun post!

    and i’m not adventurous either, i just
    like to eat. =)

  9. Heather says:

    @Virginia – oh wow! 😀 I happen to have a very good editor :)

    @Jana – Aw thanks! #^_^#

    @Martha – He’s so kissable, isn’t he! Although I have to say, I think I like Lord Teddy even more 😉

    @Cindy – No way, cooking is WAY adventurous. Do your roommates let you turn on the stove? You’re so lucky. 😀

    I’m using a lot of these smiley face things. 😀 :) :) 😀 I hope this blog doesn’t charge by the emoticon.

  10. cindy says:

    heather, i just like to eat. i don’t like to cook.
    haha! and alas, my family does allow me to turn on
    the stove–their bad luck.

  11. Leah Cypess says:

    WOW. The Entwine is one of those I-wish-I’d-thought-of-it ideas. And your artwork – wow again! (Writers. So eloquent.) In a word: WANT.

  12. Rae Carson says:

    I can’t wait for Entwined! And dude, your illustrations are fabulous. You convey such motion and emotion. <3

  13. Heather says:

    @Cindy – OH, well, eating–Now that I can relate to. 😉

    @Leah – It is not as cool as a shapeshifter in misty woods…but secretly I want to dance it. ^_^

    @Rae – Wow, thank you so much 😀 Gesture drawing class FTW

  14. Georgiana says:

    I love your illustrations! I will be looking for your book. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    I believe that’s Lord Teddie and Bramble, isn’t it? Those are simply gorgeous. I adore the book – I never wanted to put it down.

  18. Sam N. & Rosa E. says:

    Heather, I realized a long time ago that you got rid of your Facebook. I was deeply saddened! We haven’t seen you in a long time! :( Rosa and I bought your book and couldn’t put it down, we can’t stop talking about it either. I can see some characteristics that Bramble and I share. 😀 Any new books coming out?! Anyway we’ve been wanting to know how you and your sister are doing?! The River Oaks yw miss you a lot!!! We love your spirit and craziness!!! <3

  19. Karina says:

    I love this book and I love all of the descriptions of dances. I love watching dance, however I am not very good at the actual dancing, unfortunately.
    The video of the Paso Doble that the link sends us to is broken, just FYI. Love these drawings they are awesome.

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