My Favourite Fairy Tale Illustrations:
Sleeping Beauty by Erik Bulatov and Oleg Vasilyev, 1971
the fairy tales of charles perrault
Disney Princesses By Melaniedelon
July 5th Book Challenge is Short Story…so I am doing Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman, which is a story that always inspires me. Read it legally here: http://thedreaming.joefulgham.com/1999/10/10/snow-glass-apples/ It is genuinely one of the very best re-told fairy tales, ever, and started me on my love for writing them.
Art by Daekazu, who is super talented: http://www.cuded.com/2012/01/digital-art-by-daekazu/
I just thought this set of tweets was really important.
This is amazing and very true. I always loved that she stayed good, she worked hard, and she survived, and in the end, she has a good life. That’s a rare thing, and a wonderful message…it fits into the idea that we know there are dragons (abusers) – this story shows you can survive it and move on.
Well, the past couple of days I’ve been finishing up on my latest short story, the one that takes the tale of Cinderella and attempts to explain why there are a zillion of them. Of course, there are many other fairy tales with their tons of variations, but I have always had a soft spot for the cinder-girl. What’s neat is that she can be anything from a prostitute in one tale to a murderess in another, sometimes she is a princess, sometimes she is a servant. I thought I was at the editing stage when I realized that I still had another tale to add in, so I went and re-read a couple of stories, and chose to use “Fair, Brown and Trembling” as my final piece. I think that I am now ready to edit, so, definitely be done by the end of the week.
It’s amazing to me, always, how things develop as you write them. How a character who seems to be a minor throw away has obvious roots in the story that make them invaluable. I’ve also been having a lot of fun with it. I think it says a lot about the nature of our selves, how sometimes the smallest selfish act can be devastating, as well as the nature of magic and the stories themselves.
It’s also scary because I have in mind who I am going to send this to. I think there will always be a part of me that worries that the new thing doesn’t measure up to the things that were published, which is a complete reversal to how I felt just a few months ago, that the old things that I wrote ages ago will never be as good as the things I’ve written now. But, you keep plugging on, keep doing your best, and don’t think about it much more than that. The things in publishing that you worry most about, generally, are the things you can’t actually do anything about.
Hmm. You know, it’s way past my bedtime. Lucky for me, I have the day off tomorrow, for I decided I was in desperate need of a vacation, and am taking one. Yay!
PS: Great thing about having my Google accounts back number 82: Having the cute fox theme back. I love my little Japanese Fox!