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Spellbound and Spindles

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Just giving a shout out today to a Kickstarter that I think is worth looking at.  It’s called Spellbound and Spindles and they’re trying to fund a couple of fairy tale anthologies (one for kids and one for adults) featuring a more diverse cast. I’m all about fairy tales and reworking them for today’s world (if I can, I’ll probably look at submitting something to them in the future. My love for The Little Mermaid knows no bounds – even aside from the steampunk retelling in Womanthology, I had at one point envisioned it as a gay story as well, so maybe I’ll take a look at that soon.) The archetypes present in fairy tales – the Good Mother, the Terrible Mother, the Wise Old Man or the Hero – are components that we see in nearly every story – again and again and again. At their core, they are… Read more

Once Upon a Time

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It’s no secret that I pretty much adore every fairy tale ever written. I had a copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales as a kid that I wore the binding off of by the time I was in 5th grade. It was one of those 500 page monstrosities without any of the sanitized versions – full of all the eye-pecking and bloody shoes, incest, rape, murder…and the occasional happily ever after. (Whoever decided fairy tales were for kids clearly never read the things – there’s some pretty dark stuff when you start poking between the lines.) They’re a little harder for me to read these days – some of the writing feels stilted and while I appreciate much of what the stories do say, they leave so very much out – particularly when it comes to many of the female characters, most of whom are merely window dressing to be married… Read more