I'm a person who likes preparation. I've always said my superpower is research. It comes from my curiosity and imagination--two things essential for any person, but especially a writer. This past weekend I attended a writer's conference for fantasy and needless to say I was underwhelmed. I spent months preparing. I researched the speakers (where … Continue reading Plans and Villainy
I’ve been thinking about loss and fairy tales lately. It’s the prologue to most stories, shaping the hero’s or heroine’s current misfortune. Be they motherless, fatherless, or orphans loss is the beginning of a story in fairy tales. Disney has made this fact into a cliché. It’s been joked that Frozen didn’t become a true … Continue reading Losing it
There's a new school of thought roaming the halls for fiction. I've referred to it in the past as revisionist fairy tale history. The stories handed down through the generations are very clearly morality tales all with the same basic message--being good is better than being bad. There are myriad ways to put that, but … Continue reading Sympathy for the Devil?
I have to say that I am encouraged by the current push of contemporary fairy tales. They give women a voice and often make them front and center as heroes in their own stories. The LGBT community finally has a glimmer of hope in seeing protagonists that have the same thoughts and feelings as they … Continue reading The Hidden Minority
What do Bugs Bunny and fairy tales have in common? There’s no punch line, although I’ll give points to anyone who can think of one. Besides the obvious--animals and humans talking to each other without flinching--there is an answer. But first, some background. I’ve been toying with the idea of allowing my daughter to watch … Continue reading The Looney Tunes-Fairy Tale Conundrum