In exactly one week I’ll be heading to New York to the Backspace Writer’s Conference and I cannot wait! I look forward to meeting other writers, editors, agents, and passing on what I learn to my fellow writers (and Literati)! If you’d like to see details about the conference, click here.
Speaking of dreams coming true, I’d like to take a minute to talk about fairy tales for an upcoming series. I’m not talking Disney-made-for-movies fairy tales; I’m talking the REAL stories. The true story of the Little Mermaid; and spoiler alert, she does not end up marrying the prince. And not to further break hearts out there, Rapunzel wasn’t born a princess, nor was she all that innocent.
The original versions of fairy tales are said to be based on actual events of the time, like the story of the Pied Piper; others have underlying lessons of morality, such as The Little Mermaid.
So what is this upcoming fairy tale series all about? I’ll give you a hint; we’ll discuss a real fairy tale and its true origins, and trust me, the story of the Pied Piper is quite terrifying. If you don’t have a Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen book laying around, check out these online compilations of the Brothers and Andersen.
Please leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite fairy tale is – whether it’s the revised movie version or the real one, and I’ll do my best to dedicate a post to the genuine story.
If you are interested in attending a conference or writing workshop, click here for a list of upcoming events.
While working on a document for work today, I was in need of a quick grammar reference to double check a sentence. I found myself reaching for my most trustworthy reference book - The Writer’s Digest’s Grammar Desk Reference by Gary Lutz and Diane Stevenson. Everyone should have a copy on their shelves! (I know it’s kind of random, but if you’re looking for a good reference book, check it out!)
Happy reading and writing!