Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Conference and Fairy Tales

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!    

3 comments:

  1. I think I'll go see about actually buying a book (perhaps a really nice one like SOMEONE I know) and making this my summer reading. My favorite fairy tale of the Disney variety (because I have girls and have seen all the Disney tales at least a million times) is Beauty and the Beast. I really dig Belle. Can't wait for the series!

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  2. "Look at this stuff isn't neat. Wouldn't you think my collection is complete. Wouldn't you think i'm the girl. The girl who has everything. i got who's it's and what's it's galore. You want thingagabobs? i got twenty. But who cares....." That was all by memory :) Would be great to read the real "Little Mermaid".

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  3. "...No big deal; I want morrrrrrrre." ;)
    The Real Little Mermaid will definitely be included! Stay tuned!

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