A Fairy Tale or What?

Now, this may come as a surprise to some of you, but I read a lot of fairy tales.

Shocking, I know.

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Lately I’ve been making an effort to read fairy tales from around the world, instead of just the Grimm Brothers, Charles Perrault, or Hans Christian Andersen. But I’ve discovered an interesting thing happens when you search for fairy tales around the world.

The lists aren’t accurate.

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What’s the Deal With Beta Readers?

As I get closer to finishing this draft of my novel (draft #5, for those keeping count), my focus has shifted toward beta readers. I’ve mentioned them a few times and lots of people I’ve talked to aren’t sure what they are or what they do. So I’m going to answer some of the common questions I’ve gotten.

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Fairy Tale Facts: The Nightingale

By 1843, Hans Christian Andersen was a well known writer. His 1837 publication of “The Little Mermaid” had thrust him into the international spotlight. His 1843 collection, the first volume of “New Fairy Tales”, included yet another popular tale, “The Nightingale.”

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Despite being less well known today, “The Nightingale” is actually a story I’ve known and loved for years. So let’s dive in!

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Not a Control Freak

Dear Fairy Godmother,

I’ve often been accused of being a ‘control freak’, especially at work. I beg to differ. I simply like things to be just so. It’s not my fault that other people can’t see my vision, but it often leads me to micromanage or simply take over the project myself. But I barely have time to do my own work, let alone direct them in theirs.

There’s nothing wrong with high standards. I’m only trying to make sure things are just right. But how can I make others understand that?

Sincerely,

Just Right

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