Fairy Tale Facts: The Princess Who Never Smiled

For today’s installment of Fairy Tale Facts, we’re headed for a different part of the world. Specifically, Russia. Between 1855 and 1863, Russian writer Alexander Afanasyev collected and published over 600 Russian fairy tales and folk tales. This is tale number 297, and if you’re interested, you can read the whole thing here.

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The Lost Art of Storytelling

I love books.

What a shocker, right?

But it’s true, if a little simplified. There’s nothing I love more than losing myself in a story, getting pulled into an imaginary world, and being immersed in a character’s journey. Books are obviously a big part of that, but I also love other mediums: film, TV, comics, theater, games.

It’s more accurate to say I love stories.

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My Happily Ever After

Dear Fairy Godmother,

I’ve been out in the world on my own for several years now. I’ve got a great career, a little place I’ve made my home, and a fantastic group of friends. By all accounts, I have a happy, successful life.

However . . .

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Making Magic (Systems)

Spell and curses, potions and enchantments. I just love magic, don’t you? It makes the worlds and stories in the books we read just come alive.

But creating that magic takes a little more effort than waving a wand and saying “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.” Not everyone makes their magic systems the same way, but I thought I’d walk you through some of the more common approaches, as well as my own approach.

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Fairy Tale Facts: Snow-White and Rose-Red

In 1815, the Brothers Grimm published their second volume of collected fairy tales. It contained over 70 different tales, including The Goose Girl and today’s topic: Snow-White and Rose-Red. The full story can be read here, but I wanted to take a look into it today.

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