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.” Despite being less well known today, “The Nightingale” is actually a story I’ve knownContinue reading “Fairy Tale Facts: The Nightingale”

Fairy Tale Facts: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Once upon a time, there was a old lady (or maybe it was a little girl) who found a house in the woods that belonged to three bachelor bears (or maybe it was a family of bears?). That’s right, today we’re taking about Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

Myth or Magic: A Simple Spell

A friend of mine recently posed an interesting question. “The evil queen uses magic to change her appearance and poison Snow White. Why doesn’t she just use that magic to make Snow White uglier instead of going through the complicated process of trying to kill her?” -Rachel She makes a very good point. So IContinue reading “Myth or Magic: A Simple Spell”

Fairy or Fae

Fairy or faery? Which is correct spelling? Is there a difference? What do people mean when they say “fae”? As an avid fan of fairy tales and fantasy books and movies, this is actually something I’ve been curious about for a long time. But as I started to dig into the subject, the information wasContinue reading “Fairy or Fae”

The Modern Fairy Tale

What ever happened to fairy tales? Sure, we still see them in popular culture today, but as a genre, fairy tales seem to have faded into obscurity. Mostly, the term is applied to Disney movies or new adaptations. And most writers, if they say they’re writing a fairy tale, really mean that they’re retelling aContinue reading “The Modern Fairy Tale”

A Diamond in the Rough

Dear Fairy Godmother, I’m under a lot of pressure. I have to almost single-handedly choose who’s going to take over my father’s company. I’ve met a lot of decent candidates, but none of them seem to be the right fit. How do I separate the power-hungry from the diamonds in the rough? Sincerely, A PickyContinue reading “A Diamond in the Rough”

Evolution of Fairy Tales: Aladdin

Yeah, I don’t really remember how I usually open these things. I guess we’ll just jump right in! Aladdin! The Arabian folktale made famous by Disney’s 1992 animated movie (and the comic genius, Robin Williams, who voiced the genie). The remake came out last weekend and one of my friends asked me to do anContinue reading “Evolution of Fairy Tales: Aladdin”

The Problem With Little Things

If there’s one unspoken rule in writing, it’s that first drafts are inevitably awful. And it makes sense. First drafts are often an outpouring of half-formed ideas and random plot points. So when you start editing, it can be messy.