pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (reading fairy)
During this holiday season, Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen"* has been a common topic on a number of fairytale-related sites, perhaps because Disney is rumored to be planning its release as a full-length animated feature.

Since "The Snow Queen" is one of my favorite literary fairy tales, as well as my favorite of Andersen's work, I thought I'd share a few links.

SurLaLune held a Snow Queen Week for the Winter Solstice, starting on December 20, 2009. There are a couple of earlier posts about "The Snow Queen," available through that link, too.

Once Upon a Blog offered The Snow Queen as part of its Stories for the Season series. (In this series, not Snow Queen related, but very beautiful, is the Torvill and Dean ice-ballet special, Fire and Ice, which I loved.)

The Fairy Tale Cupboard has a lovely article, Queens of snow and ice, on the women of winter found in many stories, both traditional and literary.**

Wendy Donawa, Ph.D., an instructor at The University of Lethbridge, Alberta, and The University of Victoria, British Columbia, uses "The Snow Queen" to provide insight into the educational process at Phanopoeia: In the Shadow of the Snow Queen.**

Also, on a completely unrelated note, [ profile] pjthompson has an awesome collection of links. I highly recommend that you check out her post, Weekly weird roundup. I especially enjoyed What were They Thinking?.

* You can read the full text of "The Snow Queen" on The Literature Network. Btw, my husband and I both grew up with the beautifully illustrated version in Adrienne Ségur's fairy tale collection of the same name. You can see more of Adrienne Ségur's work in Terry Windling's ([ profile] t_windling) article in The Journal of Mythic Arts, A Tribute to Adrienne Ségur.

** This link via Once Upon a Blog.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (kitty cat)
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pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (princess and ??)
Via [ profile] storybookland, [ profile] pallid_regina is a graduate student doing her thesis "on the persistence of the fairy tale princess as a cultural icon and how new media is changing her," and would like as many people as possible to respond to her questionnaire, which is posted in its own community, [ profile] princess_thesis.

The questionnaire is quite lengthy and she needs the answers by January 19th. Even if you don't feel up to completing the questionnaire, perhaps you wouldn't mind spreading the word.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (queen)
I'm over at my sons' house, waiting for the AC guy to show up. Thank goodness we got appliance insurance when we bought the house, or we'd never be able to afford the repairs.

This morning before I settled down to work I watched Act II of Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. Plus, I watched Act I with Ian, since he'd ignored my email telling him about the show. *hmph!* I think he's hooked, now, though. *g*

Despite distracting myself this way--and sitting in a room where at one point two different young men were watching The Daily Show (presumable on YouTube, although I didn't ask) at different points in the same show--I have managed to write over a thousand words today and to finish the "first" draft of one of the stories I've been working on.

It's a retelling of a familiar fairytale. Sometimes, I worry that there are too many writers doing this kind of stuff, but the fairies have gotten a strong hold on me and keep insisting that this is what I should work on. ;>

I've also taken advantage of being over here to talk to Ian about some of the changes I'm making to my tech writing professional website, for which he is doing the graphics. I think it's going to look pretty snazzy when it's done.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (fairy promises)
I came across this lovely, evocative photograph when I chanced upon [ profile] faeriemaiden's LJ Community [ profile] banui_graphics and followed a link to her photographs on deviantART:

The Pool of Sight
by ~ senza-fiato on deviantART

I half expect a frog with a ball in its mouth to appear in a moment, although the caption/title is more suggestive of a seer. Either way, it's a beautiful photo.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (reading)
Yeah, that's right, this site is an advertisement for a book: Kandide the Secret of the Mists by Diana S. Zimmerman, the first in a series, which I found by clicking an advertising link at The Edge of the Forest, an online magazine about children's literature. It's got a fun flash animation, blurbs by fairytale and literary characters, lots of cool animated graphics, an online game, and more. I think this site is really cool and if I ever publish a book for kids I want whoever put this site together to put one together for my book.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Blodeudd)
While looking for fairy lore about handkerchiefs in response to this post by [ profile] asakiyume, I came across the following story on the SurLaLune Fairy Tales website: The Three Daughters of King O'Hara. This story is from the book Myths and Folklore of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin. I'd never come across this story before and was really delighted with it as it combines elements of a number of different fairytale motifs.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Default)
It's been a couple of days, now, since I discovered that the Journal of Mythic Arts has posted the following announcement on their Current Issue page:

The Summer 2008 Issue of The Journal of Mythic Arts
will appear in early July.

This is our Farewell Issue. For more information on
why we are suspending publication of JoMA, go here.

Note: Although the link on the word 'here' above is not working, there is a farewell post on the JoMA News and Reviews blog.

I am mourning this loss. As someone who is interested in myth, fairytale, and storytelling, I am saddened by this decision, although I respect the choices of the editors who worked on this labor of love for so many years. I have been so impressed with the work on this site, particularly the many fine scholarly articles.


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