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.


Nov. 28th, 2009 05:39 pm
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Alya)
I'm overdue for a post, so I decided to post a few links for your enjoyment.

Over in her journal, [ profile] asakiyume has posted a most wonderful epistolatory story. For ease of reading, check out her chronological list of story entries. There are hints that these may some day be expanded into a novel, which has me (and a whole lot of other people) filled with glee.

In [ profile] told_tales, [ profile] kimuro writes about the meaning of glas and how mortals must tread carefully in their dealings with the fay in Besting the Woman of Faerie.

Thanks to The Hermitage, I've learned about the wonderful Oxford folk band, Telling the Bees. They've just come out with a new CD, An English Arcanum. There are songs from their CDs available on their Music page; my favorite is "Lyra," from their first album, Untie the Wind.

My husband discovered (while researching boiled puddings, a likely topic for Scratch Vegetarian) that Wikipedia has a page on Geordie, "the people and dialect of Tyneside," England, which includes a fun list of vocabulary words.

[ profile] thru_the_booth has an article on finding the right critique group, and the contradictory advice writers often encounter when looking for one.

I also couldn't resist sharing these lolcatz )
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Retro Rocket Science)
As a follow-up to my last post, The Devil's in the Details, you may also find the article, Worldbuilding: Constructing a SF Universe, by S. Andrew Swann, interesting. One thing I noted was his recommendation that any alterations to the world the readers know be explained. I'm not sure I agree entirely with this. In general, I'd say that if the difference can be shown and is not so extreme or strange that it will confuse readers or throw them out of suspension of disbelief, then you shouldn't explain, unless it's crucial to your story. At the same time, I know that many science fiction novels have a lot of technical information in them and there are many readers for whom this technical detail is very important. So, maybe that's a matter of knowing your audience.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (stories and fortunes)
I haven't even finished reading [ profile] sartorias' post, YA Writer Interview, yet, because the link she started with, to an interview with Elizabeth Wein ([ profile] eegatland), has led me on a wild link chase. Wild link chases, unlike wild goose chases, can be very fruitful. In the interview, I found a link to [ profile] eegatland's post about a dream her daughter had, which in turn brought me to both No to Age Banding, a website "set up by writers and other professionals who believe that the proposal to put an age-banding figure on books for children is ill-conceived and damaging to the interests of young readers," and [ profile] thru_the_booth, aka Through the Tollbooth: Thoughts on Writing for Children and Young Adults. I found the recent post, The D-Word, on [ profile] thru_the_booth, to be very insightful, and that post led me to Seven Rules for Writing Historical Fiction, written by Elizabeth Crook and published in The Internet Writing Journal. (Hmm, lots of Elizabeths here. I wonder...)

More About the Rules )
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (brother and sister)
When I was growing up, any suggestion that animals (other than humans) were capable of emotion or thought was dismissed as anthropomorphism. Today, we're learning that the other creatures we share this planet with can and do experience emotion and have thoughts. Two recent posts by people on my friends list give examples of this.

Via [ profile] tillianion, we have a post about the games magpie bubs play.

Via [ profile] asakiyume, we have a post about dolphins at play.

Linkage )
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (evolution)
Recent archeological discoveries of diminutive primates, dubbed Homo floresiensis by scientists and "Hobbits" in the popular media, shed new light on human ancestors. The Nova program, Alien From Earth, discusses these finds.

ETA: Via [ profile] crinklequirk.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (girl in toga)
[ profile] copperwise has posted an amazing, interesting, and articulate essay about Palin's use of the term "Joe Six-Pack." Since I've never understood how that term could be seen as a positive appellation, I really appreciated her post. I found her essay extremely moving and many others have as well. This post has generated a greater response than anything I've seen on LJ before.

Please note that this essay and the comments to it are not for the fainthearted or for those who'd prefer to ignore politics. [ profile] copperwise pulls no punches.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (fairy promises)
Today, by following various links I came across [ profile] frantic_mice' journal, which is friends-locked, but has a beautiful image created by artist Michelle Bradshaw (also known as Pixiwillow) on the front page. Intrigued, I searched for and found the Pixiwillow website, which has lots of beautiful images of her mixed media and polymer clay sculpture figurines, which depict various life-sized (as in, 2-4 inches tall) fairies and pixies, and their animal companions, as well as some fairytale-based scenes. All very cool.

[ profile] asakiyume -- I think you will enjoy this picture: Nighthawk, because of your love for all things corvine.

Updated to add that in the process of poking around on the Froud site, I discovered a link to, which I have been listening too ever since. Lovely music.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Vorkosigan Badge)
I just wanted to share this post by [ profile] peanut13171 which has cool links to things Bujold. Her speech at WorldCon/Denvention, but also summaries of her Sharing Knife series and a report (spoiler alert) about her latest Miles book from one of the people in the audience.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (japanese mushroom plate)
Sometimes, one comes across the most interesting bits of information. Check out Wetting one's spoon before eating? on the LJ community [ profile] little_details and the recipe recommended by [ profile] vasher at


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