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May. 2nd, 2007



Famous Porcine Trio's Homage to Brotherhood 2.0

I've been watching a lot of John Green and Hank Green's Brotherhood 2.0 video blog lately.  (If you haven't seen it yet, you really should.  It's made of awesome.)  I also haven't been getting very much sleep.  These two facts have recently conspired to convince me to post, on my blog, a conversation between the Three Little Pigs in the form of an homage to Brotherhood 2.0.  Since this could (very generously) be called a re-telling, I figured I'd mention it here.  If you're a Brotherhood 2.0 nerd fighter, or you also haven't been getting much sleep lately, click on these links in sequence to see what Straw, Sticks, and Bricks have to say for themselves.

It's a whole new kind of brotherhood, Brotherhood Pig.0. 

I really need to get some rest...

Apr. 30th, 2007


King Gilgamesh

About a year ago, I got it into my head that I could not function properly unless I wrote a retelling of  The Epic of Gilgamesh.  After I complied and washed Gil out of my hair, I realized "King Gilgamesh"  would probably  not see the light of day. Cricket magazine had already published my serialized historical that  constantly referred to him, and they had no desire to devote four more issue to the guy.  I really can't think of any other market for the thing. But the man will not  stay in the Netherworld. He and Enkidu are coming out. Into the public domain, that is. I've decided to post a pdf of the retelling (intended for ages 9-14) on-line so that fellow Gilgamesh geeks, wandering the wilderness on a quest for something anciently new, might  find it. If you are interested in reading a retelling of one of humankind's very first literary achievements, you may access it here: http://christylenzi.com/GILGAMESH%20pdf%20for%20blog.pdf

Apr. 26th, 2007


New Member

I'm happy to welcome Deena Fisher,serasempre, publisher at Drollerie Press, to our community!  Deena, tell us a little about yourself and your work, and maybe a little about what you're looking for at Drollerie!

Apr. 23rd, 2007

some guy


Myths retold, and stained with pixels

For International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, I posted a retelling not of a fairy tale, but of a Greek myth of the origin of the myrmidons. It's a more or less faithful, if Byronic, rendering from Ovid (Met. VII), until the point where his etymology messes up his entomology -- after which the plot diverges wildly.


Apr. 13th, 2007

spring buzz


Introduction post

I first learned about this community at ICFA, overhearing swan_tower talking about it with someone else.

I'm a full-time author and anthologist, writing in both English and Spanish, who has published over 80 books in a wide array of genres.

My most recent book in English is a collection of retellings: FAIRY TALES FOR WRITERS from A Midsummer Night's Press. There are two excerpts from the book ("Sleeping Beauty" and "The Little Mermaid") posted at the A Midsummer Night's Press website (or also on my LJ). The book is available for pre-order from Amazon.com (officially it's a June pub) or it is available now direct from the publisher.

Other fairy tale retellings appear regularly in all three of my collections of my short stories (THE DRAG QUEEN OF ELFLAND, HIS TONGUE, and TWO BOYS IN LOVE).

I'm also a contributor with retellings to numerous anthologies, such as BLACK THORN, WHITE ROSE edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF FAIRY TALES edited by Mike Ashley, HALF-HUMANS edited by Bruce Coville, etc. as well as to online magazines like MYTHIC PASSAGES and Endicott Studio's THE JOUNRAL OF MYTHIC ARTS.

As an anthologist, I have edited an anthology of retellings of Arthurian mythology, CAMELOT FANTASTIC (DAW Books), as well as books like TAROT FANTASTIC (DAW), VAMPIRE STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN SOUTH (Metro Books), THINGS INVISIBLE TO SEE: LESBIAN AND GAY TALES OF MAGIC REALISM, etc. which sometimes contain retellings of one sort or another.

While I draw on many sources for my work, I am particularly drawn to fairy tale retellings, and I find I am drawn repeatedly to "Little Red Riding Hood." I'm not entirely sure why, but it seems to be my default fairy tale.

I also often wind up blending fairy tales (such as in "Maerchen to a Different Beat" which was published in PROM NIGHT edited by Nancy Springer and is reprinted in my story collection TWO BOYS IN LOVE.) or having echoes of fairy tales interspersed in work that is not necessarily a retelling. They seem to be my default lens for looking at the world.

One of my current projects is "In the Schwarzwald," a series of poems exploring the Holocaust through the lens of the Grimm fairy tales which also originated in that same region. (The most recent, a Cinderella-retelling titled "Kristalnacht" appeared in MYTHIC volume 1, edited by Mike Allen.)

Some of my non-fairy tale retellings include "The Asgard Philarmonic Plays the Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture" in XANADU 3, edited by Jane Yolen, "Highwayscape with Gods" in HIGHWAYMEN AND ROBBERS edited by Jennifer Roberson, or "Christmas Day, Give or Take a Week" in ASIMOV'S (all Norse mythology) or "Fire in the Heart" in TALES FROM THE GREAT TURTLE edited by Piers Anthony and Richard Gilliam (Aztec mythology).

I was born in New York City and now live in Madrid, Spain. I used to work at the children's specialty bookstore Books of Wonder. For 5 years, I was the Spain Regional Advisor of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I also coordinated the SCBWI international Conference twice, once in Spain and once in Bologna.

Apr. 12th, 2007


New Member!

Welcome to Re_Mused's newest member, Lawrence Schimel (desayunoencama), whose many credits include stories in Black Thorn, White Rose and other anthologies, as well as stand-alone books Two Boys in Love, The Drag Queen of Elfland, and the forthcoming Fairy Tales for Writers.

Lawrence, step up and tell us a little about yourself and your work!


Godfather Death

Just posted on my blog about two versions of the "Godfather Death" tale collected by the Brothers Grimm.  One of them has a clear beginning, middle, and end plus an obvious moral.  In it, a man disobeys and is punished.  The second version meanders.  The godson doesn't disobey, sees some strange sights (talking dead fingers, inanimate objects fighting, fish cooking themselves, etc.), and then runs away like Goldilocks runs from the three bears.  There's no particular moral, except maybe "if your godfather has talking dead fingers in his house, you can safely assume he's not an ordinary guy."

The first version feels very crafted to me -- there aren't a lot of loose ends.  The second version reads more like the storyteller wandered off mid-sentence to get another pint of beer.  Does anyone know the history of these tales?  Which version is older?  Are there other variants out there?

Mar. 31st, 2007

anime me


Why Is This Night Different?

This isn't a retelling exactly, but I have a Passover vampire story up on my web site this month. :-)

Mar. 29th, 2007



The Tinderbox

Hi all.  Just did a blog entry about The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Andersen, another in my ongoing series of Obscure Fairy Tale posts.  Figured I'd let you know in case anyone is interested.

I love the dogs in this story.  I think it's too bad that more people don't know about the dogs with enormous eyes.  I think they are way cooler than Cinderella's talking mice (or her more traditional and vicious birds).

So, here's a new question for you guys: What fairy-tale character (or creature) is NOT famous but should be?


Introduction Post

Hi! I'd like to thank the moderator of this community for allowing me to join. I am very excited to be included in this community because the retelling of stories is so interesting, it was wonderful to find a community for it. I meant to post an intro sooner, but finals happened and I was caught in the whirlwind.

As I told the moderator in my email, I have been interested in writing and illustrating picture books since 4th grade (wherein I was working with the principal of my school as an editor, and with author Melissa Madenski on a story I had written). I have been signed on to illustrate two picture books (though by authors who have put these projects on a possibly infinite back-burner, still flattering). I am interested in writing and illustrating my own picture books, and have been working through ideas lately trying to pick up on inspiration. Currently I am a FT student, and I just started another blog to use for Illustrationfriday.com works (and possibly ideas as they come to mind).

I look forward to reading the topics as they come along in this community, and adding to them myself. Thanks again!

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