Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 22-34

At last, I have seen the fabled captain Ahab, and slowly, over the course of 12 more chapters, I have begun to get a whole sense of his personality. And yet I still feel like I know him very little, mostly because he strikes me as a man of action, and no action has as … Continue reading Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 22-34

Halfbreeds

Monsters in the forest. Murderers in the village. Eight children struggle to survive in a hostile world, seeking love amongst each other, and help from none. A story of love, hatred, and survival, Halfbreeds is a tale of epic portions.In a villagewrapped about with strange monsters and superstition, a new kind of child is born. Half-man … Continue reading Halfbreeds

Don’t forget!

Don't miss out on this collection of five of my most loved short stories!  Purchase Whimsical Tales now!And remember, if you purchase today or tomorrow, you will receive special content! After tomorrow, the following content will be gone for good:1. A personalized letter from me2. A Bookmark3. A BONUS Never-Before-Released Short StoryJust forward your purchase … Continue reading Don’t forget!

Wonderous Pain

5 Poems by Elizabeth Russell Curl up beside the fire-side this February with a few poems of Wonderous Pain Wonderous Pain is an ebook collection of 5 poems by Elizabeth Russell These are poems I have previously published here at The Fairy Tale Blog, but now they are compiled into one place in a narrative, … Continue reading Wonderous Pain

17 of the Best of the Ancient Classics (BC)

These are the classical texts I read in high school and college that I actually liked! Full of passion, love, sacrifice, fate, and prime storytelling, they contain deep insights into human life, and I highly recommend them! What’s the oldest book you’ve ever read? Mine is the Epic of Gilgamesh, but I didn’t like that … Continue reading 17 of the Best of the Ancient Classics (BC)

A Secret Chord

If the deity cares for music Why shouldn’t you? Will you become yourself A broken shoe? Walk no where, no place to go So stale and, oh, so slow? Deafly turned to visible sounds Deafly blind mysterious rounds Then stop up, voyager, and turn around Your journey is whirring And without sound But I will … Continue reading A Secret Chord

50 BEST BOOKS OF ALL TIME

Do modern novels make you cringe? Does it feel like everything written after 1950 is shallow, immoral, or ridden with sloppy language? If your soul is slowly shriveling away inside of you and your eyes are screaming at you to find something, ANYTHING, worth their time to read, I have a solution for you! First, … Continue reading 50 BEST BOOKS OF ALL TIME

Lust

Cry beyond the cage of birth Crowding toward the crushing earth Creeping in the soiled skirts Of carnal lust and losing mirth. Laughing loud in loyal love To gain a shred of laughter rough In breathing in the layered lore Of life forgotten and forged l’amour. Loving lust and lousy grime To grovel low in … Continue reading Lust

Celestial Castles Beyond Our Own

To write of fairy tales is, as J.R.R. Tolkien once asserted, “a rash adventure.” For fairy tales are enigmas, difficult to define and impossible to believe. And yet we believe them, because they are ultimately more real that real life. They offer us a glimpse of a distant, approaching reality that we cannot see. This … Continue reading Celestial Castles Beyond Our Own

RISE

With a glance behind and gaze to fore I pushed myself beyond the door Door that closed upon my past And now the future die is cast Cast to breaking on the shore Shore that's breaking on the floor Floor of deep embedded beads That time has wrought to sandy seeds Seeds mix and jumble … Continue reading RISE

Weirdly Whimsical Words

As I was falling asleep the other night I ran through words to help me fall asleep, and I was using the letter W. What came out ended up being a lovely vignette! Why worry when The woman begins To wield the weirdly words? -- A whimsical charm A mystical yarn That reveals itself to … Continue reading Weirdly Whimsical Words

The Barren Garden

Where barren bones bring no life to straggling gardens, some seeds new and vibrant should be planted. But where do we find such soulful seedlings? Where should we plant our special plantlings? Plant and do not worry, for yesterday has passed away. Plant and rejoice, for tomorrow has a way of coming. Plants aplenty come … Continue reading The Barren Garden

Timothy Zahn May Be the Best Star Wars Author – But He’s Not For Me

I read Heir to the Empire, by Timothy Zahn, early in 2018, and to be honest, and I wish I could've liked it better since it included aspects that I really love about the Star Wars universe! As a child, I read Jude Watson's Jedi Apprentice, Last of the Jedi, and Jedi Quest series and … Continue reading Timothy Zahn May Be the Best Star Wars Author – But He’s Not For Me

A Murder in the Chicken Yard – A Tale of Attempted Cannibalism

By Elizabeth Russell A few years ago, my family briefly lived on a farm, and besides giving our chickens very weird names, we learned many odd things about the species that we had never realized before. One was that chickens are gruesomely fond of eating each other after one is dead. Here below is a … Continue reading A Murder in the Chicken Yard – A Tale of Attempted Cannibalism

Coming of Age (or Internal) Genres

So, before I continue on the path of laying out each individual genre in this continuing series, I think it's good to take a moment to talk about the category 'Coming of Age'. This is the Internal Genre, where the story is driven by the hero's personal struggles, rather than a villain they must defeat. … Continue reading Coming of Age (or Internal) Genres

I Kept Writing, and Got Rid of the Scary Red Text!

Last night, I skimmed through the 500 page word document of my novel manuscript, and stopped every time I encountered a block of red text. Those sections were notes I left myself about missing scenes in the narrative, and with dedication, I knocked each one out of the park! All my missing scenes are now … Continue reading I Kept Writing, and Got Rid of the Scary Red Text!

Freaking out about Publishing

I had a total freak out moment yesterday! I all of a sudden got very terrified - not just about publishing my book, which is scary enough on its own - but about being a writer at all. I've heard about writers feeling like frauds, and for the first time, I really felt that! My … Continue reading Freaking out about Publishing

Prologue of Trinian

Hey guys! I figured it was about time you got to read the Prologue of Trinian, An Epic Fantasy! I'm so excited to share this with you - I'm at a loss for words. This novel has been 12 years in the making, and it blows my mind that it's so close to it's release … Continue reading Prologue of Trinian