I have finished and posted my myth and fairy tale inspired fantasy story: The Tale of Sasha the Merry Maker. Huzzah!
One of my first ideas for this project was that I would post it in snippets so parents might have a bedtime story for their kid every night…and that might still work, but here’s the thing: I have no clue what age of kid would like this story. It does include some violence and darkness, so the little kids, kids who still get bedtime stories, might be too little. But then again, what do I know about kids? When I was little I loved dark stuff--the darker the better. Not that this is so dark. It’s not. Just the right amount in my opinion. Like a Greek myth.
Sasha’s story started as an exercise in writing plot with aggressive simplicity. If you can’t tell, I veer towards verbosity in my work, and must always fight to pare it down as much as possible. This story starts with the spare, sometimes strange prose of a fairy tale, but eventually relaxes into a balance between my predilection for over-writing and the bare bones style I attempted to emulate. Frequently the tone shuffles drastically between the two, which may not technically be “good writing”, but I quite like it. The story starts with one hero, but has many by the end, each one grappling with what it means to be who he or she is, and whether or not change is possible. For the most part, though, it is a romp through a world of magic, dragons, gods, and the life of the mind.
Moving forward I hope to be more diligent about this blog, change it from inconsistent to reliable. As some of you may have noticed, I’ve recently moved to Los Angeles. I’m bound to have something to say about that sooner or later. Thanks for checking in with me.
Click the link “Story Corner” above to start Sasha’s adventure.
P.S. Please submit illustrations! I would love to incorporate pictures into these pages. Send your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.