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One Comment Leads to Another

 – by Linda Myro Judd

The new year is around the corner. I could say something prolific, like “Welcome the new year with open arms, and let your thoughts guide your life.” And I would mean it and wish you well. By the time you read this post the new year will be here.

A few years ago, I noticed that the stories I wrote were not about anyone that I knew. But they were about how I wanted life to be lived, how I would have lived in that story. I didn’t realize I was doing this. I thought that all I wrote just came from my imagination. I’m a panster, with a desire to be a little more organized about my plans. But I love living in the moment so much, I’m afraid I’ll miss something. So planning is not an easy thing.

I love watching shows like Grimm, loosely based on the fairy tales of the Brother’s Grimm. But alas, it’s run is done. I can, however, pick up the DVDs at my local library. That’s cool.

I found that this show wasn’t too over the top, but had just enough fantastical production to keep me enchanted. When it went off the air, I went to the library to read some of the Brother’s Grimm fairy tales. I wanted to see how extravagant their writing was, and how true the TV show had been written with regards to their style.

When I read Grimm’s story of the Princess and the Frog. I just totally disagreed with the type of parenting that the story portrayed, and after I wrote my own version, a refashioned fairy tale, I found that I had been abhorred with the violence in the original. The magic in my story has no violence. And It turns out that I didn’t even mention the parents in my version. Well at least, not in the way that the Grimm’s did.

I have the characters being honest to the moment, themselves, and to each other. What they have learned from living life is guiding them. What talents they possess are theirs to develop and nurture. To me, this is a part of becoming an adult. And if actions reveal who you are, then what you believe will become apparent to others and yourself. I believe in letting people be themselves. Sometimes I’m surprised what comes out of my keyboard or even my pen.

My fairy tale is a story of how a young girl met her future husband. It is a bedtime story told within a larger story of the life of a grandmother. I have yet to finish the larger story. In fact, I didn’t even know that I was going to write the larger story until a few years after I started writing the fairy tale. More of the adventures alluded to in the fairy tale will be expanded. And because there will be mature people involved there will be stronger magic at work.

Thanks to a random reply I made to a post on Facebook with regards to stages of producing a book, I met GD. My writing background encompasses my life, but the practical parts came from working in a small town newspaper creating advertisements (which to me are little stories). I hope that in the coming year, I can find at least two more fairy tales to refashion.

I wish for you all the best opportunities to write with passion and action and honesty.

Happy New Year 2019!

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10 thoughts on “One Comment Leads to Another

  1. mimispeike says:

    “I didn’t even know that I was going to write the larger story until a few years after I started writing the fairy tale.” You’re my kind of writer. Welcome!

    I’ll read Lily Pond tomorrow. I’m worn out from my final chapter of A Cumbrian Lad. Why am I having so much trouble? (It’s verse) I think because I’m trying to wrap it up, I have clear points I want to make instead of drifting along, letting the verse take me where it will. I still have areas that feel forced.

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  2. mimispeike says:

    Find A Cumbrian Lad at myguysly8.wordpress.com

    These are scenes from the childhood of my Sly character, whose story of his adult diplomatic triumphs is told in my novel. He’s a cat, who is fond of boots.

    MyGuySly8 has art in place (not my own), to judge how the style integrates with the text, for I want art to run through the story, as in a picture book. Page by page, I will soft return lines to slink them around the art. I know it’s hard to read at present.

    My verse works perfectly but because of the unpredictable breaks I run it together as prose, the rhymes emerging as they will.

    Chapter five is only half done, but this chapter will be the wrap-up.

    Now I get a glass of wine and read your piece.

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  3. mimispeike says:

    I see that we mine the same vein, jocular retelling of fairy tales. You write for a younger audience than I do. I wish the tale was told more actively, more through the girl’s eyes, but this may be par for the course for a young audience.

    I have a frog too, in The Frog Who Would Be King, not yet up on my site. Needs to be copy-pasted from my word doc, and revised, it was written twenty years ago and my ideas have changed. My frog is a mentally unstable frog, who only thinks he’s an enchanted prince.

    The set-up is very fine. I would say that, of course. I have a talking cat, a talking frog, hedgehog, many others, along with Queen Elizabeth, John Dee, Robert Dudley, numbskulls (in my telling) of all species.

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  4. Perry Palin says:

    Linda,
    Thanks to GD for the link to one of your tales. I enjoyed the tale, My granddaughter will like it.
    In my stories I have “frogs” who could speak, but they don’t have the courage, they won’t take the risk, and the princess rides off with another suitor.

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    • Perry, Thanks for your comment, I’m glad that you enjoyed my fairy tale. What age is your granddaughter? Will she read on her own? I’m curious about her reactions. It’s funny that our main characters are shy. I say It’s about time to explore!

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      • Perry Palin says:

        Granddaughter Hayden is just aout 10, in the 4th grade. She will read your story on her own. She is a budding athlete, musician, and writer. She lives 60 miles away and doesn’t get out to Camp Grandpa often enough, but we always have fun when she’s here. Last August we put her into a theatre day camp for a week and now she wants to play “improv” whenever she’s with us. .

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  5. Mimi, Sounds like your froggy story is full of humor I look forward to reading it. In my youth, I once auditioned for an acting management company. They had monologues for drama and comedy. Since I get stoic in the eyes of danger, they said stick with comedy! Apparently, I made him laugh but not cry.

    I’ve noticed that books I love to read are of a different genre than the stories that I write. I believe my froggy tale is not finished. And I agree with you that she needs to be more engaged. In my youth, I was a shy kid, so my heroine is exploring her own way. I’m not worried though, her time will come!

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