Inventing our stories: Telling it the way it should be, not the way it was

This is a retelling of the old Romany version of Cinderella. In this one the young woman has a magical mossy coat instead of a fairy godmother. She also has a mother who has strange ideas about parenting and how to deal with men. But at its heart it's still the same old sexist nonsense.… Continue reading Inventing our stories: Telling it the way it should be, not the way it was

Re-imagining the tales they tell us: “Mumma fetch the axe.”

I've been working on rewriting some old fairy tales. I've written my own versions of The Little Mermaid, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and I'm working on a pretty twisted version of Snow White. This is the latest one I'm re-imagining: Jack and the Beanstalk. I just read this old Ladybird version and came up… Continue reading Re-imagining the tales they tell us: “Mumma fetch the axe.”

Peace and Love

This week my head was too fried to be able to work on any creative writing, so I stepped away and worked on the other things in my life. I reworked a whole heap of my blog posts; fixed a couple of zips on two items of clothing I wear all the time; I potted… Continue reading Peace and Love