December 7, 2017

Submissions Now Open for the February 2018 Issue


SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN until JANUARY 20, 2018
for Enchanted Conversation’s February 2018 Issue
Theme:
Un rêve d'amour (A Dream of Love)

Love can be magical or tragic; star-crossed or end happily ever after; an unrequited longing or two souls that always find one another.

Enchanted Conversation is looking for stories, poems, art, and sequential art (aka comics) that explore different aspects of "love" in a fairy tale, folklore, or mythic setting. Work can either be re-tellings of established stories or about original characters set within the fairy tale, folklore, and mythic templates.

What if a witch’s curse backfires and turns into true love? Did Medusa love Perseus before her tragic end? Why does the Land long for the touch of the Sea? Can the cold heart of a trickster be warmed by one who out-tricks him? Be bold, traditional, lyrical or experimental in your storytelling. Think beyond palaces, princes, and princesses in their usual context. Take readers on a journey to long ago Japan, an enchanted forest in Russia, or magical root bridges in India - where the stage is set for characters to tell their unique tales of love.

For complete submission details, click HERE.

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December 5, 2017

Authors Chosen for The Elves and the Shoemaker Issue 2017


The authors chosen for The Elves and the Shoemaker December Issue are:
  • Angelika M. Offenwanger
  • Bill Davidson
  • Shannon Cuthbert
  • Jacey Bedford
  • Priya Sridhar
  • Amanda Dier
  • Matthew Wilson
  • Heather Talty
Thank you to everyone who submitted to this issue. As always, EC received many strong submissions, and it was difficult to make the final choices. If your work was not picked this time, please submit again for a future issue. Submissions for 2018 will be open in the next week. 

We look forward to presenting our December Issue soon!


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December 4, 2017

Krampusnacht Almost Here!



To all of you Krampus fans out there,visit my author page on Amazon. There are two collections of Krampusnacht stories. Tomorrow night is Krampusnacht! Here’s the link!

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December 3, 2017

Help Wanted for Cinderella’s Hearth


Overall mission: Cinderella’s Hearth will focus on fairy godmothering everyday life, practicing mindfulness, and providing motivation to help people realize their goals. While the site will largely focus on practical advice, references to fairy tales and folklore will be sprinkled throughout the the site, and, through podcasts, visitors can enjoy listening to classic fairy tales.

Contributors will not be paid a salary, but will receive portions of any revenue. The site will be entirely owned by Kate Wolford only.

Who is needed to make the site work: 
A social media and ad development manager who would promote posts, giveaways, podcasts and other content. Must have at least 15,000 followers from all sites the candidate is active on (altogether, not for each site) and add significantly more to specifically follow Cinderella’s Hearth. This partner would also find creative ways to promote ad sales (including affiliate linking) and drive traffic to the site, including developing eye-catching graphics—so design skills are needed. Must have a strong Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, and Facebook presence (or at least three of the four). Hours: 25 per month after initial work getting the site started in promotional areas. Only candidates who aren’t shy and who willing to promote the site aggressively should apply. Portion of revenue: 25 percent.
Two contributing editors: Must be willing to come up with post ideas or write posts about topics I assign. Must have an understanding of how blogging works, although actual experience as a blogger is not required. Candidates must have strong writing and editing skills and be self starters. I am not interested in candidates who need a lot of hand holding. Candidates also need to be willing to take quality pictures. An ability to write about food and DIY would be great as well. Required contributions: two posts each  per month, from 750-1000 words, plus finding or make my your own art for the posts. Portion of revenue: 10 percent each. Once the bugs are worked out and contributors have a little experience, they should expect to work around 10-15 hours per month.

I (Kate Wolford) will be managing editor, and will write posts about mindfulness, health, homekeeping and gardening, or whatever I wish to write about. I will also do the classic fairy tale podcasts and guided meditations. I’ll be in charge of keeping track of contributors posts and lightly editing work—heavy editing should not be required.

Please send a detailed email message, including experience in the area you are applying for. Samples of writing and appropriate images in the area for which you are applying must be provided, even if you have to create them from scratch. Emails of interest should be sent to katewolford1@gmail.com. I will continue to accept applications until the jobs are filled.

Please, do not send emails of interest unless you actually have the time and strong desire to do this work. Each of these jobs provides a chance to hopefully make some money (I cannot guarantee income), improve your skills, get exposure for your talents, and to have some fun. At least one full calendar year of commitment is expected from the chosen contributors starting from the first day of publication. Work on the site will begin in January 2018.

This job would be perfect for stay at home parents, retirees, or people with flexible schedules who’ve always wanted to do a lifestyle blog.

The site will be a sister blog to Enchanted Conversation.

Again, please send emails of interest or questions to katewolford1@gmail.com. It’s the only email for the site.
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November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday Sale at Zazzle Store


It’s Cyber Monday over at Zazzle, and you can get 60 percent off on cards. Kate has a great vintage card collection over there. Below is the link:

https://www.zazzle.com/collections/customizable_vintage_christmas_and_holiday_cards-119754299495204246

If you are looking for gifts, here are some of the rest of my items. Just do a little scrolling, and you’ll get some great deals! There are some gorgeous notebooks, and other goodies too at Kate’s store.


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November 26, 2017

November Submission Window Closes Thursday



The submission window for the “Elves and the Shoemaker” Issue closes November 30 at 11:59 p.m., EST. So far, submissions have been on the light side, so if you’ve been planning on submitting, now is a good chance!

Artist for creepy, awesome image unknown.
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November 24, 2017

Changes at Enchanted Conversation, By Kate Wolford

I’m not precisely sure how long ago I started Enchanted Conversation at fairytalemagazine.com. I do know we’ve been at the current EC site for about seven years. 

Before that, there was Enchantedconversation.org for a couple of years. And before that was Diamondsandtoads.com for a year or two. It’s safe to say that I’ve been in the online fairy tale business for around 10 years.

I’ve enjoyed the time at EC immensely. Seeing wonderful writers reimagine the world of fairy tales and fae has been one of the greatest rewards of my professional life. I’ve seen new authors flourish, seen tired old tales made thrillingly new, and I’ve positively wallowed in the joy of finding exquisite art for posts on the site.

Since Amanda Bergloff came along this year, the site has been reinvigorated. She’s brought custom art, fresh ideas, and terrific editing skills to Enchanted Conversation. In fact, in the last few months, Amanda has been doing most of the work at EC.

It dawned on me halfway through the Fundrazr Campaign (thanks again to all who gave!), that I was fully ready for something new. In truth, I’ve almost shuttered EC twice before, but couldn’t face doing it. I’ve put too much time, money, and effort into it. But I also had to face the fact that I want to do something else, and have wanted to for a long time. That “something else” will be called Cinderella’s Hearth.

Because I can’t get the new site off the ground and be Editor and Publisher of EC, Amanda will take over both roles starting January 1. It will be her site. I will remain as Founder and Contributing Editor. I’m not going away!

All money raised in the campaign will be used as promised. I really didn’t decide to make this change until midway through the campaign. I literally woke up one day and realized that I was going to do the new site. Period. I was positive about the decision and haven’t wavered from it at all.

Here are some other things you might like to know:

Amanda will be letting you know about her vision for EC sometime soon.

The money raised stays with EC. Not one cent goes to the new site. Or anywhere else.

I’ll be writing a monthly column at EC.

EC will definitely remain a paying market for writers and poets.

Cinderella’s Hearth will focus on fairy godmothering people’s everyday lives, practicing mindfulness, and providing motivation to help people realize their goals. While the site will largely focus on practical advice, references to fairy tales and folklore will be sprinkled throughout the the site, and, through podcasts, visitors can enjoy listening to classic fairy tales.

Why life and mindfulness and fairy tales? First, people often come to me for advice. This has been true since my childhood. I must have a face that says, “Go ahead and ask me for help.” Teaching only enhanced this trait. Second, mindfulness meditation has radically altered my life—so much so that I’m in the process of being certified as a meditation coach. Last, I’m pretty good at getting people motivated. If you’re down in the dumps, I’ll do my best to get you out and back into forward momentum. I don’t lie when I motivate people, but I can usually help people see what’s brilliant and beautiful inside themselves. As for fairy tale podcasts, well, I still love fairy tales. That’s all.

I’ll be posting a help wanted announcement for CH soon. Until then, I hope you’ll all be as excited by these changes as I am.


KW

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November 21, 2017

Special Edition 2017 - Table of Contents

Welcome to 
Enchanted Conversation's Special Edition!
This month, Enchanted Conversation has created a super-sized Special Edition Issue as a “thank you” to all our readers and supporters in our latest fundraising efforts. Everyone’s support means so much to us, and we’ve put together an all new bonus issue this November with original content and a few surprises.

This issue features two new exclusives: Lissa Sloan's poem, Disobedience, and Marcia Sherman's story, Message in a Bottle, that we know you'll enjoy.

Can a fairy tale be told in 100-400 words? Yes it can, and our new feature, Fairy Tale Flash, (being introduced in this issue) will prove it. Just how do you make beerwood stew? What happens when too much magic dust is around? And what do you get when you capture a witch? Plus more...

We’re also celebrating artists of the Golden Age of Illustration with the help of several guest art editors this month.

And we are very pleased to present E.J. Hagadorn's article on L. Frank Baum: Father of the American Fairy Tale and Kiyomi A. Gaines' thoughts on fairy tales in the context of memento mori.

So thank you, again, to everyone who stops by and reads Enchanted Conversation.
We hope you enjoy this special issue and leave some comments. We’d love to hear from you!


Lissa Sloan

A Fairy Tale Flash Story

E.J. Hagadorn

A Fairy Tale Flash Story

Artists from the Golden Age of Illustration

A Fairy Tale Flash Story

Marcia Sherman

Kiyomi A. Gaines

Artists from the Golden Age of Illustration

A Fairy Tale Flash Story

A Fairy Tale Flash Story

from the Golden Age of Illustration



This issue was edited by Amanda Bergloff, who also created the accompanying art to the stories and poems.

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Disobedience by Lissa Sloan


Sleep in the ashes. Do not touch the spindle. And always do what you're told...

I must not touch a spindle.
I must not leave the path.
Or talk to strange wolves.
I must not use the littlest key.
Or visit my lover’s house when he is not home.  

I must not discover the pot full of cut-up women or the poor girl’s finger, ring still on.

I must do as I am told.

I must sleep in the ashes.
I must flatter the king.
I must marry my father.
I must stay in the wood and starve.

I must go with the devil when he comes to take me.

I must do as I am told.

I must not hide.
I must not escape.
Or cheat my way out of a bad bargain.
I must not discover murderers or expose usurpers.
I must not grow back my severed hands.
Or bring anyone back to life.

I must not break enchantments.

I must do as I am told.

For if I don’t
If I am not master of my curiosity
Or my desire
Or my sheer stubborn will
Who knows what might happen?

Perhaps everyone
Poor tailors and forgotten soldiers
Downtrodden goose girls and stunted kitchen wenches
Murderous husbands
Scheming maids and lazy stepsisters
Tyrant kings and jealous queens

Would get what they deserve.

Exactly
What they deserve.


Lissa Sloan's poems and short stories are published in Enchanted ConversationNiteblade Magazine, Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus, andFrozen Fairy Tales.  “Death in Winter,” Lissa's contribution to Frozen Fairy Tales, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Visit her online at her website,lissasloan.com, or on Twitter: @LissaSloan.

Read Lissa's poem, "Hide," from EC's Donkeyskin Issue HERE.

Poem ART by: Amanda Bergloff



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Fairy Tale Flash - Three Wishes

By the light of the moon and a net of golden stitches,
if you capture a witch, you will get 3 wishes...

“I would like my three wishes now.”

“That’s not how this works.”

“Yes, it does,” Lissa insisted. “My Grannie Eikamp taught me the rhyme, and it was very specific:
By the light of the moon
and a net of golden stitches;
if you capture a witch,
you will get three wishes.

The witch shifted her position in the net. “I’m telling you,” she said, “your Grannie Eikamp got it wrong.”

“No, she didn’t. I’ve done everything correctly. The moon is out, you’re a witch, and as hard it was to find golden thread to make a net, I did, and you are now in it. So, I want my three wishes.”

The witch sighed. “The rhyme isn’t:
If you capture a witch,
you will get three wishes
It is:
If you capture a witch,
you will get three...witches

Lissa’s eyes grew wide and her mouth dropped open when the three witches stepped out from the shadows.

“Greetings, sister,” the three witches called out. “We told you not to pick nightshade so close to the village.”

“Aye, that you did,” the witch in the net replied.

Lissa put her hands on her hips. “Well, whether my Grannie Eikamp got the rhyme wrong or not, I’d like my three wishes now.”

“Oh, there’ll be a wish, but it won’t be yours, girl,” the tallest of the three witches said. “Aren’t you in need of a new familiar, sister Hagadorn?”

The smallest of the three witches smiled. “That I am, and this girl already has such lovely green eyes.”

The three witches pulled the golden net off their sister and helped her up.

Sister Hagadorn picked up the silken black cat with the green eyes at her feet and nuzzled it--and a hearty laugh was shared as the witches walked back into the night.

Special Thanks to Lissa Sloan, Rhonda Eikamp, and E.J. Hagadorn for supporting EC.

Story and Art by Amanda Bergloff


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Father of the American Fairy Tale by E.J. Hagadorn

In recent years, visiting the graves of famous authors has become my favorite pastime. One particular grave that I think fairy tale lovers would most appreciate is that of L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and all its relevant literature.

When it comes to fairy tales, readers agree that Baum was to the United States what the Brothers Grimm were to Germany and what Charles Perrault was to France. Baum was a reader of European fairy tales, and when he chose to pen his own, he approached the task hoping to appeal specifically to American children. The result was an unforgettable mythos of magical characters, idealistic fantasy, and all-around fun.

The following is an account of my pilgrimage to Baum’s grave, as documented on my website authorgraves.com.
L. Frank Baum
(May 15th 1856 - May 6th 1919)
Brief Bio:
Lyman Frank Baum was born in New York, the seventh of nine children. As a boy he was attracted to writing and created several amateur publications. He had a flair for the theatrical in both his professional and home lives.  As an adult, he tried his hand at numerous professions, including acting, shop keeping, and journalism, with wavering success. In 1897 he began writing novels for children. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900, became an immediate and lasting success, which created a new cultural zeitgeist in American folklore, and came to dominate Baum's career for the rest of his life; he wrote numerous sequels, short stories, and stage adaptations about the Land of Oz. The financial failures of his other ventures proved to be a problem for his health, and in 1919, Baum suffered a stroke and slipped into a brief coma before dying in Hollywood.
Notable Works:
  • Mother Goose In Prose (1897)
  • 16 Oz Books (1900-1919)
  • American Fairy Tales (1901)
  • Queen Zixi Of Ix (1905)
  • Sky Island (1912)

The Grave:
Baum is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA. His grave is in Section G, as indicated on the maps available at the front entrance. He is right next to the road in the shade of a large tree, surrounded by his family.
Surrounding Area:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park is mostly surrounded by residences, so there's very little to do outside the cemetery. However, because Forest Lawn is so large and beautiful, one can easily spend an entire day exploring it. It contains a church, a museum, and dozens of freestanding sculptures. Though many famous people are buried here, such as Clark Gable, Walt Disney and Michael Jackson, many of their graves can only be visited by family members. Others are open to the public, but carefully protected by security.

Further Reading:

Baum’s contribution to the world of fairy tales was monumental, but what’s truly remarkable is that the stories didn’t die with him. Dozens more Oz stories have been told since his passing, fueled by the childlike wonder and the love of thousands of readers and writers and artists. The Land of Oz and its inhabitants hold a special place in people’s hearts, just as they did when Baum was alive. At the end of the day, that’s all any writer wants, and I think Baum would be pleased to see how far his influence has reached.

If it’s within your reach to visit L. Frank Baum, I highly recommend you do. There’s no better way to reassure Baum that he, like his works, will never be forgotten.

E.J. Hagadorn is an independent author of fiction and poetry, whose works include "Sing A Song Of Yellowstone" and the award-winning "Spring-Heel'd Jack."  When not writing, he can occasionally be seen traversing mountains, lurking in graveyards, or sleeping at his desk.

Read E.J.'s poem, "All That Glitters," from EC's Diamonds and Toads Issue HERE.

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Fairy Tale Flash - Beerwood Stew

What is this beerwood stew you speak of...

Have you ever smelled a stew this good, Tulli?”

“Come to think of it Hopson, I have smelled better. Nothing beats the beerwood stew I had with the giants of the north.”

“Ah yes, the legendary beerwood stew. Didn’t those giants teach you how to make it, Tulli?”

“Why yes, Hopson. I only wish I were able to reach my pocket, for I have some beerwood root they gave to me as a parting gift.”

The giant, sharpening his knife by a pot of stew the size of a house, stopped to look at the two men tied up next to him.

The giant grunted and waved his knife at them. “What is this beerwood stew you speak of?”

“Only the finest stew in all the land, right Hopson?”

“Yes, Tulli. But everyone knows the giants of the north are the best stew makers and you, mighty giant, are from the south.”

The giant stood up with his head above the trees and thundered, “The giants of the south are the best stew makers!”

“They would be if they made beerwood stew.” Tulli replied.

“Then you will give me your beerwood root, and teach me how to make this or I will eat you both right now.”

“First, you have to untie Tulli so he can get the beerwood root out of his pocket,” Hopson said.

The giant did as he was told. Tulli pulled something out of his pocket and handed it to him.

“This looks like an ordinary root,” the giant noted.

“Yes, but it has magical properties. You must cut beerwood root sitting inside the cooking pot to release its magic and make the best stew possible.

The giant wanted to make a stew better than the giants of the north, so he readily climbed into the pot that was the size of a house.

Once the giant was inside, Tulli untied Hopson.

“You must sit in there, cutting the beerwood root while we get more wood for the fire to properly cook the stew.”

Tulli and Hopson ran off into the forest with no intention of getting more firewood, but at least the giant did get a good, long bath.

Special Thanks to Jude Tulli and Kevin Hopson for supporting EC.

Story and Art by Amanda Bergloff

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