Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fleet Is the Sand, By Patricia Scott

Editor's Note: I've got some catching up to do on publishing (sometimes my own writing gets in the way of EC). Today, we have a mystical, touching story from Patricia Scott. It's not often we get stories set in the Middle East, so this delightful story is an intriguing change of pace.

As they grow, the boys of Mahdjikistan play a particular game found only in their culture. Once they are old enough to play away from the watchful eyes of their mothers, they go tumbling and brawling, as little boys everywhere are wont to do, to a corner where there is nothing to be found but sand. The older boys teach the younger the words to say and they practice, focusing their will as they chant. Eventually, sometimes only after days of trying, the boys will summon sand wraiths.

 
The sand wraiths look like nothing more than a tendril of grains writhing with the currents of the air, especially to the untrained eye. The boys of Mahdjikistan know better, though. These creatures, born of magic and the desert, know every thing that comes into contact with the dunes that surround the only city in all of the country. A pact was made, long ago, by the Mahdjikistani men. The sand wraiths would serve as guides and protectors for the men who summoned them and they, in turn, would be kept alive and thriving by the unshakable belief in them that the men carried. That promise, made so many years earlier had led to a towering reputation for the men of Mahdjikistan as infallible escorts for either trade or travel.

Anyone who practices magic would be able to assert that in order to give something form and strength, it must have a name. Once a boy has managed to summon his sand wraith, he promptly gives it a name, fostering the connection between them. With each successive summoning, the sand wraith grows more defined and lingers about its chosen boy longer. For many of the boys, the sand wraith is the closest thing to a pet that any of them will ever have.

And, so it was, that a boy named Hassim, born to a seller of books and a baker of flatbread, summoned the sand wraith that he named Fleet only three days after his sixth birthday. Upon that first time that it rose into the warm golden sunlight of the morning and twined curiously about Hassim's skinny ankles, Hassim named it Fleet, and thereafter, he was never seen without the swift eddy of sand at his heels. His parents gave no more thought to the presence of the sand wraith than any other parent of Mahdjikistan. It was simply part of their way of life.

Hassim was too little to understand what it meant when a tyrant seized power of the nation. When the dictator slaughtered all of the Mahdjikistani poets in the city square in front of his people, the little boy hid his face in his mother's robes and turned away, trembling. He tried to cover his ears against the blood-curdling sound of the emotional heart of their country being destroyed. Fleet never left its position at Hassim's toes.
Time passed and, little by little, the tyrant tore away the fabric of Mahdjikistani existence. The magics the people used every day as a matter of course were banned and those caught using them were put to death. 

The men did not forget about their wraiths. Instead, they waited until they were out in the desert to summon them. Without the wraiths, however, the tyrant could seize no more money, for without the hiring of guides, no money would come into Mahdjikistan. He saw little threat in the creatures. They were, after all, common. The dictator himself had one that he had named Skirmish.

As with any tyrant, he made enemies, and he soon found himself in need of an army. Hassim was fifteen years old when his mother and father received the official summons to bring him to the armory near the palace and present him for military duty. His mother wept silently as she folded his clothes into a small cloth bundle and would only say, “It is all right. It must be. When they see him, they will see he is too small and much too young for their army.”

Hassim's father said nothing. When the day arrived when they were expected to report to the army, Hassim kissed his mother's cheek and tried not to be afraid when the hug she gave him crushed the air from his lungs. She was not allowed to accompany them to the headquarters of the army, and so, she stood and watched as her husband and her son walked down the streets, away from the house. His father's hand was heavy on Hassim's shoulder, the weight of it doubled by the weight of a father's love for his only child and trebled by the complete loss of hope.

As Hassim's father had feared, Hassim was ushered into the gates by imposing men in dark uniforms who informed him that upon delivery of his son he must leave. Later that night, in a crowded barracks that stank of sweat and fear, Hassim wept onto the hard tiles of the floor. It was the first time he had ever been away from his parents and the first time that Fleet did not come when summoned. Across the city, in a small house on a narrow street, Hassim's parents wept into each other as they feared for the life of their sweet, gentle boy.

Fleet tried for days to find a way into the army base to see the boy to whom it was tied. There was no entry, though Fleet nearly dashed itself to scattered grains against the heavily warded walls. Great pains had been taken to prevent the wraiths from accessing the men they looked after and many of the creatures languished in the shadows of the walls, waiting to hear the call of the ones who gave them form.

As battles erupted, the men were called forth to fight. Most of them were still little better than boys. At each opportunity, Hassim would immediately summon Fleet. The sand wraith was the only measure of comfort he had left. Attempting to see his parents would require Hassim to run away from the barracks and to do so would mean that his parents would die at the tyrant's hand. So, he made no plans, wanting, instead, to be able to think that his parents were still alive and still in the city.

It happened, from time to time, that on border patrols, soldiers would disappear. They were snatched by rebels, it was assumed. All that would be found was a pair of boots abandoned at the edge of the desert and a gun emptied of its clip and flung out of reach. Hassim was nearly nineteen years old when he was allowed to stand guard at the border. He had come to understand, over those brutal years of warfare, that if he wished to survive to his twentieth birthday, he would have to find a way out of the army.

He planned for months, storing away a few canteens he took as battle trophies and building a supply of food. The night before his escape, Hassim sat in the sand, his back against the brick wall. He summoned Fleet and explained in a hushed, fearful voice that as much as he wanted to, he could not take the sand wraith with him. Mahdjikistani men could never be lost in the desert through either treachery or disorientation because the sand wraiths left traces of magic along the path. That magic carried a signature unique to the wraith and the man bound to it and could be tracked for two weeks. Were Fleet to accompany him, they would be found quickly and Hassim and his parents would be publicly executed.

Two days later, in a small house, on a narrow street, in the only city in Mahdjikistan, a scuffed pair of black army boots were presented to a woman who took them without a word. Once the door was shut and the uniformed man was well away from her home, she cursed the tyrant soundly as had all of the other mothers who had lost children to his senseless greed. The boots themselves were placed carefully beside the door to wait, unclaimed, by a boy who would never come home. When Hassim's father came home and saw them, he dropped to his knees in the middle of the room and poured his shattered heart to the tiles in a burning stream of tears.

Hassim made his way across the desert, relying on nonexistent instincts and blind luck. Each day, when he stopped to rest in the heat, Fleet rose from the sands, unsummoned to keep watch over him. Without the spell to track, they would not be able to find the sand wraith or the boy. Hassim walked, finding his way into the neighboring country and sneaking onto a ship bound across the ocean. Fleet could not follow him onto the water and so it turned back, returning to Mahdjikistan and the small house on the narrow street.
The sand wraith took great comfort in knowing that Hassim was safe across an ocean on another continent, where the tyrant would likely never find him. As it watched Hassim's mother and father struggle to learn how to live without him, it longed to tell them that Hassim was not dead. It was unsure, however, if the knowledge that their son was still alive but unable to contact them at all would only be another cruelty to already broken hearts.

Fleet mourned his absence as much as they did. It longed for the confessions Hassim offered up under the stars when he had been young. They had chased each other in the waning light over dunes and down the streets, Hassim's laughter ringing against the stone walls. When the pain of loss became too great, a tendril of sand could be seen sliding under the door and winnowing across the floor, curling its way into the battered boots which still stood where the footsteps of a grown man should have echoed. The sand wraith would stay there, encased in the leather and cloth which no longer carried the familiar feel of the boy who had owned them, but remained the only physical reminder of the young man who was no longer fifteen. Years passed and the sand wraith waited, hoping for the miracle of Hassim's return.

It happened, one night, that Fleet felt a familiar tug at its senses. As the sand wraith roused, it recognized a familiar call it thought to never hear again. All it once, Fleet gathered itself and rushed out into the desert, speeding with all the power of its name to the border where a man who wore a familiar shape waited under the light of a full moon.

The sand wraith twined itself around thee ankles of the man who had finally returned home, smelling of deep and foreign magics and knowledge gained for the purpose of overturning an injustice. Hassim laughed with delight and explained that he needed Fleet to take him to the cave where the Djinn could be summoned, that he might enlist their aid against the tyrant still in power. Fleet agreed as easily and as readily as he always had to the boy asking him for a game of chase before bedtime.

“Then we will go, my oldest friend, but we will go in the morning, with the light of the sun upon us so that all will know that we do not act in fear and anger, but instead with bravery and utmost faith in our purpose,” he said, the smile on his face coloring his voice.

And so, bathed in the silver glow of the moon, the sand wraith and the boy whom it had waited for over so many years danced across the sands of their homeland.


Patricia Scott writes primarily fantasy works, though she also writes a bi-monthly column called "Geek Girl Navigating the World" at Boomtron.com. She rides a moped, collects dragons and books, and still has a day job.

14 comments:

Laura B. said...

Wondrous story. I love the image of the sand wraith.

Teresa Robeson said...

I, too, love the image, and idea, of the sand wraith. The hopeful ending is wonderful but I would really like to know how Hassim has been changed and what sorts of magic will be called forth to defeat the tyrant. Perhaps a sequel is in order? :)

Patricia Scott said...

Thank you so much! I do have more ideas for it.

Fleet said...

Nice blog!! Thanks for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

I'm Hooked! What happens nexT? AB
(and I don't like that my word to prove I am not a robot is
surespig)

Anonymous said...

I thought this was a great story. I liked the personal elements of the mother and the father and their emotions and love for their son. It was nice to read a fairy tale that doesn’t have a mentally unstable parent and where the parents actually hope for the best for their child. Even though the sand wraith, Fleet, was a mystical force it seems like the sand could be a metaphor for a child’s imaginary friend or maybe even a spiritual figure whom looks over the boy as he grows up. By giving the sand wraith a name it enabled the sand to become alive to the reader and to become its own central character in the tale. It was sweet how the sand wraith missed Hassim and reminisced about a time when they played together. I felt sad for the parents and their belief that their child was dead even though he wasn’t. I thought this was a good story that I would share with anyone, young or old.
Allison R.

Manjai Z said...

This tale is very interesting, I must admitted it is sad how one man took power by force from the Mahdjikistan people, and then he expected them to sacrifice their children’s lives for his. For some reasons I believe that this Tyrant was afraid that if he allows the Mahdjikistan people to use magic freely, they would have had the power to destroy him. The best part about this tale is the point that, the Mahdjikistan boys had the power to summon magical sand wraith which becomes part of them for life. Young Hassim made the right decision to run of even though he knew that his actions could endanger his parents’ lives, he took the risk to go somewhere else to get prepared for the ending battle against the tyrant, I cannot wait to see what happen between Hassim and the tyrant and who will win this fight. The characteristics of the Sand Wraith was incredible, he display true loyalty to his friend Hassim and waited patiently for years upon his returned.

Anonymous said...

Jake Crawford

This story got my attention by the image used below the title. The image showed a depiction of the sand wraith from the story and showed them as large tornado looking creations. As someone who is interested in tornadoes it is the main reason I read this story. I enjoyed the Arabian setting to the tales with magic and sand creatures. I felt like the tale was relatable to most readers because of the way it followed the young boy from his innocent youth to being drafted and practically given a death sentence in the military. It was impossible not to feel sorrow for the parents of the story who lost their only son to a war that their country could have avoided if not for a poor ruler. I enjoyed the character of the sand wraith as it reminded me of a pet dog in its loyalty to its master especially when it waited near his boots for the boys return from his journey not knowing if he would ever return.

Varsha Dinesh said...

Great, awesome story, full to the brim with wonderful ideas, a lovely setting and a fable-like way of telling. I love the idea of sand-wraiths. Just how great is even saying that out loud? Sand-wraiths, sand-wraiths...
New to this site, already hooked!

Anonymous said...

I am still trying to figure out what fairy tale that story is derived from. I do like the story. The setting and the ending gave it an "Aladdin" feel to it and the sand wraith bit was very interesting. I do love the maturation of the main character. He started out as a scared child who didn't know what to do but to obey the tyrant, then grew up to a man who knew that he had to get out of his situation and find a way to take out the tyrant of the land. I kind of want a sequel to find out if he got to the Djinn and took out the tyrant or did he die trying to get to the Djinn. I want to find out if he ever was reunited with his parents or did he never see them again. It makes me really want to find out the name of the original fairy tale to get some of these questions answered.
TJ

Patricia Scott said...

I didn't actually base it on an existing fairy tale, but I am very glad to hear that it felt so familiar to you.

There is more to the story. I'm working on it.

Lissa said...

This story really drew me in and left me wanting more. The relationship between the boy and his sand wraith was very touching. Well done!

Adam B. said...

The story of the wraiths reminds me of when we were kids. We lived in a clearing between a wooded area and in the fall the wind would pick up the leaves and twirl them. We would wait for the next one to appear and chase it and try to get in the middle of it. This story really plays on the power of imagination as a kid. That no matter how far we come in life as in adult or how much heartache we endure, there is always the imaginations we had as a kid. The wraith may be real for Hassim, but I could definitely see Fleet as a metaphor for his childhood. I think Hassim losing Fleet after being forced to join the army is like saying that he has to leave his childhood behind when he wasn't ready to do so. I also like how she writes about grown men still having their named wraiths. It's like saying that all men are still boys in some way that can't forget their childhood. Which is somewhat true I think.

Adam B.

tjpaj219 said...

I was surprised by how quickly into reading this story that I was drawn in and wanted to keep reading. I felt a strong connection with the boy, Hassim, and his magical sand wraith, Fleet. I’m not sure why but I think its because it makes me think back to my own childhood, when everything was a mystery and I would seek comfort and safety from things equitable to a sand wraith, pets, friends (both real and inanimate). Usually with short stories it is hard to follow along and stay connected because the plot is generally summarized or lacking details that you would expect in a book or longer story. However, I found this story to be very compelling throughout. I was eager to find out what would become of the boy, and his parents, and the situation in his country. I thought this story did a good job exemplifying the importance that having strong family / friend relationships can have on someone’s character. I was expecting there to be some resolution with the tyrant situation but I thought it was good to end positively with the brave young man coming back to fight the tyrant and reuniting with his long lost friend.

Labels

"Follower" status (1) "Snow (1) "Snow White and the Philosopher's Stone (1) $25 Amazon Gift Card (1) $25 Amazon gift certificate giveaway (1) 'zine giveaway (1) 200 dollar writing prize (1) 2013 June Contest Window opens at midnight at EC (1) 2013 June Contest winners announced (1) 24 hours online (1) A Anderson (1) A Floating World (1) A Grimm and Yet Redemptive Story (1) A Heart Discarded (1) A New Big Writing Contest Coming to EC (1) A polar Bear's Blog (1) A Polar Bear's Tale (1) A Public Service Announcement From Krampus (1) A Queen's Discontent (1) A.L. Loveday (2) about Krampus responses (1) Absolutely Fabulous (1) Ace G. Pilkington (1) Adele Jones (2) Adrienne Segur (3) Adventure Princess (1) Advice from the Fairy Godmother's Glassblower (1) AH Watson (1) AL Bowley (1) albedo (1) Alethea Kontis (1) Alex Flinn (1) Alexandra Seidel (1) Alive in the Wolf's Belly (1) Aliza Faber (4) altere art giveaway (1) Amanda C. Davis (6) Amanda White (1) Amazon gift certificate (2) Andrea Mullaney (2) Andrew Lang (1) Anna Ilona Mussman (1) Anne Anderson (4) Anne Ursu (1) April 16 pub date for Beyond the Glass Slipper (3) April 2013 EC Contest Winners Announced (1) April 2013 EC Contest Winning Poem Published (1) April 2013 EC Contest Winning Story Published (1) April contest winners Enchanted Conversation (1) April contest winners Enchanted Conversation published (2) Aputsiaq M (1) Are fairy tales bad for kids? at fairytalemagazine.com (1) Ari (1) Arianna Winchester (1) Ariel Villa (1) Art Magick (1) Artellalan (1) artellaland affiliate (1) Arthur Hacker (2) Arthur Rackham (4) ArtMagick (5) Ashes to Ashes (1) Aubrey Beardsly (2) August 2013 EC Contest Winner (2) August 2013 submission window open for EC (1) August EC winners to be announced soon (2) August submission window open for EC (1) Baba Ja Harick (1) Babayagada (1) Bad Wolf (1) Ballad of Briars (1) Bandito Learns a Lesson (1) Barbara Ng (1) Batul and the Rumpel (1) Beast's Beauty (1) beatrixcottonpants.com (1) Beauty and the Beast (1) Beauty and the Beast by de Beaumont (1) Become and EC Fan (1) Benjamin Chang (1) Best Fairy Tale Books (1) Beyond the Glass Slipper (4) Beyond the Glass Slipper book mailing (1) Beyond the Glass Slipper cover image (1) Beyond the Glass Slipper for the Holidays (1) Beyond the Glass Slipper Giveaway at Goodreads (1) Beyond the Glass Slipper Giveaway winner announced (1) Beyond the Glass Slipper Grand Prize Winner for Writing Contest (1) Beyond the Glass Slipper on sale at Amazon Kindle (1) Beyond the Glass Slipper Sale Update (1) Beyond the Glass Slipper Selling Well on Kindle (1) Beyond the Glass Slipper Writing Contest (7) Beyond the Glass Slipper Writing Contest winner (2) Beyond the Glass Slipper writing contest winners announced (1) Bird (1) Bitter Greens (1) Black Dog (1) Blog giveaway (1) Blood (1) blook (1) Blue Fairy Book (1) Book Giveaway at Enchanted Conversation (1) Boy (1) Bratty Tessa (1) Breadcrumbs (1) Bride Gift (1) Brothers Grimm (3) BTGS contest ends tonight for EC (1) BtGS contest Winner (2) BTGS gebook giveaway (1) By Gail Wickman (1) by Henry Clayton Hopkins (1) By John (1) By Judy DaPolito (1) By Lily Abedin (1) By Ria Gupta (1) By Sally Clark (1) By Sharon Lau (1) By Zoe Marzo (1) Cake Style (1) Calico Collage (2) Can you help find this fairy tale (1) Canada (1) Candace Barr (1) Candace L. Barr (1) Caravaggio (1) Care and Feeding (1) Caroline Yu (1) Caroline Yu a May EC winner (1) Caspar David Friedrich (1) Cecelia Cohen (1) Celtic cross earrings (1) Changes in EC rejection and acceptance notices (1) Charles Altamont Doyle (1) Charles Folkard (1) Charles Livingston Bull (1) Charles Perrault (1) Charles Robinson (3) Check email if you entered July contest (1) Christina Ruth Johnson (7) Christmas in the Woods (1) Christmas Wulfing (1) Cinder (1) Cinder by Kristina Wojtaszek (3) Cinderella (2) Cinderella issue (11) Cinderella Issue Information (1) Cinderella story (1) Cinderella Submission Window Has Closed (1) Cinderella Submission Window Has Opened (1) Cinderella's Slipper (1) Cinderella's Slipper Galaxy (1) Cinderella: A Rat to Riches Story (1) Claire Massey (1) Clarence Hawkes (1) Class That Shaped The World (1) Classic fairy tale illustrations (1) classic fairy tales (1) Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian (1) collage giveaway (1) Comment of the Month Program (1) Cottingley Fairies (1) Creepily Ever After (1) Cupid and Psyche (1) Cursed (1) Custome Memories Israel (1) D and D's Digital Delights (1) Dance of the Sugarplum Dachshund (1) Dancing With the Devil (1) Dante Gabriel Rossetti (2) Dawn Corrigan (1) Dawn Corrigan a May EC winner (1) Deborah Walker (1) December 2013 EC contest winners (1) Defense Against the Dark Arts Courses (1) Defne Cizakca (5) Diamondsandtoads.com (1) Diamondsandtoads.com giveaway (2) Diana Parparita (2) Diary of a Mad Dwarf (1) Disney's Frozen (1) Dorlana Vann (2) Duotrope Editor's interview (2) Dustbowl Dance (1) E. Nesbit (1) East of the Sun (1) Ebony" Snow White Poetry Issue (1) EC August Contest Winner (2) EC back to old look (1) EC book review August 2013 (1) EC Book Review October 2013 (1) EC Book Review September 2013 (1) EC columnist positions filled (1) EC columns coming up (1) EC contest submission window closed (1) EC contest submission window closed for January (1) EC contest submission window opens soon (1) EC Contest winner (1) EC editor book (1) EC Fairy Tale Project (8) EC February 2013 Contest Winners (1) EC February Contest Winner (1) EC Giveaway starts July 17 (1) EC Guest Post (4) EC Guest Poster (8) EC has a new kitten mascot (1) EC interview with NFT editors (2) EC January 2013 Contest Winner (1) EC July 2013 winners announced (1) EC June Contest window opens June 1 at midnight (1) EC May 2013 Contest Winning Poem (1) EC May 2013 Contest Winning Story (1) EC May Contest Winners Announced (1) EC Mini Contest OVER (1) EC mini writing contest OVER (1) EC New Member Contest winner named (1) EC October submission window open (1) EC on Pinterest (2) EC Picture Collage (1) EC promotional giveaway (1) EC promotional giveaway winner announced (1) EC September 2013 winner (2) EC September Contest Winner (1) EC submission reminders (2) EC Submission window open for January 2013 (1) EC submissions close (1) EC writing and poetry monthly contest (3) EC writing contest (1) Ed Ahern (1) Edmund B. Leighton (1) Edmund Dulac (2) Edward Ahern (1) Edward Austin Abbey (1) Edward Brewtnall (1) Edward Burne-Jones (1) Edward Charles Halle (1) Edward Lord Leighton (1) Eileen Wiedbrauk (1) Eleanor Vere Boyle (1) Eleanore Abbot (1) Elise Forier Edie (2) Elizabeth Creith (2) Elizabeth Reeder (1) Elizabeth Siddal (1) Elizabeth Twist (2) Ella Bouchard (1) Emma Florence Harrison (2) Emma's Baby Blanket (1) Enchanted Conversation (4) Enchanted Conversation and recipes (1) Enchanted Conversation and World Weaver Press joint Krampus anthology (1) Enchanted Conversation and writing contests (1) Enchanted Conversation audience (1) Enchanted Conversation contest winners announced October 2012 (1) Enchanted Conversation December 2013 winning work (2) enchanted conversation ebook (1) Enchanted Conversation gearing up again (1) Enchanted Conversation giveaway winner (6) Enchanted Conversation is having a giveaway (10) Enchanted Conversation look change (1) Enchanted Conversation looking for paid columnists (1) Enchanted Conversation monthly writing contest submission window open (1) Enchanted Conversation needs your help (1) Enchanted Conversation not dead (1) Enchanted Conversation to continue (1) Enchanted Conversation to leave Facebook (1) Enchanted Conversation Writing Contest (2) Enchanted Conversation's Little Red Riding Hood Issue (1) Enchanted Conversation's new site is under construction (3) Enchanted Converstion submission window to open in 10 days (1) Enchanted Converstion submission winow is opening (1) Enchanted Island Music Play List Giveaway (1) End to End (1) Eowyn Ivey (1) Estella Canziani (1) Ethel Franklin Betts (1) Ethereal (1) Evelyn Pickering DeMorgan (1) Evolution of an Apparition (1) Existing Follower EC giveaway (1) Facebook (1) Facebook and EC not friends (1) fairies (1) Fairies come bring my true love (1) Fairy Tale Reality (1) fairy gardening (1) Fairy Tale Anthology Profits go to Doctors Without Borders (1) Fairy tale book review (2) Fairy Tale Book Reviews (4) Fairy Tale Books We Love (1) Fairy Tale Faction Pinterest Board (1) Fairy Tale Festival (1) Fairy Tale Inspiration. BTGS is for writers (1) Fairy Tale Magazine requirements (1) fairy tale movies (1) Fairy Tale Mystery (1) Fairy Tale News Reporter Column (6) fairy tale submissions (1) Fairy Tales and Gardening (1) fairy tales and rock and roll (1) Fairy Tales by Terry Jones (1) Fairy Tales from the Far East (1) Fairy Tales in Space (1) Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde (1) fairy tales on TV (1) fairy tales rediscovered (1) Fairyland and the Deep-down Third Grader (1) fairytalemagazine.com (4) Fanni Suto (2) fascinating fairy tale art (1) favorite fairy tale artists (1) February 2013 contest winning poem (1) February 2014 EC Contest Winners (1) February 2014 submission window opens soon (1) February 2014 Winning Work (2) February Contest honorable mention (2) February contest winners (2) February contest winners announced at EC (1) February guest post submission window closed (1) February submission window opens tonight for Enchanted Conversation (1) Fiddleeeboad (1) Firts prize winner chosen on Enchanted Conversation (1) Fitting In (1) Fleet Is the Sand (1) Follower EC and have a chance to win a $25 gift card contest closed (1) Following on Enchanted Conversation (1) Forest Snow Memory (1) Forging the Iron Clogs (1) Found Wanting (1) fracturing fairy tales (1) Frances MacNair (1) Frances McQuillan (1) Frank Cadogan Cowper (2) Frederick Stuart Church (1) Fremont (1) French Red Riding Hood (1) Friedrich de la Motte Fouque (1) From the Forest (1) Gail Carson Levine (1) Gail S. Wickman (1) Galavant (1) Garbage-To-Gold Spindle (1) George Cruikshank (1) George MacDonald (1) Georges Rochegrosse (1) German Fairy Tale Road By Amanda White (1) German Fairy Tale Road By Amanda White part two (1) Gerri Leen (2) Ghosts of Classic Fairy Tales (1) Giambattista Basile (1) Gingerella dn the Glass Slipper (1) Giovanni Boldini (1) Girl Power (1) Gladys Peto (1) Glenshire Shop (1) Glinda (1) Godfather Death (1) goldencuff (1) Goodreads Q and A has started (1) Granny O'Grimm (1) greed (1) guest bloggers at Enchanted Conversation (1) Guest bloggers wanted (2) guest blogging at EC (2) guest post badge (2) guest post on Paul O. Zelinsky (1) guest posters wanted (1) Guest posting at EC (1) Guest Posts of Books and Movies (1) Guest Writer (1) Gustav Dore (1) Gustav Klimt (1) Gustave Dore (1) Gypsy Thornton's Pinterest boards (1) H.M. Brock (1) H=Jude Tulli (1) Hama Girls (1) Hans Christian Andersen (2) Hansel and Gretel (3) Harold Hitchcock (2) Harry Clarke (2) Harry Potter (1) Haunted Folklore (5) He Tore Himself In Two (1) Heather Talty (1) Helen Oyeyemi (1) Helter Skelter (1) Henry Gerbault (1) Henry J. Ford (1) Henry M. Rheam (2) Henry Siddons Mowbray (1) Her Dark Materials (1) Hercynius (3) Hero Worship (1) HJ Ford (2) HM Rheam (1) Hogwarts Is Here (1) Hoosier dairy lore (1) Horror is welcome in Krampus submissions (1) How Beautiful She Is (1) How Red Runs (1) How to use Beyond the Glass Slipper (1) Hubble Space Telescope Magic (1) Hume Nisbet (1) Hypho's Etsy shop (1) I Dream of Jinni (1) iDrakula (1) Ignorant Fools (1) image from A Polar Bears Tale (1) In a Land Far Away Fairy Tale Anthology (1) In a Land Faraway on sale at Kindle (1) In By the Eye (1) In The POV of Red Riding Hood (1) In the Tower (1) independent publishers (1) Inside (1) It Must 'A Been A Full Moon (1) It's so cold (1) Jack and the Beanstalk (1) James Hutchings (2) James Tolan (2) Jan 2012 winning entries EC (1) Jane Horrocks (1) January 2012 contest honorable mention (1) January 2013 Contest Winners (1) January 2014 EC Winner (2) January 2014 EC Writing Contest Winners Announced (1) January 2014 submission window open (1) January Enchanted Conversation winners announced (2) Jazz Sexton (4) Jennie Harbour (4) Jennifer A McGowan (2) Jennifer A. McGowan (5) Jennifer Povey (1) Jessica Fong (1) Jessie Dunlop (1) Jessie M. King (1) Jessie Wilcox Smith (1) Jester Jewelry (1) Jim Harrington (1) Jim Henson's the Storyteller (1) Jim Tolan (1) Jocelyn Koehler (1) John Anster Fitzgerald (2) John B. Gruelle (2) John Batten (1) John Bauer (2) John Martin (1) John Patrick Pazdziora (10) John R. Neill (4) John R. Weguelin (1) John W. Godward (1) John William Waterhouse (5) John Wiswell (1) Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (1) Josh Medsker (1) Jude Tulli (6) Judy DaPolito (1) Judy Darley (1) Jugend (1) Julia H. West (1) July 2013 EC Contest Winner (3) July 2013 submission window to open for EC (1) July EC Contest honorable mention (1) July EC Contest Winner (2) July EC winners announced (1) July submission window for contest opens tonight (1) June 2013 winning poem (2) June Enchanted Conversation writing contest opens soon (1) June Enchanted Conversation writing contest winner (2) June Enchanted Conversation writing contest winners announced (1) June submission window closes tonight (1) Kate Forsyth (2) Kate Wilson (2) Kate Wolford and Beyond the Glass Slipper (1) Kate Wolford Author Goodreads discussion tomorrow (1) Katrina Robinson (3) Kay Nielsen (3) Kevin Bakry (1) King Pigs Third (1) Kinkach Martinko (1) Kolomon Moser (1) Krampus (2) Krampus anthology details (2) Krampus book call for anthology submissions (3) Krampus contest winning poem (2) Krampus Contest Winning Story (3) Krampus deadline at midnight tomorrow (1) Krampus submission deadline (1) Krampus submission deadline extended to November 30 (1) Krampus Submission Window Closed (1) Krampus the real nightmare before Christmas (1) Kristen Caven (1) Kristina Wojtaszek (4) Kurt Newton (3) L. C. Ricardo (1) L. Frank Baum (1) L. Leslie Foote (1) Lancelot Speed (1) Larry Stanfel (2) Laura Anderson (1) Laura Beasley (3) Leah and Her Twelve Brothers (1) Leila Foreman (1) Lelia Foreman (1) Lena Yampolsky (2) Lillian Crowe (1) Lillin Crowe (1) Lisa Stock (1) Lisa Stock web series Persephone (1) Lissa Sloan (20) Little Ellie (1) Little Match Girl (1) Little Mermaid's Big Sister (1) Little Rattle Belly (1) Little Red Riding Hood (1) Little Red Riding Hood Issue Published (1) Little Red Riding Hood Variant (1) Liz Colter (2) Loni Klara (2) looking for information on American dairy farmer folklore (1) Lorraine Schein (2) Louis Wain (1) Louis Welden Hawkins (1) Louise Quenneville (1) Love Like Salt (1) LRRH issue (1) LRRH issue published (11) LRRH submissions window open (1) Lucky Bucky Revisited (1) M'Lady (1) Mae Empson (2) Mae Underwood (1) Maleficent (1) March 2013 EC Contest winners (1) March 2013 EC contest winning Poem (1) March 2013 EC submission window opens (1) March 2014 Submission Window for EC opens tonight (1) March 2014 Submission Window Opens Tonight (1) March Contest Winners (1) March EC Contest Winner (1) March winning entry published (2) Marchen Strabe (1) Marcia Sherman (6) Marcus Stone (2) Margaret E. Price (1) Margaret Macdonald (2) Maria Tatar (1) Marianne Stokes (3) Marie Spartali Stillman (1) Marissa Meyer (1) market for poets and writers (1) Marprilay edition of EC (6) Mary Barnett (1) Mary Meriam (4) Matches and Races (1) Maxfield Parrish (1) May 2013 EC Submission Window Open (1) May EC Contest Winner Published (1) May Enchanted Conversation Contest Winners Announced (1) May Enchanted Conversation Contest Winners Published (1) Megan Engelhardt (3) Melinda Brasher (2) Melusine (1) Merry Christmas from EC (1) Midwestern dairy farmer folk tales (1) Mikhail Vrubel (1) mini writing contest at Diamondsandtoads.com over (1) Minnows Literary Group (1) Missing Substance (2) Monro S. Orr (1) Monster a novel of Frankenstein (1) Moo Designs (1) MOOC for Hogwarts (1) Moom and Talia (1) Moon and Tahlia (1) Moon Cakes and Myths (1) Mori Girls (1) Mr. Fox (1) MS James (1) Mumford and Sons (1) My Grandpuppy (1) Mystery picture on EC (1) Name of the Helper (2) Natalie Silver (1) Nesbit and British Empire (1) new EC writing contest (1) New Fairy Tales (3) New Fairy Tales Book giveaway (3) New Fairy Tales launching (2) New look for Enchanted Conversation? (1) NFT Promo ending soon (1) Nicolai Kochergin (1) Night of Snow (1) nigredo (1) No Harm in Tears (1) Nora Stasio (8) Notes From Halfland (1) November 2013 contest winning entry (2) November 2013 Submission Window at EC opens tonight (1) November Contest Winner Published (1) NYC Lab School project (15) Oberberon (1) October 2013 Contest winners announced. Shari L Klase (1) October EC Contest Winner Published (2) old EC site (1) Oliver Eade (2) Once Upon a Blog (2) Once Upon a Time (1) Once Upon a Time: The Power of Names (1) Opal (3) Original Versions of Fairy Tales (1) Oscar Wilde (1) Oz book sequels (1) Oz books (1) Oz the Great and Powerful movie (1) Ozma (1) Ozma of Oz (1) Pale Quarry (1) Patricia Louise is prize winner (1) Patricia Scott (3) Paul Woodruff (1) Paula Modershon-Becker (1) Pay Going Up at Enchanted Conversation A Fairy Tale Magazine (1) pay rate raise at Enchanted Conversation (1) Persephone (1) Perugini (1) Pete Newell (1) Peter Pan (1) Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1) Pinterest (1) Please follow EC submission guidelines (1) Please read EC submission guidelines (1) Please start following me on Instagram (1) Polls (1) Possible 12 swans image (1) Possible Goodreads book giveaway (1) Power in Simplicity (1) Poynter (1) Prince Creepy (1) Princes of Tanglewood Forest (1) promote fairytalemagazine.com (1) Promote your work at Enchanted Conversation (1) promotional giveaway (2) put Beyond the Glass Slipper on your gift list (1) questions for editors (1) R. Neill (1) Rachel Ayers (2) Radishpunzel (1) Rafflecopter e-book giveaway (1) Raising Rapunzel (1) Rampion (1) Rapunzel (1) Rapunzel contest winners (1) Rapunzel Writing Contest (2) Rapunzel Writing Contest Winner (3) Raspberry Read (1) readers poll (1) Realms of Fantasy advertisement (1) Realms of Fantasy Editor Douglas Cohen (1) Realms of Fantasy Interview (1) Red Cape (1) Red Grown (1) Red iis for Ritual (1) Red Poppy Review (1) Red Riding Hood Issue submission window opening (1) Red's Diary (1) Reflections: The Mirror Speaks (2) Remember Winter (1) Reviews at Amazon and Goodreads (1) reviews for Beyond the Glass Slipper (1) Richard Doyle (2) Richard Dyle (1) Richard Floethe (1) Roal Ball? Gett Home Before Midnight Or Magic Happens (1) Robin Ray (2) Roses and Agatha Starless (1) Roses and Moonlight (1) Rossetti (1) rubedo (1) Rumhum Biswas (1) Rumpelstiltskin (10) Rumpelstiltskin Issue (9) S. Ashley Burns (1) S. L. Vtale (1) Sabrina Zbasnik (1) Sally Clark (1) Samantha Kymmell-Harvey (2) Sandy Benitez (1) Sapling (1) Sara Maitland (1) Sarah Hans (1) Sarah Stasik (1) Sasha Davydova (1) Scarlet (1) Scarlette (1) Scherezade's Bequest (1) Scott Farrell (1) seelie court (1) Sept. 1 (1) September EC Contest Winner (1) September EC winners announced (1) seven deadly sins (1) Shannon Connor Winward (3) Shards of History (1) Shari L. Klase (1) Shelley Duvall's Fairy Tale Theatre (1) Shelly Noble (1) Shepard Allen (1) Shire Collies (1) Shire Jewelry (1) Shu Li Liu (1) Silverweed (1) Simeon Solomon (1) simple template for EC (1) Six Questions For ... (1) Six Upcoming Fairy Tale Films and a Musical (1) Skeleton Woman (1) Slate (1) Sleeping Beauty (2) Slip KId (1) Snow (1) Snow Queen (1) Snow White (4) Snow White 1812 (1) Snow White In Russia (1) Snow White Issue (2) Snow White Issue deadline (2) Snow White Poem (1) Snow White Poetry Edition (1) Snow White Poetry Issue (7) Snow White submission window closed at EC (1) Snow White's Prince (1) Snow White's Prince Contest winner (1) Song of Krampus (1) Song of Snow (1) Song of the Sea (1) Sophie Anderson (1) Sophie Masson (1) Specter Spectacular (5) Spectral Celebrations (1) Splintered (1) St'armra the Elf Lord (1) St. Patricks Day Fairy Tale News Report (1) Stephanie Alderton (1) Steve Shilstone (2) Straw Into Gold (1) Stringy Thingy (1) Students retell fairy tales (1) Submisions Received (1) Submission Guidelines for Enchanted Conversation (1) Submission window EC (1) Submission Window for EC October 2013 opens tonight (1) Submissions Chosen (1) Submissions Chosen for LRRH Issue (1) Sun (2) Sur La Lune Fairy Tales (1) Suzanne Sisco (1) Table of Contents Snow White Poetry Edition (1) Tahlia Merrill (3) Tasha Mandell (1) Teresa Robeson (4) The 7D (1) The Aftermath of Frozen (1) The Beatles (1) The Big (1) The Blue Hills (1) The Brick House (1) The Burger Bargain (1) The Candlestick Kid (1) The Case of the Unknown Illustration (1) The Clever (1) The Curious Tale of Mr. Fox (1) The Daning Mermaid (1) The Duchess's Boy (1) The Fairies Return reviewed (1) The Fairy Godmother's Trial (1) The Fairy Tale Garden (1) The Fisherman and His Wife (1) The Flower Garden (1) The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a ship of Her Own Making (1) The Goblin King and the Pig (1) The Golem and the Jinni (1) The Graphics Fairy (1) The Great Work (1) The Ladies of Grace Adieu (1) The Lady and the Ghost (1) The Light Princess (1) The Little Girl and the Mannequin (1) The Little Mermaid Statue (1) The Little Red Tarot (1) The Man in the Green Coat (1) The Name of the Helper (1) The Nixy (1) The Ordinary and Concrete in Fairy Tales (1) The Other Daughter (1) The Other End of the Tale (1) The Peril of Stories (1) The Philosophical Orphan (1) The Pirate Lover (1) The Poor Miller and the Cat (1) The Prince and the Sky-Maiden (1) The Prince of Glass (1) The Princess of Evighet (1) The Queen's Child Comes In (1) The Queen's dowry (2) The Real Snow White (1) The Red Shoes a Fairy Tale Film (1) The Remake (1) The Reverse Adaptation of Fairy Tales (1) The Shadow Window (1) The Snow Child (1) The Snow Maiden (1) The Snow Queen (2) The Souls of Her Feet (1) The Talking Cat (1) The Talking Fountain (1) The Talking Skull (1) The Three Sisters and the Dragon of the North (1) The Tinder Box (1) The Trouble with Fairy Tale Parents (1) The Two Sisters (1) The Uncertain Geography of Fairyland (1) The Very Air-- The Pact and Possibility of the Fairy Tale in Novels (1) The White Marriage (1) The Who (1) The Witch in the Story (1) The Witch of the Wolfwoods (1) The Wolf's POV (1) The Woodcutter (1) The Year of the Ruby Slippers (1) Theresa Durant Photography (2) Three Billy Goats Gruff (1) Three Glass Shards (1) Three Little Pigs (1) time to submit to fairy tale magazine (1) Timeless Tales (1) Titania and Fairies Dancing (1) Toads and Diamonds (1) Touched by Jennifer A McGowan (1) Towering (1) Turret by Jan Sullivan (1) Twice Upon a Time (2) Undine (1) unseelie court (1) Unsettling Wonder (2) Untruths About the Desirability of Wolves (1) Update on new notification policy (1) Updated (1) Vampires Monsters and Madness (1) Vengeance (1) Vintage Fairy Tale Report (1) Vintage Fairy Tale Sleuth (7) Vintage jewelry Christmas tree. (1) Vivian Vande Velde (1) Volume One EC (1) W. Klein (1) Walter Crane (6) Wanda Gag (1) Warwick Goble (3) WC Drupsteen (1) Weiner Dog in Booties (1) West of the Moon (1) WH Robinson (1) What Beauty Thinks (1) What Big Eyes (1) Where to buy Beyond the Glass Slipper (1) Which kind of fairy tale character would you be at diamondsandtoads.com (1) Whitney (1) Wicked Girl (1) Wild Child Publishing (1) William Baxter Closson (1) William Blake (2) William Breakspeare (1) William Pene du Bois (1) William Saunders (1) window for June EC guest posts opening soon (1) Window for May submissions opens tonight (1) window for October submissions opens soon (1) Window for Sept. submissions opens at 12 a.m. EST (1) Window us open for November 2013 submissions at EC (1) Winner Chosen in Old Member Giveaway at EC (1) Winners of New Fairy Tale book giveaway are Queen Carol and Marcia Sherman (1) Witold Proszkowski (1) Wizard of Oz (1) Wolf Slayer (1) Wolves and Witches (3) World Weaver Press (7) writers of fairy tales wanted (1) Xavier Mellery (1) You Know My Name (1) Yummy Wolf in My Yummy Tummy (1) Zoe Marzo (1)