April 16, 2013

A Fairy Tale Marriage

Of the 10 fairy tales highlighted in Beyond the Glass Slipper, "The Nixy" is probably my favorite, because unlike any other fairy tale I can think of, it highlights what I see are the rewards and perils of long-term partnership or marriage.

Like many fairy tales, it begins with a parent's foolish deal with an otherworldly entity. Yet, it diverges from most fairy tales in that the protagonist is shown as happily married early in the story, and the real action of the tale is about getting to a reunion between the hunter and his wife by the end of the story. The nixy herself disappears around the middle of  it all.

What happens on the way to the reunion, to me, is very much a story about what marriage can be like.

Beyond the Glass Slipper is out in ebook form on Nook, Kobo and Amazon, as of today. Details on how to get the paperback  will be forthcoming, as soon as Amazon gets the information up!

UPDATE: It's #13 in Amazon Kindle's mythology and folklore category!

"The Nixy," by Henry J. Ford


  1. Can't wait to read it!

  2. One of my favorites, too, for much the same reasons.

  3. Personally the whole white knight, fairytale wedding, and happily ever after started to annoy me the older I got. From about eight or nine I suppose not because it was unrealistic, though it was, but because in many fairytales the damsel is always in distress and can't do anything for herself and always needs some boy or man to come and rescue her. I think that can have a negative effect on little girls it's as if we're telling them that they are nothing without a man and they can't do anything without one so they need to sit around and wait for one to come along before they can do anything. Why not have a few stories where the damsel rescues herself or where she rescues the knight or prince too.