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Changes at Enchanted Conversation, By Kate Wolford

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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 Fun…

Special Edition 2017 - Table of Contents

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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…

Disobedience by Lissa Sloan

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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 mas

Fairy Tale Flash - Three Wishes

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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 Eikamptaught 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 c…

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

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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 t…

Fairy Tale Flash - Beerwood Stew

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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 w…

The Golden Age of Illustration: The Red Rose Girls

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The Golden Age of Illustration is a term applied to a time period (1880s - 1920s) of unprecedented excellence in book and magazine illustrations by artists in Europe and America. Advances in technology at the time allowed for accurate and inexpensive reproductions of their art, which allowed quality books to be available to the voracious public demand for new graphic art.

In America, illustration of this period was rooted in the Brandywine Valley Tradition begun by artist, Howard Pyle, and carried on by his students who included N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and Edwin Austin...along with a special group of women known as The Red Rose Girls.
(1901) Violet Oakely, Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Henrietta Cozens
From 1906-1911, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Violet Oakley, and Jessie Willcox Smith, rented the Red Rose Inn in Villanova, Pennsylvania, where they lived together and supported one another's artistic careers.

Their nickname, The Red Rose Girls was given to them by…