Fairy Tale Friday

I think everyone loves the story of Little Red Riding Hood…or at least holds some fascination for the little girl that strayed from the path and faced the Big Bad Wolf all by herself. He reappears in a lot of other fairy tales, The Three Little Pigs, Peter and the Wolf, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and a few others that I can’t remember right now. I think the Wolf is supposed to represent temptation, darkness and greed. And in my opinion I think Red Riding Hood liked that about the Wolf. Why else would she have strayed from the path? I think everyone goes through that phase in life as one point or another. Wanting to see what’s going on off the trusty path. What’s lurking in the darkness? But that’s just my humble opinion, that’s what I get out of the story. Again…maybe that’s why people are so fascinated by the fairy tale.

There are several versions of this story, personally I prefer the Brothers Grimm version. ūüôā

Here’s what I got from¬†wikipedia:

Little Red Riding Hood, illustrated in a 1927 story anthology

The story revolves around a girl called Little Red Riding Hood, after the redhooded¬†cape/cloak¬†(in¬†Perrault‘s fairytale) or simple¬†cap¬†(in the¬†Grimms’version called Little Red-Cap) she wears. The girl walks through the woods to deliver food to her sickly grandmother (grape juice and banana bread, or wine and cake depending on the translation). In the¬†Grimms’¬†version at least, she had the order from her mother to stay strictly on the path.

A mean wolf wants to eat the girl, and the food in the basket. He secretly stalks her behind trees and bushes and shrubs and patches of little grass and patches of tall grass. He approaches Little Red Riding Hood and she na√Įvely tells him where she is going. He suggests the girl pick some flowers, which she does. In the meantime, he goes to the grandmother’s house and gains entry by pretending to be the girl. He swallows the grandmother whole, (in some stories, he locks her in the closet), and waits for the girl, disguised as the grandma.

When the girl arrives, she notices that her grandmother looks very strange. Little Red then says, “What a deep voice you have,” (“The better to greet you with”), “Goodness, what big eyes you have,” (“The better to see you with”) “And what big hands you have!” (“The better to hug/grab you with”), and lastly, “What a big mouth you have,” (“The better to eat you with!”) at which point the wolf jumps out of bed, and swallows her up too. Then he falls fast asleep.

A¬†lumberjack¬†(with the Brothers Grimm, and always in German tradition, a¬†hunter), however, comes to the rescue and with his axe cuts open the wolf, who had fallen asleep. Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother emerge unharmed. They fill the wolf’s body with heavy stones. The wolf awakens and tries to flee, but the stones cause him to collapse and die. (Sanitized versions of the story have the grandmother shut in the closet instead of eaten, and some have Little Red Riding Hood saved by the lumberjack as the wolf advances on her, rather than after she is eaten).[4]

The tale makes the clearest contrast between the safe world of the village and the dangers of the¬†forest, conventional antitheses that are essentially medieval, though no written versions are as old as that. Specifically, the tale parallels how an innocent victim can be taken in and controlled by a criminal mentality, therefore, facilitating further subjection of a crime or harm against a vulnerable victim through mischievous criminal intent by removing the victim from a familiar or “safe” public location – facilitating the crime in an effort to isolate the victim by drawing her to another location “away from the public eye” where the criminal entity has complete control over the victim.

It also warns about the dangers of not obeying the mother (at least in the¬†Grimms’¬†version).

Brothers Grimm

Wilhelm (left) and Jacob Grimm (right) from an 1855 painting by Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann.

In the 19th century two separate German versions were retold to¬†Jacob Grimmand his younger brother¬†Wilhelm Grimm, known as the¬†Brothers Grimm, the first by Jeanette Hassenpflug (1791‚Äď1860) and the second by Marie Hassenpflug (1788‚Äď1856). The brothers turned the first version to the main body of the story and the second into a sequel of it. The story as¬†Rotk√§ppchenwas included in the first edition of their collection¬†Kinder- und Hausm√§rchen(Children’s and Household Tales (1812)).[14]

The earlier parts of the tale agree so closely with Perrault’s variant that it is almost certainly the source of the tale.[15]¬†However, they modified the ending; this version had the little girl and her grandmother saved by a huntsman who was after the wolf’s skin; this ending is identical to that in the taleThe Wolf and the Seven Young Kids, which appears to be the source.[16]

The second part featured the girl and her grandmother trapping and killing another wolf, this time anticipating his moves based on their experience with the previous one. The girl did not leave the path when the wolf spoke to her, her grandmother locked the door to keep it out, and when the wolf lurked, the grandmother had Little Red Riding Hood put a trough under the chimney and fill it with water that sausages had been cooked in; the smell lured the wolf down, and it drowned.[17]

The Brothers further revised the story in later editions and it reached the above mentioned final and better known version in the 1857 edition of their work.[18] It is notably tamer than the older stories which contained darker themes.


Meet Guild Members Weldon Burge and Liz DeJesus at 3rd Annual Authors and Audiences Event Saturday April 20th

Original posting is here

On Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. WR Guild members, Weldon Burge and Liz DeJesus will participate in the¬†3rd Annual “Authors and Audiences”¬†event sponsored by the¬†Kent County Public Library.


Weldon Burge, Executive Editor at Smart Rhino Publications

Weldon is the Executive Editor of¬†Smart Rhino Publications. At Authors and Audiences, Weldon will be introducing readers to Smart Rhino’s multiple-author anthologies,¬†Zippered Flesh: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad,¬†Uncommon Assassins,¬†Zippered Flesh 2: More Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad, and a collection of his own short stories,Broken: Stories of Damaged Psyches.


Weldon Burge, a native of Delaware, is a full-time editor, freelance writer, and creator of Web content. His fiction has appeared in Suspense Magazine, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, Grim Graffiti, The Edge: Tales of Suspense, Alienskin, Glassfire Magazine, and Out & About (a Delaware magazine). His stories have also been adapted for podcast presentation by Drabblecast, and have been accepted for the anthologies Pellucid Lunacy: An Anthology of Psychological Horror, Don’t Tread on Me: Tales of Revenge and Retribution, Ghosts and Demons, and Something at the Door: A Haunted Anthology. He has a number of projects underway, including a police procedural novel and an illustrated book for children. He also frequently writes book reviews and interviews for Suspense Magazine.


Liz DeJesus
Liz DeJesus¬†was born on the tiny island of Puerto Rico. ¬†She is a novelist and a poet. She has been writing for as long as she was capable of holding a pen. She is the author of the novel¬†Nina¬†(Blu Phi’er Publishing, October 2007),¬†The Jackets(Arte Publico Press, March 31st 2011)¬†First Frost¬†(Musa Publishing, June 22, 2012) and¬†Glass Frost¬†(Musa Publishing, COMING SOON).


Liz is working on the next novel in her Bianca Frost series.
Authors and Audiences is one of the stops on Liz’s 2013 Spring/Summer Delmarva Book Tour. You can see her complete itinerary¬†here.
Other Written Remains Guild members attending the Authors and Audiences event are Guild Director JM Reinbold and Justynn Tyme. You can find them hanging out with Weldon and Liz.
The first Written Remains Anthology¬†Stories from the Inkslingers¬†will be available at Weldon’s Smart Rhino Publications table and we will be announcing that Smart Rhino is the new publisher for our second anthology,¬†Someone Wicked.
“Authors and Audiences” provides a unique opportunity for authors and readers to meet and for authors to network with other local authors. Authors will be selling their books and readers have an opportunity not only to buy books, but to get a signed copy.
Special Event: New York Times Best Selling author, Maria V. Snyder will give a public presentation at 2 p.m.
Authors and Audiences is sponsored by the Friends of the Kent County Public Library and is free and open to the public. The Kent County Public Library is located at 497 South Red Haven Lane just north of the Woodside light in the Longacre shopping center.

Something out of Nothing

People are often surprised when I tell them that English isn’t my first language. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Spent the first 17 years of my life in a tropical island where everything was in Spanish (with a few things in English). And as much as I enjoyed some things in P.R. it’s not where my heart was. I wanted to be an American (which technically I am since P.R is a commonwealth of the US). Living in P.R was rough, the electricity often comes and goes (thank you hurricane season), same deal with the water, sometimes all you get is a tiny trickle of nothing to do simple things like take a shower. But the thing that annoyed me the most was the lack of library in town and in school. When I was 12 or 13 years old my father moved our family from the city to the mountains (aka El Culo del Mundo – The Ass of the World) things became even more difficult. If I wanted a book my mom would have to drive me and my brother for an hour and a half to Old San Juan (the capital city) to go to a book store that was roughly the size of my kitchen. The choice of books? Sweet Valley High, Archie and fairy tales. That’s it. Those were my choices.

Every once in a while I got lucky and would get a classic novel (in English) while I was at Walmart or Kmart (yes, they do have those in P.R) but it wasn’t until I was 17 years old that there was light at the end of the tunnel. We were moving to Delaware. I had no idea where it was on the map but it was in the US and that’s where I wanted to be. After being stuck in the mountains of Puerto Rico with few friends that I only saw when I went to school and nothing but cows chewing cud to keep me company I was finally going to get the hell out and rejoin¬†civilization. I was going to find a library even if it killed me.

My dad was the first one to leave (he was getting a job and a place to live so that we could then move with him) and one of the things he said to cheer me up was that there was a place called Borders and that it was filled with books. I didn’t believe him. I thought he was just saying that to make me feel better about moving. Because as excited as I was to leave…I was also terrified. P.R was all I knew. Sure, I was getting picked on at school, I was sick of the heat, hurricanes and the regular nothing that happened on a daily basis but it was all I knew.

But leaving P.R was on my to do list.

1. Leave P.R <—- see?
2. Find a library
3. Write a book
4. Publish book
5. Make friends
6. Travel

(Trust me, my list was much longer than this but you get the idea).

When I finally came to Delaware it was on September 9th, 1999. 9-9-99. Weird huh? It was grey, cold, drizzling and it was so strange for me but I was trying to be optimistic. The next day my dad took me to Borders. I still didn’t believe him. I thought it was going to be another lame little rinky-dinky hole in the wall with a few books. When he drove me up to the HUGE building I couldn’t help but smile. It was real. I walked inside still unsure of what to expect and I wish I could go back to that moment. Tears stung my eyes. I had never seen so many books in my whole entire life. I wanted to pitch a tent and live in this wonderful place. I wanted to read every single book in this building. I never wanted to leave. I think I stayed there for a few hours. And obviously I bought a book. Which one?

kissing the witch

I went to Borders every chance I could get. I wanted to learn how to be a writer. I wanted my book to be on the shelves of this place I loved so much. So I went to the reference section and read every book I could get my hands on about writing a novel. I didn’t understand a lot of what I read (still had that language gap), I took a writing class at Del Tech and I didn’t even know how to use the tab key. The teacher made me drop the class because I was doing so poorly. But I kept on keeping on. I wasn’t going to let anything stop me. I kept reading novels and figuring out what these writers were doing that worked for them. I read Writer’s Digest, The Writer and any magazine that had the word ‘Writer’ on it.

Then I found out I could get a job at Borders. LOL That was an¬†enlightening¬†moment. Please keep in mind that I’m still seventeen years old at this moment in time. I think I applied once a month for about six months until someone called me and said, ‘We have your application….please stop applying.’ LOL. Safe to say I got the job. Stayed there for 2 1/2 years.

Anyway what I’m trying to say is that if you have a dream, you can make it happen. In my case it took A LOT of hard work and dedication to make it happen. I didn’t go to school to learn to be a writer. I’m still making mistakes. But you will still find me in the reference section of any bookstore looking for books on how to be a better writer. I’m always learning something new. I want to be better at my craft. I love working with editors, because even though it kills me when they point out my mistakes that’s the best way for me to learn. For someone to point stuff out to me and show me what I still need to work on.

ūüôā I’m still learning how to make something out of nothing.

Fairy Tale Friday

charles perrault

Today I’m going to share yet another fairy tale from this book. I actually had a hard time finding this story online because it’s that obscure. This one is titled Riquet with the Tuft.¬†

Here’s the cliff notes version on¬†Wikipedia:

Riquet with the Tuft” (French:¬†Riquet √† la Houppe), also known as “Ricky of the Tuft“, is a French literary¬†fairy talewas first published by¬†Charles Perrault¬†in¬†Histoires ou contes du temps pass√©¬†in 1697.[1]

In the version by¬†Charles Perrault, a fairy gives an ugly prince named Ricky the gift of conferring wit upon the one he loves the best. Prince Ricky of the Tuft comes to a kingdom with two princesses. The elder one is beautiful but unintelligent and the younger one is intelligent but ugly. The elder princess is saddened that her ugly but smart sister receives more attention than her. One day as the elder princess was going for a walk in the forest to ease her sorrow, she is approached by Ricky who had fallen in love with her after seeing portraits of her that circulated. Ricky asks how a person so beautiful as she can be so sad, to which she responds that she is sad because she is beautiful but lacks intelligence. Ricky then bestows the gift of intelligence on the elder princess for a promise of marriage. A year later, Ricky comes to marry her. She refuses on grounds that he cannot hold her to a promise made before she gained her wisdom. The princess then tells him that she was gifted at birth with the power to transform her lover into a beautiful person by the same fairy who helped him. The princess thinks of all the Prince’s good qualities and at once the prince is transformed. The king has his daughter married to the prince who has already made preparations for the wedding.

And here is the complete version of the fairy tale. 

riquet with the tuft

Fairy Tale Friday

When I was little my mom bought this book for me. It’s titled Cinderella and other tales from Perrault, illustrated by Michael Hague.

charles perrault

I read this book to DEATH. It’s also one of the main reasons I love fairy tales so much (that and watching Faerie Tale Theater by Shelley Duval). Anyway out of all the stories I read in that particular book, the one that stayed with me the most was The Fairies aka Toads and Diamonds.

This is what I found on wikipedia:

A bad-tempered old widow had two daughters, her older daughter was disagreeable and proud but looked and behaved like her mother, and therefore was her favourite child. She and her eldest daughter badly mistreated the woman’s¬†younger daughter, who was sweet, courteous, and beautiful, but resembled her late father.

One day while drawing water from the well, an old woman asked for a drink of water. The girl politely consented and after giving it, she found that the woman was a fairy, who had taken the guise of a crone to test the character of mortals. As the girl was so kind and compassionate toward her, the fairy blessed her with having either a jewel, a diamond or a pretty flower fall from her mouth whenever she spoke.

Upon arriving home and explaining why she took so long to her mother, the widow was delighted at the sight of¬†diamonds,pearls¬†and¬†roses¬†falling from the girl’s lips, and desired that her favoured eldest daughter, Fanny, should have the gift as well. Fanny protested, but the widow forcibly sent her to the well with instruction to act kindly toward an old beggar woman. Fanny set off but the fairy appeared as a fine¬†princess, and requested that the girl draw her a drink from the well. The elder daughter spoke rudely to the fairy and insulted her. The fairy decreed that, as punishment for her despicable attitude, either a toad or a snake would fall from Fanny’s mouth whenever she spoke.

When Fanny arrived home, she told her story to her mother and disgusting¬†toads¬†and¬†vipers¬†fell from her mouth with each word. The widow, in a fury, drove her younger daughter out of the house. In the woods, she met a king’s son, who fell in love with her and married her. In time, even the widow was sickened by her older daughter, and drove her out, and she died alone and miserable in the woods.




I use these characters in my book Glass Frost. Although I switched the names because Fanny was such a cute name for the good daughter and Elda was such a serious name that I decided to give it to the wicked daughter. And trust me once you get to know them you’ll understand why I did that. I also use these characters in the short story I’m writing for my guild’s anthology. Trust me…if I can pull it off it’s gonna be an awesome story. ūüėÄ