Once Upon a Time Today is my new collection of contemporary fairy tales. The prelude to the collection includes three short stories that are loosely based on my own life: The Girl Who Watched for Elves, The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes, and The Girl Who Couldn't Sing. Although they're each fictionalized to a degree, their essence tells the story of a girl (me!) who believed in fairy tales and how that has helped her (me!) navigate the journey we call life.
I thought telling those stories would make a fun prelude because I don't just love fairy tales, I kind of believe in them too. I've been reading Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment almost the entire year and it has helped me understand that my love for and fascination with fairy tales is rooted in my other passion which is depth psychology. Depth psychology believes, trusts, and values the unconscious. I do too!
The novellas in the collection will be retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, The first one is Beautiful Beautiful and it's a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, Beautiful. Please visit the following blogs to discover the girl-who-couldn't-sing's musical influences, the Beautiful Beautiful soundtrack, dream casts, excerpts from each story, and to see what the bloggers are saying about the collection! There's also a giveaway. The-girl-who-couldn't-sing produced a CD in 2000, so one of the giveaway prizes will be:
The next novella in the collection will be a retelling of The Little Mermaid. At A Backward's Story there's a guest post on what else? Mermaid Research!
At Novel Reveries there are three Dream Casts & The Girl Who Couldn't Sing's musical influences!
Click and listen to the Beautiful Beautiful soundtrack at The Bookish Fairy.
At reading past my bedtime you'll find a single awesome post with all the dream casts, music, and excerpts! Plus there's a guest post breaking down why I chose the songs I did for the soundtrack and musical influences. Don't miss it!
Lived One Thousand Lives favorite is Beautiful Beautiful. Plus check out The Salaam Project to promote peace and happiness in our world!
Jessica at The Big Book Blog loves The Girl Who Watched for Elves, The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes, and Beautiful Beautiful!
At the amazing The La La Land of Books, The Girl Who Watched for Elves is Aarati's favorite. She also enjoyed Beautiful Beautiful and liked that it achieved that 21st-century fairy-tale feel.
At Dazzled by Books, Ali's favorite story in the collection is The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes.
At Katie's Corner the favorites are Beautiful Beautiful and The Girl Who Couldn't Sing.
At Misinterpreted & Unrepresented I share which fairy tale character I'd love to be, and the thing I always do before sitting down to write, plus there's Once Upon a Time Today collection-inspired music, and excerpts! I'd also like to share an excellent post Bethany wrote: Why Princesses are Braver Than Superheros. It's not part of the blog tour, but it's an awesome post, and it definitely fits with the Once Upon a Time Today theme. So go read it!
MichaelSciFan asked me what I would change about Beautiful Beautiful (I told him!) and there are more excerpts from the collection.
And there's another music showcase at Much Loved Books!