(1/27/02 10:00:20 am)
My name is Annette Gisby and I am currently waiting for my first novel to be published. I had some trouble with the publisher and had to pull my book, now it's with a new one and I just got another offer the other day for it!
I live in London, but originally came from Ireland and love to read.
I love fairy tales and my first ever book was a lovely illustrated book of Sleeping Beauty, since lost but I still remember it!
I also love reading modern or adult, versions of fairy tales, such a Heart Beast by Tanith Lee (Little Red Riding Hood), Thorn by Frances Gordon (Sleeping Beauty)
Wildwood by Frances Gordon (Red riding hood again), Changeling by Frances Gordon (Rumplestiltskin) and I've just recently read Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire and White as Snow by Tanith Lee.
I haven't written anything fairy tale per se, but in my next book, Rapunzel features heavily.
(2/10/02 8:07:10 am)
I'm Claudia Carlson, poet, book designer, web designer (www.claudiagraphics.com), illustrator, and cartographer... I've worked the past 20 years in publishing, with side trips to jobs in wall street, the NY TImes map dep't and was salad chef at the Magic Pan in Minneapolis for 2 astoundingly miserable months when I was 20...
I am the co-editor of an anthology of fairy tale poems, The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poems from the Grimm Fairy Tales, forthcoming Spring 2003 from Story Line Press. It has over 150 poems representing a myriad of visions and voices all inspired by the Grimm stories. This was wonderful to work on. I just loved how many ways people had of responding to the tales, retelling them, disputing them and sending all the issues of 20th century adult life through that dark and bright prism... I will create a web site for the book and organize readings by our contributors as the pub date approaches.
I have been published in a number of poetry journals and was a featured
poet, with my illustrations at: www.nycbigcitylit.com/jul...ales.html.
I am at work on my own illustrated collection of fairy tale poems.
And I'm madly painting portraits of my favorite fantasy authors
for the Lunacon art show (anyone know where I can get excellent
color photos of Ursula LeGuin to use as reference?).
I'm the semi-single mother of two girls and also live with a cat, a dog, and several ghosts that claim to be my one true muse.
(2/13/02 8:39:12 am)
When I first came aboard the discussion group, Terri introduced me so well that I didn't have to say a word. I've been offline for a couple of months with work and just fell back in today. Just to come up to speed with you all--
My name's Gregory Frost, I'm a fantasy, horror and science fiction writer, occasional illustrator, graphic designer, sometime TV researcher, and writing instructor (Clarion, U of Penn). Published books include two novels based on the Irish Tain Bo Cuailnge.
I recently completed a novel for Terri's fairy tale series at Tor Books. The novel, FITCHER'S BRIDES, is based on a variant of the Bluebeard fairy tale that some of you will know just from the embedded reference in the title. I've an sf story coming out in the May issue of Asimov's Magazine that ties religious mythology to artificial intelligence and--I hope--a few social issues; and I'm at work on a monster-sized fantasy work that's either an extremely large novel or the rest of my life, whichever comes first.
I'm attending the ICFA next month in Ft. Lauderdale, and was wondering if anyone else from the board, lurker or otherwise, will be there. We might arrange a secret SurLaLune gathering at poolside or something.
(2/13/02 1:26:55 pm)
Welcome back to the board. I'm swamped with work too and very quiet lately. I wish I could come down to Ft. Lauderdale--sounds like a lot of interesting people will be there I've been wanting to meet.
You mention you've been a 'sometime TV researcher.' Recently a friend of mine in LA who produces suggested I try to do some of the same (for two shows in particular). She's given me some leads and connections to Exec Producers, but do you have any advice or info that might help me pursue it most appropriately? I'm not sure about what rate to ask for, etc. Maybe off-board would be best for this. I've never researched for television, though I am doing a story board for a sportswear company's ad campaign this month--oddly enough. Hope you don't mind my asking you about this.
(2/13/02 4:59:00 pm)
I too will be at the ICFA (I'm scheduled to read on the 23rd) and I believe that Laura will be reading on the same day. I look forward to seeing you there! If you'd like, you can reach me at Helen.Pilinovsky@dartmouth.edu.
(2/14/02 8:51:32 am)
Yup, Helen's right -- I's a-comin' too! I plan to arrive on Friday and leave Sunday (remind me never to go to Florida during Spring Break ever again). I read in the morning and Helen in the afternoon on Saturday. Marilyn Jurich and Jack Zipes will both be there. Other than that, I didn't recognize any names.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org (without the nospam part). I'm interested in meeting all sorts of people, so I'm game for most anything. :-)
(2/14/02 9:42:24 am)
| TV research|
I'm probably not going to be of much use to you. I was invited to do research by a nonfiction TV producer who'd read a novel of mine. He's part of a team called Grinning Dog Pictures, and they were at the time heading a series called Science Frontiers for Discovery/Learning Channel. The subjects were odd enough--werewolves in one and the "curse" of Tutankhamun in the other--that it was a comfortable fit.
I'm working with them now on pitching other possible shows and series--including one on folktales and legends. But they are my only experience in this arena.
If you have questions that you still think I might be able to answer, you can email me at email@example.com.
(2/17/02 12:58:04 pm)
| Greetings :)|
Tim Eilers here, I'm a freelance digital artist, and do special effects for tv/film, currently doing morphs for buffy and angel for Radium and some 3d for various Disney DVDs (Atlantis and Tron most recently).
I think my love for myth and legend was what drew me to special effects, and I love seeing classical stories reinterpreted for modern audiences. I must say that I've been very excited to see popular culture infusing more and more of the mythic into tv/film.
My favorite tales (other than the work of the distinguished members
posting here) of the past decade come from Japan, with the anime
and manga forms of storytelling constantly producing gems that take
my breath away.
I look forward to getting to know you all better!
(2/20/02 9:09:24 pm)
| to cloudshaper|
Welcome to the board. :-) We apparently have quite a bit in common. I'd like to ask a few questions without cluttering up the board, so if you wouldn't mind getting in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org (drop the spam bit, of course), then that would be great.
(2/28/02 9:12:14 am)
| introductions all around|
Hello, My name is Alina, and I'm one of the boards newest members,
having only found it yesterday. But of course I could never just
be a lurker, I write before I think.
I was married September 22, 2001. I am a college student, majoring in Biology (in order to be practical). I am considering changing my major to focus on writing, or doing a dual major Biology/English. My real love is reading and writing. I moved with my husband to Indiana recently, so while I am waiting to become a resident, in order to finish school, I have been spending a lot more time working on my writing. I am currently at work on a collection of children's poetry, and a middle-reader fantasy.
I've always prided myself on my knowledge of fairy tales. Most of my peers only know of fairy tales in relation to Disney.
Reading the posts on this site, has shown me that I have a lot to learn, and I look forward to learning it from such knowledgeable people. Not to mention some of my favorite authors and illustrators!
Edited by: alina at: 3/11/02 10:56:59 am
(2/28/02 6:06:36 pm)
| Re: introductions all around|
I'm really JaNell, when I can get that one to work.
I'm the Program Director for an SF Con in Knoxville, TN.
Just started writing prose this summer. Some fairy tales, some horror, lots of humor, plenty strange.
Mom. Wife. Rehabber of the old house we live in, including the tear out & tiling and such. Don't do windows, and avoid other housework whenever possible.
I make jewelry & have a degree in Advertising Art.
Um, paint, and take photos. Fused glass beads, and masks.
Annoy people who are very special to me, as a hobby.
Working on my own dictionary.
(3/9/02 2:30:10 pm)
I'm Marsha Sisolak, kindergarten teacher and specfic writer, wife, and mother of three teenagers. I'm sure the first and last descriptors explain the need for a fantasy world of my own.
I have always loved fairy tales -- most of my childhood was spent
with my nose in one color or another of the fairy tale books, followed
by a much-loved copy of East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
Many of my short stories evolve into (or revolve around) fairy tales
of one sort or another. I'm a member of the Sock Monkey critique
group and an active participant at Del Rey Online Writing Workshop.
I have an online
writing journal where I document my growth and frustrations,
and celebrate my support group's sales, since I have none of my
own to crow about.
I'm looking forward to learning a lot, and hopefully meeting a few of you at WorldCon this year.
(3/12/02 4:17:53 pm)
| A bit about me|
Hi! While we're all introducing ourselves, I figured I'd jump in. My real name is Kelly Lasiter; the nickname Swan_Chick just jumped into my head a week or two ago when I realized how many of my favorite tales were swan-related, and then realized that "chick" would actually not be derogatory if you were actually talking about a bird...and it was one of those things that's not quite logical but just works anyway.
Ramblings aside, I'm a 24-year-old in mid-Missouri, a restaurant employee for money and a writer for love. I am on what I call a "financial sabbatical" from college; yet I think I've learned as much ,if not more, in the three years since my dropping out as I did in the three years I spent in college. I am a pagan, and a mythophile, and almost all of my writing deals with some sort of mythic themes. Right now I am at work on "Hedge-Apple", which will be a novella about a girl who falls in love with a faery man in St. Louis, Missouri; and trying to figure out how to flesh out my short story "The Cruel Sister" into a novel. I have the material; it's the motivation I have trouble with. LOL! I have never been published, but who knows what will happen in the future? I love fairy tales and I'm glad to be chatting on this board.
(3/23/02 10:32:31 pm)
Jess -- we just missed each other, didn't we? Sigh. If you're ever going to be in the area again, let me know. I haven't had much time yet to explore, but I have been doing some reading. One of the reasons I came to Gainesville is that Zora Neale Hurston is a hero of mine, and I really like the idea of being near her old stomping grounds.
Jeannine -- I, too, have read your book, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a terrific amalgamation of scholarship and literature.
(4/21/02 8:27:23 am)
| Re: intros|
My name is Callie Lorentson, and I work as a freelance writer. Most
of my work is for children and teens, and my short story for children,
"The Sunset in My Mailbox" was published in the March
2001 issue of "Spider". I also write fantasy and Sci-Fi,
and the occasional poem. Some of my work has been published in "Eotu".
My website is www.geocities.com/melonca..._PAGE.html
I live in the Seattle area, and right now I am working on a YA novel about Tinkerbell, and trying not to run out of steam before it's finished. (I have a file cabinet full of the first chapters of novels I've started.)
I was thrilled to discover Surlalune last week, It's certainly the best interactive site on Fairy Tales that I have found.
(4/21/02 9:09:04 am)
| Well, better late than never...|
Insofar as introductions go, I'm Kavita Mudan, currently an undergrad English major at Ohio State. No prior folklore credentials beyond growing up on fairy tales and collecting various books I hear about on this board on a list of "Things to read when classes let me off the leash."
I write in my spare time, including a few fairy-tale retellings. Nothing's published...yet? Also a theatre geek officially, as a group of friends and I just recently started our own theatre company and performed a very successful production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing."
I'd like to agree with whoever's waiting for the next Harry Potter book. Does *anyone* have any idea when it's coming out? Last rumour I heard, it was due in fall, not long before "Chamber of Secrets" hits theatres, but I hope I'm wrong and it's coming sooner.
And Callie - I know what you mean about a cabinet full of unfinished first chapters. I've got a timeline and a few character sketches for a novel that I've yet to actually start working on. Not to mention the one I can't finish because all my ideas come to me in the shower...
A girl I know is actually going to a hypnotist to try and get herself hypnotized into writing for three hours a day so she can finish her masters' thesis.
But that's enough rambling for now.
(4/21/02 9:24:16 am)
I am in the Seattle area too. I would love to get together and chat fairy tales, although I am learning much more here than I could possibly add to any conversation.
If you are interested, email me at email@example.com
(4/22/02 2:53:46 am)
Can you email me your address? I stil have a contributor copy of Indelible for you!
Soft whispers and valley blossoms,
(4/22/02 6:40:08 am)
| Re: Well, better late than never...|
Greg already introduced me, briefly, but I haven't really introduced myself. Like most of the people posting here, I got hooked on fairy tales and myth from an early age, though I also read science fiction voraciously, along with historical fiction and just about everything else. I don't have clear memories of particular fairy tale collections, though today when I read such collections, the stories are nearly always familiar to me. I do remember reading and re-reading Edith Hamilton, then moving from Greek and Roman myth to Egyptian to Norse stuff. An entanglement with THE WHITE GODDESS when I was a teenager. I discovered anthropology in college when looking to fill a hole in my schedule and ended up with a crazy split major of comp lit and anthropology -- my undergraduate thesis was on the symbolism of evil, from an anthropological perspective, in HAMLET and DRACULA (yes, really).
I enrolled in graduate school at Penn in part from intellectual fascination with the material, in part from Fear of Writing. Using anthropology to avoid writing is a habit that has continued to plague me, though since finishing my degree I have published a handful of fantasy and sf stories in ASIMOV'S, INTERZONE and REALMS OF FANTASY. And last year Ace bought my unfinished novel, THE BEAR'S DAUGHTER, which, as we speak, I'm supposed to be finishing. I've been somewhat more prolific as an academic. My most recent publications, still forthcoming, are a translation of a saga-like tale from coastal British Columbia from the original Kwak'wala, and a paper considering the interconnections between myth and oral histories in that region. I've also recently stuck my toe into the pool of sf criticism, where I feel like an impostor since I've mostly written mythic fantasy, but at least there the two halves of my brain are starting to talk to each other again. (The relationships between myth, fairy tale, fantasy and sf are another set of topics entirely!)
One of the occupational hazards of writing is the isolation. Your head is filled from morning to night (and in dreams) with stuff you can't really talk about with anyone until your work is finished, if then. So nice to have a place to come to where the conversation is always ringing harmonics and setting off echoes!
(4/22/02 7:46:54 am)
| Re: Well, better late than never...|
Welcome to the newcomers here. Judith, I've enjoyed your stories and really look forward to reading your novel.