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From Sheryl:

Something uplifting to get us into the swing of things for a new week:

I’ve just started the latest offering from Maggie Stiefvater, “Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception”. So far I’ve met Deirdre Monaghan and a handsome–perhaps Victorian–boy, Luke Dillon, from her dream, who demands greatness from her.

“Do you know how some people can do anything?”

I opened my eyes. I realized he was waiting for me to lead the way to the auditorium, so I started walking up the stairs. “What do you mean?”

As we got closer to the auditorium, there were more students waiting in the halls, all talking noisily, but I heard Luke’s voice behind me without difficulty. “I mean, you tell them to write a tune, they give you a symphony right there. You tell them to write a book, they write you a novel in a day. You tell them to move a spoon without touching it, they move it. If they want something, they make it happen. Miracles, almost.”

“Uh, not really,” I said. “Except for on the Sci-Fi Channel.

Do you know anyone who can do that?”

Luke’s voice dipped. “I’d ask them to do a few miracles for me if I did.”

It got me thinking – who am I going to demand greatness from this week? – and who will demand it from me?

Read the prologue and first chapter now.

Read the Les Bonnes Fees review of Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception here.

And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for mp3 downloads of Maggie’s Lament inspired soundtrack!

(Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater © 2008. Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Publishing 2043 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125. Used with the permission and best wishes of the publisher. All rights reserved.)

Les Bonnes Fees, September 2008

Les Bonnes Fees, September 2008

The September issue of Les Bonnes Fees is now online–so settle down with a cup of hot chocolate, something to eat, a box of tissues, and get reading!

The September issue is nearly done–we’re doing all the necessary tweaks and fixes now. So, as they say in 2003: Watch this space!

In the meantime, have a look at our new autumn site template, here, and let us know what you think. The illustration is an Ivan Bilbin, from The Beautiful Vasilisa (and I’ll post more on her later).

Before I go, a little pretty for a rainy Sunday afternoon…

Poster for Salon des Cent, 1894

Poster for Salon des Cent, Eugene Samuel Grasset, 1894

It’s been a while since we posted about our upcoming issue, so here’s a little something to chew on ’til we go live on Sunday (we can’t go live on Saturday, otherwise the funny people at SNL might get a little cranky with us for stealing their thunder).

So, what’s in store for September? A bit of everything.  Fiction by new writer Laura J. Sanger (Not One of Us, Chimaera Serials, Black Ink Horror, Leading Edge Magazine) and Kentucky author Patricia Correll (Reflection’s Edge, A Thousand Faces, The Written Word, Art Times and Magazine of the Dead), to name just a couple. Want to know more? Come see us Sunday! Or look for tomorrow’s teaser post…

Now, a little bit of business stuff.

With respect to guidelines and querying: if you haven’t heard from us, we still have your submission. I know our guidelines say a 30-40 day turnaround; we’re working on it. There’s simply so much wonderful work for us to wade through that it takes us time to give everything the attention it deserves. Anyway, the upshot of all this is ff you want to query, don’t hesitate. We know it’s difficult to sit on your hands, really, again, don’t hesitate to drop us a line. And if you don’t need to query–write to us anyway! We ❤ feedback.

Status: we’re working on our Cinderella issue too right now (more on that in the coming days) and farther ahead. I’ll post themes (loose themes) when we’ve all managed to stop gossiping about our contributors and our fixations on chocolate (me: dark. joe: milk. sheryl: milk. rouha: dark.) long enough to reach a decision.

Have a happy Friday, People!

From Mental Floss.com:


Fairy tales and fables have been around for centuries, but do you remember who wrote which tale? See if you can guess the author of some of the most popular fairy tales and fables ever created. For each story, pick the correct author(s): Hans Christian Andersen, The Brothers Grimm, or Aesop.

The definition of author is a bit loose, but the quiz is fun all the same. Go here to play, then come back and let us know how you did!

[Edited: Sheryl, Joe, and I just had a go. See if you can guess who scored what. 47 %, 93 %, 80 %]

The lovely folk at Brown University have provided us with a new toy: a fairy tale generator.

…the Proppian Fairy Tale Generator, [is] an experiment in electronic (re)writing and an exploration of the retranslation of modernist theory within the electronic environment.

How does it work? Tick the boxes for traits and elements you want to include, then hit the generate button, and behold! A fairy tale written just for you.

Curious about elements in other well-known tales?

Another way to use the generator is to use one of the preset options. Clicking one of the presets will select the functions that make up a certain tale-type. Click ‘generate’ as usual to generate your tale.

Users beware though: at present, the generator has no save function, so you’ll have to cut and paste your new favourite story if you want to save it.

Tea & Sympathy

It’s not quite a “fairy tale find” but I think it’s pretty close. After all, this miniature tea set ring certainly inspires a sense of whimsy…

Have Some Tea

Have Some Tea

Kacchan, the artist, has other fun tea set items in their etsy store, including this delightful I-very-much-now-need-to-go-find-cake strawberry shortcake ring:

Strawberry Cake Ring

Strawberry Cake Ring

I think it’s time to go looking for a cream tea…