Posts tagged with "fairy tale" - Faerye Net 2012-08-19T20:51:20+00:00 Felicity Shoulders The Lay of the Wise Woman's Fire 2012-08-19T20:51:20+00:00 2012-08-20T11:06:29+00:00 <p><em>What ho, readers! I wrote something a little odd, so I thought I&#8217;d put it on, where the odd things go.</em></p> <p><strong>The Lay of the Wise Woman&#8217;s Fire</strong><br /> In a forest past a mountain<br /> Where a gleaming birch stood bright,<br /> Shrugged a tiny cottage doorway<br /> Barely shutting out the night.</p> <p>Low the coals burned in the pit there,<br /> &#8217;Twixt walls pierced by draughts and cold<br /> But the etched face of the bent crone<br /> Showed a cunning smile, and bold.</p> <p>&#8220;Come on in and sit, ye traveler!<br /> By my dying fire you&#8217;ll tide<br /> And hear a story or a puzzle,<br /> A lie in which great truths can hide.&#8221;</p> <p>In beside the soughing embers,<br /> &#8217;Cross the fire from the old dame,<br /> Lurched the third son of a warlord,<br /> Fortune-seeker, Brait by name.</p> <p>Long and far his path had ta&#8217;en him,<br /> Or so it seemed to untried Brait,<br /> Before the moonlit path had shown him<br /> The way to this old woman&#8217;s gate.</p> <p>&#8220;Fame do you seek, or glory?&#8221;<br /> Asked the smiling glint-eyed crone.<br /> &#8220;Bright-haired noblewomen&#8217;s daughters?<br /> Magic? Treasure? Or a throne?&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;Any of these would I leap at!&#8221;<br /> Said the boy, half-rising, awed.<br /> &#8220;Sure you must know much, great wise one,<br /> Sure the right path have I trod!&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;Tell me where my story takes me!<br /> Give me clues to find my fate!<br /> And your hands I&#8217;ll fill with silver,<br /> After fortune makes me great!&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;Fortune&#8217;s fickle,&#8221; laughed the wise one.<br /> &#8220;Many heroes have I seen&#8230;<br /> Promised gold and promised silver<br /> In the counting lose their sheen.</p> <p>&#8220;Have you aught of honest value,<br /> Son of mighty warlord&#8217;s halls?<br /> For a treasure of your past, then,<br /> I may share destiny&#8217;s call.&#8221;</p> <p>Forth Brait drew his gleaming longsword,<br /> Ruby-studded, rich in names.<br /> &#8220;This I give to buy my future!&#8221;<br /> Watchful Night heard him proclaim.</p> <p>Through the dark he took her counsel,<br /> Learned her riddles, drew her maps,<br /> &#8217;Til one hour past the daybreak,<br /> Brait strode forth to try his haps.</p> <p>And when, one year hence, Brait returned there &#8212;<br /> To the slope-roofed cottage old?<br /> All he found was broken thatching,<br /> Tumbled wall stones, fire cold.</p> <p>For however dark the forest,<br /> However wizened the dame may seem,<br /> Not every old crone is a wise one &#8212; <br /> Despite her knowing eyeballs&#8217; gleam.</p> <p>Rich the house and straight its timbers,<br /> Warm and bright and great its fires!<br /> Fat and happy on the sword&#8217;s price<br /> Lives not a witch, but yes, a liar!</p> First Ever Chapbook: The Lonely Mecha-Dragon 2008-11-19T00:27:50+00:00 2009-10-16T23:57:36+00:00 <p>Through dangers untold, and hardships unnumbered&#8230;okay, mostly through printing problems and logistical errors, including some on my part (Captain&#8217;s Log: must&#8230;tell&#8230;artist&#8230;project due date!), I have produced my first ever chapbook. Well, once I stitched one together in a Book Arts class my pal <a href="" target="links">Julie Madsen</a> taught, but only a real completionist is going to argue that counts.</p> <p>My first chapbook, brought into existence for the occasion of <a href="" target="links">Orycon 30</a>, consists of the (hopefully) humorous story <em>The Lonely Mecha-Dragon</em>, briefly published on this website and now polished into chapbook form. Most notably, it now has <a href="" target="links">cover art</a> by my fabulous friend <a href="" target="links">Amanda Van Howe</a>, who came through under duress with a lovely, classic mecha-dragon. Classic except for being mecha, that is! She is a very gifted illustrator and artiste and I feel very lucky.</p> <p><em>The Lonely Mecha-Dragon</em>, by Felicity Shoulders under the auspices of (coughherselfcough) Paracosmonaut Press, is a limited edition of 100, hand-numbered by the author! I will also sign them if given the slightest provocation. How can you get them? Well, first of all, by being named in the &#8220;Thanks&#8221; section (there go five or six of one-hundred), second of all, by coming to Orycon and paying the low, low Orycon price, and third of all&#8230;yet to be determined. Watch this space. But not for too long, you might get pixel-burn on your eyes.</p> The Lonely Mecha-Dragon 2008-07-30T15:17:45+00:00 2008-08-01T10:44:48+00:00 <p><em>Sadly, this piece of fiction received too many accolades and therefore has been removed so I can shop it around to magazines. My publishing a piece for free on the web longterm can really destroy its chances in the magazine market.</em></p>