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November 15, 2007


To me a good fairy tale, or any story, should not be restricted to time or place. While they may be set in a specific time or place that shouldn't be what is key to the story. By making time be essential to the story the author, or challengers in this case, are stunting the story's future.

And thanks for the art links. :-) Always appreciated. (Her work is terrific).

Not sure what I think about challenges like this. In the end if the produce amazing stories then I guess it was a success. More often than not I think putting restrictions on a writer doesn't allow them to always to their best work. An example of a 'challenge' that I think works is Neil Gaiman's story The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch, in which Neil was given a Frank Frazetta image, one of my favorites, to create a story around. Doing something like that still ties the story to some sort of theme and yet gives the author free reign to do whatever they wish.

And I agree with tlchang, I'm excited to look at more of her art!

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  • The Journal of Mythic Arts was a pioneering online magazine dedicated to Mythic Arts: literary, visual, and performance arts inspired by myth, folklore, and fairy tales. Published by The Endicott Studio, co-edited by Terri Windling & Midori Snyder, JoMA ran from 1997 to 2008.

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