…And Welcome to Scandaroona

Hi!

I’ve put pretty much everything about what Scandaroona is and why I decided to do it and what you can expect from it under the lovely WordPress tabs you can see above this post (take a look at “About Scandaroona” if you’re interested), but this post marks its official launch and so I thought I should say a couple of things. To start with, I’m Libby. I’m a student and I like writing, and I just got back from an amazing trip across Ireland. (Maybe more about that later. There are some seriously amazing stories across the pond —  banshees and selkies and little men with magic hats that live under rolling green hills.)

Anyway, I’ve been planning Scandaroona since February 2012, and here are a few things that have happened since then…

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This book and I got better acquainted. We’re on pretty good terms now, although stories like “The Willful Child” and “The Shroud” tend to sour our relationship a little.

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Found, read, remembered reading, skimmed through, was inspired by, or vowed to read (respectively) this lot. And then amassed them into a giant beautiful stack.

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Spent a lot of time here.

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And some scribbling here, too.

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And did some doodling and laughed at myself. (You’re allowed to laugh at me, too.) Have enlisted my brilliant artist sister and possibly others to do some drawings in future.

So. That’s what I’ve been doing, and I’m really excited about it. If you want logistics, here they are.

First Thing.

At least until October, every other Tuesday I’m going to post a new installment of an original fairy tale. I haven’t done a ton of these before and so still feel a little bit on the learning curve, but it’s been an incredibly fun process and I’ve really enjoyed doing it. Story posts might have drawings or photos or links to cool things — there are some really amazing resources out there, far more than I thought when I first started working on Scandaroona. The best resources, of course, are other fairy tales themselves — more on that under the Second Thing…

The first story will run from July 31st to October 9th. Hopes run high that, after a while, Scandaroona might play host to some fairy tales written by friends and maybe other people, too.

Second Thing.

Each Thursday, I’m going to post a review, commentary, summary or just general natter about a fairy tale that is or was told somewhere in the world at some point in time. If you pop over to “Inspirations”, you can see the kind of thing I’ll be reading, although that is by no means an exhaustive list — in fact, I hope never to have an exhaustive list. (Please give me some ideas in the comments!) And I don’t want to distinguish between modern things like “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”, and ancient things, like the work of the Brothers Grimm. As far as Scandaroona is concerned, it’s not about the history — it’s about the story. I’m going to look at all of it.

I did take a class last year about Russian folklore and the structure of fairy tales in general, so that knowledge might creep into my Thursday reviews just a little bit from time to time. But I want to make clear that, while it can be fun to analyze the structure and syntax of a good story, I want to spend my Thursdays as a reader rather than an editor. I want to talk about what I liked and what I found entertaining and what I found weird, rather than spending ages picking apart the plot and the syntax and the Aarne-Thompson classification system. So that’s what I’m going to do.

I’m also going to be quite liberal with my definition of “fairy tale”. The dictionary will tell you one thing; I don’t agree with it. My definition is “a story that is both simple and rather complicated at once”, and I’m sticking by it.

There’s nothing left to say but welcome, and so I will:

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6 thoughts on “…And Welcome to Scandaroona

  1. Looks interesting, Libby. I’ll add it to my list of things on the internet that I keep an eye on.

    Oh, and good luck with The Once and Future King, if you haven’t already slogged through it. White’s a bit of a pain.

  2. Thanks James! I actually HAVEN’T read it yet (well, done a bit of skimming here and there), but I have a really nice edition of it, so I’m hoping it will prove to be fun. Didn’t look too painful, at least not from what I’ve seen so far.

  3. Hi Libby,

    Finally made it over to your blog! I’m very excited to keep up with what you’re going to be doing here at Scandaroona! I’m also a student and this fall I’ll be switching universities and will get to officially begin my studies of Children’s Literature along with continuing art history! I’m actually taking a class on Grimm’s Fairy Tales that meets Tues/Thurs so I think that will remind me to come on those days to check out what you’ve written :) (Also, side note, I’m really interested in all things Russian, especially fairy tales so the class that you took sounds so great! I’d love to hear more about it!)

    Anyways, good luck and looking forward to reading!

    • Thanks, Jess! (Digressing for a sec — so excited to see you run a book blog, I love those!) I don’t know why, but a lot of colleges seem to offer classes on Russian Folklore/Customs, and I took it pretty much on a whim, but it turned out to be absolutely fantastic — we talked about the ways that fairy tales and short stories were structured as well as all the magical elements in Russian folklore, so I’d highly recommend a class like it. Just amazing, really. (The leshii were my favorite.)

      Thanks so much for stopping by, it’s amazing and wonderful to hear that people have liked my writing!

      • I’ll definitely have to try and fit it into my schedule soon! There’s one on Russian Fairy Tales I really wanted to take, but it met at the same time as Grimm’s so I finally decided to go with Grimm’s since that’s not offered every year. Hopefully the following fall during my last year I’ll be able to work it into my schedule! And thanks! Much like you my blog is newish as well, but it’s been really fun to start one, although I sometimes spend too much time on it, I’m working on a schedule so I can make sure to get everything done haha

        Best of luck with your writing and the new semester! (I’m assuming you’re starting soon too :) )

  4. Well, let me know how the Grimm’s course goes! I’d take it in a second if it was offered at my school. :) And I’ll try to keep up with your blog as well I can, too — my semester doesn’t start for a couple of weeks, but I’ve made a solemn vow to stay on top of everything (or at least most things — well, some things! Like blogging!) Best of luck to you as well!

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