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A brilliant little film, such exciting news about the new cache of Fairy Tales and LOADS more Fairy stuff on its way!

World Weaver Press

WWPSpecial fairy tale edition of our usual quick round-up of news and factoids, articles and more that struck our fancy, tickled our interest, and had us scratching our heads. For readers, writers, and genre fans of any form.

A cache of 500 folk tales were discovered in Germany recently, many of which have not been a part of our previously documented understanding of the folk tradition in Europe.  From that trove, the fabulous tale of the “Turnip Princess” — which could easily be retitled “The Tao of the Turnip” — the likes of which we’ve never seen before.

This amazing bit of animation is a beautiful, bloody, Red Riding Hood becomes an interesting twisted-origin story of folk lore’s favorite caped crusader.  The short film is titled simply “RED”:

RED from RED on Vimeo.

The film puts me in mind of one of Roald Dahl’s poemsLittle Red Riding…

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Sherry Key, Mixed Media Artist

“Minor Wardrobe Malfunction” A fun little piece.

I mean it’s really very minor, you have to look hard to tell it’s there. But “just between us girls” you’d think someone would tell her about it, I mean it IS more than a little piece of spinach stuck between your teeth…(-:

Colored pencils and ink on Bristol paper (sturdy like cardstock). Collectible 2.5″ x 3.5″ ACEO art card.

My art on Ebay

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Dream Pie!

I REALLY want to try this pie!

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     A recent quest to the local library led to this booty; Retribution Falls: Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding.  Space Piracy is a darned tricky genre to master.  Get it right and you have Han Solo and the Falcon, get it wrong and it’s Disney’s Treasure Planet all over again.

     Wooding succeeds in delivering an entertaining, if simple and linear romp with some excellent characters.  Captain Frey owes much to Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow and his ship and crew will be familiar to fans of Joss Whedon’s Firefly.

     The Science Fiction and Steampunk elements are sketchy and rather ill-conceived.  Airships and the odd cyber-limb do not make a fully realised Secondary World.

     The Fantasy elements are better integrated and more intriguing with Wooding doing a fine job of setting up bigger, better stories to come.

     There is plenty of room for improvement, yet Wooding spins a page-turning yarn nonetheless with plenty of promise for sequels.

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     If you fancy watching a performance of Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops To Conquer check Odeon’s website to see if there is a screening, live from The National Theatre, at your local cinema tonight.

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Raven's Bread

In this painting by Basia-AlmostTheBrave on deviantart, a girl walks a winged horse through a forest of – what else – A. muscaria. Love the dreamy quality of this one.

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     The picture gallery at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana is always open.  Click the tab at the top of the homepage to explore or just click Lily’s picture (below) for a shortcut 🙂

     Deviant Moon Tarot, The Eight of Cups by Patrick Valenza.

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I saw the HBO mini-series a few years ago and loved it, thanks for reminding me! It would be nice to see a production tackle a more radical representation of the angels though.
This is a brilliant piece x

Thoughts on Theatre

“In this world, there is a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we’ve left behind, and dreaming ahead.”
― Tony Kushner

Angels, angels everywhere. Ever since Kushner’s acclaimed play burst onto the scene in 1993, it’s taken the theatre world by storm – a tempest kicked up by the wings of hundreds of different iterations of the angel figure. Take a stroll down memory lane and see how a number of different productions imagined this pivotal role:


1993, Original Broadway production

1997, Theater Dortmund

2001, Guilford College

2003, HBO series

2004, American Conservatory Theatre

2010, Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf’s commemoration of Amsterdam’s DeLaMar Theatre’s opening

2010, Signature Theatre

Which version is the most effective? It’s remarkable that despite their physical/design differences, these angels are all relatively close in terms of presentation.

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     Hello Blogsprites!

 

     I hope you are enjoying the Spring sunshine.

     It seems that some of my fellow Tarot readers are not familiar with the Deviant Moon spread I tried out for my Ostara personal reading.  I have been asked to include some extra details to assist their kind interpretations.

     I focused on a general enquiry regarding my progress through the year relating to a new creative venture.

 


     1.  The Inquirer, Present Day ~ The Magus

     2.  Past Influences ~ The Six of Wands

     3.  Subconscious Influences ~ The King of Wands

     4.  Secret Desires & Wishes ~ The King of Swords

     5.  Hidden Forces ~ The Hierophant

     6.  Events Yet To Come ~ The Three of Pentacles

     7.  Surrounding Environment ~ Death

     8.   Influence Of Others ~ The Five of Wands

     9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Seven of Cups

     10.  Final Outcome ~ The Four of Swords

     

     I feel like I am on the right track, side-stepping conflict and heeding the strong male role-models who seem to surround me now.  This is definitely a period of dramatic transition and thoughtful development.  I’ve got my eyes peeled for positive collaborations.

     I would be grateful for any of your thoughts and interpretations,

 

     Love Lily xx


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     Good Evening Blogsprites,

   

     I am very excited because one of my favourite stories, Beauty and The Beast, has been adapted for the stage.

     David Nixon’s ballet, with a score including works by Bizet and Debussy, will be performed by the Northern Ballet company at Hull’s New Theatre.

     Performances from tonight until Saturday.

     Don’t miss it!

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     Updated 26/02/2015

     Disney’s John Carter would seem to be an earnest attempt to launch an old-fashioned Sci-Fi saga in lieu of the purchase of Star Wars.    

    Those involved in the making of the film have much to be proud of.  Those involved in the marketing and promotion of the film should perhaps consider alternative careers for John Carter was lumbered with an insignificant release date, an uninspiring trailer-campaign and a dull title which foolishly dropped the “from Mars”.

     Edgar Rice Burroughs’ space opera lacks the instant familiarity of Star Trek or Wars – even Battlestar Galactica – yet it is, of course, the forerunner and inspiration behind those films, television shows and many more.

     As tastes for the coming movie season veer towards alien planets and space travel Carter may yet garner a little retro-cool.  Give it a chance on disc or download, you might like it: John just arrived a little too early for the party. 

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This is truly the stuff of nightmares.  I’ll be sleeping with the bedside light on tonight!

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“Mound” by Allison Schulnik

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There's No Room Back Here.

I know I’m late to the game here but this is amazing. I only discovered Street of Crocodiles after reading Bruno Schulz for the first time, embarrassingly only a few days ago. Gotta start somewhere.

EAT YOUR HEART OUT, DAVID LYNCH.

On a side note, Bruno Schulz is my new obsession. I will facebooklike him in my heart for ever and ever and ever. I’m aware that I’m a huge geek because I’m fangirling over a dead Polish author with a very small body of work, a man who was most likely a bit creepy.

Example A:

This is an old picture and the quality is compromised clearly, but LOOK AT HIS FACE. Stop staring at me like that, stop it. No.

In any case, the short novel The Street of Crocodiles / The Cinnamon Shops are online. Go read a book! (On a computer screen.) Even the cover…

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Seven of Swords

Some amazing images here.

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     Kate Mosse’s début novel, Labyrinth was much-loved and promoted by Richard and Judy’s TV book club allowing Mosse to swiftly and decisively establish herself as the female answer to blockbusting airport favourite Dan Brown.

     Sepulchre, Mosse’s second standalone novel, combines folklore and history to weave a simple yet compelling treasure-hunt mystery with Tarot magic and the lush French countryside thrown in for good measure.

     As with Labyrinth the past and present intertwine around the comparable adventures of two female protagonists but the Nineteenth Century heroine easily trumps her modern-day counterpart whilst secondary characters are frustratingly underwritten for a novel with such a hefty word count.

     It is Mosse’s descriptive and lyrical prose which prevents accusations of peddling pulp and Sepulchre stays the right side of sentiment; emerging as the thinking woman’s Romantic Fiction.

     A light, unchallenging but highly enjoyable read.

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     This is a simply amazing and incredible trailer and you need to see it now! xx

     The Maker – Stop Motion Animation.

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A Little Bit Fairy

Ah, and so the Steampunk train of thought continues with this new painting “The Egg Checker”. I have to say, I can see myself enjoying creating work in this genre of art for a long time to come! It’s fantastically engaging, and will most probably become more intricate the further I delve into it.

This painting depicts Byron, a huge, imposing clockwork dragon, taking care of two large dragon eggs.

In my kooky Steampunk world, dragons do exist, and it falls to the Daddys to nurture the eggs, with a little help from a tiny golden robot known as The Egg Checker. He’s may be a small robot, but he has a huge heart and endless knowledge and wisdom. He, and his kind, are assigned to oversee the care of dragon eggs, to help the Daddy dragons and generally ensure that they are healthy and safe right through hatching…

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Fairies, Yeats, Ireland. What’s not to love 🙂

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Elle Q. Sabine

I have been thinking quite a bit about this painting, Take the Fair Face of Woman by Sophie Anderson. Some title it The Fairy Queen, though Anderson mostly painted portraits of women and children.

The full title is much longer: Take the Fair Face of Woman, and Gently Suspending, With Butterflies, Flowers, and Jewels Attending, Thus Your Fairy is Made of Most Beautiful Things.

(It’s currently held in a private collection – the photo comes from Wikimedia Commons collection.)

I call the painting, in my head… Fand.

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chezlah

I have a wonderful book that my mum gave me, it is about fairies and it was given to her by my grandad on his return from the 2nd world war.

It is an enormous thing measuring about 350mm x 465mm, more like a presentation than a book to be read at bed time but it is a thing of loveliness.

It sits on a shelf in our dining room and it was only when doing a little rearranging lately that I remembered it was there. I flicked through the pages and was reminded of just how interesting it is.

I decided to research it on the internet to discover that it is quite rare and may be of some value. It even has a you tube video showing the plates to music for those not fortunate to have a copy at their disposal.

The dust sheet is still in…

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     If you mention The Tarot superstitious folks tend to back away uttering protective curses and crossing themselves.  I would like to dispel this nonsense.

     The origins of Tarot imagery are debatable but the cards were devised as a playing deck, with four suits combining pip and court cards.

     The supposedly sinister Major Arcana evolved in part so artists and crafters could showcase their skills.  Increasingly elaborate decks were commissioned by wealthy and aristocratic houses simply for the love of owning and displaying beautiful things.

     Tarot images speak the universal language of mythic symbology.  The archetypal characters, concepts and scenarios tell of The Fool’s journey from innocence through experience to enlightenment and self-realisation.  Anyone familiar with Jung’s theories on The Collective Unconscious and Joseph Campbell’s deconstruction of Mythology will find nothing dangerously occult here.

     The images of The Tarot serve a similar purpose to the black-splodge Rorschach Test.  This is a psychological tool which allows us to consider a given situation and order our thoughts and feelings with objectivity.  Meditating upon a Tarot spread can help us perceive things more clearly, negotiate life’s obstacles and acknowledge deep thoughts and desires.

     Like many who appreciate The Tarot I perform a personal reading on each of the United Kingdom’s eight indigenous ancient festival days, the latest being Ostara, The Vernal (or Spring) Equinox which heralds the first day of springtime (Tuesday 20th March).

     I will post my reading here on Friday evening.  As usual I would love to hear your thoughts x

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Invisible Kitty

I’ve been enjoying a lot of “scary eyes” photos today!

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