It’s National Tell a Fairy Tale Day


     I’m not one for keeping up with the National___fill in the blank__Day, so I was caught off guard when I found out today was National Tell a Fairy Tale Day.  I was also a bit remiss to find out Sunday was National Sticky Bun Day, but that’s another story.  I’m a big fan of fairy tales, in fact my blog, The Nightingale Tales, was partly inspired by The Nightingale by Hans Christian Anderson.


     I grew up having the classics read to me by my mother, and in turn have passed them onto my own three children.  Today we celebrate the authors and interpreters of our past including: Charles Perrault, Hans Christian Anderson, The Brothers Grimm, Joseph Jacobs, Aesop, and the anonymous author of 1001 Nights translated by Richard Burton to name a few.

     Because the classics are well..classic, it’s hard to think they can be improved upon, and obviously we’re not going to try and rewrite the original versions, but reimagine them, well that’s how the fractured fairy tale was born, and I’m a big fan.  Fractured fairy tales give modern day authors a chance to make their own mark on their favorite childhood stories, and with so many talented writers each story has the potential to be fresh and the options for storytelling are endless.


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     I had a little fun writing one of my own fractured fairy tales (The Full Worm Moon) based on the craziness of the full moon and how it affected my fairy tale hospital.

     I hope you all have a very Happy Tell a Fair Tale Day, and get out there and share some of your favorites with the people you care about.  Or perhaps just sit quietly with a nice cup of coffee and some left over Sticky Buns and read some to yourself!

Here are a few links I found to some interesting fairy tale websites:






#LogiVSS Contest


     So the other day I posted a link to Tara Lazar’s website about a very short story challenge sponsored by Logitech.  The idea was to write a short story on twitter in 8 lines or less.  I wasn’t exactly sure how to write a story that short and have it make sense.  After a bit of research, I realized that this type of writing is a bit of an art form.  On twitter, there are so many entries where people manage to write their stories in only one line, that would be 140 characters or less for those of you unfamiliar to twitter like myself.


     Now, considering I didn’t have a twitter account, and knew nothing about it, not only did I have to figure out how to write a story in eight lines or less, I also had to figure out how to set up a twitter account.  To my surprise it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, and after a bit of reading and a great introductory video by David A. Cox  I was on my way.  I created my twitter account using my nightingale tales blog name, and created my twitter handle (that’s lingo for my @I.D.), and successfully entered the Logitech challenge.  I even managed to write my story in 6 lines; not quite the 140 character story, but I now have something to strive for.  It’s a little addicting trying to complete a story in 140 characters.  The story I chose to write was really more appropriate for my nursing blog and can be found here

Let me know what you think.




The Love Note


Susanna Leonard Hill is at it again turning the winter blues, into a rosy opportunity for a little Valentine writing contest, and lord knows I could use the break from writing school papers in APA format.  The format for this heartfelt Valen-tiny contest is described here. Good luck to all the entrants, there is a load of talent out there, and I just love reading everyone’s stories.

Ever since I met my husband he has been putting Valentine like love notes in all my cards, they always start the same way:  Roses are Red, Violets are Blue… followed by something sweet or funny.  When our children were born he passed those same Valentine love notes on to them, and now they are passing them back onto us, ahh the circle is complete.  Those love notes are the inspiration for my story today.

So without further ado, here is my entry (and yes I counted the words in the photos too: exactly 214).

The Love Note

“Susie and Thomas sitting in a tree
first comes love,
then comes marriage,
then comes baby
in a baby carriage”

If Thomas heard this song one more time his head was going to explode. All the kids in his class haven’t stopped singing this song since Bobby Iritson found Thomas’ folded up note to Susie on the floor. Thomas was so embarrassed. He and Susie had been best friends since pre-school, and now she wouldn’t talk to him, or look at him without blushing cherry red. Thomas was kicking himself for writing that note.


Now Thomas had no chance of ever knowing how Susie really felt, and today was Friday; the dance was tonight.

As the last bell rang for the day Thomas gathered the books from his desk, and under the last binder he found the crumpled note he had written a week earlier.