I have a confession to make. I love fairy tales. And I love a good retelling. I love the new spins that Once Upon A Time takes on the characters—although I wish Ruby/Red Riding Hood featured more prominently. Here’s how much I love that story:

Ryan and Denise Halloween 2015Yes, that’s me as Little Red Riding Hood. And my husband, Robin Hood. (Get it? We’re the Hoods.)

And I’ve always wanted to write a retelling. But somehow, every time I start, the story either stalls or veers off in some non-fairy tale related direction.

But this week I started another retelling. It’s called The Broken Mirror and is based on Snow White. It follows her granddaughter, Mirna, as she explores her family’s past. I’m hoping I can see this one through from beginning to end. And it’s definitely firmly planted in fairy tale territory.

I think there’s a good reason that fairy tales endure, that we keep telling these stories over and over. Partly it’s that they tell of good triumphing over evil, justice being served, the good getting their happy ending. But it’s more than that. I think it’s that these stories belong to everyone. No one owns fairy tales. They’re inside each and every one of us. They’re our stories. And that makes them special.

ROW80 check-in…

Writing: Wrote 3,101 words in The Broken Mirror. It’s my first attempt at YA in a while—and I’m excited to be working on a fairy tale retelling.

Reading: Read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Amazing. Seriously. Read it. Also reading Clutter’s Last Stand by Don Aslett. I’m already fairly organized, so it wasn’t super-helpful, but if you’re overwhelmed by clutter, I’d recommend it. It’s got a humorous, conversational tone, so it’s fun to read.

Decluttering: My massive decluttering has ended. I took two large boxes of miscellaneous items, two small boxes of dishes, and one large bag of clothes/blankets to Goodwill. I also have four boxes of books to donate to the library. Now all that’s left is to go through the attic.

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Happy Halloween/Samhain!

What about you? Do you like fairy tale retellings? What are some of your favorites? I’m always looking for recommendations. How did you celebrate Halloween?

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