I. Following up with the Fairy Tale Prompt Contest:
Both Masha's and Rebecca T.'s entries were superb in voice, style, theme, craft, and execution--like Snow White and Rose Red, strikingly different, but equally beautiful. So, in the end, I drew a scrap of paper out of a tea cup.
Masha, congratulations! You're the winner!
The winner at random (also drawn out of a tea cup) is Matthew T. Congratulations, Matthew!
Winners, please e-mail me your mailing address so that I can mail you your gift card.
Thank you all again for entering. If I had the resources, everyone who participated would receive a gift card.
I can't emphasize enough how much I enjoyed reading the entries; individuals' unique imagination at work; and the ability for an image to plant a seed and grow a beanstalk--or a ladder--into another realm.
If you haven't yet, please take the time to read and offer encouragement and advice for the stories.
II. A writing and sharing exercise? Like in high school?
I really wanted this to be a sharing exercise for the writing and fairy tale communities. My desire in the future is to regularly host a prompt writing exercise, and this contest was a good trial run.
Fourth Fridays Fairy Tale Prompt is still in the planning stages, including the name, but one of the decisions I've come to is not to limit the writing to fantastical subjects. Though I still plan to use images and phrases derived from fairy tales and other surreal themes.
Muses don't cooperate well on short leashes, or so I hear.
Another wrinkle to iron out is how often to hold the exercise. Writing stories usually takes a longer time than writing poems, and then people get busy.
Also, I will highly encourage reading each others' contributions in order to appreciate, encourage, and offer constructive criticism (if desired).
So, if you have a minute (or even if you don't, it's really easy), scroll down to the very bottom of the blog and vote in the poll.
III. Now, I want to hear about what you want to see more of on Spinning Straw into Gold.
Do you enjoy artist spotlights or know of anyone in particular, storyteller or otherwise, who is an amateur and deserves a shout-out?
Would you like to see more exegesis of the classic fairy tales, or more thoughts and sharing on the creative processes?
Let me know in the comments box below, and thank you.