In 2012, we've held our first contest, hosted what we hope to be the first of many Fourth Friday Fairy Tale Prompts, heard about the fairy tale value of Harry Potter, seen a promising adaptation of an old classic, and witnessed the unveiling of a brand new fairy tale publication!
So, what's on the agenda for next year?
Fourth Friday Fairy Tales
When the holidays die down, we'll resume our fairy tale prompts.
As a reminder, the prompts can be used to inspire any original, creative undertaking: be it a piece of music, performance art, or a collage. It doesn't have to be only poetry and writing!
So far, SSiG has held one contest, and I'd like to hold more. However, financing more than one a year poses a problem. I've considered adding a Donate button to the blog, but am wary about asking readers to trust their money will go right into funding contests and giveaways. I'd like to hear readers' opinions on this.
The Harry Potter Project
The biggest undertaking of them all. I've only read the first book in the Harry Potter series, which gives me a strong disadvantage in fantasy and fairy tale dialogue. And what would be more fun and discussion-spurring than posting about my Potter experience as I'm reading it?
A few things give me pause: Harry Potter has already permeated our culture in such a way that it would be impossible to pick up the books without previous influence. So I could approach reading in either one of three ways:
1. Pretend as best I can that I have never heard of the series and try to imagine what my reactions might be if I were encountering the books in pure experience.
2. Throw my prejudices and expectations out there as I read, and let the reader determine what is of value and what isn't.
3. Do extensive research before and during reading. Come to the books armed to the teeth with knowledge of sources, influences, and authorial intention.What do you think?
More book reviews, original fairy tales, and artist spotlights! What would you like to see more of on SSiG in the new year?