Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Light from the Fire: a re-imagined fairy tale with a ghostly twist.

I have recently completed a project that is fairly new for me. I was walking and thinking about a few of the fairy tales I remembered from childhood. One of them kept popping into my mind. I downloaded a podcast of the original on my i phone and listened while I worked. What followed was a seven page, hastily hand-written, rough draft of my completely different retelling of that original fairy tale. Then I wrote another hand written second draft to clean up the story and get it fleshed out once I had time to spend. That draft was around 13 pages hand written. After sharing it with a couple of people I decided it was worth moving forward with and a third draft typed 11 page rough draft came from a five hour highly focused editing session. I am pretty happy with what is now my rewritten version of "The Tinderbox" originally from Hans Christian Anderson. My version, VERY different from Anderson's vision, is titled "A Light From the Fire". It really doesn't resemble the original in many ways but it is worth reading or listening to Anderson's version. You can download the story as a podcast on I phone for free in the Podcasts app. It is read by a British presenter and serves as a decent version of Anderson's tale. I hated the ending and several aspects of "The Tinderbox" but loved portions of it so much I had to take a stab at my own version. If you read the fairy tale version by Anderson and my story I think you will easily see the vast changes in tone and how the ending is much more just and fair. As far as fairy tales go, I know they are not all Aesop's fables. They are not all supposed to be just or teach a lesson but many attempt to. The result for my story is somewhere in between. Like a cautionary tale. The final version is set to release in a week on Kindle and Nook as well as a paper back version releasing shortly after. The short tale is worth taking a look at and I believe, if you like ghost stories, fairy tales, or fables of any kind, you will really enjoy this re-imagining of a very old story like "The Tinderbox". I hope you all like it. Let me know what you think of it.

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