Feminist Fairy Tales

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I am working on a short story retelling of a classic fairy-tale, but from an ancient world mythological point of view and a woman’s perspective.

Therefore, I have been re-familiarizing myself with Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales for inspiration.

After rereading a few volumes of said fairy tales I was reminded why I became a feminist at age 4.

Those tales are full of so much sexism that it hurts my brain.

If I was one of the female fairy tale characters set in the 17th -19th century I would of ended up like this:

Once upon a time in a land far far away there lived…

An outspoken girl with no titles yet was educated and self assured regarding her own opinion.

She didn’t live happily ever after, as she was promptly executed (or excommunicated) for being a feminist.

The End

Suffice to say my re imagined fairy tale is going to come from a feminist point of view…or so I envision it that way…lets see how she fairs 😉

Validation

Was thinking about my fears when it comes to my writing and I have realized I have worked through a lot of it thanks to some great advice.

I always used to fear not being validated but then I realized I dont need it!14189202599_fcc3da396d_b

The best piece of advice I have received from my mentor this year is:
To not give a #%$@ when people don’t support you and never share with them because its not worth it.

Its made me more confident and creative, enabled me to write more so that I have completed more work this year than ever (even with my bouts of not being able to write for various reasons).

 

 

Perspective and my writing

The cliche which keeps running around my head at the moment is hindsight is always 20 20 (ironically its what has clouded my vision of late).  Flashes of specific images of the past which tap into dark emotions have driven me to a standstill.  I’ve had to turn that around and use it to propel me forward once again instead of making me feel like I am drowning in a sea of words which need to get out of my head.

What has helped me is that I have found myself drawn to photos which I have taken which stimulate my imagination.  The more introspective I become with regards to my writing, the more I love looking at the beautiful places and people who have inspired me on this journey.  This is what is helping me get the things I need to say out….this is what has helped me get on with it.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words….well I’m using that to my advantage.  I am looking back but also looking forward.  Not only am I looking at the photos which have inspired me but I am taking pictures of things which are inciting my creativity to move into the direction which feeds my story.

This post was inspired by my friend Michelle L…thanks for reminding me that I am an artist.

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Sometimes mundane work brings benefits

Been working really long days in my day job at the university (I was seconded to the arts faculty publishing team).  I spend my days reading journals and books and its opened my eyes up to all the associations out there for creative writers.

I have discovered and decided to join “Writers Victoria”.  I hope it will bring new opportunities which include: competitions, submissions to member newsletter, access to various writers services, networking and commercial publishing opportunities.

Here is a list of some Australian associations I have discovered over the last few months which I have been perusing:

http://www.australianstories.com/australian-writers-organisations.html

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