All posts tagged fairytales


Published March 5, 2012 by caitlinnicoll

Exciting news in the land of fairies and tales! A collection of 500! NEW! fairytales collected by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth have been recently uncovered in Germany. Franz was a contemporary of the Grimm brothers, and combed the countryside for decades, painstakingly collecting these tales for our enjoyment. Sadly, due to disinterest, they were archived instead. But no longer!

Check out the full article from the Guardian here

I LOVE fairytales.

What are some of your favorite tales?

Some of mine include the Little Mermaid, the Stork Wife, the Snow Queen, Rapunzel, and Cinderella.

In other news, how is everyone doing with their reading challenges? the second half of February was kind of slow for me in that I only managed a couple of books.

I’m participating in the A to Z challenge this year. Which I’m kinda excited about. I have a theme planned, but I don’t want to say what it is in case I change my mind. I can be fickle like that.


2012 Fantasy Challenge

Published November 23, 2011 by caitlinnicoll

It has come to my attention recently that there are roughly eleventy billion fantasy books out there that I have not read. To combat this, I’ve decided to create a reading challenge, because I always do better when I hold myself accountable. So, who wants to join me?

the fantasy reading challenge will run from January 1st, 2012 – December 31st, 2012. Sign up begins today and lasts until February 1st, 2012.

If science fiction is more to your tastes, I will also be doing a sci-fi challenge. Details will be posted tomorrow.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1. Sign up with the link below. If you don’t have a blog, you can link your Goodreads  account.

2. Grab the image on the left for your site.

3. Choose your level.

4. Leave a comment letting me know what level you’ve chosen.

Challenge Levels:

Hobbit: 5 books

Elf: 10 books

Vampire Slayer: 15 books

Wizard: 30 books

Brothers Grimm: 50 books

Dragonrider: 75 books

Curse Breaker: 100 books

Titan: 130+ books

More info: the books you choose can be in any sub-genre of fantasy, and can be adult, YA, or MG. Comics and graphic novels also count.

If you need suggestions, click here.

Alternate Challenges:

1. Read only high/epic fantasy

2. Read only urban fantasy

3. Read only historical fantasy

4. If you normally read adult, read only YA/ MG; or vice versa

5. Include at least 5 debut authors

6. Read only books based of myths/legends/ fairytales

I’m going to try for the Brother’s Grimm level; 50 books. I might shoot for Dragonrider.

What level are you going for? Do you have any great fantasy suggestions?

Random Stuff, and Some Excuses

Published October 28, 2011 by caitlinnicoll

So, I kinda dropped the ball on posting for the last two weeks. I had all these posts planned having to do with witches and ghosts, but my creativity kinda got in the way. Besides furiously trying to finish this re-write before NaNo, I’ve been staying up until 1 or 2 in the morning to work on two new art collections (and an all nighter reading Lola and the Boy Next Door, which was fabulous, btw). The first collection is titled Terrifying Beauty, which will be a conglomeration of the light and dark sides of mythology. For instance, the darker side would be drawings of The Dullahan, the Banshee, and that creepy Indian vampire child.

The second collection I’m really excited about (hence the late nights). It’s called Steampunk Fairytales. The name kinda says it all. I’m working on a Snow White drawing, and let me just say that I thought hands were the bane of my existence. But no, it’s gears. Gears suck. Once I’m finished with this one (which feels like never away) I’m going to start on an Alice in Wonderland (or two!) drawing. I have vague ideas for Beauty and the Best and Cinderella drawings, and maybe a Little Red Riding Hood one. We’ll see.

What fairytale do think would be awesome steampunked?

Also, I have a give-away coming up next week, which I’m super excited about. I’ve got some wicked cool goodies to give away!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Is anyone dressing up this year? What are you going to be? I’m going as Amelia Pond. Easy enough costume for a last minute choice.