Thursday, 13 November 2014

Playing

I wish I was a better writer.  I would probably be a better writer if I stopped worrying about it and just wrote.
Ah well...time will tell.  I am trying to sketch out a retelling of some of my favourite stories.  The ones I remember best from when I was little.  They seem to be mostly Russian or from the tradition of Eastern Europe generally Romanian or Ukrainian.  Sometimes they are Lappish or Sami.
I always loved the ones with the trickster, usually Fox, and his attempts to outwit the other forest inhabitants.  Poor bear and his lost tail.
The way Crow out wits Fox.

I have been retelling myself these stories as I walk to work.  Think I need a dictaphone.

8 comments:

  1. oh a book is evolving! do you have an iPhone 4S or later? Old Man Crow records as he's gardening walking waking up from a dream by asking Siri the voice in the phone to take notes

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    1. Sadly only an ancient Nokia. You have given me the most compelling reason yet to upgrade. I walk to work most clear days and could speak thoughts as I pound the pavement.

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  2. I am impressed! Your favourite fairytales "want" to be told with your voice, in your manner and artist's style. Your illustrations are very good! East European stories? Who told or read them to you?
    Follow your heart and don't give up!;)

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  3. Rosschika, my mum and I loved folk tales, I read my way around the world with her. Everything from Grimm to Perrault. Here stories told by Ruth Manning Saunders were a real favourite. But the one I remember most was a book of Russian folk stories. Here I met Baba Yaga and the fool of the world. I loved the pictures, all red and black and royal blue.

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  4. Oh, I see! Those precious moments with your Mum still have a strong influence upon you!
    I've also read Russian fairytales: Baba Yaga, Vassilisa the Beautiful, Ivan the Fool, Koshchey the Deathless... Here is a site you may like.:)
    http://www.oldrussia.net/koshchey.html
    Last year the Kenyan artists from our project made performances with children upon fairyrtales from around the world. My trainee worked upon "Vassilisa the Beautiful" - it was impressive. The kids liked it a lot!:) I brought the puppet of Vassilissa from Bulgaria. I'll send a photo of it later.
    Have a nice day!:)

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  5. Hello, Charlotte! Maybe this will be interesting for you...
    http://surlalunefairytales.blogspot.com/2014/11/new-book-complete-folktales-of-n.html
    See the next two posts, too!:)

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    1. Thank you, I do visit there sometimes but have not followed the blog;

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  6. hi Charlotte,
    when i am in the writing groove, then i must carry paper and pen with me. it is the best the first time it flows through, not later trying to remember it. so dictaphone is a great idea. i loved seeing your sketches and reading your tales, they are wonderful.

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