Blog Hop: Literary Disguise

book-blogger-hop-finalToday’s Book Blogger Hop question is: If you were to dress up as a literary figure {author or character} for Halloween, who would it be?

I have dressed up as a literary figure–I was September from The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland several years ago.  Probably long enough that I could bring it out for another Halloween!  I still have the orange dress in my closet (it’s not especially attractive, unfortunately), and I periodically wear the Coat of the Green Wind.

Lately I’ve been toying with the idea of dressing as Lyra, my lead character from The Storyteller and Her Sisters.  I have a blue cloak that would be period-appropriate, and it wouldn’t be too hard to find a blue medieval-ish dress.  And I’m sure I have a nice old book I could carry under one arm…

I’ve thought about other costumes, but the dilemma is to find a favorite character with a distinctive enough look to be recognizable–which is harder than you’d think.  Though no one recognized my September costume anyway!

Have you dressed as a literary figure?  Did people know who you were?

Imaginary Illustrations #9

I have another “Imaginary Illustration” for you today, this time with a quote from The Storyteller and Her Sisters…a rather ominous quote!

Many locked doorsThis quote actually dates back to when I originally wrote this novel for NaNoWriMo 2012, and was in one of the excerpts I posted while blogging about the writing experience.  So you can read a bit more of the context in that post!

Small Blog Changes – and a New Review for the Storyteller

First of all, I have a bit of housekeeping to address.  Outside of the blogosphere, I’ve recently started a new day job–which is great and very exciting!  🙂  But sadly, it also gives me less time for blogging.  I’m not by any means shutting the blog down, but I do want to give a head’s-up that I may be posting less.  Probably more like 1-2 times a week, instead of my usual three.

I figure if I announce it, then it’s a plan… 🙂

In other news!  I’m happy to share a recent review for The Storyteller and Her Sisters, posted by fellow blogger Katy, who writes at The Library Mama.  She highlights some of the darker themes of the book…but notes that it stays light throughout.

Check out the review here.  Thanks for sharing, Katy!

Blog Waltz: Interview on Calmgrove

Storyteller Cover 1 - SmallToday we’re on the final stop of my blog tour for The Storyteller and Her Sisters!  We’re closing up with another interview, this one with Christopher who blogs on Calmgrove about books, minutiae, and Arthuriana–among other things!  We also both participated in Lory’s Witch Week event, which is wrapping up today.

I’m excited about this interview, because Christopher asked some great and complex questions about the nature of fairy tale retelling, and the importance of narratives in our lives.  I only hope my answers are as good! 🙂

Find out for yourself by checking out my interview!

 

Blog Waltz: Guest Post on Lynn’s Book Blog

Storyteller Cover 1 - SmallAnother stop today on my blog tour for The Storyteller and Her Sisters!  Today you can head over to Lynn’s Book Blog for a guest post about where the idea for the novel first came from.  You’ve probably heard already that it’s based on “The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces” from the Brothers Grimm, but there was one line in particular that set me off thinking…

Lynn is another book review blogger–I think I “met” her to during Carl’s awesome seasonal reading challenges.  And I frequently discover that I missed a cool Top Ten Tuesday topic by reading about it on Lynn’s blog!

For today, check out my guest post about Storyteller!  (And I’m pretty delighted by a very nice review Lynn posted too…)

 

Blog Waltz: Guest Post on The Bookworm Chronicles

Storyteller Cover 1 - SmallContinuing the dance around the blogs for The Storyteller and Her Sisters, today I’m happy to share that I have a guest post on The Bookworm Chronicles.  That’s the online home of Jessica, who you may have seen around here as a commenter. 🙂

Jessica posts frequent book reviews, and is so much better than I am at responding to comments from lovely readers!  She also does a monthly post on film adaptations of books–I always enjoy it, and it inspired my guest post.  I wrote a bit about movie retellings of fairy tales…Disney’s, specifically!  I mention a few favorites, a few that make me groan, and how Disney’s adaptations have changed over the years.  And why I hope they’ll do a “Twelve Dancing Princesses” retelling soon!

Head over to The Bookworm Chronicles to read the post!

Blog Waltz: Guest Post with A Library Mama

Storyteller Cover 1 - SmallToday we’re onto our second dance for The Storyteller and Her Sisters’ Blog Waltz, with a guest post on A Library Mama, blog of Katy, “public librarian, bookworm and mother of two, among other things.” You may remember she guest-posted here a few months ago, sharing some of her favorite fairy tale retellings.  I took that as my inspiration to send her a guest post about my favorite retellings of “The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces,” the Brothers Grimm story that inspired Storyteller.

I recommend all the books in my guest post, and I recommend Katy’s blog too. 🙂 We have similar reading taste, with a fondness for fantasy and historical fiction, and for kids books that adults will enjoy too.

Read my guest post on favorite retellings!