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The Moronic Ox   2 comments

WPA poster by Kenneth Whitley, 1939.

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Seriously, could there be a better name for a literary journal than Moronic Ox? When I first heard about them, I knew a group of editors with such a funny and clever name would appreciate my writing. And I was right! How about that?

A few days ago I wrote about my love for fold and fairy tales on the Velvet Chamber post. There I deconstructed a princess. In the story on the Moronic Ox entitled A Little Red, I turn that sweet little girl on her way to grandma’s house into a feminist and a carnivore.

Of course, I’m not the first person to think of Little Red in this way. In her book, Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked, Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale, Catherine Orenstein explores the history of the story, how it was initially written to warn young women about the “wolves” lurking around in the palaces of Europe, and how it has evolved, (or some would say, devolved), into porn, comedy, cartoons, popular music, and slang.

And so, after reading this book, it was only a matter of time before I took the matter into my own hands and twisted the tale. In my story, there is no kindly woodcutter, just a smart girl picking her teeth, a wolfish grin on her face and a message in blood written across the wall.

I really like playing around with old stories. Soon I will begin work on a Goldilocks tale, keeping the old thief and losing the little girl. Someday perhaps I’ll have enough of these to collect into a book. Someday perhaps I will be able to find a publisher willing to produce that book.

What about you? Is there an old story that you love enough to rewrite, making it your own? Try it sometime, old characters you thought you knew will become interesting, and sometimes dangerous, strangers.

The Velvet Chamber   Leave a comment

Snow White Poisoned Apple

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http://talesfromthevelvetchamber.blogspot.com/2010/04/flash-fiction.html

In all my time working in libraries, the 398s have consistently been my favorite call numbers to browse. Fairly tales, folk tales, legends, they all have an allure to me that I can’t fully explain. I love reading how such tales evolved over time, for example, Goldilocks was originally an old woman and a thief before the Victorian era when she became a cute little blond with her bloomers showing. Who knew?

This fascination shows up time and again in my writing, and the piece of flash fiction that Tales from the Velvet Chamber posted earlier this year is no exception. Snow White: Sadist, (TVC has it under the original title, Snow White is Bored), explores the mind of our classic soprano Dr. Doolittle, why she would open the door, consistently, for random people just happening by a cabin in the darkest wood, where no one ever goes. Why she would choose to overlook, time and again, the warnings of the dwarfs, and put herself in jeopardy. My spin is boredom, and the wrong animal confidant.

The deadline for this project, by the way, is the end  of October. Here’s what she’s looking for:

Stories that radically revise stereotypes of “bad women” in the Bible, in myth and in fairy-tales. Stories that aren’t afraid to be literary, transgressive, dark, and sexy. Think: Lilith, Medea, the Wicked Stepmother, the Evil Witch, Pandora, Eve, crones, sibyls, fates, muses. Contemporary adaptations are fine. Mythical adapations equally welcome.

Email story in word attachment to laslugocki@gmail.com Subject line: Submission. Documents should be double-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman. Paragraphs should be indented five spaces. Bio (necessary) and contact information in the upper right hand corner. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words. Please do not send work-in-progress. Final drafts only.