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Tuesday, July 2, 2024


Greetings, All!

Welcome to the July 2024 Folkbyte newsletter. I have news on The Storyteller's Guide to Folklore (plus an excerpt!), The Songwriter's Guide to Folklore, and The Folklore & Fiction Ballads EP. Onward!

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Greetings,

I have been made aware of allegations regarding the plagiarism of my work; specifically, that my concerns are unfounded and that I have engaged in bullying and harassment of the guilty party. I am writing to reassure you that this is untrue. I have three years of receipts that clearly demonstrate idea mining of my work in the Folklore & Fiction project, and these have been reviewed by academic and legal professionals who agree with my assessment of the materials. I have also been offered the opportunity to pursue the matter in a public inquiry, but after consultation with those who made this offer, I decided to keep the peace. At the time, I was a graduate student with a heavy workload, and I preferred to keep the delicate detente where it stood. Both parties had exchanged letters through their respective attorneys, and I had demonstrated a willingness to defend my work, so I saw no reason to pursue the matter as long as the guilty party left that work alone going forward.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024


Greetings, All!

This month's Folkbyte newsletter will be brief, as I only have two announcements. First, I wanted to let you know that yesterday, I successfully defended my dissertation and became a Doctor of Folklore. (Not quite a Time Lord, but I did my best.)

Monday, April 1, 2024


Greetings and welcome to the April 2024 Folkbyte newsletter. I have news on the dissertation and The Storyteller's Guide to Folklore fronts, an excerpt from my preliminary research for The Songwriter's Guide to Folklore, and a monthly Folkbyte newsletter video to share. Onward!

Monday, March 4, 2024


Greetings and welcome to the Folkbyte newsletter for March 2024. I have news on the writing front, an excerpt from my preliminary research for The Songwriter's Guide to Folklore, and the next monthly Folkbyte newsletter video to share. Onward!

Tuesday, February 6, 2024


Greetings and welcome to the first Folkbyte newsletter. I have news on the writing front, an excerpt from my preliminary research for The Songwriter's Guide to Folklore, and the first monthly Folkbyte newsletter video to share. Onward!

Sunday, December 31, 2023

In 2017, I conceived the Folklore & Fiction project as a series of blog entries that would eventually culminate in a book. Since then, the project has explored the intersections of folkloristics and storytelling with monthly dispatches and podcasts covering a variety of topics and reached a growing community of newsletter and podcast subscribers. I've been delighted to learn about your creative and commercial successes as a result of my work, and I hope you'll continue to share those successes with me! I've also realized that Folklore & Fiction is an umbrella for sub-projects. The first of them concludes with this dispatch and podcast, and the first book will follow in 2024. I have several other sub-projects in various stages of development, but before I launch the next one, I need to re-tool my approach.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Folklore & Fiction

The December 2020 Folklore & Fiction dispatch has been recorded as a podcast, and you can both read and listen to it here. At the summer and winter solstices, I mimic the sun and pause to reflect on my own creative work. In this edition, I'm discussing myth in fiction with my short story "T Is for Three (at the End of All Things)," which was published in the C is for Chimera anthology. Because the story is only about a thousand words long, and because it's a creation myth, I'm reading the whole story in the podcast. Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, November 6, 2023

Important Notice To Mailing List Subscribers

Since 2016, the C.S. MacCath newsletter and later the Folklore & Fiction newsletter and dispatch have been managed by Mailchimp. However, Mailchimp is integrating generative AI into its platform and has updated its terms of service with language that surrenders copyright of anything created with that AI to Mailchimp. Because it's unclear how deeply this AI will be integrated into the platform, I don't know if I will be surrendering the existing content of my newsletters, dispatches, and mailing lists, and I also don't want to create anything new on the platform. I haven't accepted the new terms of service, but I only have until mid-November to move the mailing list before they come into effect.

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