Ceallaigh's Blog

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

 

Hello, and welcome to the Folklore & Fiction newsletter. In this edition, I'm writing about the tall tale with help from scholars Richard Bauman, Carolyn S. Brown, Henry B. Wonham, and others, helping you analyze a tall tale, and discussing ways to bring tall tales to your story craft.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

 

What is a fable?

 

Hello, and welcome to the Folklore & Fiction newsletter. In this edition, I'm writing about the fable genre with help from scholars Patrick Olivelle, Christos A. Zafiropoulos, Harriet Spiegel, and others, helping you analyze a fable, and discussing ways to bring fables to your story craft.

Fables are a ubiquitous story form, found throughout the history of story transmission and in the folkloric traditions of people all over the world. Perhaps the oldest and most widespread of these are the Panchatantra and the collection of tales attributed to Aesop, who might or might not have been a real person. These two pillars of the fable genre will be the focus of my attention here, along with a brief foray into Harriet Spiegel's translation of Marie de France's Fables for contrast.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

 

Hello, and welcome to the Folklore & Fiction newsletter. In this edition, I'm writing about the märchen genre with help from scholars Christine A. Jones, Jennifer Schacker, Jack Zipes, and others, helping you analyze a märchen, and discussing ways to bring märchen to your story craft.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

 

Hello, and welcome to the Folklore & Fiction newsletter. In this edition, I'm writing about the ballad genre with help from scholars Gordon Hall Gerould, David Buchan, Roger deV. Renwick and others, helping you analyse a ballad, and discussing ways to bring ballads to your story craft.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

 

 

Hello, and welcome to the Folklore & Fiction newsletter. At the summer and winter solstices, I mimic the sun and pause to reflect on my own creative work. In this edition, I'll be discussing folkloric elements in my new short story entitled "B is for Burned/Every Broken Creature," which was recently released in the F is for Fairy anthology of short fiction.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Belated Merry Beltane to you, and welcome to issue #22 of my newsletter, e-mailed to subscribers in May 2017.

"D is for Duel / One Who Dies as a God Dies"

"D is for Duel / One Who Dies as a God Dies" is available now in D is for Dinosaur, the current installment of the Alphabet Anthologies series. Editor Rhonda Parrish asked her authors to record excerpts of their stories for publication on her blog, since most of us couldn't come to the book launch. You'll find mine here, and if you're interested in reading the whole story, you can purchase paperback or Kindle versions of the anthology. Enjoy!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Merry Samhain to you, and welcome to issue #21 of my newsletter, e-mailed to subscribers on Samhain 2016.

A Book Is Born

The Longest Road in the Universe: A Collection of Fantastical Tales is now in print! I'm so proud of this book, and I'm equally proud of Nancy Farmer's cover art and Kimberly Mayfield's cover design. I hope you enjoy reading these tales as much as I enjoyed writing them. Here's where you can buy the collection:


CreateSpace Paperback | Amazon Paperback
Kindle | Apple | Kobo | Nook

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Belated Merry Lughnasadh to you, and welcome to issue #20 of my quarterly newsletter, e-mailed to subscribers in August 2016.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Belated Merry Beltane to you, and welcome to issue #19 of my quarterly newsletter, e-mailed to subscribers in May 2016.

A Messenger Traveling Northward

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

     Welcome to Issue #18 of my quarterly newsletter, posted to csmaccath.com and e-mailed to subscribers on Imbolc 2016.

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Folklore Genre Series

2019 Newsletters

January 2019
Introduction to Folklore Genres
February 2019
What is a myth?
March 2019
What is a legend?
April 2019
What is a memorate?
May 2019
What is a personal experience narrative?
June 2019
Summer Solstice Newsletter 2019
July 2019
What is a ballad?
August 2019
What is a märchen?
September 2019
What is a fable?
October 2019
What is a tall tale?
November 2019
What is a ritual?
December 2019
Winter Solstice Newsletter 2019

2020 Newsletters

January 2020
What is a rite of passage?
February 2020
What is a superstition?
March 2020
What is a charm?
March 2020
Folklore & Fiction Supplement: Keeping a Journal in Uncertain Times
April 2020
What is a curse?
May 2020
What is a folk custom?
June 2020
Summer Solstice Newsletter 2020
July 2020
What is material culture?
August 2020
What is a conspiracy theory?
September 2020
What is language and verbal lore?
October 2020
What is child lore?
November 2020
What is performance?
December 2020
Winter Solstice Newsletter 2020

ATU Tale Type Series

2021 Dispatches

January 2021
Introduction to the ATU Tale Types
February 2021
ATU 60 "Fox and Crane Invite Each Other"
March 2021
ATU 365 "The Dead Bridegroom Carries off His Bride"
April 2021
ATU 780 "The Singing Bone"
April 2021
ATU 780 "The Singing Bone" Supplement
May 2021
ATU 852 "Lying Contest"
June 2021
Summer Solstice Dispatch 2021
July 2021
ATU 1096 "Sewing Contest"
August 2021
ATU 1284 "Person Does Not Know Himself" and 1326 "Moving the Church"
September 2021
ATU 2014 "Chains Involving Contradictions or Extremes"
October 2021
ATU 113B "The Cat as Sham Holy Man"
November 2021
ATU 450 "Little Brother and Little Sister"