Folklore & Fiction

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Hello, and welcome to the January 2022 Folklore & Fiction dispatch. First up, a bit of housekeeping. After three years of writing and podcasting on folkloristics for storytellers, I've opened a Patreon account. Patrons are listed on the Folklore & Fiction website, they receive a copy of the monthly Folklore & Fiction dispatch by email, and they have access to exclusive posts about folkloristics, writing, and music, among several other benefits. So if you've come to value the Folklore & Fiction project, I'd be most grateful for your support. You'll find my account at patreon.com/folkloreandfiction.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Hello, and welcome to the Folklore & Fiction dispatch. 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 my theatrical adaptation of a little-known tale of magic titled "The Belt and the Necklace," forthcoming as part of the Odyssey Theatre's "Other Path Podcast" series. The play is still in production, but I do have an excerpt to share with you a little later in the dispatch. For now, let's have a look at the original story. Here it is.

"The Belt and the Necklace"

There was once a king with a daughter named Barbara. She was so ugly that everyone made fun of her. She lived a lonely life.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Here are the folklore-related memes I published to social media in November 2021.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

 

Rebecca Buchanan recently gave me the opportunity to discuss Folklore & Fiction's 2018 inception as the first online folklore scholarship project aimed at storytellers. I also discussed my Pagan spirituality and practice, my forthcoming play and EP, the folklore of folk metal, and a few other things. Thank you, Rebecca, and thank you, ev0ke!

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Hello, and welcome to the November 2021 Folklore & Fiction dispatch. In this edition, I'll be exploring ATU 450 "Little Brother and Little Sister." Let's begin with a Child Ballad for which there is no associated tune, titled "The Laily Worm and the Machrel of the Sea." Please note that there are spelling variations in Francis James Child's original text, and there is a line missing as well, which I have preserved below.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Here are the folklore-related memes I published to social media in October 2021.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Hello, and welcome to the October 2021 Folklore & Fiction dispatch. In this edition, I'll be exploring ATU 113B "The Cat as Sham Holy Man." Let's begin with a Syrian fable about the king of mice, the king of cats, and a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Here are the folklore-related memes I published to social media in September 2021.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

 

Hello, and welcome to the September 2021 Folklore & Fiction dispatch. In this edition, I'll be exploring ATU 2014 "Chains Involving Contradictions or Extremes." Let's begin with a Palestinian story that tells us right in the title where it fits among folklore genres and contains a treasure chest of narrative jewels to admire.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Here are the folklore-related memes I published to social media in August 2021.

 

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