A cinnamon stick and a few cloves in water on a potpourri burner. Simmer all day. Usually I don’t start doing that until December, but this year winter hit so early, there was nothing else for it: the scent of hygge to banish November gloom.
Image by Lynette Stebner, Poem (written on the painting) by A.M.Offenwanger
Acrylic, Canvas and Ink on Deep Exhibition Cradle Board | 18 x 24″
Available for sale by contacting Lynette @ https://lynettestebner.com/
An article by Yours Truly just went up on Enchanted Conversation Magazine. Those of you who’ve been reading my ramblings for a while might recognize it: I wrote it in the course of my grad school research and posted it on Quillandqwerty; now EC has kindly republished it.
THE CASE OF THE MISSING KISS
I’ve been studying Frog Prince tales. You know the ones: princess meets frog, he does her a service, in return he asks for a kiss, she kisses him, and hey presto, he’s turned into a handsome prince. Right? Wrong. If you look at the Grimms’ version—tale #1 in the CHILDREN’S AND HOUSEHOLD TALES—you’re doing okay until you get to the kissing part. It’s not there. It quite simply doesn’t exist. The act that gets the prince unfroggified is one of gross violence: the princess chucks the frog against her bedroom wall (in the 1812 version, with a lovely onomatopoeic “Splat!”). That’s right, attempted murder. When he falls down from the wall—I’ve always had trouble visualising that bit—he’s a handsome prince with “friendly eyes,” and the princess happily goes to bed with him.
That’s fine, you say. There are other versions of that story that have the kiss in it, aren’t there? Well, not that I can find, at least in the old tales…
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Life, the Universe, and The Case of the Missing Kiss. The things you find out…
And then they MADE FAN ART ABOUT THEM.
I might have just burst into tears when I saw this… I love it so much.
So of course I had to join Tumblr in order to comment. I’m still kind of lost on that site, but I do think you can click on the image above to go straight to the artist’s page (I didn’t copy and paste, these are just the links to the Tumblr page).
Incidentally, one of the things I love about it is that they made Cat brown-skinned. I hadn’t thought of her that way, but she totally could be. In fact, I think she is.
This is a scene from the end of Cat and Mouse – if you haven’t read it, go check it out.
And here’s another one: Bibby.
Yes, indeed, isn’t Bibby adorable? And aren’t those sketches wonderful?
That’s Life, the Universe, and My Very Own Fan Art. I just can’t get over it.