Category Archives: Ugly Duckling

PREVIEW: The Ugliest Duckling

She was the archetypal Ugly Duckling: she was told so all through her childhood. She had been cursed with everything that made her a natural target in the playground: frizzy red hair, freckles, glasses, buck teeth, spots; she was too tall, too skinny, she had a stammer, and she was forever stumbling over, and therefore perpetually covered in scrapes and bruises. In short, she had no chance.

“But your mother was beautiful,” said the aunts and uncles. “With those genes to grow into, you can’t help but blossom as you grow older.”

They conveniently neglected to remember that she also shared her father’s genes – he of the gaunt, gangly stature, the fiery hair and temperament. It would not be unfair to say that Jack, just like his daughter, had never been the prettiest duckling. Continue reading


COMING SOON! Enchanted Times #2

Catch up on the latest news stories from the enchanted realms – look out for Enchanted Times #2 arriving at an Etsy Store near you in the very near future!  What awaits you?  Here are some of the highlights:

  • FREE GIFT:  nettle yarn sample
  • FREE GIFT: promotional postcards
  • Cover story: the big bad wolf and YOU
  • Cover-story: judging a book by its cover (how fairy tale archetypes are not as recognisable as in times gone by)
  • Feature story: The Ugliest Duckling
  • Exclusive interview: Cinderella Sweeping, Cinderella’s Weeping
  • Piecework: Splinter – the first part of an ongoing serial, also available online
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Small ads
  • Reviews: The Mirror – a brand new ET supplement, reflecting contemporary fairy tale literature