Sunday, December 5, 2010
Happy December! Do you all have a good start on the holiday preparations? My goal is to try to get the house decorated today and start making cookie doughs. Shopping has already begun and the Christmas cards are started.
I decided this week to continue hosting the Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge for another year. I have to admit that I've sort of failed at my own challenge: I had a specific list of books that I wanted to read for it, but I've had to resort to reading entirely different books in hopes of reaching my goal of 20 books off the list. I still want to read all of those books that I didn't get to so this is the best way to encourage myself to do so. I've made some changes to the challenge this year--instead of 5, 10 and 20 books to read for the different levels, next year the three levels will be 4, 6 and 10 books. Next year you'll also be able to substitute in some movie adaptations to try to reach that goal as well.
I had a couple of squeal moments Friday thanks to my first Fairy Tale Fridays in which I referenced the Omaha Lit Fest, Tim Schaffert and Kate Bernheimer. I opened my email Friday evening to discover emails from both Schaffert and Bernheimer! Schaffert left a comment saying that "The Little Mermaid" is not only his favorite fairy tale but also his favorite short story. I remember him mentioning that at the Lit Fest; it was also his starting off point for the fairy tale he contributed to "My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me." You'll be hearing more about that story later.
Bernheimer wrote to say that she does have a definition of fairy tales: "they are works of art with a fairy-tale feel, the "affect" of fairy tales." She also directed me to some essays that she's written about fairy tales which are fascinating. I'll be talking about them this week on Friday.