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Michal Scott: My Most Favorite Wonder Tale of All (Contest & Sexy Excerpt)
Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

UPDATE: The winner is…Colleen C!
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I love the word “wonder.” The second I read it I see me, with my eyes wide-open radiating awe, my mouth rounded in an O of surprise, my mind bright with amazement. Songs like “God of Wonders” and “Wonderful Wonderful” make my heart sing. So imagine my delight when I started the research for this post on my favorite fairytale and learned that another description for fairytale is “wonder tale.”

The term “fairytale” is derived from the French conte de fées, i.e., short stories that contain all manner of nonhuman characters, not just fairies, and wonderment. I date my love for fairy/wonder tales back to my NYC public school days. In September during the first week of class, you received your subject books, one of which was a reader. You wrote your name and class on a bookplate then dug in for a year’s worth of reading. These books were broken up into three or four sections. I can’t remember what they were, but the final section always contained illustrated fairy tales. It is from those school readers that I first read about Rumpelstiltskin, the Shoemaker and the Elves, Puss in Boots, and the Three Billy Goats Gruff. I particularly loved the ones with talking animals. My favorite of all is The Bremen Town Musicians, a story that appeared in Grimms’ Fairy Tales in 1819.

Briefly, it’s about a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster, all who have become old and of no use to their different owners. They set out to find the freedom they deserve as musicians in Bremen. They come upon a cottage in which thieves are counting their booty. The animals scare them off and enjoy the food left behind. When the robbers send one of their band to retake the cottage, the animals vanquish him. He hurries back with tales of a monster from which he barely escaped with his life. No longer troubled by humans, the animals settle down in the cottage to the life of freedom and plenty they deserve. Although the animals never made it to Bremen, the town has a famous statue erected in their honor. Take a look at the statue here:  https://www.bremen.eu/tourism/attractions/bremen-town-musicians.

I think about the little girl I was, who enjoyed reading over and over about these animals’ exploits. As an adult, I can see how each animal determining their own destiny and supporting one another would appeal to an urban kid growing up in the turbulent and heady days of the Civil Rights movement. How could the spunk of the Bremen Town Musicians not inspire me when I was seeing on television or overhearing adults talking about African-American people working together and not allowing others to determine their worth? I even see the Kwanzaa principles of kujichagulia (self-determination) and ujimaa (collective work and responsibility) at work in the story which adds another level of enjoyment to my favorite “wonder tale.”

So how about you? Do you have a favorite fairy/wonder tale? Share its title in the comments for a chance at a $10 Amazon gift card. 

Better To Marry Than To Burn

Freed Man seeking woman to partner in marriage for at least two years in the black township of Douglass, Texas. Must be willing and able to help establish a legacy. Marital relations as necessary. Love neither required nor sought.

Excerpt from Better to Marry than to Burn

She sidled up to him, cupped his erection and fondled his balls.

“Ready for bed or ready to bed me?”

He moaned, placed his hand atop hers and increased the pressure. Already hard, he hadn’t imagined he could get any harder.

“Is that beautiful brass bed new?”

He gulped. “Ye—yes. Bought it—bought it for the honeymoon.”

“I’m ready to be bedded now,” she whispered. “Or is that something we must negotiate?”

All thoughts of dinner vanished.

“No,” he rasped, leaning forward, as hungry for her lips as he was to be inside her.

“Good.” She stepped back, out of reach. “But, let’s be clear…” She bent over, so her butt protruded toward him. She massaged each buttock so her crack parted invitingly. “Tonight it’s the Greek way or no way.”

He blinked, stunned by this demand to be taken anally. His master had had books filled with drawings, depicting naked Greeks wrestling. Those pen and ink depictions flashed before him now. Arms constrained by arms, legs entwined with legs, butts and groins enmeshed in snug contortions. He’d love to take Queen that way, experience first-hand the erotic intimacy etched in the men’s struggle-laden features.

He took one step toward her then stopped. No. One day, he would…but not tonight. Not their first time. Their first time would be the nose-to-nose, chest-to-breast, cock-to-vagina coupling he’d hungered five years for.

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13 comments to “Michal Scott: My Most Favorite Wonder Tale of All (Contest & Sexy Excerpt)”

  1. Colleen C.
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    · April 7th, 2021 at 12:01 pm · Link

    I always loved fairy tales… Sleeping Beauty is a favorite… but I remember taking a children’s lit class and read the original version of The Little Mermaid and was truly surprised! It was really sad.



  2. Anna Taylor Sweringen
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    · April 7th, 2021 at 12:18 pm · Link

    Hi Colleen, so true. Blame Disney for the disconnect with original tales. Thanks for stopping by.



  3. Jennifer Wilck
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    · April 7th, 2021 at 3:54 pm · Link

    I loved fairytales when I was younger, although I never realized how dark some of the original ones were until years later.



  4. Mary Preston
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    · April 7th, 2021 at 5:09 pm · Link

    I have always been drawn to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, but not the children’s version.



  5. Anna Taylor Sweringen
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    · April 7th, 2021 at 8:03 pm · Link

    Hi Jennifer,

    You know I think it’s the dark side of those original tales that laid the foundation for me wanting to write gothic romance.



  6. Anna Taylor Sweringen
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    · April 7th, 2021 at 8:06 pm · Link

    Hi Mary,

    It’s interesting how your favorite has been reimagined and reinterpreted through the years.



  7. bn100
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    · April 7th, 2021 at 8:13 pm · Link

    Snow White



  8. Anna Taylor Sweringen
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    · April 8th, 2021 at 12:27 am · Link

    Hi bn100,

    Nice one.



  9. Debra Guyette
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    · April 8th, 2021 at 6:40 am · Link

    Snow White is one of my favorites. I have read some of the original fairy tales. They were not for children



  10. Anna Taylor Sweringen
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    · April 8th, 2021 at 7:47 am · Link

    Hi Debra,

    Agreed. Thanks for commenting.



  11. flchen1
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    · April 10th, 2021 at 9:46 pm · Link

    My parents had a book of Chinese fairy tales that I loved reading as a child. There is one about a boy who watches over the cows and girl who weaves in the stars that I remember read over and again: https://fairytalez.com/herd-boy-weaving-maiden/



  12. Anna Taylor Sweringen
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    · April 14th, 2021 at 10:53 am · Link

    Thanks for the link, flchen1. I’m eager to learn of new tales, especially those from communities of color.



  13. Delilah
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    · April 16th, 2021 at 9:00 am · Link

    Thanks to Anna/Michal!!

    The winner is…Colleen C!



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