Shh… can you hear it? The woods are calling.
There’s something mysterious about the woods, wouldn’t you agree? I remember one of my favorite things to do as a child was wander through the woods close to our house, and my best friend and I would treasure hunt in the woods behind her home. As children, we are incurably curious, which makes those wandering parts of our childhoods almost magical. As adults, we struggle to hold onto that kind of magic—the kind that stirs the butterflies and swirls our minds with fantasy. Often times, we seek out cliché adult activities that simply don’t fulfill that curious well, when what we really, really want is to feel that sense of wonder and amazement—we want to go back to a time when monsters lurked in the closet and fairies left gifts in the forest. We want to believe that the connection to the unknown, the supernatural, really does exist.
That’s what motivated me to begin this podcast and to write the books I do. I believe that magic, that undeniable force of curiosity can be held onto as an adult. If only we seek, we will certainly find.
We’re celebrating at Fabled Collective. Last week, we released our first anthology, Women of the Woods. I’ll be sharing my contribution to the book… “Of Fire and Ice” is a story about a beastly woman whose anger makes her infamous.
Get out your pumpkin spice latte, y’all. It’s finally fall. And it is glorious. Living in the south, the heat and humidity usually hang around until late into October or sometimes even November. The cool days we’ve been experiencing lately have been divine and are—in my opinion—a mercy. One that I didn’t expect from 2020.
Let’s celebrate, shall we? Raise your mugs and let’s toast… to cooler, cozier, and calmer days.
Last episode, we discussed the life of Virginia Woolf, a feminist writer of the 20th century. In this episode, we’ll delve into A Room of One’s Own, a powerful lecture she delivered to group of young women from the Cambridge colleges of Newnham and Girton in 1928, compiled and published in 1929. In this summary and analysis of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, her groundbreaking (and often heartbreaking) work, we’ll discover what it was like for women who wrote fiction historically and during her lifetime. We’ll discuss Judith, the hypothetical sister of Shakespeare, Jane Austen’s mastery of the sentence, and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. In the end, we’ll talk about the primary things Virginia Woolf says are most important for any women hoping to create her best works of art.
Virginia Woolf was an English writer and one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. She had an uncanny ability to put deep, inner thoughts to paper. She wasn't afraid to experiment and encouraged her talented friends to do the same. Having lived through the first World War, Virginia embraced a new way of living and seeing the world. Though she lived an unconventional life, she left the world with some wonderful classics that transcend time.
We all grew up hearing the story of Rapunzel, the beautiful young maiden with long, golden hair, locked away in a tower until her prince came along. But the roots of the story, as with most fairy tales, are darker and even a bit bizarre. Was Rapunzel inspired by something historical? And what is the story really trying to say?
Perhaps, Rapunzel isn’t the innocent princess we once imagined her to be…
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In this episode, Josiah Coughran, host of The Darwin Awards Podcast, shares an experience he had in the Yucatan.
Our homes are the places we learn, rest, grow, and love. It's protection from the outside world. It's our solace and our peace. It's where we create magnificent meals and share them with our families. It's where we fill the walls with inspirational quotes, books that inspire us, mementos from our travels… Our homes tell our stories.
And sometimes that story is a haunting one…
The old Glenn Dale Hospital served as a tuberculosis sanatorium during the 1930s-1950s. In this episode, author JL Gillham shares her experience visiting there as a teen. Today, the hospital is still fascinating historians and paranormal investigators.
Get your copy of her short story "Haunting Happily Ever After" here.
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Books mentioned in the episode:
Princess Claus and the Great Escape by JL Gillham
The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron
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Tales of witchcraft have been the source of entertainment for centuries, but when the tales jump into reality, a new type of wickedness emerges. Such was the case in the Scottish witch trials. The witches of Fife serve as a reminder that the stories we watch for entertainment on television have a dark, and deeply painful past.
What’s even more mysterious than the history itself is the stories these women spun surrounding their supposed confessions. It seems, they are still bewitching us… after all these years.
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Nellie Bly, known for her book Ten Days in a Madhouse, was born in 1864 just outside of Pittsburgh. She would become a true suffragette and leader in women's voices. Nellie grew up living a typical life of domestic womanhood like many in those days, but she had a voice that needed to be heard. In 1885, she wrote to the Pittsburg Dispatch, going against an article that said the only purpose for women was to clean house and take care of children and that they had no business working outside the home. In her letter, she evoked a woman's God-given abilities to work and do other jobs well, despite what society thought. Her passionate rebuke landed her a job with the Dispatch for $5 a week. But women weren't respected in journalism. Women were allowed to write about food, gardening, household topics, and fashion. But Nellie wanted to be a real journalist.