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In k a n d F a i r y d u s t November 2009

Ink and Fairydust


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Interview with Regina Doman on Shakespeare and Writing

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"The NaNoWriMo Pocket Handbook"

"NaNoWriMo Summeries"

"If you Make Morgoth Mad"

"Of Words and Pictures"

"Tree of Autumn, Tree of Winter�

Poll of the Month If you were in a Shakespearean play, which of the following characters would you be? Juliet .........................15.3%





Other.........................26.9% Most Popular "other" characters?

Next Month... The eternal debate. Color or white? What kind of lights do you put on your Christmas Tree?

Somewhere in the middle of the Mediterranean...

Regina's Corner

Monthly Interviews with our favorite Author!

By Lantalamiste When did you first read Shakespeare? My fortunate introduction to Shakespeare was my Catholic grade school library, where I picked up the fascinating book The Enchanted Isle: Stories from Shakespeare by Ian Serralier. That was my introduction to the magical, enchanted world of Shakespeare. (For some reason I've never understood, this magnificent book is now out of print!)

What is your favorite Shakespeare play? Hamlet. But this is a hard question, because I really love almost all of them. My favorites are Hamlet, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and... well, I could keep going. But Hamlet's at the top. I fell in love with Hamlet when I was around ten years old, and I've been rooting for the guy ever since. If your life was a Shakespeare play, which would it be? Hopefully not Hamlet! As You Like it would be a fun life to live (as Rosalind), though I'd hate to lose my mother. But if I could keep my friends and have them be Touchtone, Celia, Jacques, and the other various colorful characters in the play, it would be awesome. (Ben Hatke would be a great Touchstone.) Who is your favorite Shakespeare character? Tossup between Hamlet and Rosalind from As You Like It. If Hamlet met Rosalind (a scenario I've considered putting into writing several times), do you see the faint images of Fish and Rose reflected in that possible relationship? If you were a Shakespeare character, who would it be? Rosalind. She's smart, passionate, adventurous, and funny!

How old were you when you first started writing? Kindergarten: I was always making up stories. When I was around ten (not sure of my exact age), I started writing my own version of Julius Caesar. I still have the notebook somewhere. How much time do you spend per day writing? Not as much as I would like! Alas, I spend more time on email and business writing these days.... Do you prefer writing with pen and paper or on the computer? Computer. I change my mind too often and make too many mistakes! I actually began to be a prolific writer for the first time in college, after I had acquired a computer. That's when I realized I could actually finish something.

A Life of Shakespeare By Illeana

Anne Hathaway's House

The souls most fed with Shakespeare's flame Still sat unconquered in a ring, Remembering him like anything.

Shakespearean Quotes By Giselle

“Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and, by opposing, end them?”

"A fool thinks himself to be wise but a wise man knows himself to be a fool."

"False face may hide what the false heart doth know.”

"Absence from those we love is self from self, a deadly banishment" "Give thy thoughts no tongue.”

“He will not know all but what he do know.”

"Love all, trust a few, and do wrong to none."

"All the word's a stage and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages."

"Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind." "When sorrows come they come not as single spies but in battallions."

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

“The love of heaven makes one heavenly.”

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”

Decoding Shakespeare By Lantalamiste

Header by Lady Rafka


Writing by


Shakespeare's "King Lear"

(Reference: Shakespeare Course Manual Lesson Plans by Seton Home Study School, January 2004)

Ready? Get Set - Write!

by Lady Carmie

decided that NaNo was the time to do it. At 10:00 pm on November 30th I’d reached the 50,000 word goal, but I wasn’t at the end of the novel. So like a mad-woman I typed like mad and made a crazy ending for my story. I finished it at 11:30 pm and uploaded my story to the word-counters on the NaNoWriMo site at around 11:45. Just in time! LC: How did you feel when you were finished? Sweetlilgirlie: Really relieved. And really, really sick of my story. I did not want to see it again. But mostly happy and excited that I’d set out to write a novel in a month and I’d actually done it. It’s kind of cool to be able to tell yourself that. I had a definite sense of achievement. It was great.

LC: So, why did you choose to participate in Nanowrimo this year? Delaney: Because I was too much of a coward to try it last year. Several people I knew were participating in '08, and I decided that I really wanted to try it - three days after it started.

LC: How did you like NaNo last year? Sweeetlilgirlie: 1. NaNo was great last year! I learned about the event back in 2007, but I didn't read the rules to figure out how everything worked and the most I wrote was probably 500 words. A really awesome bunch of people that I know from another forum welcomed me into the circle of NaNo-ers and definitely helped make my experience a good one. One of the reasons I love NaNo so much is because I met such great people while doing it. Also, it was really cool to get emails from famous authors roughly every week in November. LC: Last year were you working up until the last minute? Sweetlilgirlie: Yep, I sure was. I went into NaNo wanting to start a novel and finish a novel. One of the bits of the NaNo rules that stuck out to me when I read them last year was that the point of NaNoWriMo is to start and finish a novel in a month. The “finish” part really stuck out to me, and since at the time I’d never finished a novel, I

LC: What are your expectations? Delaney: They're pretty high, actually. I'm expecting to drink a lot of tea, drive my family crazy, and hate my characters and story less than halfway through the month.

by Sweetlilgirlie

It Happens To All of Us


Across Two Dreams

Ranyalassi Under the Purple Sky

Storylover Beyond Measure



Rien Takid's



Regina Doman



S on n e t C on t e st W i n n e r s! THIRD PLACE Elenatintil

FIRST PLACE Lantalamiste

Honorable Mention:

SECOND PLACE Yaviel - "God's Play"

P h ot o C on t e st W i n n e r s!

Shakespeare at the Movies As you like it

Originally Published on

Much Ado About Nothing

All the world's

out by myself, and I was the first one out there...but I was soooo excited! Regina is very, very cool. She has a decided opinion on almost everything but is always open to listening to other opinions which makes her a fascinating person to talk to. It's really fun when she gets enthusiastic about an idea and starts pouring out all these suggestions for how that idea could be executed. I always learn something new from her and I will be forever grateful to both her and Andrew for their friendship and hospitality. What was it that prompted you to start the Fairy Tale Novels Forum?

A Chat with Elenatintil by Lady Rose

Just a few days ago (October 29th) was the Second Anniversary of The Fairy Tale Novels Forum! In honor of this momentous occasion, I had a little chat with Elenatintil, the foundress of our lovely forum. So Elena, how did you first discover the Fairy Tale Novels? I was over at my friend Meg's (Princess at Heart) house and searching for reading materials. I was at college and doing a play and my book pile was low. She pulled out these two paperbacks and said I should try reading them. So I took them back to my dorm, started reading "The Shadow of the Bear" backstage at that night's performance - and was hooked. I read both books that night and well, the rest is history. You've gotten to meet Regina a couple of times now. What were your feelings the first time you got to meet her? Oh man, I was nervous. I was flying

After I read "Waking Rose" I started reading Regina's blog. I realized that she had a group of very vocal fans who needed a better mode of communication than through the "comments" on her blog. So I sent off that email... Had you been involved with other forums before starting this one? Yes. The first forum sprung out of the community of people involved in my first film - a fan version of LOTR. It was also a proboards forum, and that's how I got familiar with the layout. But my favorite forum was Narniaweb. It was a really great community, and the layout and govering rules of that forum were the templates for this one. There are 463 members on the forum at this time, with several new members a week. Did you ever expect the forum to grow this much? You know, I don't honestly know. I think the answer is "yes - but not in such a short time-span." I'm excited and curious to see how many we'll have next year at this time! Would you share some of your favorite memories of the forum with us? For the longest time my favorite memory was our family adventure at Hogwarts and playing virtual Quidditch. That was a BLAST! I also loved the "Midnight Dancers" release party. Oh, and then there was that time when I opened up my inbox and there was a message from Regina asking if I would be one of the Protestant sounding boards for MD. I totally freaked out over that! Would you say that you've grown as a person at all or learned anything from being apart of the forum?

Yes. Totally. Being able to meet so many people - both online and in person - has been a tremendously fun and fascinating experience. Going out to Virginia - filming SOTB - editing "Ink and Fairydust" - staying up late chatting and plotting with my awesome and intelligent forum friends - these are all huge, huge things in my life that have definitely shaped who I am as a person. Do you have any future hopes, dreams and plans for the forum? I hope it will continue to grow and be a positive, safe place for young Christian lovers of books and fairy-tales to interact and grow with one another. I also think it would be awesome if I&F could turn into a real paper and ink magazine...but that's quite a ways down the road. The theme of this months Ink and Fairydust is Shakespeare and Writing. In light of that, which of Shakespeare's plays would you say is your favorite? I have two. "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Taming of the Shrew." They both have quarrelling couples, which (as anyone who is reading my current Gambit/Lisbeth thread knows) is a favorite motif of mine. My brother was in "The Taming of the Shrew" last spring and it was phenomenal - one of the best stage performances I've ever seen. That Kate and Petruchio were just jawbreakingly awesome - the physicality of their scenes was practically exhausting to watch and just brilliantly executed. But my favorite interpretation of Shakespeare is the musical, "Kiss Me Kate." I think it's a fantastic concept and when well executed is a blast to watch. I know you do a bit of writing yourself. Are you currently working on any projects? Yes. I have a manuscript in the editing stages that deals with a unique twist on the concept of time travel. There are still kinks to work out, but I'm very hopeful of it's being eventually published. I also have the beginnings of a novel that I hope to work on during NaNoWriMo. It involves a Protestant girl and a Catholic boy from radically different backgrounds. The forum has really expanded my interest in Catholicism and I'm really excited to explore the relationship between these characters. I also have a superhero plotline that ought to get written at some point...but we'll see. Before we finish, is there anything you would like to

say to readers of this newsletter who are maybe deciding whether or not to join the forum? We would love to have you join! We're a very welcoming community of Christain young people who love literature, art, philosophy, Tolkien, Austen, X-Men, Narnia and throwing glitter water balloons (virtually, of course!). All you have to do is sign up (and that is very simply) and then you'll be able to start browsing our online kingdom and meet other young people like yourself. If you're a fan of Regina Doman and any of the topics I listed above, then you'll fit right in! Thank you Elena, for taking the time to talk with us! It’s been great hearing from you! No problem! I consider this a great honor. Thank you.

From a Kitchen Window By Qiscrazy

November is the month of waiting, autumn has given way to the grey foreboding time before snow. Skeletons of trees shiver in the cold wind. Inside we wrap ourselves in quilts and sit in front of fires with a warm cup of tea or a bag of soon to be golden brown marshmallows. Sometimes as we sit around the fire we begin to create Christmas gifts for our family and friends.

The Ingredients Q uses most often for Home Base

Q’s gift wrapping suggestions

In the Kitchen

*A great substitute for red meat is frozen Tilapia. It’s a very easy fish to work with and has great flavor. You can generally find it very easily in the frozen food section of your local grocery store for a very decent price.

Online Content Writing By Dayandnight

If You Make Morgoth Mad By Lady Rose

The Riddle

What Writers Wrote... By Lady Blanche Rose ... and Scribblers Said "Writing is an adventure." Winston Churchill "I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again." Oscar Wilde

"I never knew what was meant by choice of words. It was one word or none." Robert Frost

"The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely and copy it."-Jules Renard

perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it,

"The pen is the tongue of the mind." Miguel de Cervantes

"I am a galley slave to pen and ink". Honore de Balzac

"Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good six of them. Most people don't see any." Orson Scott Card

writers are the ones who see five or

"All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer." Ernest Hemingway "And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet's pen turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothings a local habitation and a name." William Shakespeare "But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think." Lord Byron

"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart..." William Wordsworth "When you are describing, A shape, or sound, or tint; Don't state the matter plainly, But put it in a hint; And learn to look at all things, With a sort of mental squint." Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

"The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes." Agatha Christie "The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old followed by those who hear him with something of wild, creative delight." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Night, and is

"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live." Henry David Thoreau

An Old Devotion By Gwendolyn Rose

To be Continued!

Nenetta's How to Make

A Quill Pen stray feather ink, 68 inches long

pocketknife backing pan full of sand 350 degrees

How to Write Tolkien's

Elvish Alphabet

Alternate Consonants used before vowels

Numerals and Punctuation

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Of Words and Pictures The cream spiraled down through the dark coffee, a thousand white tendrils squiggling off into untouched brown. The contrast was sharp. The thick, rich cream forging its way through hostile coffee. Then the blunt edge of the wooden stir-stick cut through both colors, ending the divide and reducing the intricate web to a nondescript beige.

A Look at "Therese"

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

"Thérèse" A Leonardo Defilippis Film “I saw Thérèse, and I think there was hardly a dry eye in the movie theater after the film was over. It was all presented with such a beautiful touch of sensitivity and humor. It’s a magnificent film. THÉRÈSE is destined to be a classic.”

Prayer Spotlight By Maria Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, wise virgin, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, whose heart burned with the fire of Divine love, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, apostle by thy zeal and charity, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, who converted thy spouse and procured for him the crown of Martyrdom, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, who by thy pleadings moved the hearts of pagans, and brought them into the true Church, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, who didst unceasingly see thy guardian Angel by thy side, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, who didst mingle thy voice with the celestial harmonies of the virgins, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, who by thy melodious accents celebrated the praises of Jesus, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, illustrious Martyr of Jesus Christ, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, who during three days dist suffer most excruciating torments, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, consolation of the afflicted, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, protectress of all who invoke thee, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, patroness of holy canticles, Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, special patroness and advocate of all singers, musicians, authors, and students, Pray for us. We salute thee, O Virgin, who didst give thy blood for the defense and faith of Jesus Christ. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Litany of St. Cecilia Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us. God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

God glorified Saint Cecilia, And He crowned her virtues. Let us pray: O Eternal God, Who didst give us, in the person of Saint Cecilia, a powerful protectress, grant that after having faithfully passed our days, like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, where in concert with her, we may praise Thee and bless Thee forevermore in eternity. Amen.

Tree of Autumn Tree of Winter

What are Your Christmas Traditions?

by Jo March

“Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all things give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.� 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

By Jo March

Coming in D e c e m be r Orgins of C h r i stm a s H y m n s a n d Tr a d i ti o n s

"Twas the Night Before Christmas" - Forum Style! Traditional C h r i stm a s R e c i p e s From Our Members! Crazy Ways to W r a p a P r e se n t! . . . a nd Mo r e !

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