Fractal Myth



[Michelle Whitehead ©2006]

Once upon a time there were two brothers who were famous for telling fairy stories. They were called the Brothers Grimm. Today, children and adults all over the world still enjoy the stories they collected together.

Just reading them is not enough for me, however. As a child, I always wanted there to be more to the stories. Now, as an adult, I am hoping to make that dream come true.

I have chosen to expand the story of The Seven Ravens into a novel. This story particularly appealed to me because of the strangely surrealistic details, which exist without explanation in the original, and because of the way the story incorporates a Christian spirituality.

You can follow my progress using the 'chapter' links at the bottom of the page.

Before we begin reading, forgive me for indulging in a moment of authorial introspection! This attempt has suggested a metaphor to me which illustrates the process of composition, and I would like to share it with you.

I have a whole tangle of loose threads in my head. At the moment, I am teasing them out and weaving them into a fabric (a structure... a story...)

When that is done... when I have a firm foundation... then I can start the fun work of embroidering & beading... adding details and descriptions and expounding philosophies... in other words, "fluffing it out"!

What we need to remember is that this is a first draft... by the time the manuscript makes it to a publisher's desk I will have gone over it and over it and over it, polishing every facet... weighing every word. Knowing me, it will be a highly coloured and elaborate creation - but those of you who have watched the weaving will still be able to recognise the structural fabric beneath the embellishments and you will know that your encouragement helped it to happen!

The final stage of the editing process is clipping the loose ends of thread and ironing out any wrinkles... so if you notice anything out of place along the way, please don't hesitate to share your opinion!

Don't expect me to fix it straight away, though. I have realised that if I start thinking about how much better this has to be, then I stop being able to write it at all... I just keep trying to weave on regardless, and console myself with the thought of covering up all the flaws with pretty colours when the time comes for embroidery!

Now, read on and (hopefully) enjoy :)

The Seven Ravens:

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10

The Original Fairytale by The Brothers Grimm

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