Monthly Archives: August 2012

Hansel and Gretel Inspired Poem

Since I am working on a Hansel and Gretel novel, I thought I would post this Sestina that I wrote a while back while experimenting with poems and fairy tales. The sestina – words are repeated at the end of each line – was one of my favorite types of poems to write because it was such a creative challenge. It’s been awhile so I don’t remember how disciplined I was with all the rules, but it’s all in fun.:)

Try it! Here’s mine:

I’ve Tasted the Bitter Unpleasantness of this Candy Covered Life


Dorlana Vann

I’ve tasted the bitter unpleasantness of this candy-covered life.
At the break of dawn we were taken when the grass was covered
With the dew from the morning and the smell of candy.
We thought we were leaving everything that we knew as unpleasantness.
Sometimes the reality of what is out there is the more bitter
But how would we know the flavor unless we tasted.

We would have never dropped breadcrumbs if we had tasted
Anything that would have been meat or potato or even life.
All we knew was of mother and father and that was bitter.
We probably would have eaten anything that was covered.
We were expected to give ourselves because their lives were full of unpleasantness.
So anything that was put before us would have seemed like candy.

We couldn’t believe when we saw the cottage made of candy.
If we had not been so hungry, we probably wouldn’t have tasted.
But how were we to know that who lived there was unpleasantness.
And that she took joy from draining girls and boys of life.
Our situation was bad no matter how you would have covered
It in sugary lies and twisted tales of parents who are so bitter.

When she came out of her house, the little old bitter
Offered us the world with a side of candy.
We didn’t know that her words were severely covered
With poison and toxins but nothing we would have tasted.
We would have given gladly to her what she wanted, even our life
Just to rid us of the feelings of sorrow and unpleasantness.

What we discovered was far worse than unpleasantness.
The hag was insane with detestation, ugliness, and chilling words of bitter
Resentment against all creatures on this earth that were full of life.
No longer did she offer us lovable things like cake, honey, and candy.
Instead, she took pleasure in cages, terror, and effects that tasted
Of hate. Nothing to protect us, and we so wished to be covered.

Test the fire, I was ordered to keep that covered.
But it wasn’t to see if it was prepared, but for much more unpleasantness.
She really wanted to cook me and see how I tasted.
But instead I did trick her, but didn’t eat her in fear she’d be bitter.
I grabbed my brother and everything else I could, except for the candy.
For nothing tasted better or sweeter than life.

Instead of being covered in all that is bitter
I’ve learned the unpleasantness can soon change sweet as candy.
I know to take my time for I have tasted and love being every part of life.

The End

Snow White: 15 years later

Check out this fun video from the Carol Burnett Show :

Move Over Story #1

Hi friends,

A few weeks ago, wham! an idea for a romantic comedy hit me, and I couldn’t ignore it. I had to start writing it right then.

There are several reasons why this is odd for me:

  • I usually have to be actively searching for a story idea – especially my supernatural fairy tales because I purposely pick a fairy tale plus a supernatural element and start from there.
  • This romantic comedy is not paranormal. What? That’s right – it is just a straight-out romance.
  • I’m already in the middle of working on a YA fairy tale inspired supernatural novel. And I don’t want to stop working on it.

At first, I asked anyone who would listen which book I should write, and after much debate I decided on both. It has only been a couple of weeks, but so far I like writing the two books at once. If I get stuck on one, I work on the other. Sometimes I do feel guilty for favoring one more than the other. I’m thinking of trying a schedule so they will both get equal time. We shall see how that goes.

Here’s where I’m at with both of them right now:

YA:  Rough draft complete (from 2 years ago) and have worked back through 10,000 words.

Romantic Comedy: 4,500 words into rough draft.

By the end of the year, I’m hoping to have the YA finished and the romantic comedy’s rough draft complete. Wish me luck!

Love and Laughter,


Image credit: binkski / 123RF Stock Photo

Reconstructing Grimm presents Sherlock Holmes

Production team; from left to right:
Production Manager: Amanda Hull
Co-Director: Tom Marks
Writer/Director: Liz Shipe

The very talented and creative team, Reconstructing Grimm (They are responsible for the awesome cover of Supernatural Fairy Tales) has a new project:  “Sherlock Holmes and a Most Irregular Tea Party” is an interactive show in collaboration with Milwaukee Entertainment Group, written by Liz Shipe.

The location itself, The Historic Brumder Mansion in Milwaukee, WI., is so primed for the world of 221 b. Baker St. the audience will feel completely immersed into the Victorian era.

A fun and unique aspect of the show is that it will be documented online from auditions to opening night on Reconstructing Grimm’s blog.

Here are the details:

Main Cast; from left to right
Dr. John Watson: Max Hultquist
Inspector Lestrade: Bryan Quinn
Sherlock Holmes: Michael Traynor

“Sherlock Holmes and a Most Irregular Tea Party”
[ a Murder Mystery Event ]

September 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th at 6:30pm
October 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th at 6:30pm
Sunday October 14th at 1:30pm
Join the Baker Street Irregulars at the home of Sherlock Holmes for an action-packed party hosted by Mrs. Hudson, and help Sherlock and Watson solve the unexpected mysteries of the evening and keep the streets of London Safe!

Images © copyright Reconstructing Grimm


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