Saturday, November 10, 2012

Guest Post

Ho Ho Humbug 
You  should go home once in a while, especially if you  has moved far away and established a life somewhere else.  Such a trip tells you who you were, how far you have come, and why the heck you left. My favorite holiday is HallowThanksMasNewSuperTinesDay. Bring on the brownies. 
Holiday traditions have inspired my writing because they are often a pain in any body part unfortunate enough to be exposed. The seven last words are “we have always done it this way.” That’s not really a problem until you get together with some other family and have to negotiate who gets to open presents first, or when do you overeat dinner, or which team do you scream about? 

I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy the holidays when I was a kid, but since I’ve been grown, it’s just another excuse for drinking another class of wine and mainlining the fudge. One tradition is to decorate my mom’s place on Thanksgiving weekend. We have it down to 2.5 hours flat from attic to tree-lighting, and then we quickly find something on AMC to watch—ANYTHING but the Christmas Story—so we don’t to talk about stuff we don’t need to talk about.  This will be my first year without my daughter home during the holidays, as she has moved out to the wilds of Phoenix, and I’m interested to see how that works out. She and I did not have much in the way of holiday traditions, and now I will probably have even less. 

Holidays often bring out the hostility that merely lurks the rest of the year, and that always gives me purchase to observe how we interact, and what stories we tell over and over.  The stories we tell about our lives define our lives, and it seems to me that editing those stories might be a great idea for all of us to have a happier new year. 
One of the main conflicts between Fiona and Maven is that Maven sees the need to change up the fairy tales. Fiona wants to maintain the Charles Perrault versions at all costs, and she fears the loss of Faery (the place, not the beings) against the onslaught of fiction, cyberspace and new media. 

Maven has not had a happy life, as she did not see eye-to-eye with her family, and now she is alone, homeless and hanging by the last shred of her dignity. Because she identifies with the also-ran characters, Maven thinks ugly sisters, trolls and dragons ought to have a shot at a wish, not just blonde soprano mouse-and-bird wranglers. She has always felt that traditions have let her down. 

So I've written what happens when she finds herself in a story situation. It makes for funnier situations, especially when Maven finds that her expectations are not met. Traditions are great inspirations for stories as long as the writer is outside them. I still like happily ever afters, but how they work out needs a little help. That is why Maven is a fairy godmother. She can swirl up little anomalies in the space-time continuum to help someone get what she wants, even if it makes Fiona angry, and it does.

Author Bio:
Charlotte Henley Babb is the author of Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil, available from  Muse It Up Publishing (, Smashwords, Amazon and B&N. Her websites are and
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