In case you every wondered what writers do all day–well…we write, mostly. Even when there’s boggarts in the closet and nargles in the pub, we still scramble around and find ways to write and edit and do other writerly, blog-type things. To put it another way, the Blogengamot has all found ways of keeping busy while the Pubs been undergoing its exorcisms (if that’s the word I want).
Let me introduce you, if I may, to one of those other projects, a joint venture between Mr Pond (speaking!) and Jenna, as well as remarkable people like Katherine Langrish, friend of the Pub. Revgeorge has also been known to wander in from time to time. It’s a blog and literary journal called Unsettling Wonder, devoted to folklore and fairy tale of all types, but especially the slightly stranger, lesser-known, more unexpected types.
We just published the second issue of the journal this week, on the topic of ‘Wise Fools‘–a traditional character type you may recognize from having read about Samwise Gamgee, poor dear Dobby, and everyone’s favourite: Neville Longbottom. The journal is a compendium of new fairy tales, translations of old folktales, poetry, original illustration, maps, and even an essay or two. So, if you’re interested in fairy tales, fantasy literature, mythic arts, or even just writerly conversation, please do apparate across, get yourself a copy of the journal in print or e-book, and join the conversation at the blog.
Here’s a snipped from our ‘About’ page to give you a feel for–well, what we’re about:
Do you remember the first time you read a story that meant something to you? A story that whisked you away to another place, another time, another reality. Not just a place full of everyday things and happy endings—though they were there, of course, and important. But an unsettling place of strangeness and peril and wonder, like a river you couldn’t see across or a forest spreading away into shadows.
We craft and tell stories because we’ve stood on the uncertain edge between the waking world and our imagination, between enchantment and fear. And we remember other stories that help us build our own stories, scraps of lumber and fragments of narrative we gather together to make stories for ourselves.
Unsettling Wonder is about going back to that place, that troubling, entrancing glimpse into story.