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Traverse the Halls of Sanity – 11/20/16

I’ve found myself asking this recently: Why do I read fantasy stories? More specifically, why do I read Fairytales? 

Why does anyone read them?  For me, they’re an escape–like most books. But it’s more than that. Whether it’s an old fairy tale passed down and retold through the generations or brand new one showing it’s sparkle off to the world, something is captivating about the genre.

Fairytales are enchanting–to be a little cliche. They ARE enthralling and nearly impossible to pull back from once the spell has settled upon you. I’d like to think that Allie May’s “Rose & Thorn” fits this mold quite nicely.


Through hard work and tireless structuring of multi-dimensional character personalities and backstories, Allie has presented us with a real life fairy tale set in modern France.

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Because Fairytales CAN happen in the real world and don’t let anyone tell you differently! 

This story was particularly important to her because nothing bothers her more than a poorly written romance.  

As you dive into this tale of true love and betrayal, please remember to breathe and be cautious, for you may never want to come back out again.

If you’d like to learn more about “Rose & Thorn” or Allie May, please click here and read the interview presented by the Just-Us League’s very own Melion Traverse.

I wonder to myself as I type this: When will they get tired of me posting about the Just-Us League anthology, From the Stories of Old: A Collection of Fairytale Retellings.

Hopefully never!

I’m just the messenger, so please don’t hate (and/or shoot) the messenger!

If you would like to learn more about Allie May’s writing style and upcoming projects, please give her plenty of love and support at her blog Hypergraphia. Link here.

Who knows, you might even connect over favorite books! Also, be sure to browse her Blog Tour posts and learn about some other writing talent.

Have you figured out why you read Fairytales yet? No? Is there one concrete reason or can there be more? Well, let me throw a wrench in there and present another vague question.

Why do you write? 

Yes, it’s an irritatingly short sentence that spawns a multitude of jumbled answers that can’t be sorted through quickly by coherent thought. At least that’s how I feel about it.

I wonder, how does Melion feel about it? What compels them to touch pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard and recreate the scenes flashing through their head? I believe that’s a difficult question for a lot of writers to answer and it may take them years to discover the real reason or reasons why they do this.

Is it addicting? Most certainly. I can attest to that.

Is it necessary? Most definitely. I can’t think of a time when it wasn’t.

Is it a part of who I am. Damn right. It’s taken me a long time to realize it too.

But if you’re like me, you need more time to figure that out. Or if you’re like Melion, you’ve found an acceptable answer that makes the WHY so much clearer. If you’d like to know more about Melion’s vision, please feel free to browse their latest post on the delusionsofsanity blog. You won’t be sorry you did.

That’s all for today. Thanks for tuning in! Until next time.



Aspiring Writer, Avid Gamer, Green-thumbed gardener.

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