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Tala and Death’s Embrace

Tala stands holding a sheet of parchment with blurry numbers on it. Across from her Death, depicted as older woman with white hair, sits on a bed with her scythe casually draped over her shoulder. In the background is a fireplace with a golden fire burning in it. Illustration by Majin Roses.

Tala stands holding a sheet of parchment with blurry numbers on it. Across from her Death, depicted as older woman with white hair, sits on a bed with her scythe casually draped over her shoulder. In the background is a fireplace with a golden fire burning in it. Illustration by Majin Roses.

Summary: Tala’s friend is gravely ill. To save her friend’s life, trickster Tala matches wits with Death in a series of over-the-top hijinks which culminate in a final confrontation with a sexy twist. Find out what it takes to save her friend’s life!

The full text of this story has been posted, followed by a discussion that includes the inspiration for many aspects of this fairy tale. Read “Tala and Deaths Embrace” here!

This story has also been produced as a podcast with music, sound effects, and insightful discussion. Listen to the podcast of “Tala and Death’s Embrace” with Guest Tobi Hill-Meyer here!

 

Tala and Godmother Death

This illustration is meant to be suggestive of the underground cavern full of candles. It depicts eight abstract candles surrounded by darkness. There is one candle close-up in the foreground with a pool of wax pouring from it. The other candles are less detailed and farther away. The flame of each candle is behaving in a different manner, with some blowing to the left and some blowing to the right, while others are still.

This illustration is meant to be suggestive of the underground cavern full of candles. It depicts eight abstract candles surrounded by darkness. There is one candle close-up in the foreground with a pool of wax pouring from it. The other candles are less detailed and farther away. The flame of each candle is behaving in a different manner, with some blowing to the left and some blowing to the right, while others are still.

Summary: Inspired by the Grimms’ fairy tale “Godfather Death,” this story follows Death’s three godchildren and explores what happens when the most selfish and clever one comes across the trickster Tala.

The full text of this story has been posted, followed by a discussion that includes the inspiration for many aspects of this fairy tale. Read “Tala and Godmother Death” here!

This story has also been produced in two podcast episodes with music, sound effects, and insightful discussion. Listen to the podcast of “Tala and Godmother Death” Part 1 with Guest Liz Cruz here!   Listen to the podcast of “Tala and Godmother Death” Part 2 with Guest Tobi Hill-Meyer here!

 

Tala and Prince Hart

This is an illustration of the Musical Creature Band done in an abstract style. On the left is a bear playing a horn while standing on one foot. In the back is an elephant plucking the strings of a harp with its trunk. On the the right is a golden-brown rooster dancing by flapping its wings and strutting. In the front is a donkey with a white nose standing next to a blue drum.

This is an illustration of the Musical Creature Band done in an abstract style. On the left is a bear playing a horn while standing on one foot. In the back is an elephant plucking the strings of a harp with its trunk. On the the right is a golden-brown rooster dancing by flapping its wings and strutting. In the front is a donkey with a white nose standing next to a blue drum.

Summary: Prince Hart is asexual, but his parents and many suitors are having a hard time accepting that. When the trickster Tala decides to come to his aid, chaos naturally ensues in this exuberant story that is a playful response to the all too common romanticization of boundary-crossing behaviors!

The full text of this story has been posted, followed by a discussion that includes the inspiration for many aspects of this fairy tale. Read “Tala and Prince Hart” here!

This story has also been produced in three podcast episodes with music, sound effects, and insightful discussion:

 

The Wishing Dildo

This full-color illustration depicts the characters Jewel and Min standing back to back. Jewel, a tall black woman wearing elegant purple clothing embroidered with gold, stands on the left as she tosses a handful of gemstones into the air. Min, a short tan Chinese woman wearing simple green and brown clothing, stands on the right as she blowing a swirling gust of air. Illustration by Caitlin Scannell.

This full-color illustration depicts the characters Jewel and Min standing back to back. Jewel, a tall black woman wearing elegant purple clothing embroidered with gold, stands on the left as she tosses a handful of gemstones into the air. Min, a short tan Chinese woman wearing simple green and brown clothing, stands on the right as she blowing a swirling gust of air. Illustration by Caitlin Scannell.

The Wishing Dildo Part 1: It is said that the Wishing Dildo can grant any wish relating to sexuality or fertility, as long as that wish is consensual. Prince Hart sure hopes that is true as he and his friend, trickster Tala, embark on a quest for it. As they travel, they soon discover that sometimes the greatest adventure is the people you meet along the way.

The full text of “The Wishing Dildo Part 1” has been posted online. Part 2 of this story is in progress and the remainder of the story has been outlined. Once complete there will be five parts to this fairy tale. Read “The Wishing Dildo Part 1” here!

“The Wishing Dildo Part 1” has also been produced in four podcast episodes with music, sound effects, and insightful discussion:

 

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