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Writing Alchemy Episode 2 Summary

Performance artist and community organizer Liz Cruz joins Fay for the reading of the first half of “Tala and Godmother Death,” followed by a discussion that focuses on queer, femme, and trans representation, the origins of “Tala and Godmother Death” in the fairy tales collected and altered by the brothers Grimm, and the power of giving ourselves and each other permission.

Tala and Godmother Death: 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.

Story: Tala and Godmother Death
Guest: Performance artist and community organizer Liz Cruz

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.

 

Show Notes:

Today’s story
Tala and Godmother Death: http://writingalchemy.net/fairy-tales/tala-and-godmother-death/

Fay’s Links
You can become my patron on my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/WritingAlchemy
The RSS feed of this podcast is: http://writingalchemy.net/feed/podcast
Full text of an earlier version of Snow White and other similar fairy tales where the prince takes the unconscious/dead woman home: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0709.html
Pissing in the Snow and Other Ozark Folktales: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/967818.Pissing_in_the_Snow_and_Other_Ozark_Folktales
The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22571737-the-turnip-princess-and-other-newly-discovered-fairy-tales

Liz Cruz’s Links
Find out more about Debauchery and Lily Divine Productions: http://www.lilydivine.com

Music Credits:
Intro: Kickin’ in the Turbo (Alasdair Cooper) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Transition 1: Another Version of You (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 4.0
Underground cavern: Gentle Whispering (Lee Rosevere) / CC BY-NC 4.0
Tala-Death Romance: Onistwave (P C III) / CC BY 4.0
Transition 2: The Place Where I’ll Return To (Alasdair Cooper) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Outro: Everybody’s Got Problems That Aren’t Mine (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 4.0

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