Yearning for Wonderland
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight;
– A Midsummer Night’s Dream, II.1
I was woken from a dream to a shocking realization. It has been nigh on two years since my last flash fiction contest (see Behind the Curtain). How can this be??
Clearly this must be rectified immediately. And, in classic DFQ fashion, in the midst of full-time job and life and…but if I waited for things to slow down, I would never do ANYTHING.
Thus it is my pleasure and privilege to announce my latest flash fiction writing contest, the Dark Fairy Queen Midsummer Night’s Dream.
So here are the details:
It is summer, a faint breeze blows, and the leaves are rustling. As dusk falls, the fireflies glow in a distant meadow. Have you not felt the magic of a summer night? Your story should.
Let us celebrate a midsummer night by creating 400 words.
For your theme, your story must take place, at least in part, on a summer evening. Also, choose one from the following list:
Your story should be posted on your personal blog or a friend’s and linked up below with the Inlinkz tool (which opens July 15).
Need more inspiration? Check out the Faerytaleish Pinterest Board. Our Twitter hashtag to talk about the contest is #DFQMND. If I feel so inspired, there may be another #FanFav contest on Twitter.
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No fan fiction (original worlds only) or erotica, please.
Prizes will be announced in a future post. You only have two weeks once the contest opens on July 15, what are you waiting for?
Need the code to link up on your blog? Here it is!
Although it doesn’t feel long ago, I’ve now had over a year of Stitch Fix boxes. A blessed year of not going to the mall. For women who are not shoppers and/or don’t have the time to shop, it’s a genius invention. I was skeptical at first, but I have really enjoyed receiving my fixes (it’s like Christmas!).
What is Stitch Fix?
For those unfamiliar, Stitch Fix is a subscription box service that sends you five items every month, based on your style preferences and requests. You set the budget for the kind of items you want. You are charged a $20 styling fee. If you keep any items, your fee is applied to your purchase. Shipping is free to and from – you can drop it in any post office box in the prepaid bag. In a year, I have only had one month where I didn’t care for anything and lost my styling fee. Every other month has had at least one item I loved <3
Stitch Fix does not require a membership fee or a monthly subscription. You can schedule as many or as few fixes as you like.
What kinds of clothes do you get?
They have a fantastic variety of styles: bohemian, glamorous, romantic, etc. They base your fix on the extensive style profile you fill out at the beginning. They offer sizes 0/XS – 14/XL and offer maternity and petite sizes.
What is the style profile like?
Here’s a glimpse of mine. I think it’s very thorough, so they get a great idea of your shape and size, style and how you like things to fit.
Here’s a review of some of the highlights of my Stitch Fix boxes. Not all the photos are mine. (Note: if a photo is yours and you’d prefer me not use it, please comment below and I’ll take it down).
If you want to try it out, you can sign up here: Stitch Fix. I get a wee credit if you do, so thanks!
If you do sign up, just be aware it might be your new addiction.
STITCH FIX, MY YEAR IN REVIEW
Liverpool Mira Skinny Pull-On Pant
These are amazingly comfortable black pants. They are dressier than a legging, but fit beautifully. They are also long enough for tall ol’ me! I can dress them up or down.
Market and Spruce Spencer Striped Jersey dress
I loved this dress on, super soft. The teal and navy stripes were a fun combo and even though I would not have picked it up in a store, it’s so cute – Stitch Fix is great for getting you out of your fashion comfort zone.
Liverpool Raina Dark Denim Jacket
Fantastic black denim jacket, fits like a dream. Has a lot of style for a basic, feels expensive, but wasn’t. Clever interior details and super with dresses.
Mystree Striped French Terry Asymmetrical Jacket
This is one of my very favorite Stitch Fix pieces. It’s so cute and sassy on, with its moto styling and French va-va-voom. The portrait collar is very flattering and, as you see, I love stripes.
Pixley Analisse Anorak Jacket & Octavia Henry Birds on Branch Infinity Scarf & Sam Hi-Lo Tee
The anorak is the perfect spring weight and I love the 3/4 sleeves. The olive color goes with everything and it has a detachable hood. I wear the Henry scarf if I just want to toss on an accessory to dress up a plain tee, though the Sam Hi-Lo is lovely soft fabric and dressier than just a t-shirt.
Kensie Jeans Angie Cropped Skinny Jean
This was in my first fix and I was totally shocked they were able to fit me, right off. I mean, we all know how hard it is to find jeans that are flattering. I love that they are rolled at the bottom, because cropped jeans can make me look like my pants shrunk. Goes with everything, great transition piece into spring and out of summer.
Baggu Duck Bag (Dot Blue)
This bag is flat-out adorable. I am addicted to polka dots and, I mean, look at it! Heavy cotton and holds a ton, super inexpensive.
41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan
My favorite cardigan ever. Beautiful teal color, soft and drapey. It’s a very flattering fit and length and the perfect weight for air-conditioning.
Pixley Monet Mini Facet Bib Necklace
I love statement necklaces and this one always gets compliments. Not expensive, but memorable.
Pixley Ohara Faux Wrap Tie-Waist Dress
This is a very comfortable, easy faux-wrap dress. The belt is removable, but I like to knot it on one side. I love the multi-blue and purple chevron pattern and it can be dressed up or down with accessories.
Margaret M Odela Houndstooth Pencil Skirt
This skirt is a curvy girl’s dream. Slightly stretchy and very comfortable, in a classic pencil skirt cut. The fabric has a very subtle black on black herringbone. Classy!
Renee C Ventura Graphic Print Key Hole Detail Tank
This is one of the most fun pieces I’ve gotten in a fix. The keyhole is front and back, lightweight with a bright Ikat print. So fun.
Pixley Kathy Fit and Flare Dress
Super sweet fit and flare dress, very Audrey Hepburn.
Diana Kut From the Kloth Jeans
Of all the pieces I’ve gotten from Stitch Fix, this is my very favorite discovery. I LOVE these jeans to an almost unhealthy extent. They are comfortable and flattering. I loved them so much I requested them again and they sent me a different wash. WORTH EVERY PENNY.
If you are intrigued, I highly recommend you check it out! Click on the link below or any of the photographs.
I love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried Stitch Fix? Loved it? Hated it? Curious? Questions? Comment away!
The giveaway is over – thank you to all who entered! Please see below for the winners
I will be contacting the winners by email. Please comment below if you haven’t received an email from me by the end of 4/19.
Denise Callaway – Mother’s Day Gift Set
Naomi Parrish – Love Connection Lacquer Gift Set
Kayla Black – Anna & Co. Storage Bin
Linda Trinklein – Anna & Co Storage Bin
Stephanie Fuller – Anna & Co Storage Bin
For those who are unfamiliar with Jamberry nail wraps, they are non-toxic and waterproof, easy to apply, and have hundreds of designs. You can check them out here: ruanna3.jamberrynails.net.
They have been amazing for me, as I’ve never had pretty nails and, in fact, bit my nails and cuticles. I always say, if I can put them on, anyone can!
Today through 4/17, we are hosting a super fun Rafflecopter giveaway. See the gorgeous prizes below the RC!
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I have a tendency to write wordy, literary posts. But I am confident there are times that images speak more clearly. So here is my travelogue for my family’s visit to a local aquarium.
2015: Year of the Fish Face.
Exhibit A: Fishface
I do not measure up to Mighty Mike
He was not impressed when told this
Discovery: my head is snack-sized
The Puffer Fish is appalled
Stalking the rare Moosefish
Gotta kiss a lotta frogs to…nevermind
Pablo and I had a frank discussion of why I dislike a fish-only diet
This jellyfish is slowly consuming my skull
He’s right behind me, isn’t he?
And then the most terrifying part of the aquarium…
Happy New Year, everyone! If you made it this far, comment and tell me your favorite pic. The most popular one will be changed to my profile picture for a week.
Never let it be said the Dark Fairy Queen takes herself too seriously.
‘Tis the season to support indie authors and show a little #indieluv. For your shopping pleasure, I have compiled a list of minion books. These are hard-working, talented people and if you can’t buy their stuff, sharing this post so that other shoppers can find it will be so appreciated.
Books are organized by genre and then author last name (books in a series are listed in order). All prices are current to date of post, 12/16/14 and are not guaranteed past 12/18/14. A lot of them are on sale just for this brief time, so snap them up now!
Special thanks to Joni Lynn and Blue Harvest Creative for designing our awesome #DFQ Literary Gift Guide image!
Click on the book cover or the format links (Kindle/Paperback) to buy.
And without further ado…
Cutthroats and Curses: An Anthology of Pirates edited by Michael Wombat, with stories by Michael Wombat, Lisa Shambrook, Boyd Miles, Marissa Ames, Bryan Taylor, Beth Avery, Eric Martell, Michael A. Walker, Alex Brightsmith, et al.
Genre: Anthology, adventure.
Flash Dogs: An Anthology by 34 authors, including Eric Martell and Rebekah Postupak
Genre: Anthology, collection of 110 stories, proceeds benefit children’s charity.
In Creeps the Night: An Anthology edited by Laura Jamez and Marissa Ames, with stories by authors including Ailsa Abraham, Beth Avery, Christine Fitzner, Cory John Eadson, Eric Martell, J. Whitworth Hazzard, Joni Lynn, Kevin Hammond, Laura Jamez, Leslie Fulton, Michael A. Walker, Mary MacFarlane, Marissa Ames, Michael Wombat, Nick Johns, Rebecca Fyfe, Ruth Long, Sorcha O’Dowd, Spencer Stoner and Theresa Miller, et al.
A creepy collection of flash fiction for horror lovers.
Genre: Anthology, horror
Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior by Christina Esdon, Jennifer Gracen, Steven Luna, Mark Ethridge, Anne Baker, Anna Meade, Jeff Tsuruoka, James Hazzard, et al.
Laugh. Cry. Swoon. Gasp. All the feels in one book.
Genre: Anthology, proceeds go to medical bills of Karen Delabar
Blood on the Ground and other Short Stories by Michael Wombat
A cornucopia of adventure that absorbs, amuses, thrills and terrifies.
Genre: Anthology, short stories by one author.
Minstrel: The First Book of Tir Athair by Marissa Ames
How does playing for the king spark a civil war?
$4.99 99 cents (for three days only!)
Vassal: The Second Book of Tir Athair by Marissa Ames
Peasants tell stories of her sacrifice.
Soldiers tell about him.
$4.99 $3.99 (for three days only!)
Orison by Daniel Swensen
The power to change the world is now in the hands of a sneak thief — if it doesn’t kill her first.
HORROR/MYSTERY (includes Dystopian, Suspense/Thriller)
Gasher Creek by J. Birch
Jack Devlin awakes with a shotgun pointed at his face. Sally, a whore, lay dead beside him. Jack remembers nothing; could he really have killed her? And if so, why?
Genre: Mystery, Western.
Zombie War by Jean Booth
What began as a cure…became a nightmare.
Genre: Zombie Dystopian.
Kindle Presale price: $3.95 (until Feb. 7)
Viennese Waltz by Alex Brightsmith
A calculated dance of duty and deceit.
Find the Lady by Alex Brightsmith
Somebody’s nightmare, somebody’s dream, but who is Kathryn Blake?
$2.99 $1.99 (use voucher discount code MD62C)
Countenance by Joy Ross Davis
Genre: Cozy Paranormal Suspense
Haunted B&B with secrets, ghosts, demons, and angels.
Church of Bacon by Kevin Hammond
A man ends up in prison with a transvestite and a supernatural radio
Kindle: 99 cents
Dead Sea Games by J. Whitworth Hazzard
One year after the Emergency, the island of Manhattan is a prison. If Jeremy Walters manages not to get killed, he’ll still face every teenager’s greatest fear: an angry mother.
Genre: Zombie Dystopian
Dark Holidays by Jeffrey Hollar
The holidays are not always a time of goodness and light. With this collection of tales, you’ll realize just how dark the holidays can be.
Genre: Short story collection, horror with holiday focus.
Kitchen Antics & Other Tales by LE Jamez
Collection of creepy Flash Fiction.
Genre: Flash fiction collection, horror.
Kindle: 99 cents
Not a Whisper (A Klondike Mystery Book 1) by D.B. McNicol
Cherie finds herself in the middle of a local crime wave where arson, kidnapping, embezzlement and a decades-old murder are just the tip of the iceberg.
Kindle: $4.99 (on sale Dec. 31, 2014 – 7 am PST to Jan. 2, 2015 – 7 am PST for $1.99)
Fog by Michael Wombat
When all you know is to run for your life…
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Beneath the Rainbow by Lisa Shambrook
It’s those silly dreams that keep us alive, and Freya won’t let death stand in her way…
Genre: Contemporary Drama
Kindle: $3.99 or £2.50
Beneath the Old Oak by Lisa Shambrook
Meg thinks her mother is broken. Is she broken too?
Genre: Contemporary Drama YA
Kindle: $3.99 or £2.50
The Complicated Geography of Alice by Jules Vilmur
“I’m always angry because I’m always sad, and I’m always sad because I am a girl.” These were the words that changed everything.
Genre: Memoir/Narrative Non-Fiction
Becoming: A Game of Heroism & Sacrifice RPG by Brian Engard
Choice (Origins of the Supernaturals Book 1) by Jean Booth
It was chance, guided by the hands of a god that brought them together.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Hunted Heart by Alison DeLuca
When Tali’s hired to cut out the heart of Prince Kas, the huntress can’t refuse. Tali realizes there’s no escape from the dark magic of the queen’s mirror, though her own feelings for the prince are too complex to understand.
Genre: Adult Fairytale, Genrebent Snow White (18+ only). Proceeds go to SavetheChildren.
Kindle: 99 cents
Autumn Getaway (Seasons of Love Book 1) by Jennifer Gracen
Genre: Romantic Women’s Fiction
Winter Hopes (Seasons of Love Book 2) by Jennifer Gracen
Genre: Romantic Women’s Fiction
Love Before Honor by Nicole Zoltack
A medieval knight. A Regency lady. The magical Christmas that brings them together.
Genre: Time-travel Romance, Christmas
The Test of Time by Nicole Zoltack
If Katia can’t master the test of time, she’ll never be reunited with Landon.
Genre: Time-travel Romance
YOUNG ADULT & CHILDREN’S (Includes YA and MG)
Captured: A White Road Tales Novella by Jackie Castle
He will lose everything if their secret is found out.
Genre: YA Fantasy
Kindle: 99 cents
Illuminated: The White Road Chronicles Book 1 by Jackie Castle
If the Wizard of Oz swept you away and Narnia enchanted you, then follow the White Road Chronicles for a new kind of adventure
Genre: YA Inspirational Fantasy
Kindle: 99 cents
Storyteller, Book 1: The True World by Lisa T. Cresswell
Lily Lightfoot can make weird things happen while storytelling.
Genre: MG Fantasy
Storyteller, Book 2: The Quest of Galamar by Lisa T. Cresswell
The tale of half-breed fairy Lily continues.
Genre: MG Fantasy
Swallow Me, Now! by Melissa Gijsbers
Could life at Sam’s new school get any worse?
Genre: Middle Grade, Age Level 8-12
Flight of Blue: Keeper of the Keys Chronicles by A.E. Howard
One boy stands between the Darkness and everyone he loves.
Genre: MG Fantasy
Ghostnapped by Ashley Howland
With the help of a ghost named Susan and her trusty Labrador Thuds, Alex must solve the mysteries of the present – and the past – to rescue her brother from a monster before it’s too late!
Obi the Super Puppy and the Mystery of the Red Mist by Ashley Howland
Who’s behind the evil red mist, which controls animals and toys? Can Obi and his friends save the day before it’s too late?
Bump in the Night by Michael Johnson
A bedtime story for clever children who do not frighten easily
Genre: YA Horror/Dark Fantasy
Edgar Wilde and the Lost Grimoire by Paul Ramey
Everybody needs a hobby. Edgar’s is digging up a town’s dark, forgotten past.
Genre: YA Mystery