The Stag Who Lived Forever

stag-who-wanted-to-live-forever-zach-franzenI’m so happy today to be able to share a little fairytale with all of you. Sam Smith of Story Warren graciously invited me to write something for children, and the result has been posted over at the Story Warren website this morning, complete with illustrations by Zach Franzen. Story Warren is such a beautiful site about truth and tales and yearning and child-likeness, so I hope you’ll take a minute to check it out, and share it with the children you love. And perhaps come back again and again and again.

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9 thoughts on “The Stag Who Lived Forever

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I love the site, and the story and the other article you’ve written that’s posted there. You’re senses of wonder, and imagination are well matched with your skill and love for the beauty of storytelling.

  2. This is really nicely-written! I hope you don’t get offended at the suggestion that your poetry is just a technical exercise to improve your short story writing, but I do think the latter owes a LOT to the former. Didn’t Pope say something like “True grace in writing comes from art, not chance / As those move easiest who have learned to dance”? All those hours spent fighting with verse forms, trying to coax annoying, odd-shaped syllables into a appealing shape, have produced one very pleasant fringe benefit: your prose pours like cream 🙂 Keep it up (not that you need anyone telling you that, I am sure…)

    1. Why thank you, William. I’m really glad you read it and enjoyed it. And yes, I concur completely — art is about work and measure and cultivation. So-called inspiration is just the kindling. 🙂

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