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Strange Charms: Change Ever Present

Strange Charms: Change Ever Present

As is the way of things, more changes are coming to Quantum Fairy Tales. We will no longer be featuring quarterly issues, but will convert to a semi-annual format publishing twice a year, Spring/Summer (right now…hooray!) and Fall/Winter (sometime in October). The Gnomies  travel the world, write relentlessly, work like dogs, create art and baby gnomies, and change the world in a lot of other ways that take time away from our caverns full of your emails. But no matter where…

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The Deadline Game

The Deadline Game

There are a lot of different feelings that pop up when you hear the word DEADLINE. Sometimes they are productive feelings, like the little hamster in your think wheel on crack because he’s so excited to get things done! But more often than not, there is a sense of urgency or dread that can sometimes be crippling. Ive experienced both scenarios in varying forms over the years. I get a lot more dread when I have deadlines piled on top…

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Strange Charms: Resistance

Strange Charms: Resistance

There is a lot of talk about resistance on the interwebs right now. And just because I love words, I looked it up. re·sist·ance rəˈzistəns/ noun 1. the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument. “she put up no resistance to being led away” synonyms: opposition to, hostility to, refusal to accept “resistance to change” 2. the ability not to be affected by something, especially adversely. “some of us have a…

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This Issue’s Contributors – Winter 2017

This Issue’s Contributors – Winter 2017

Creampuffy (CB Adams) is a mixed media artist specializing in traditional art focusing on fairy tale and fantasy themes. She finds inspiration in nature, fairy tales, history and all things beautiful. Watercolor, India ink and colored pencil are her preferred methods of madness, but occasionally she dabbles in other media. More of her work can be seen on her portfolio.   Tim Barzyk enjoys science, writing, reading, collecting old toys, and using his imagination. Why? Cuz it’s fun. He likes fun….

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SLC Comiccon Scholarship! – Writing is My Super Power

SLC Comiccon Scholarship! – Writing is My Super Power

Clockwork Gnome here with a very special Thursday writing prompt. If you know a teen author, you’re going to want to forward this to them. September 1 – 3rd I’ll be working the floor and panels of Salt Lake City Comiccon, one of the biggest comiccons in the US, and I want to meet YOU! So, Quantum Fairy Tales is sponsoring a scholarship to the event. The only catch is that this contest is only for teens. (All of the…

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2016 Write Well Awards

2016 Write Well Awards

Congratulations to our gnomie, Idynne MacInnes, for winning the 2016 Write Well Award for her short story, FUNGUS, featured in our summer issue of 2015. This is a well-deserved award, and we couldn’t be more proud of Idynne for her awesome story. We’re grateful she let us publish it here first. Idynne MacInnes is a Minneapolis-based writer and illustrator. Look for her work in February’s issue of Literary Mama and We’Moon 2016. Good luck to the rest of you gnomies…

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Thursday Prompt: Summer Love

Thursday Prompt: Summer Love

So, I’ve got summer on the brain. And I have had quite a few interesting conversations about how the warmer weather heats up our hearts and our loins. Maybe it’s the fact that we strip down to nothing but stretchy underwear and get wet in front of each other, or the fact that we travel more and meet new, interesting people? Whatever it is, summer is just as conducive to love and lust as the cold months of winter are,…

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Summer Reads

Summer Reads

Hi ho, Gnomies! Summer is upon us here in the states, and that means lots of poolside reading for me. I’m also in the second semester of an MFA program for creative writing, so that means lots of poolside homework as well. Here is a shot of my summer reading stack.  School books on top. Yes, the MLA handbook is also in that stack, sad but necessary. I tend to snack while I read. Last night this happened: Usually I…

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Strange Charms: The Rebirthiness of Spring

Strange Charms: The Rebirthiness of Spring

Here we are, another spring has arrived in our hemisphere. That means all kinds of pollen and bugs and green things sprouting all over. Baby birds squawk and the naked trees grow new green clothes. Quantum Fairy Tales has grown a bit as well. We have a lovely new website, a couple of new members, and new plans for 2016. We also lost a few gnomies we love over the winter, but the good news is that in Gnomieland, no…

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