Once again, it is time for the Once Upon A Time challenge, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! As some of you may recall, December 2013-January 2014 was the first time I participated in the Sci-Fi Experience. (I’ve been participating in the OuaT challenge for a couple of years.) I spent a lot of my time during the Sci-fi Experience, especially the latter half, discussing games rather than books. As I mentioned then, most of my science fiction intake comes from games, which explains that. And I had a lot of fun talking about the way that scifi games (or the scifi themes in them) influenced me. So you can expect similar from this challenge, except… not science fiction.
The Once upon a Time challenge centres around four genres: fantasy, fairy tales, folktales and mythology. All three are high on my list of things I like experiencing. I like reading these genres, but I also like watching and playing them, so I’ll be discussing some of the non-bookish genre things that make up my culture intake as well. We’ll see how it goes.
The challenge, to explain for those new to it, has several levels of participation, called quests. (And it’s not really a challenge, but hey details.) I normally accomplish multiple quests purely because I, well, read a lot in these genres to begin with. So, this year, I’m aiming for quest the first. It’s the second-easiest of the reading goals in my experience, but they’re all a lot of fun.
Conversely, I find Quest the Third the most difficult purely because I’m not that big a fan of Shakespeare. And me with a degree in English literature, I know! But there you are.
Anyway. Before I get to the bit about what I’ll actually be doing, some more nitty-gritty, such as when does this challenge run. It runs from today! (March 21st) until June 21st. I’m a little late with getting all the preliminary posts up and written, but it’s been pretty busy at th dayjob and in my life in general. I don’t talk much about my life, so I suppose this is as good a place as any to tell you all that Greypuss has recently been diagnosed with feline diabetes. (Greypuss, you will not be surprised to learn, is my cat. One of them, anyway.) He is a love. At least he is when he’s not being a domineering, possessive grouch to anyone else not-me. Actually, he was diagnosed yesterday, so the start of my serial was a little unhappier than I would have liked. I suppose it fits, given what the story starts with. So. Yes.
Before I say anything more, I’d like to shout out a thank you to Carl for hosting the challenge again this year. I always have a lot of fun with Carl’s challenges (come join us; we have awesome stories to share) as it is, but this year… Well, I started off a little uncertain we’d have a OuaT this year and I’m not sure why. So waking up today to find out that yes we do indeed have a OuaT challenge season? Doubly awesome. I am in favour of awesome in general, but I’m still trying to wrap my head around the feline diabetes and the changes — and there will be lots of changes — we need to make, so… Having something as familiar and wonderful as OuaT will be good. And that is something Carl inadvertently did, but I thank him for that. And also for all the shiny stories and bookses I get to learn about because of the challenge and all the people I may (or may not) work up to talking to about those shiny stories.
THANK YOU, CARL!
Let the OuaT challenge (and a more detailed description of what I’ll be doing) commence!