When people told themselves their past with stories,
explained their present with stories,
and foretold their future with stories,
the best place by the fire was kept for . . .
– Jim Henson’s The Storyteller
My name is Kari Fay. The calendar tells me I’m in my early thirties, although I don’t believe it. I don’t feel even remotely grown up enough for that to be true.
When I was a little girl, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller was one of my favourite television programmes. I always loved stories. I read voraciously; once my mother found a dozen books or more around my bed, all of which I insisted I was reading at the time. I typed out silly stories on long rolls of paper instead of playing with dolls.
Now I’m supposedly grown up, I still love stories, and I love writing. I write for a living, but it’s work-writing; not anything especially creative or imaginative.
I live in the Northwest of England, a beautiful area in places and sometimes a source of inspiration. I love fairy tales, myths and legends, and the landscapes of the North are a fitting place to reflect upon them.
This is my place by the fire, my storyteller’s seat.
For over a year I posted a story here every day; in November 2011 I brought that down to a story every Wednesday and Friday, so that I could dedicate more time to longer works that I’m hoping one day to get traditionally published. Fingers crossed.
I encourage feedback so long as it remains constructive.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…All stories are copyright to the author, Kari Fay. (My current profile image was taken by the very talented Ann Sundqvist.)