Fairy portals sprouting in Michigan

dean13 sent along this link from NPR on wee fairy doors popping up in Ann Arbor, MI. I want one! Although I’m inclined to think there’s already one under Hobkin’s hutch . . .

[Edit: dean13 found the artist’s website: urban-fairies.com (*squee!*)]


Writing Stuff

New Words/Editing:
– 1000 on the middle-grade novel –> Picture book effort. Only halfway into the story and my word count limit’s just about up. Urp. Must cut and tighten. Daunted has become intimidated.

– Payment for my “When the Guidelines Say for Children 7 to 12” article. The editor said it’ll probably be published in June.
– Acceptance and contract for my “10 Myths About Writing for Kids” article from Writing-World.com.

And now I’m thinking I need to start seriously considering doing lots more nonfiction. Dwelling on trying my hand at writing nonfiction for kids. I think I’d be decent at it. And this whole query/pitch->green light->pay thing, where I know I’ll get paid before I write something, there’s definite appeal there.

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29 Responses to Fairy portals sprouting in Michigan

  1. dazia says:


    Those Fairy Doors are fantastic. I love the idea. I may have to construct one somewhere.

    How wonderful. Totally turned my mood around this afternoon. Thank you.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Aren’t they wonderful? I was feeling a bit down myself until I saw the article. If I had the teeniest bit of prowess with DIY building, I’d want to make one for our house–and even though I don’t, the thought still flitted through my mind.

      I love whimsy.

  2. lizziebelle says:

    That’s so cool! I had read a story a while back about one that was in a tree in a park, and people were leaving notes for the fairies, and the person who put it there was answering them. I don’t remember if it was Ann Arbor, so I’m not sure if this is the same fella or not. Still, very nifty! And even cooler, I think, if it’s more than one person. 🙂

  3. aimeempayne says:

    *whines* But, I want a fairy door, now!

  4. pabba says:

    Looks like you’re doing well with the nonfic, and it is money so keep at it! 🙂

  5. I want a fairy door too! Wah!

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Y’know, I’m thinking this guy could make a killing if he ever went into business making fairy doors. If I had disposable income I’d totally buy one.

  6. gardenwaltz says:

    It sounds like non-fic could be your base income while you wait for the novels to hit big :). the query/pitch process has intimidated me. are there any particular guides which you used?

    • Eugie Foster says:

      the query/pitch process has intimidated me. are there any particular guides which you used?

      Err, I probably should research what the proper method is myself. I suspect my pitch to Writing-world.com was heavy on the newbie amateur side, and it’s a testament to Moira that she didn’t dismiss me out of hand.

      I dropped her an email with my credentials and asked her if she’d be interested in seeing a “How to Write for Kids” article. She kindly pointed out that a more focused pitch would help her decide whether or not she could use one from me. So feeling a bit abashed, I studied her site to see what she already had, and then came up with a couple specific ideas to pitch, and then emailed them to her.

      I suspect there’s a standardized way to do this that I totally faux pased my way past.

  7. That was fast!
    Mazel tov again!

  8. lisamantchev says:

    So have you written a story about the fairy door under Hobkin’s hutch yet? 🙂

  9. Awww, cute! Have you read any of Holly Black’s work? I just read Tithe last week and was blown away. Good urban fairytale stuff!

  10. klandaghicat says:

    Hee hee! As one becomes aware to look for them, they will appear?

  11. palmerwriter says:

    Nonfiction writing is great. Keep it up!

  12. safirasilv says:

    Now I’m off to Writing-World.com to see if perchance she might need some info for erotica writers, since frankly I could use a few bucks.

  13. cyber_pagan says:

    Sounds like you’re turning into Asimov 🙂 Not a bad thing really, except for the hair!

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