Friday Fables

Friday Fable: The Old Writer and Oblivion

You may have heard the old story about The Old Man and Death: An old man was out gathering a bundle of sticks for his fire. He cut a dozen thick pieces in the forest and began to carry them home. He had a long way to go, and he was tired before he was halfway there. Throwing his bundle […]

Friday Fable: The Bully and the Nerd

Today’s post is written by a guest fabulist, David, who turns Aesop’s tales into advice for high schoolers. This is a true story called “The Bully and the Nerd.” Leo Creepizoid, who goes to my school but that’s not his real name, needed $100/week to support his Doritos-and-beer habit. Instead of finding a McJob, he decided […]

Friday Fable: The Novelist and the Literary Journal that Paid $30

You may know the old story, “The Angler and the Little Fish:” An angler spent all morning casting and reeling in the hot sun, dreaming about the bucketload of trout and walleye he might catch, how delicious they’d taste fried in butter, how his wife would welcome him home with kisses, how his neighbours would gossip about his […]

Friday Fable: The Writer and the Busy Life

You may know the old story, The Child and the Brook: One day an old man was out walking when he noticed a child standing by the side of a stream. The boy stood there for over an hour, shifting from leg to leg, fidgeting, sighing, and staring at the water. “Why do you gaze so […]

Friday Fable: Belling Oprah

You may know the old story, “Belling the Cat:” One day the house mice grew sick and tired of losing their loved ones to the house cat, so they held a council to discuss the problem. Some said this and some said that, and eventually a young mouse rose to its hind feet and shouted: “The […]

Friday Fable: The Inspired Writer

You may know the old story of “The Mule:” A mule who was used to lazing around munching grass for months on end, began to jump and gambol about one sunny day. It felt so good to stretch and move! “I feel invincible,” the mule thought. “I bet I could run for miles without tiring. My mother […]

Friday Fable: the Writer and the Missing Links

You may know the old story, “The Fox and the Goat:” Prologue: A fox fell into a well and couldn’t get out on his own. He swam there for a while making plans… 5 hours later: A goat was walking through the farm, just minding his own business eating a shirt, when the fox called to him from inside the […]

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