Today’s story is a thing of beauty.
[Sad] • 3,252 words
Sometimes, dreams are all we have. Sometimes, that’s enough.
Hidden deep within a maze, well away from prying eyes, there is a statue. The last great work of an artist long forgotten, her time-worn visage watches the raising and setting of the sun and the moon as though enraptured.
Who created such a marvel, this sculpture of copper and brass, of crystal and cog, and why, is unknown, lost to the mists of time … until now.
This is the tale of a painter and a clockmaker, and the love they shared.
This is the tale of a dreamer, who knew only her dream.
FROM THE CURATORS: Dream is “one part fairy tale and one part adventure, wrapped around lyrical, flawless prose and some really powerful storytelling,” as Present Perfect said, and that combination easily won over our hearts. “This is one of the best stories I’ve seen in a good, long while,” Chris said.
One of the major contributors to that was a unique and exemplary narrative voice. “The prose in this is just perfect,” JohnPerry said. “Never too much detail, never too little, always just the right amount to evoke that sense of awe and wonder that makes it so powerful.” Chris agreed: “There’s a tricky balance to maintain when writing a story where the narrator is a character, and the author absolutely nails it. The addressing of the reader at the start evokes just the right sense of fairytale wonder, and the clipped but vivid descriptions call to mind a mix of grandeur and ephemeralness which perfectly complements the tale being told.”
But the story is more than the sum of its prose. “The ideas tackled are big ones — what is beauty? — and the ending gave me a bunch of feels,” Present Perfect said. “I was shocked to find out it was only 3,000 words long; it feels so much grander.” JohnPerry summed it up: “The fact that the author can evoke so much out of so few words is amazing.”
Read on for our author interview, in which CascadeJackal discusses fairy tale situations, villainous infatuations, and appellation combinations.