A is for Aesop's Fables

I suppose, we must start at the beginning, right?  

Αα is for Alpha - the first letter of the Greek Alphabet
There now, we have begun...

Perhaps, some of my earliest childhood memories of stories, 
Aside from my Mother's tales, 
Were actually books read aloud by my teachers...

Those wonderful children's stories that end with a moral, 
Crafted by a storyteller, -a slave, who lived in Ancient Greece...
A long, long,very long, long time ago, like, 620 BC ago..         

My favourite?.
Possibly due to repetition.  I dunno, I had many teachers...
But, I do LOVE...

And the moral of that little fable can be applied to all aspiring authors!
Every day, as you plough through your latest WIP, reworking chapters and bleeding all over line edits,
Remember, just like that FABULOUS hard-shelled Tortoise in the race, 
-You will win in the end!  And the feeling will be DAMN SWEET!

Keep Writing My friends!

Photocredit vis weheartit.

A/N: Happy Friday Everyone!  This marks my first post for the wonderful A to Z Challenge, a post for each day of the month in April!  Hope you've had a lovely week, it's been hectic! This weekend, I plan on squeezing in a Spa treatment (or 2),  shopping and of course writing!  Cocktails served along the way.  How about you?
Have a wonderful weekend where ever you are, and whatever you do - have fun doing it!


  1. A wonderful start and such a subject, how well I remember those stories as a child.
    Very well written. Good luck with the challenge.

  2. Thanks Yvonne, definitely a childhood memory that stays with me now. ;-)

  3. Just about every little kid gets a good taste of life with Aesops. Go turtle, Go...... See ya later Talei.
    Wanna buy a duck

  4. As a kind I liked Aesop because so many of the stories were short and I could read them by myself and feel like I'd accomplished something.

  5. I used to love Aesop's Fables. There was a cartoon when I was a kid on these. I think it came at the end of Rocky and Bullwinkle.

  6. Howdy!

    Starting a new feature at my blog called The MicroFiction Muse! Please pop in and take a look and hope to see you next week! :O)


  7. What a lovely start. It's so much fun seeing what everyone has come up with.

  8. That's an excellent fable for all us writers to remember - especially us slow writers ;)

  9. what a great start. I'm loving this challenge so far, we're only on A and there are already so many great posts.


  10. Great place to start with the Alpha! Nice job keeping it all concise. Glad to meet you.

  11. I am reading some of these to my 5 year old. I hope he has fond memories of them like you do!

  12. Very encouraging post! Lovin' the Alpha and the entire structure of that post. Left me feeling "damn sweet"

    Happy A2Z from your now "stalker" #270

  13. I loved the story of the hare and the tortoise. Great start to the challenge.


  14. Oh those childhood memories. Such sweet sweet reverie.

  15. Y'know, it has literally been years since I have read any of Aesop's fables. I need to go to the library and refresh my memory!

    Weekend plans include: unpacking. Putting stuff away. Putting more stuff away. And sleeping in!!!

  16. You do have to begin somewhere--at the beginning. There's always a beginning in a story, even if, ironically, it's from the past. I loved the fables when I was young, and have always remembered the tortoise. Slow and steady does "win" the race.

    A fine post that recalls old memories. Thanks!

  17. Aesop's Fables were some of my favorite childhood stories too.
    Thanks for a nostalgic post.

  18. Aesop's Fables are classic! This took me way back, and I enjoyed and still sometimes use the morals from the stories.

  19. I'm a huge fan of Aesop's Fables. My fave is the Lion and the Mouse. I'm looking forward to following you in the challenge.

  20. Yes, beginning at the beginning is always a good idea, keep on going until you reach the end!

  21. I liked all fairy stories and aesop fables too - especially the fox and the crane...
    have a fun weekend and see you around the fest!
    Jan Morrison - push this to reach my blog!

  22. easily my fave fable too - never thought to apply it to writing, I like!
    Happy weekend

  23. good start - good fable for us writers

  24. Aesop was definitely a fable-ous guy. heehee. Happy blogging, fellow A-Zer! It's going to be a crazy month!

  25. Great start. I always loved the Hare and the Tortoise. There is something to be said for slow and steady... especially in writing :)

  26. I didn't know Aesop was a slave way back then. Wow! I, too, loved these from childhood because my mom read them to me.

    Great post :)

  27. I've always loved the Tortoise and the Hare. I'm sort of a tortoise with hair.

  28. Good place to start. That's what we writers do everyday - make up stories. :D

  29. Great A-Z Challenge entry! And you're so right, that is a fantastic fable which definitely applies to writing.



  30. I was always more of a fractured fairy tales fan. Still get the Aesop's, just with the added snark.

  31. I need to remember to share this fable with my 2nd graders. I don't think that any of my students have read these before. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. I've read a few of these and am doing the A-Z thing myself over at http://britsintheus23.blogspot.com/

    however, this is one of the classiest posts I have seen,today

  33. I wonder if today kids are still reading Aesops Fables. Little moral lessons that are easy for kids to remember...
    I enjoy looking at and reading many of our kids old story books. The art work is often very lovely and very well done.
    This weekend I am running errands and working in my yard. Not very exciting but it feels good to finish a list of chores, and I do enjoy being outside and playing in the dirt.

  34. Hello Everyone! I loved reading all of your comments and I have followed back and commented on everyone who has posted thus far. A couple of follow backs - I can't find links on your pages - please do feel free to tell if I've missed you. It's not my intention.

    Also, I'm on twitter so you can always catch me there.


  35. The Hare and Tortoise is a great tale for inspiration when you feel you won't make it.

    Now following!

  36. What a wonderful story to pick for the A- We all need to remember it when going through our daily grinds. We will make it to the end.

  37. One of my favorites too! I love Aesop!

  38. Great post! When I was living in Athens, I used to wish all Greek letters were as easy to write and pronounce as alpha. They weren't, sadly.

    And that is a great fable for writers, especially as I am very much a tortoise!


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