Unicorns and other Mythical Creatures

posted Jul 3, 2013, 7:30 PM by Robert Schulz   [ updated Jul 3, 2013, 7:34 PM ]

From Sarah Saltwick, author of She Creatures:

A few weeks ago, I was helping my parents sort through things from my childhood in my old room. I do not remember having as many unicorns as I did. As I had kept for twenty years, if not more. Some were small figurines. Some were stuffed toys. Some looked gracefully, others silly. I kept two and let the rest go.

I think my younger self would like She Creatures. I would like seeing creatures in action, stories and shapes I had seen only in pictures books inhabited by actors. But the younger self would be surprised by how stories don’t always have happy endings. Or sad ones. How the ending of one story in can be the beginning to another.

As I have written and revised She Creatures, I’ve tried to figure out what these different creatures have to say to each other. How does the wisdom of a unicorn compared to a sphinx? And I’ve listened to all stories, lessons, tall tales, magic tricks, and recipes the creatures have to give me. And to you, the audience.