A-Z Teaser: Grim Tales of the Ruralhood

I'm giddy, I am, because April 1 is right around the calendar corner. So, here's a little sneak peak at the titles of my A-Z posts for the challenge. I mean you already know the order—right?  A, B, C….
To reiterate, I used Brothers Grimm story titles and made up my own stories. The criteria for each story is that the story and title must relate, title has to be mentioned in the story in some way, story needs to be a little grim, and the story’s setting must be rural or small town.
Titles and a teaser:
1.      Allerleirauh –Conniving adults and clever children don’t mix.
2.      Brother and Sister- Sometimes twins are too close.
3.      Cinderella- What would you do if you were thrown out of a car and in a deep ditch?
4.      The Donkey – For the love of horses or a donkey.
5.      Eve’s Various Children – A crazy cat lady story with a twist.
6.      Fundevogel- When space aliens and humans don’t see eye to eye.
7.      The Good Bargain- Stupid tourists

9.      Hut in the Forest- Children + desperate times = desperate measures.
10.  Iron John- On the run for thirty years.
11.  Jorinda and Joringel – When one wife doesn’t do it for you, replace her.
12.  Knapsack, Hat and Horn – Inanimate competition.
13.  Lazy Harry- Where is Lazy Harry?
14.  Mother Holle –The town gossip is the last to know.

16.  The Nix of the Pond – Keep your children away from the pond.
17.  Odds and Ends – Confessions of a sixteen year old kleptomaniac.
18.  The Pink- A Valentine’s Day party gone pink.
19.  Queen Bee- Mixing sheep and cattle –I wouldn’t do it.
20.  Rumpelstiltskin – It’s never a good idea to disrespect local culture and people.
21.  The Story of Schlauraffen Land – When you see a no trespassing sign- heed the warning.

23.  The Two Travelers – Meeting each other for the first time is always awkward.
24.  The Ungrateful Son- You shouldn’t mess with old women who know a thing or two about guns and handcuffs.  
25.  The Valiant Little Tailor – Revenge
26.  Wise Folks – Two elderly wise sisters (cough, cough)
27.  X - No idea yet. (That’s not the title.)
28.  The Young Giant – Imagine corn maidens and eligible bachelors. It’s not what you think.
30.  The Zenith – Mean Girls + Victim = bad outcome

I tried to keep my posts under 500 words, but in some cases I failed. Oh well.

Writing for the A to Z Challenge has helped my ADD. How, you might ask? I was able to write all kinds of things, which is how I think and makes me happy.  And, really--is it so wrong to encourage my ADD in this way?  Is that bad?

See you at the A To Z!!!!



  1. Hi Teresa .. I'm so looking forward to reading your stories, as well as learning new words - not sure I'll be able to spell them easily - "Allerleirauh"????

    I know you can do your ABCs .. I'm worried about your 1,2,3s .. where's 8? or 15? or 22? or 29?

    --- ah ah .. but you are so clever - they're all taking the day off - as they are Sundays. Clever - very!!

    Grim Tales indeed - scary ruralhood here we come .. the descriptions sound amazing .. cheers Hilary

  2. Sounds very creative and chillingly interesting...I shall be there!

  3. It's a great way to challenge and stretch. It's also a great way to expand your readership.

    Good for you!

  4. Oooh these are intriguing titles!!

  5. I embrace my ADD~ADHD, and people only think I have a ton on energy! Heeehehehe!!! (I truly am just exceptionally spastic, no diagnoses)

    You are quite the little tease, aren't you. This looks really fun Miss Teresa!!!

    God bless ya and have a marvelous weekend!!! :o)

  6. I like your theme. It will be fun to read your take on the Brothers Grimm.

  7. I think you've gone above and beyond the challenge. You're doing a full story, short and sweet, which is not as easy as people think. I'm just doing a word for the day.
    Can't wait to read the stories!!

  8. Wow, what an undertaking! Good for you, can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

  9. This is a huge! Wow...you've really put some time and thought into this challenge and I can't wait to read your posts, Teresa. :)

  10. This is amazing. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us in April (tomorrow!). New follower :)

  11. That all sounds great! Thanks for joining in the challenge!

  12. I'm just making a pre-A-Z look around... this looks quite exciting.

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  14. i found your theme idea to be absolutely brilliant, teresa!
    can't wait to read your posts.



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