Friday, May 6, 2011

Public Domain - Folktales, Myths & Legends Oh My!

                     Folktales of the Bengal
                      Warwick Goble, 1913
These are a few of the free antique books I have downloaded from Google books and other online sources. They are now in the public domain for your reading pleasure.

Many are also available for download directly to a Kindle so you can read on the go. From time to time I will add more to this blog but for now, ready, set, click!

Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms and Superstitions of Ireland - From 1902 a wonderful antique book full of tales and information by Lady Wilde, mother of Oscar Wilde.

Animal Folk Tales
by Anne A. Stanley, published in 1916.

Bengal Fairy Tales by F.B. Bradley-Brit, 1920. Brahmins, jackals, riddles and more.

The Celtic Twilight - Offered by William Butler Yeats and published in 1893, he writes in the forward, “I have invented nothing but my own comments and one or two deceitful sentences that may keep some poor storytellers discourse with the devils and the angels….”

Chinese Legends, Or, The Porcelain Tower - There are many wonderful myths, folktales and legends from China is this 1848 book by Thomas Henry Seal..

Cossack Fairy Tales and Folktales by Robert Nisbet Bain, 1902 – Bain collected these folktales from Ruthenian, the language of the Cossacks, a language intermediate between Russian and Polish.  

Fairy Tales from Brazil: How and Why Tales from Brazilian Folk-lore - “Theresa, the ama, stands before us on the terrace under the mango trees…and we know the story hour has begun. ..To sit at the feet of Theresa, the ama, is to enter storyland. Enjoy and read online or download for your files, eighteen pourquoi tales collected by Elsie Spicer Eells from1917.

Folklore and Legends – England and Scotland by Charles J. Tibbets, 1894.

Folk-Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Day, 1912.

The Gold Path Reader, 1912 by Sheath, Hodges and Stevens

Gypsy Folktales by Francis Hindes Groome, 1899.

Irish Fairy Tales - Brought to you by James Stephens all the way from 1920; beginning with The Story of Tuan Mac Cairill and ending with Mongan’s Frenzy.

Irish Fairy Tales, Folklore and Legend - Illustrated by Geoffrey Strahan and published in 1904 this book offers a variety of English, Scottish and Irish folk-lore.

The Laughing Prince: A Book of Jugoslav Fairy Tales and Folk Tales, by Parker Fillmore, 1921. Fourteen tales to add a smile to your day.

Louisiana Folktales by Alcée Fortier, 1895 shared in both French dialect with English translation.

Myths and Legends of Alaska – Download this book from 1911 and the Land of the Midnight Sun!

The Pearl Fountain and Other Fairy Tales by Bridget and Julia Kavanaugh, 1876. Eleven fairytales from long ago.

Russian Folk-tales by William Ralston Shedden Ralston, 1880. Full of myths, legends, and folktales of demons, witches, vampires and ghouls if you dare!

West African Folk-Tales by W.H. Barker and Cecilia Sinclair – Children love animal and Anansi stories. This book will help add some new tales to your repertoire. Please note that this is a downloadable pdf file and will require that you open the file to access the stories.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Unlock the Possibilities - Enhance Your Online Presence: Blog It Baby!

My thanks to everyone who attended my workshop presentation, Enhance Your Online Presence - Blog it Baby! at the Northlands Storytelling Conference. I know there were other wonderful workshops you could have chosen and I appreciate and value your time. The links below provide additional information to help you take your blogging experience and storytelling business to the next level! 
For those of you who did not attend the conference and workshop, the links are here for your use as well.


Pictures will make your blog more interested and help it to stand out from the others. If you find an image you want to use and it isn’t in the public domain, contact the artist and ask. You will be surprised how many are generous with their permission. Make sure you link back to their site as a “thank you” and as a professional courtesy.

Digital Gallery: New York Public Library
Clipart History -
Dated Images -
Google Images -
Karen’s Whimsy -
Library of Congress American Memory - (Check copyright information for separate items)
U.S. History Images -


It never hurts to read what professionals have to share. When have some time stop by and learn their tips and tricks.

How to Add an RSS Feed to Your Blog

How to Start a Professional Blog: 10 Tips for New Bloggers

How to Write Searchable Keyword Phrases in a Blog Post

SEO: Search Engine Optimization Tips

What is the Ideal Post Frequency for a Blog?
While this article is from 2008 it still offers interesting information. Take the advice with a grain of salt and the realization that the writer is a professional blogger. What is the correct frequency for him might be far too much for you. Remember, sometimes less is more.

When’s the Best Time to Publish Blog Posts? and


Tagxedo – A word cloud tool that can also be used to create various shapes. The key shaped word cloud at the top of this page was made using Tagxedo.

Wordle – Another word cloud tool. I used it on my blog post about the tool when I first stumbled on it. I simply added my blog URL and you can see the word cloud it created here using words from my blog posts here”  You may also use Wordle by keying in the words you choose.

Happy blogging!

Karen Chace ©
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