Fairy Tales, Symbols, and Readers’ Expectations

Fairy tales are powerful, and symbols from them need to be used with care in a story. Here are 5 tips for using folklore symbols and allusions in a way that doesn’t derail a tale.

Rethinking Ancient Symbols. Part I: Color

In writing my novel, I came to a speed bump when it came time to describe symbols used in intel work. Neither colors nor icon forms have symbolic associations such as we are accustomed to in our own Earth-based culture. For instance, the color “yellow” does not imply “caution” to the Sa’adani observer. What symbols, then, to use, and why? This is part I of a three part post exploirng the use of symbols in my science fiction book Splintegrate.