I am a true fan of the Wizard of Oz. No, not the movie which came out in 1939 starring Judy Garland. I am a fan of All of the Oz books.
Yes, there was more than one; fourteen to be exact. By reading the books you find out that it was not a dream. Dorothy goes back to Oz many times and ends up living there with Auntie Em and Uncle Henry.
I wrote an article about the Real Wicked Witch, comparing the story with the book. You might be surprised to learn that the Wicked Witch in the book does not resemble the character played by actress Margaret Hamilton. In fact, the story of the Wicked Witch takes up only a small part of the book. The Flying Monkeys are not as scary as the ones in the movie either. They have their own story about why they do what they do.
I chose to use the colors black and green to highlight the story. I really liked the way it turned out. So when it was tagged at its previous home on Squidoo for duplicate content (I quote from the book to demonstrate the difference between the movie and the book; all of the Oz books by L. Frank Baum are in the public domain), I took it off-line for awhile and then re-created it here at the Crone's Hut at the Crossroads.
Take a look for yourself. I promise that you won't be scared. Well, maybe just a little.
Shortcut to The Real Story of the Wicked Witch of the West
I started developing Crossroads almost two years ago, when I was feeling frustrated with how another writing platform was treating its content writers. Sadly, I have mostly neglected it, jumping in now and then to add to the scenario, but not really wanting to put too much time in it.
Then in December 2014, the aforementioned writing platform sold out to another similar site, one where your writing is tagged as having duplicate content or low quality content and then you have to guess what it is you are supposed to fix. I decided not to have my articles transferred there. I saved everything to my computer and have just started the lengthy task of transferring them to this website.
Rather than a boring blog or webpage, I decided to let loose the creative fairies and create a fantasy world. It is called the Crossroads, and consists of three roads that will take you to different experiences. Some are serious articles, some are just for fun, and some are product recommendations. One never knows what he/she will find wandering down a path. Navigation is simple. Just go to the top of the page to find the menu.
I am using this blog as a place to interact with the author (that's me!). You can leave a comment about anything you find. If you particularly like something, let me know. I also plan to posts explaining the history behind certain articles.
So here we go! I'm looking forward to some good conversation. I'll meet you at the Sage Blossom Inn and share a bit of mead while we chat.
I am a storyteller. I like to wrap inspirational messages inside little vignettes of my life or the lives of others. I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and am now living full time in an RV. Everything I've experienced in my 65 years in this incarnation is fair game to be written about.