Prince Ring Could Be Worse #DealMeIn2018

The Deal Me In short story reading challenge continues apace. I assigned Lang’s Rainbow Fairy Books to the diamond suit, and drew a diamond again this week. The story, from Iceland, was:

Prince Ring

Y’all, I have GOT to go to Iceland sometime. Not only do they have really cool rocks, not only do they have Bjork, they have stories like this.

First, I love fairy tales that just go on and on, with one adventure piled on top of another. You’re like, Could this even GET any wackier? And the story answers, Hold my beer.

Also, I like “younger son” stories, where the least likely to succeed does succeed. This one is different, though. Prince Ring is the only son, and he’s kinda like a male, royal me. Lazy — check. Scared of everything — check. Incapable and unabitious– check, check.

Lucky for Ring, he runs across a talking dog who attaches himself to him, is fearless, strong, energetic, and can do anything. The dog is who I think I am when I think about myself.

So Ring succeeds and marries a King’s daughter. The dog … Well, I encourage you to read the story. I finished it shaking my head, and glad I wasn’t any of the women in the story. They were prolly all shaking their heads, too.

If YOU need a short story to read, I have free ones here on my Free Reads page. I also have four collections for 99 cents each linked from my Short Stories page.

A WRITING PROMPT BASED ON MY POST: Write about a boy and his dog. Not you, Harlan; you done done that.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Prince Ring Could Be Worse #DealMeIn2018

  1. Jay Carr

    June 11, 2018 at 4:26pm

    Sounds like a great story. I visited Iceland last year and hope to go again and spend more time sightseeing as opposed to last year when I was in Reykjavik almost the whole time playing chess (nerd alert!) in the renowned Reykjavik Open. I did learn of writer Alda Sigmundsdottir and subsequently read her book “Icelandic Folk Legends: Tales of Apparitions, Outlaws and Things Unseen” – kinda dark but very interesting.

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      Marian Allen

      June 12, 2018 at 11:02am

      Congratulations on making it into the Open! As someone who has played chess on about the level of, “Tell me again how this horsey thing moves?” I’m impressed! That book sounds good…. Are you the one who got me onto Kelly Link? Dammit, I have bought MORE BOOKS since I joined this story reading challenge!

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