Monday, October 07, 2019

This Week's Oz Short Story

I'm back to reading Oziana again, and the first story in the 2005 issue is "Jinjur's Journal" by Loralee Petersen, with illustrations by Kevenn T. Smith. Retirement does not seem to suit the former Army of Revolt and short-lived Queen of the Emerald City, but she keeps a journal for posterity's sake. She takes up knitting, and her sweater wins a blue ribbon. This leads her to befriending a cow named Opal, who sort of manipulates her owner into courting Jinjur, and they eventually get married and settle in a nice quiet little Munchkin farming village. Jinjur being Jinjur, however, she can't really leave well enough alone, and ends up trying ho help out her neighbors while making sure her new husband knows exactly who's in charge. It's a little slice-of-life tale that neatly bridges Jinjur's appearances in The Marvelous Land of Oz and The Tin Woodman of Oz (her cameo in Ozma of Oz is overlooked), and is true to her nature.

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