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Storybrooke for Sale? Sad times for Steveston.

Is Storybrooke for sale? From the looks of things in the Vancouver seaside village, Steveston B.C., it could use some of Rumpelstiltskin’s magic.


If we turn back the clock, when “Once Upon a Time” TV show first brought it’s cameras, lights and stars, Sandi Swanigan (who runs the City of Richmond’s department in charge of coordinating with the film industry) said, “It’d be really exciting if, in three years, one of the things Steveston is known for – beyond its shops and fish and chips – is it’s the town in Once Upon a Time”. Yes, the fans of the show make pilgrimages to Steveston, but the fishing industry (which is vital to the town) was on the decline.

We have listeners to the podcast that keep an eye on the town for us, and it is sad to see all the For Sale signs going up more and more for vital locations for “Once Upon a Time”.

Take, for example the Nikka Fishing and Marine building that doubles for the Storybrooke Free Public Library. From a story in the Richmond News dated September 22, 2014 “A landmark Steveston fishing supplies shop will be closing its doors next month, putting yet another nail in the coffin of the village’s fishing industry.”


There has been some interesting discussions within the town as to what to do with the now abandoned Nikka Fishing and Marine building, a suggestion of “…exploring the idea of using the soon-to-be-abandoned Nikka Fishing Marine building, which is the fictional library for Storybrooke in the television series Once Upon a Time” has been made.

Another shop that can be seen in the background of “Once Upon a Time” is for sale or lease.


And, as shown before, the Cannery Cafe which doubles as “Granny’s Cafe” is also for sale, as well.

Colleen and I visited Steveston a few years back and were the first Once Upon a Time Podcast to broadcast live there (We set up in the Steveston Hotel Cafe and watched Robert Carlyle go by in the cast transportation van). We love Steveston, and want to see it thrive. Let’s hope that things change soon for that wonderful town.

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Who Wrote Henry’s Book?

Hello Oncers! It is time to wake up the blog and get some good old fashioned theory debates going. Don’t be afraid to comment, but please follow Jeff and Colleen’s rules about giving “BIG LOVE” to everyone.

One of the main questions out there about OUAT is the origin story of “the book”. You must know I’m talking about “Henry’s Book”. We will approach this theory from 4 different vantage points which also are the 4 main theories out there.


Colleen has a GREAT Theory about Who Wrote Henry’s Book on our Snow Queen Main Show Ep 254. Listen to her Theory here: http://www.onceuponatimepodcast.com/254

Mary Margaret/Snow White


The show tells us that Henry received the book from Mary Margaret. Mary Margaret is quoted as saying the following (not in order) about the book in the pilot episode:

“What do you think stories are for? These stories are classics. There’s a reason we all know them. They’re a way for us to deal with our world. A world that doesn’t always make sense.” Mary Margaret

“Look, I gave the book to him because I wanted Henry to have the most important thing anyone can have. Hope. Believing in even the possibility of a happy ending is a very powerful thing.” Mary Margaret

Mary Margaret’s comments are very interesting. She seems to not notice that the versions of the fairy tales in Henry’s book are nothing like the ones told in the real world. What is also interesting is that before Emma arrived in Storybrooke, Regina had no knowledge of the book. OUAT characters don’t seem to have all the knowledge about how they were represented in the real world’s fairy tales and we see a little bit of this realization in the 3rd season on the island. On Neverland, Rumple, Regina, and Hook learn that they are villains and that villains don’t get happy endings which goes against the norm of a fairy tale.

Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin


Many believe that our favorite skin-challenged, part-time hero Rumple wrote the book. It would make sense because he was the one who made plans to have the curse enacted by Regina. It is possible that he wrote the book as a fail-safe in case Emma did not come to Storybrooke. He may have also written the book as a biography of The Enchanted Forest before losing his memories, or perhaps forcing the characters to complete his plans by giving them “Rumple-filed” histories.

August W. Booth/Pinocchio


Many believe that it was August who wrote the book. We were first introduced to August W. Booth in the episode “True North”. In the episode “7:15 AM” Emma questions August (We now now as young Pinocchio) about his box and August eventually shows her that it is his typewriter. This scene is very important because it is where this theory gets its strength. In this scene August eventually reveals to Emma that he is a writer; no other character thus far has defined themselves as a writer. We also see towards the end of the season that August finds and repairs the book. The idea that August would want to repair the book creates the illusion that he is the creator/author of the book because he knows it so well.

The Blue Fairy/Mother Superior/Reul Ghorm


Another crowd favorite is Blue. Blue goes by many names and whenever she is involved there is usually some mysterious magic not too far away. She is known as being one of the most powerful magical creatures in the Enchanted Forest, but yet she rarely displays this power unless asked for help. Many believe that blue is the writer of the book because in a flashback she stresses to Snow that in time their story will reveal itself to Emma. This statement at least acknowledges that Blue is aware of the book or aware that the book may be a part of the curse. In general, Blue seems to know a lot more about magic then she wants everyone else to know. Rumple learned about the curse when she slipped up and told him about it after he demanded she bring Baelfire back to him. Did she really slip up and tell Rumple about the curse? Many believe that Blue is actually the one running things behind the scenes and not Rumple.

My Theory:
I like the magic theory. I believe that the book itself is magical and that it updates itself as events happen. I also think the book could be following some similar storyline to the movie “The Pagemaster”.

Well those are my thoughts…..now what do you think?


2X20 The Evil Queen – First Thoughts (Thar Be Plot Holes Ahead)

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Welcome to the a Special Episode of the Once Upon a Time Fan Podcast First Thoughts about “The Evil Queen“. This is a podcast dedicated to the hit ABC TV show, Once Upon a Time.



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The podcast is hosted by Jeff and Colleen Roney, a married couple from Orange County, CA.

The goal of the episode is for us to give our first thoughts, warts and all, so here it is.

Note: I remember Regina’s line was Maleficent was “Sustained by a special spell, in whatever form she was in,” but still…

dragonfly painting

Dragon – fly painting. Oh, I get it.

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RubyWatch (Again) during the first 3 days of the curse (via Welcome to Storybrooke)

One of the earliest negative posts about the podcast was my “RubyWatch” section. I’m a guy, and Meghan is pretty. My wife knows I feel this way, cause she co-hosts with me. So, we revisit RubyWatch to show you here early clothing choices. Ready? Let the RubyWatch begin!

Day 1


High heels, check. Ankle socks, check. Short shorts, check. :Jeff faints: :Jeff stands up again: Coat cut to the waist, check.


Blouse that looks like a classic Italian restaurant table cloth, but she still rocks it, check.

Day 2


Pat Benatar spandex body suit, check. 80’s belt with chains, check. Michael Jackson-ish jacket and gloves, check.


Red knee high boots, check. :Jeff faints again:

Day 3


:Jeff is still fainted (Is that a word?):


:Jeff is missing so much while he is fainted. Wow:

Sending #BigLove to @MeghanROry

The Mechanics and Time of Storybrooke (Pre Broken Curse) – Part 1

The Mechanics and Time Of Storybrooke

By Manny F



Storybrooke, from my simple addition and subtraction and the clear clues left for us by the writers in the Pilot episode, came into existence on the same day Emma was born. Snow gives birth to Emma and minutes later Regina walks in to take possession of the infant Emma. Regina fails and unleashes the Dark Curse, at which point ALL in FairyTale land cross over to Storybrooke. Storybrooke is born.

Thus, Emma and Storybrooke share the same birth date. Emma drives into Storybrooke for the first time, with Henry, displaying DEC ’11 tags,…. that’s December, 2011 Massachusetts registration tags on her Volkswagen Beetle license plate (rear only). The writers show us this plate 2 or 3 times. The writers tell us, (I’ve lost count of how many times), that it is Emma’s 28th birthday!

Henry arrives that night in Boston claiming to be 10 years old. (sorry for being out of sequence, but the tags are the most important here) Henry asks Emma, “Ten years ago, did you give up a baby for adoption?” Now that’s twice the writers have told us that Henry is 10. Henry says it twice in the scene and Emma will confirm in several more episodes that she gave birth to Henry at the age of 18.

Let us review, shall we?… 2011(tags)- 28(bday yrs)= 1983. So Emma is born, to the day!. Emma and Storybrooke share the same birth date. So whatever the date was on that day in 1983. We know that Emma gave birth to Henry at 18 years of age, so… 1983 + 18 = 2001. So Henry is born in 2001. We know Henry is 10 years old. So… 2001 + 10 = 2011.

Now, in order for Henry to be 10 ON Emma’s 28th birthday, and the rest of the writer’s statements to remain truthful together,….Emma would have to have given birth to Henry ON her 18th birth date!…. One day later and Henry is still 9 yrs old on Emma’s 28th,…. One day sooner and Emma is giving birth as a 17 year old. Either way renders the writers statements as untrue. So the ONLY way that this can be is if Emma has Henry on her 18th birthday, in a Phoenix, Arizona jail. “Tallahassee” later confirms Henry’s birth in the year 2001 as well.

So, Storybrooke, Emma and Henry all share the same birthday. Emma and Storybrooke ?/?/1983, and Henry, same/same/2001. Easy right!?…. No theories, no arguments, “>_<" just plain, old,.... as President Clinton would say, "Arithmetic!!" Let's review, shall we?...(lol) Storybrooke comes into existence in 1983 and is frozen in time. Which suggests that time never existed in Storybrooke, does it not? So when we say that Emma came to Storybrooke and "re-started" time, it's not exactly accurate is it? Emma came to Storybrooke and "started" time, would you agree?. Now, from here forward we have to apply logic and theorize what Storybrooke was like for 28 years before Emma's arrival. I'm forced to believe, from the clues and statements left behind by the writers that Storybrooke came into existence, not only in the Fall of 1983, but, on one of these three dates. September 11th, 1983,..... October 9th, 1983, or...... what I believe Kitsis and Horowitz were forced to take! October 23rd, 1983. But, for now, let's put those dates on the back burner and get back to Storybrooke. We will visit those dates and reasons later. In order for time to be frozen, a certain length of time needs to repeat, right? 0 to 0 would be stand still frozen....nobody moves!,...nothing moves, right? 0 to 24hrs would be a day, and then everything resets, so to speak, right?... An all day, normal day takes place and when you wake up in the morning you do the same thing all over again, like in "Groundhog Day", right?.... Well, the length of time that repeats in Storybrooke "HAS" to be a year long, with a reset occurring on it's annual Fall birth date, which I proved, with simple math above, Storybrooke shares with Emma and Henry, remember? A whole year beginning in Fall would allow Henry to get the education he has, thus far, without doing anything other than showing up for school. It's genius! For a whole solid year, from Fall to Fall, everybody in Storybrooke goes about their day and business, oblivious. Henry goes to Kindergarten when he turns 5 in the Fall of 2006 and the following year Regina simply advances him herself to the next grade, class and teacher, assuring herself that Henry misses nothing as the school year naturally begins in Fall, which I might add, that if this reset, that must take place, in order for the statement, "frozen in time" to remain true, were to reset in any other season than Fall, Henry's school year and education would suffer time gaps and would not work. A full year, Fall to Fall, also allows Henry to keep track of his birthday, which is in Fall, same as Emma's and the annual reset, which is Storybrooke's birthday as well. Every year the same kids go to the same grade, class, and teacher, except.... Henry! No one ages, except Henry!,.... No one advances in grade,....except Henry! You have to figure by fourth grade that Henry noticed that his friends from Kindergarten are not only still in Kindergarten, but are still 5 years old!,...And don't remember who he is the day after the reset.... which occurs annually on his birthday! Nobody at his school or in Storybrooke would remember who he was the day after the reset. Remember!,... I'm not writing FanFic here, logistically this is what Henry had to endure, or pretty close to it as he was not affected by the Dark Curse and aged normally. Storybrooke, frozen in 1983, would not have needed deliveries, as there was no true consumption of goods that did not get reset annually, but was not cut off to the outside world if one was needed, before Emma's arrival. We know this because before Emma's arrival, Henry not only had a computer, but had an internet connection and made a purchase over the net for information about his birth mother, Emma, and apparently caught a Grey Hound Bus out of Storybrooke to Boston! Emma also had her belongings shipped directly to Mary Margret's apartment from Boston TO Storybrooke! So the outside world knew of Storybrooke long before Emma came to Storybrooke and started Time. Under this theory of an annual reset, which must be, to keep the frozen in time statement true,... the people of Storybrooke have not really been here for 28 years. That is to say, they've not experienced a 28 year existence, physically. In reality, they've only been here for a year, but have repeated that same year 28 times, equating to 28 years of OUR time where you and I aged 28 years and they did not. Even though they experience a years time, Fall of 1983 to the Fall of 1984, at the end of that year's time they're reset and returned to the Fall of 1983 and the exact point of where they crossed over, only to repeat it all again. It's also much easier to except that David didn't really lie in that hospital bed for 28 years, or that Ashley carried around that full pregnancy for 28 years, it was only a year's time physically for both, and then they were reset..... Except!, of course, for those few in Storybrooke who did experience all 28 years. For 28 years Regina lived out her fantasy,... her Victory! Until Emma arrived and started Time. Now all bets are off. People are consuming supplies, time is marching forward with no reset in sight. That means real deliveries, real consumption and regular humans on a daily basis in and out of Storybrooke. Emma has started Time which means Storybrooke of Fall, 1983 begins to move forward!....right in line AND syncronized to the identical time and calendar of Fall 2011. Storybrooke will follow us side by side on the same calendar but in 1983, while being matched day for day in 2011. The significance of Emma's 28th birthday was to use the repetitive nature of our calendar system, which repeats itself every 28 years. The writers have ingeniously chosen to use this method to track time, and to keep Henry from suffering from the "Walt Syndrome" from LOST.... note* They are also using our current lunar cycle as well. The dates I promised to revisit, from up above, I'll have to explain in a second installment of the Mechanics of Storybrooke, as this one has reached it's limit. P.S. I predict they will show us a scene that we ALL have already seen take place, and then it will hit you. What we figured back in the early first season seems to be exactly how it happened. They did repeat the same year, over & over again, til Emma arrived and started time. But this will be the first week of the Dark Curse, so the only true history ever made in Storybrooke was this first year of the Dark Curse. Fall of 1983 to the Fall of 1984,... then they are reset, and do it all over again, 28 more times til Emma's arrival. Regina was the only one to know,...apart from Jefferson who could only watch from inside his house through a telescope,...AND The Blue Fairy, who I'm convinced had her memories all along and was August's go between connection on the outside, (meaning our world) and was probably the author of Henry's book, as the writers said that August was not the author last year. I believe Blue to be responsible for Henry coming to Storybrooke as well, through August. But I thought I would remind of the original theory about Storybrooke we came up with back in 2011 as I believe we're going to get a confirmation on it.