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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Moon Master's Ring

I hate to keep harping on about Five Glass Slippers this and Five Glass Slippers that, but please just bear with me a post longer...
I have a ring. It's a big, lovely ring made from a very old button that came from within the vault of an equally old bank. It's called "The Turquoise and Moon Glow Ring" from Grandmother's Buttons, which is a jewelry store inside an old bank. The rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are all made from antique buttons. Cool, right?
Inside the vault
Isn't is just perfect for The Moon Master's Ball?

  And here I am modeling it.

Anyway, you really should check out the store. It's full of whimsical jewelry, and I think every fairy tale writer should have at least one (make that two) pieces of jewelry that reflects their work. So why don't you do a little bit of shopping at Grandmother's Buttons? At least browse their find jewelry...perhaps you'll get some writerly inspiration from it!

Do you have any pieces of jewelry that have found their way into your story? I'd love to hear about them!

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Word Changers

Oh dear. Has it really been that long since I've blogged? Yes...I guess it has...although I really have been quite busy of late. Between training for a new job, finishing up my Goldstone Wood fanfiction, and working on my own story, there hasn't been much time for blogging.  
But now I'm back with one very belated book review: The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis!
A place where words can change an entire world …

Escaping from the turmoil of a broken family, fifteen-year-old Posy finds herself at her usual haunt … the library. This time, though, when she chooses an unfamiliar book from the shelf, she does not devour its words and pages as she usually does.

Its words devour her.

Posy is pulled into the pages of a fairy tale, even mistaken for one of its characters. But all is far from perfect in this story’s Kingdom. Characters are whispering of rebellion against both their Plot and the deadly king who has seized control of it. And Posy must find a lost princess whose role in the story is crucial before her own story comes to a horrible end …

With the proud and haughty Prince Kyran as a reluctant companion, Posy ventures past the Borders of the Plot, into the depths of the gloomy and treacherous Wild Land forest that lies beyond. Secrets are buried there. Dark mysteries and shadowy creatures, dangerous and deadly.

Yet the deadliest danger of all is the one that Posy carries
within herself.

Soon it is clear that finding the lost princess is the least of Posy’s concerns. The Author of the book must be found. His Plot must be put to rights again, his characters reminded of who they were first created to be. Only then will the True Story be written, both for Posy, and for the tale she has now become a part of.

Courage and forgiveness are needed for Posy to find her way home again. But bitterness and shadows haunt her every step of the way...
This is one of those books that just has the feel of a classic. When you step into the world of the Word Changers, you are instantly transported to one of those rare lands that make you wish you could live there with the characters. As skeptical as I was on how Ashlee Willis could make the idea of characters changing the Plot of their story believable and not confusing, she somehow managed to weave a plot that was unique, exciting, and easy to read!
And really, how on earth did Ashlee Willis manage to squeeze in every aspect of a fairy tale that readers love? Moonlight, owls, romance, treachery, comedy, whimsy, a powerful message...oh, I loved it more than I can say!
My only problem with this story is that I wish I could have read it when I was eleven or twelve...boy, would it have been a favorite then (it's still a favorite now!)!
I recommend this to all fantasy lovers: old, young, boys, girls...it doesn't matter what age or gender-- if you read The Word Changers, it will undoubtedly be a favorite on your bookshelf!