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An Aquatic Magic Eater

Bestiarum Vocabulum: Carnivorous Eel

The Bestiarum Vocabulum is the wizard’s encyclopedia of faerie beasties and mundane crossovers living in the lake and forest near Lita’s castle.

Carnivorous Eel
Carnivorous Eel

carnivorous eel [kahr ‘niv er uh s ēl] noun, c. 1650; < L  carnivorus, c. 1000; ME ele, OE ēl, ǣl; also ribbon fish.

  1. Denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
  2. An aquatic magic eater about the length and girth of an adult human’s arm. Carnivorous eels inhabit freshwater ponds and lakes containing strong enchantment sources, such as the “heart magic” of a swamp. These opportunistic feeders will attack magic workers that enter their waters, tearing away leg flesh so their victims cannot flee.
  3. Personages: Murphy Swamp Eel Pool in Ephraim’s Curious Device.
Handsome Young Man Awaits a Magical Elevator Pitch

Ephraim’s Elevator Pitch

All sorts of odd things happen at Lita’s castle. Even a trip on a mundane lift turns magical when a sorceress goes along for the ride.

The Box Beyond This Door Whisks You From the Ground to the Clouds in a Magical Minute
The Box Beyond This Door Whisks You From the Ground to the Clouds in a Magical Minute

The fun of fantasy worlds is that anyone can turn the mundane into the fantastic. Consider the magic of elevators. You enter the box on the ground floor of a lofty office building, and faster than an eagle can fly, it transports Gentle Reader to the building’s peak among the clouds. See? Magical.

Let Lita spin an enchantment the next time Gentle Reader rides in one of those lovely magical boxes. Now suppose this happens instead. Press the Up button to call enchantment. The doors rumble open. You, Madam Lita, and two others step inside the compartment. The elevator doors close, and then sigh as if whispering magical words. One of your companions, a jeans-clad guy all curious and handsome, sits down in front of the doors. “Madam Lita, tell me your tale,” he says. “But you have only a minute to beguile me.”

Press the Up Button to Summon Enchantment
Press the Up Button to Summon Enchantment

Well. Lita would smile, rub her hands, and weave this spell called Elevator Pitch.

“Let me tell you Ephraim’s sad and lovely tale,” Lita says. “It is about a wizard who seeks a magical thingummy to free his kidnapped familiar.”

Your other elevator companion, a suit-clad businessman whose face looks like he eats unsweetened lemons, shakes his head. He sets down his stuffed and tired leather briefcase, and then crosses his arms. “Tell me more, Madam Lita. Good luck enchanting this doubting fool.”

“The young Wizard Kadmeion struggles with getting his magician-for-hire business off the ground.” Lita goes on about the wizard’s adventures in the skies filled with islands floating above the sea. [Find more of Lita's spell here]

Beyond the Lift's Doors Stretches a Grassy Airship Field
Beyond the Lift’s Doors Stretches a Grassy Airship Field

The satisfied young man blocking the exit stands. He steps aside and the elevator doors bang open. The lemon-faced man jumps.

Lita and the jeans-wearing man grin. Beyond the lift’s doors stretches a grassy airship field from the plate-shaped ocean world of Ephraim’s Curious Device. Take a deep breath and smell the grass and engine oil. Hear the screeching birds and the thumping of the propellers. Shiver a bit, because it is chilly beyond the doors.

“That’s impossible,” says lemon-faced man.

The handsome guy makes a grand gesture. His hand leaves a ribbon of glittery magic in the air. “See the fantasy world for yourself, doubting sir, and be a fool no more.”

The Enchantment So Beguiled Him, the Visitor Forgot His Briefcase
The Enchantment So Beguiled Him, the Visitor Forgot His Briefcase

Lemon-faced man nods, adjusts his tie, and steps across the threshold. The elevator doors close. Oops. The enchantment so beguiled him, the visitor forgot his briefcase stuffed with mundane world cares. Not to worry. He can fetch his Case of Cares during the return trip.

“Ah, Madam Lita. Tell me another Elevator Pitch?” jeans-clad man asks. He punches the Down button, again settles to the floor, and awaits the next story.

Lita again rubs her hands. “Let’s find more beguiling tales at Lisa’s Elevator Pitches.”

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Mage Sir Bright's Magic

Dramatis Personæ: Bright

The Dramatis Personæ is the roster of conjurers and sentient magical creatures staying in the many rooms, grottos, and byways of Lita’s castle. Here is an entry in the guest book for the Clockpunk Wizard Wing.

Sir Bright
Sir Bright

Bright [brīt] proper noun, c.1000; ME >OE beorht, breht > Gothic  bairht, Old Saxon beraht, Old Norse  bjartr; < berkto- Welsh  berth “splendid”; L flagrāre “to blaze”; Albanian bardhë “white”;  Sanskrit  bhrājate “shines”; also Brighton

  • Profession: Assistant for Wizard Kadmeion
  • Race: Narfleet (a half-blood with a human mother and elf father), male
  • Appearance: blue eyes, blond hair, medium build
  • Full Name: Wolverhampton Brighton M’Choakenchilde
  • Formal Title: Twice-Seventh Son Mage
  • Honorifics: Honorable Mage, Sir Bright
  • Education: Master Magician in the Clockwork Arts, summa cum laude, Agatha University of Magical Arts and Sciences
  • Milieu: Bright is a denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
Nesting Land Porpoises Jumping to Their Rookery on the Floating Island of Dolphin Barns
Nesting Land Porpoises Jumping to Their Rookery on the Floating Island of Dolphin Barns

Bright is the seventh son of Elf Mage Higginbotham Norfiwyn M’Choakenchilde (also a seventh son), and Sorceress Wode Rilmandra. Bright’s father and grandfather are Princes of the Elf Court. Bright grew up on the floating island of Dolphin Barns, named after its extensive rookeries of nesting land porpoises. Because of his human mother and twice-seventh son lineage, his parents hoped that Norfiwyn’s seventh son would be a rare elf wizard (wizardry is a human magic). When Rilmandra became pregnant with Bright, Norfiwyn hired Wizard Pursuance to be his son’s magical caretaker.

Never Once Did Young Bright Ever Fall Out of a Tree
Never Once Did Young Bright Fall Out of a Tree

Pursuance was unable to control his greed. He enchanted the helpless babe in his crib and siphoned the lad’s magic for his own use. This parasite damaged Bright’s wizardry  and most of his native elf magic beyond repair. This hampered magical ability made growing up a trial. He was the frequent target of his older brothers’ teasing. The school bullies were especially harsh.

To escape the taunts and constant magical humiliation, young Bright fled to the forests and excelled at tree climbing. Never once did the boy fall out of a tree. Rilmandra, hopeful that somehow her son would become a mage, attributed his aerial safety to the remnants of his wizardry.

Professor Morton Introduced Bright to Wizard Kadmeion at the Agatha University of Magical Arts and Sciences
Professor Morton Introduced Bright to Wizard Kadmeion at the Agatha University of Magical Arts and Sciences

When Bright moved to Agatha to attend the university, he apprenticed as a rig monkey in the zeppelin yard. He planned to sign up for the Airship Guild after graduation.

Professor Morton introduced Bright to the soon-to-graduate Kadmeion. The wizardling took on the damaged narfleet as an assistant despite the naysayers. Because Kadmeion had known the now deceased Wizard Pursuance, Kadmeion could correct most of Bright’s magical damage. However, for the narfleet to work all but the simplest spells, he must share a profound magical binding with an accommodating wizard.

The Honorable Mage Brighton Has a Master Magician Degree in the Clockwork Arts
The Honorable Mage Brighton Has a Master Magician Degree in the Clockwork Arts

Bright’s love of trees blossomed into Arboriculture, which was his undergraduate minor at Agatha. His passion was cultivating oak trees.

He converted the bay window of his dormitory room into a quercetum, filled it with saplings, and lavished his scant enchantments on them. His roommates swore that when Bright talked to his pet trees, they answered the narfleet in sighing whispers.

See “Twice-Seventh Son Elf Magic.” Find out more about Bright’s many adventures as Wizard Kadmeion’s assistant in the Clockpunk Wizard stories:

Life is Harsh for Dogs that Dig Up Mandrake Roots

Forever Boy – “Perfect for YA” Says Examiner.com

“Forever Boy is a wonderful escape story for older kids,” says an Examiner.com reviewer. “As well as adults who love a good magical fantasy that is unlike anything they’ve ever read before.”

Discover the Go Fer Dog's Magic in Forever Boy
Discover the Go Fer Dog’s Magic in Forever Boy

Launched in 2008, Examiner.com is a dynamic entertainment, news and lifestyle network that serves more than 20 million monthly readers across the U.S. and around the world.

Their Parent & Education Examiner,  Rhonda Cratty, recently read Lita Burke’s Forever Boy. Here is how her review begins:

Ready to read something original? Forever Boy (Clockpunk Wizard Book 1) by Lita Burke is unlike anything you have read before. Perfect for the YA reader. If Clockpunk genre is new to you, its fantasy/science fiction set in an age of clockwork machines, hansom cabs and airships. Lita has created a whole new unique world, with new rules and spiritual values.

Find out why the reviewer thinks Forever Boy is a perfect read for older kids. Read the entire review at Forever Boy perfect for the YA reader on Examiner.com. Visit Rhonda Cratty on Examiner.com or go to the Examiner.com homepage.

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Kadmeion sen Magica Vir

Dramatis Personæ: Kadmeion

The Dramatis Personæ is the roster of conjurers and sentient magical creatures staying in the many rooms, grottos, and byways of Lita’s castle. Here is an entry in the guest book for the Clockpunk Wizard Wing.

Wizard Kadmeion
Wizard Kadmeion

Kadmeion [‘kad mē ôn] proper noun, c.1300 BC; Gr> Mycenaean acropolis palace complex at Thebes; lit ‘Son of the East’; also Kaddie (childhood nickname)

  • Profession: Wizard for Hire
  • Race: Human (full blood), male
  • Appearance: brown eyes, dark brown hair, medium build
  • Full Name: Haldemare Kadmeion Dorian Trentworthy
  • Formal Title: sen Magica Vir (“Magic Man”)
  • Honorifics: Wizard Kadmeion, Sir Wizard
  • Education: Doctorate of Wizardry in the Demon Sciences, egregia cum laude, Agatha University of Magical Arts and Sciences
  • Milieu: Wizard Kadmeion is a denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
One of Young Kadmeion's Favorite Flying Machines. A Cat Aviator Sat On a Cushion Under the Balloon and Steered by Pawing At the Strings.
One of Young Kadmeion’s Favorite Flying Machines. A Cat Aviator Sat On a Cushion Under the Balloon and Steered by Pawing At the Strings.

Kadmeion is the only child of Wizard Trentworthy and Sorceress Dorian. His mother’s father, Haldemare, is also a wizard. Kadmeion grew up on the floating island of Gogogogo, named after his family’s popular rest home for elderly magicians.

Kadmeion showed his wizardly tendencies at birth. Trentworthy describes the delivery room drama thusly:

Dorian had just produced that most wonderful of enchantments, our little boy Kadmeion. The babe did not immediately cry. Midwife Mary held him up and slapped his rump to get the youngster to breathe. Kadmeion let out a squeal, and then belched a flaming hiccup that singed away Mary’s eyebrows and bangs.

Kadmeion's Enchantments Kept the Airborne Cats From Harm
Kadmeion’s Enchantments Kept the Airborne Cats From Harm

The wizardling lived a sheltered childhood with his parents, various cats, and the eccentric magicians living at the rest home. Considered a magical prodigy, the retirees doted on the handsome, but introverted lad.

Kadmeion’s boyhood hobbies were ice gliding and building scale models of flying machines. The boy based his replicas on the full-sized versions from Leonardo’s Airborne Contraptions.

No Hurt Feelings--The Seagulls and Cats Were Great Friends
No Hurt Feelings–The Seagulls and Cats Were Great Friends

Kadmeion taught his cats to use the small flying machines. The proper enchantments made the cats float with or without their contraptions, and kept them from harm. The furry aviators zoomed around the cliffs and terrorized seagulls and little dogs. This was done all in fun, for the seagulls, dogs, and cats were great friends. The feline pilots were a must-see attraction for Gogogogo Island visitors.

See “Kadmeion’s Magic” and “Concerning Magical Thingummys, Dodads and Whatnots.” Find out more about Wizard Kadmeion’s many adventures in the Clockpunk Wizard stories:

Entrance to Authors' Cave

Interview: Authors’ Cave Showcase for Lita Burke

Lita sat down with the folks at Authors’ Cave and ‘fessed up about the characters at her writing desk.

Lita Set Everything Straight and Explained Clockpunk
Lita Set Everything Straight and Explained Clockpunk

Interviews are such fun, and Lita just never knows what will come out of her mouth. This time, the interview was in one of the lovely grotto rooms over at Authors’ Cave.

“What is Clockpunk?” they asked. “Is that…like Steampunk?” Or is it all just Lita’s mad fancy? So Lita set everything straight and explained which part is her very own made-up hokum.

Nosy is good when it comes to interviews, so here are the juicy details about the menu. While answering the Authors’ Cave questions, Lita ate dainty finger sandwiches topped with cucumber slivers, and sipped citrus-fragrant Earl Grey tea.

Lita finished with dark chocolate candies so delicious, that talking was quite impossible while the confectionary melted on her tongue like an essence kiss from an oh-so-handsome Enchanter.

Ask a Dragonette Which Hand is Better, the Left or the Right?
Ask a Dragonette Which Hand is Better, the Left or the Right?

Lita explained to Authors’ Cave which hand she liked better, the left or right, and somehow made sense of it all when talking about dragonettes in Tredan’s Bane.

Then it was back to the Clockpunk Wizard world, and a serious discussion about why the inside of a boggart box is so interesting.

Virtual tea time became spooky when the matter of the murderous masked ghosts came up. Lita first used a napkin to dab chocolate off her lips, and then explained the ghost thing in her next Enchanters of Sye story, Ghost Orchid.

Lita is afraid she made a mess of things here describing what really happened during the interview. Perhaps Gentle Reader should follow the white rabbit and hop on over to Authors’ Cave–their version of the chat is not so discombobulated.

Some of the Authors’ Cave grotto rooms:

Lovely Magic Inside of Old Bony Blue Eyes

Old Bony Blue Eyes – 5 Stars From Authors’ Cave

“Cleverly told,” a reviewer from Authors’ Cave said about Lita Burke’s Old Bony Blue Eyes. “I’d highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good fantasy read.”

Excellence In Authorship 5 Stars to Lita Burke's Old Bony Blue Eyes from Chameleon for Authors' Cave
Excellence In Authorship 5 Stars to Lita Burke’s Old Bony Blue Eyes from Chameleon for Authors’ Cave

We take a side trip today to hobnob with a visitor who just returned from Lita’s Clockpunk Wizard world.

Chameleon over at Authors’ Cave recently picked up Lita Burke’s Old Bony Blue Eyes, looked it over, and honored it with an Excellence In Authorship 5 Star Review. In Old Bony Blue Eyes, a wizard faces a dangerous journey to Sir Death’s castle to win a powerful spell book for a love-starved dragon. Here is the back cover blurb. If Gentle Reader wants to jump right in, here is the FREE first chapter. Also stop by and see the book trailer.

What lovely things Chameleon had to say! Lita blushed when she read all the kind words. Here is how the Authors’ Cave review began:

This was a fun and entertaining read. It was my first book in the Genre of Clockpunk Fantasy, and I was really pleasantly surprised. There is strong character and world building here, and the subtle humor of some of the situations had me smiling often.

There is more. Find out exactly what made Chameleon smile. And learn which part of Lita’s story made the reviewer weep. Be sure to visit Chameleon’s blog at The Write Place and read the rest of her critique in “Book Review: Old Bony Blue Eyes by Lita Burke.”

A wizard faces a dangerous journey to Sir Death’s castle to win a powerful spell book for a love-starved dragon.
A wizard faces a dangerous journey to Sir Death’s castle to win a powerful spell book for a love-starved dragon.

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