Welcome aboard the AS Patsy Nottle for the Glitter Ponies cover reveal party. Step into the forward parlor, and help yourself to the refreshments. Find a comfortable chair with a good view of the covered easel.
Kadmeion and Bright may be bachelors recently graduated from the university, but they both have a knack in the kitchen. Food created from pure magic is not especially nourishing unless it has a mundane basis. In the Clockpunk Wizard world, magicians sometimes use spells to enhance food that is wholesome, but simply made. For example, a mage might charm buttery mashed potatoes so they look like golden roses nestled in china bowls. Bright made some for today’s party. They go well with the hearty wildebeest steak strips.
Lady Luck’s young daughter Probability has joined us for today’s party. She loves to eat pretty things, so Kadmeion prepared her favorite vegetable and cheese dish. The wizard bespelled the carrots to look like flowers. He wove the cheese into a clever basket. Gentle Reader, please help yourself to their crunchy goodness.
Coffee is a frequent treat for wizards and sorceresses. They prepare coffee trays using spells that keep their brews at the perfect temperature.
In Glitter Ponies, Bright mastered Kadmeion’s spell that floated a coffee service. The tray followed him here and there like a loyal puppy. If you are of a mind, enjoy a cup of the wizard’s favorite grind—drink it black, or laden your demitasse with cream and spices.
Origins of the Glitter Ponies Story
Kadmeion and Bright now set down their coffee cups, stand, and tell us the reasons for their Glitter Ponies vacation.
“We had visited Lady Luck at her home on Fluke Island,” Kadmeion says. “Our business then concerned Old Bony Blue Eyes.”
Bright continues. “But matters were off kilter for Lady Luck. She expects another daughter to arrive in a few months. During the hubbub, Probability came to me, and confided that she dearly wished to see unicorns.”
“It seemed an easy request to take a charming child on a vacation to see these docile and sweet creatures,” Kadmeion said. “Or so they told us at Agatha University about the nature of unicorns.”
“The unicorns did not behave as we expected.” Bright grimaces. “And something much worse than cranky unicorns happened.”
Kadmeion nods. “Much worse. Bright’s father, the Elf Prince M’Choakenchilde, surprised us with a visit.”
“He made a demand of me that turned our wizard for hire business all discombobulated.”
Kadmeion pulls an intricate watch out of his pocket, and checks the time. “For a shame, no time to explain. Time now to show the book cover for Glitter Ponies. Will you give me a hand with this, Bright?”
The two magic men step to either side of the easel, take hold of the sumptuous green silk that hides the book cover, and turn to us. They grin.
“Here goes,” says the wizard. They tug away the silk. It whispers and floats like a sorceress’s dress in the wind.
Welcome aboard the AS Patsy Nottle for the Glitter Ponies cover reveal party. Before we head into the forward parlor for refreshments, Copernicus, the airship’s navigator, explains the specifications of Wizard Kadmeion’s airborne home.
About the Good and True AS Patsy Nottle
The Airship (“AS”) Patsy Nottle is a carrack class wooden and stone airship invented in the 16th century. The carrack airship comes with six sails: a bowsprit, foresail, mizzen, spritsail, and two topsails. The hull is fashioned from floating rock to give the ship neutral buoyancy in airborne operations. The sails provide wind propulsion and steerage. Perpetual enchantments see to basic operations, defense, and personal comfort of the crew and guests.
Carrack airships are square-rigged on the foremast and mainmast. The mizzenmast is lateen-rigged. They have a high rounded stern. The carrack airships have a large aftercastle, forecastle, and bowsprit. The carrack airship can also operate as a water-surface ship.
Specifications for the AS Patsy Nottle
Airship Class: Carrack
Origin: Agatha Island Aerodrome and Shipyard
Initial Year of Service: 1625
Commissioning Agency: Agatha Island Magic Guild, for operation by human wizards and sorceresses in good guild standing.
Captain: (Wizard) Haldemare Kadmeion Dorian Trentworthy sen Magica Vir
First Mate: (Honorable Mage) Wolverhampton Brighton M’Choakenchilde
Navigator: (Minor Demon Homunculus) Copernicus
Crew: 40 (mostly clockworks rig monkeys or demon-inhabited homunculi)
Length: 75 feet
Beam: 25 feet
Draught: 6 feet
Displacement: 223 long tons (minus floating rock displacement)
Machinery: Standard sailing magical clockworks. This vessel has typical below decks gearing and linkage to accommodate the sailing spells.
Speed: 6.7 knots (unaided by magic)
The airship inside volume is much larger than the outside hull dimensions due to perpetual Inverse Magic spells. The AS Patsy Nottle has spacious crew quarters, private sitting rooms, parlors, galley, spell casting workrooms, and a quercetum for Sir Bright’s miniature oak tree forest. Kadmeion’s fey-folk fairies live in the quercetum.
The beta readers for Glitter Ponies stopped by and left their comments. Lita is agog at their charming ways of finding the nits in the tale.
My, Lita is blushing at the early readers’ kind comments about Glitter Ponies. Appears that this new story about clever Kadmeion, love-struck Bright, and Miss Probability’s determination to take home a unicorn was a fun romp enjoyed by all.
So many matters to see to before departing on Wizard Kadmeion’s airship to this new destination in the Clockpunk Wizard world. Those annoying story nits must be set to rights.
Lita Burke Invites You to the Glitter Ponies Cover Reveal Party The party is on August 22nd, starting mid-morning, here on Lita’s blog. Wear what you wish, no need to R.S.V.P. Bring friends. Refreshments will be served. A splendid time will be had by all.
Back to the story matters. The fey-folk were flitting here and there in the tale, and magic was not enough to explain away their actions. Bright had a silly moment that needed some sensibility. Kadmeion was much too wordy with his unicorn spells. How did those indiscretions get into the story? Do not be concerned, Gentle Reader. Lita is correcting those matters now.
Remember to stop by for next weekend’s get-together for Glitter Ponies. Join in the story gossip, see the book cover before anyone else, and learn exclusive details about the book release.
The Bestiarum Vocabulum is the wizard’s encyclopedia of faerie beasties and mundane crossovers living in the lake and forest near Lita’s castle.
familiar [fə milyər] noun, c.1325; ME < L familiāris; replacing ME famulier < MF < L; also totem, animal spirit, mage’s critter
Denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
A sentient magical animal that bonds to a human wizard or sorceress. Human mages can acquire many familiars, although one is the normal number. Depending on the quality of the magician, a familiar’s magical ability ranges from a few simple spells, to using mind voice and other advanced magic. Only the most talented mages acquire a familiar that is a magical hybrid, such as a cynanthrope, werecat, or faun.
Lady Luck’s precocious nine-year-old daughter skips in. She smooths the tails of her new riding jacket, and settles on the peach velvet settee.
Her astounding blond prettiness masks Miss Probability’s already fierce talent with numbers. The recent trip to Wuddlekins Island to see the unicorns also awakened her sorcery.
Lita Burke: Hail, fellow sorceress well met, Probability Lady Luck to Be.
Probability: Greetings to you, Madam Lita. Bright said you wanted to talk to me about my vacation. I visited the unicorns. What kinds do you have in your world?
LB: We don’t have unicorns here.
P: You aren’t missing much. They are stuck up.
LB: Little girls usually love unicorns. Why don’t you?
P: Glitter ponies are what I thought unicorns would be. The unicorns were rude to Kadmeion because he is a wizard. And they tried to run him through with their alicorns.
LB: I could barely scribe that part of the story. I was cringing, and had my eyes closed. Good thing I don’t have to look at my fingers to type.
[Lita’s Note: Probability asks Lita to describe what “typing” is. Lita explains. We return to discussing her vacation.]
Glitter Pony vs. Unicorn
LB: My Gentle Reader friends would like to know the differences between a unicorn and a glitter pony.
P: Unicorns are, well, unicorns. They have that pointy alicorn on their foreheads. They come in black, red, or white.
LB: What is their magic?
P: They whip their heads, and the air rushes through their alicorn. It whistles, just like elf-kind magic.
LB: What about glitter ponies?
P: There are two kinds. The big kind has a unicorn and a horse for parents. The wee kind is a small animal like a bird or rat that eats a shed alicorn husk. Glitter ponies don’t have an alicorn, just a red carbuncle gem on their foreheads.
LB: Tell us how your trip awakened your sorcery.
P: Mother said that since my father doesn’t live with us, I should spend time near a wizard. That way, my sorcery can sense his human magic, and wake up.
LB: Is that why she gave Kadmeion and Bright permission to take you on vacation to Wuddlekins Island?
P: Yes. And the best part was that my brother Chance and Kadmeion’s familiar, Furgo, stayed at home with mother. I was glad to be away from my brother for a while. Boys are such silly things, with their heads full of matters about what frogs think and how wonderful it would be to play stickball endlessly.
LB: Are all boys are silly?
P: Kadmeion and Bright are not silly. They are really smart, but thick sometimes because they are boys.
LB: You are well on your way to becoming a fine sorceress, with that kind of ~twisty~ thinking.
P: You said that word like a sorceress, with the squiggly things on both ends.
LB: Even in my world, the magic creeps in.
[Lita’s Note: Probability asks to be excused. She has little girl matters to attend to before Kadmeion’s airship docks at Lady Luck’s home on floating Fluke Island.]
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