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 Guild Matters Sye book whispers the arcane secrets of the Magic Workers and Merchant guilds.
Tredan’s Magical Curios was a small magical charms shop in the town of Isor in the Enchanters of Sye world. It featured bulk supplies for amulet crafters, and offered ready-made charms for household and personal use.
Its proprietor, Tredan Vendbebelot (Guild Designation: Curios Merchant) was a retired Enchanter, and excelled in all aspects of custom charm making. His wife Lanith ran the business side of the shop, and was skilled with invoking the magic in charms, amulets, and fetishes. Tredan’s Magical Curios was centrally located in the merchant district of Isor, at the intersection of Byrtwold, Upton, and Goldwine streets. The two merchants lived upstairs from their store until it burnt down, and Tredan vanished during the fire.
After the loss of her husband, Lanith established a new store called Ghost Orchid Charms on Attewater Street in downtown Isor, across from the Magic Guild House and the Isor Enchanters School. Her new store sells Enchanter-made charms supplied by the local school.
Writer’s Block by Michael Gardner is a mystery short story about an office worker named Ralph who travels back in time to unravel the disappearance of his favorite author, J. R. R. Tolkien.
Records clerk Ralph lives an uneventful life filled with computer work, caring for his cat Noodles, and reading his favorite fantasy stories. One day, a rift in space-time opens in his work cubicle, and takes him back to 1954 London. Thrilled at the opportunity to meet his favorite author, Ralph tracks down a bookstore, but cannot find his most favorite books of all time, The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring.
A dismayed Ralph visits Tolkien’s home in Oxford at number twenty Northmoor Road, and discovers that Tolkien has never lived in this version of London. What Ralph does next to correct this horrible error in the universe does not turn out the way he plans.
Writer’s Block is a fun diversion for Tolkien fans. The best part is Ralph’s practical approach of using time travel to meet one of his literary heroes. Besides, a world without hobbits, Frodo, and Gandalf is too horrible to imagine for epic fantasy fans. Rest assured that the world inside of Writer’s Block is only a story. Just to be sure, Lita checked her bookshelf, and The Lord of the Rings was in its proper place.
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