Category Archives: Dreadful Poetry

Butterflies and Boat

Return Trip from the Plate-Shaped Ocean World

Lita has been traveling these past several months to the plate-shaped ocean world where wizards fly airships between islands that float above the sea. She has returned to her castle now in the northern realms, and ooh boy, does she have a story to tell about her trip.

Time Twines Differently in the Clockpunk Wizard World

Time Twines Differently in the Clockpunk Wizard World

Twisty Time

Time twines differently between here and the land of Clockpunk Wizard. Lita’s trip took her back to when Wizard Kadmeion and his assistant Sir Bright were attending the Agatha University of Magical Arts and Sciences. The boys had not yet met.

Bright had finished his studies—or so he thought. The afternoon before he leaves on his first job as an airship mechanic, an out-of-control magical episode lands him in jail. Meanwhile, Kadmeion returns to the university after a year of field study. The wizardling suffers from Wizard’s Madness, and he is under suspicion in his field mentor’s death. Worst of all, he must pass a class in magical rhyming called Dreadful Poetry while waiting for the Magic Guild’s Inquiry that decides his fate.

Wizard Morton

Wizard Morton

Wizard Morton

While on this trip, Lita had the pleasure of meeting the elder Wizard Morton. This curmudgeon is the head of the Magical Sciences department, and is Kadmeion’s academic advisor.

The guild calls in the elder wizard on Bright’s case. This mundane clockworks graduate had an unexplained wizardly episode, and now the lad’s magic has fled. The irresistible puzzle motivates Morton to get Bright out of jail so the wizard can learn more about Bright’s fickle magic.

Sensing that the lads can help each other, he requires Bright to help the mad wizardling pass Dreadful Poetry. Morton encourages Kadmeion to discover why the non-magician Bright all but leveled the Merchant’s Quarter with powerful enchantments. The problem is that madness is a wonderful distraction, and Kadmeion would rather talk with the fish and resident university ghosts. Morton must lend a hand, or matters will never resolve themselves.

Butterfly Matters

Perhaps the most curious discovery on Lita’s trip was why butterflies are significant to Kadmeion’s wizardry. The lad’s elusive Auntie Em, and a basket of wrestling puppies, also visit Dreadful Poetry. Lita also learned what happens when a wizard grows wings, and tries to fly like a harpy.

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Butterflies in Dreadful Poetry

Draft Done: Dreadful Poetry

My, how time flies–like a snail. Wish it was butterflies. Lita just had to take some time to get to the bottom of the matter concerning Wizard’s Madness, and butterflies.

Not a Butterfly

Time Flies Like a Snail

Lita hid in her writer’s room these past many weeks, working on the first draft of Dreadful Poetry. She is delighted to say that the first draft is now done.

In this next installment of the Clockpunk Wizard series, an elf prince’s son teams up with a disgraced wizardling to clear their names with the Magic Guild.

This story goes back to when Kadmeion was a wizardling student at the Agatha University of Magical Arts and Sciences. He gets into a bind with the deadly end of his year of field study. His faculty mentor, Wizard Morton, introduces the wizardling to a clockworks graduate named Bright who recently had an out-of-control magical episode. After a lifelong inability to work spells, Bright all but leveled the merchant’s quarter. Now the soon-to-be airship mechanic needs wizardly help to sort things out.

Together, the lads must untangle matters before their messes land them in magician’s prison. Even worse, they must pass a class called Dreadful Poetry, which is not as easy as it seems. And, there is the matter about the butterflies.

Read more with the back cover blurb for Dreadful Poetry.

Wizard's Madness in the Clockpunk Wizard World

Halfway: Dreadful Poetry

Welcome to Lita’s castle here in the Northern Realms. Step into her magical laboratory and see what’s on the slab.

Wizardling Kadmeion at the University

Wizardling Kadmeion at the University

Lita has reached the midpoint of the draft for her next story, Dreadful Poetry.

In this Clockpunk Wizard tale, an elf prince’s son teams up with a disgraced wizardling to clear their names with the Magic Guild.

This story is about Kadmeion and Bright in their college days, and the odd circumstances of how they met. Both are in big trouble, and as a result, Wizard Morton of the Agatha University of Magical Arts and Sciences introduces the boys. The elder wizard gives them an impossible task, with an absurd deadline, and horribly inadequate resources for the two college boys. Even worse, they face the most difficult challenge of their college days: pass a course called Dreadful Poetry, before madness and a court hearing ruin their futures.

Bright’s lifelong absent magical ability comes to him, and his lack of experience with magic craft causes a swath of destruction. His enchantments leave as quickly as they arrived, but the aftermath puts him in dire circumstances with the Magic Guild.

Wizard Butterfly

Wizard Butterfly

Wizard’s Madness is a sickness that all wizardlings must survive before they can graduate. Kadmeion’s case is especially bothersome. Not only does it hamper his ability to work meaningful spells, it is quite fun.

Kadmeion’s madness compels him to perfect enchantments that produce beautiful, but useless butterflies. The sickness makes the wizardling seek out the tiny magical things in the world, instead of fixing the big mess he is in.

Things get worse. Kadmeion develops a fondness for coffee, but for the wrong reasons. Above all, his bout of Wizard’s Madness sends the wizardling off at inconvenient times on misguided searches for his mysterious Auntie Em.

If successful despite these distractions, the lads regain more than their reputation. If they fail, then Kadmeion and Bright will languish the rest of their days in a magician’s prison.

Read the Dreadful Poetry back cover blurb.