Aerwyna – The History of a Fairy Queen – Part 2

“Wait a moment Aer, I need to speak to you!” Avery’s tone chilled her. She knew he would be disappointed that she couldn’t muster more of a response to Coralia’s arrival but she needed to process this big change in her life too, and from what she had seen so far, she didn’t like it!

“Aerwyna, your mother and I expected more from you. We’ve spoken about this before, like your mother before you, you are expected to help out with any brothers and sisters you have. But you will also have to spend some time in the human world, to get to know them and know how you can help and protect them.”

The hot tears that had been threatening to spill over earlier slowly made their way down Aerwyna’s cheeks. Yes she had known this, and yes she had spoken to her parents about it but she didn’t understand why. Why were these the responsiblities of a future queen? Surely she should be learning things like how to run a royal palace!

“I know dad, I just don’t understand why. You say mum did it but what did she do? She had no siblings so she didn’t have to help raise any and she spent a weekend in the human world, two days. You want me to be there for a year! How is that fair?”

Avery’s usually silver aura was tinged with crimson. His feline eyes narrowed, sucking air between his teeth, he suddenly looked ten feet tall. Aerwyna stopped talking, lowering her head. 

“Aerwyna we love you but you have to do as we have asked you. No questions. Just understand that we want the best for you and this is it. We want you to be someone who understands that until you’ve seen things from their point of view, it’s difficult to understand people fully, that’s why it’s important to spend time with the humans. If you are going to protect them, you have to understand them. And if you’re going to be away for a year in human years, that means your siblings won’t see you for forty two fae years. So by spending time with them when they are young you will create a bond with them like no other. Do you understand that?”

“Siblings?” Aerwyna’s forehead creased in confusion.

“Yes, it is our intention that there will be more than just you and Coralia.”

“Oh, well I guess I understand dad. And I do want to understand and help the humans.” Avery’s aura returned to it’s usual silvery shade as he pulled her into a hug.

“You’ll always be my number one sweetheart,” he whispered into her ear, a smile so bright spread across Aerwyna’s face.   Rhiannon joined her husband and first born, kissing them both gently.

“I heard that!” Rhiannon smiled warmly at Avery, who shrugged and ducked back to Coralia’s room to spend time with his new born daughter.

“I also heard what your father told you about your siblings and the humans. I appreciate you making the effort Aerwyna. Kindness flows through you, and it is so very important that you are always kind, to all creatures.”  With that Rhiannon joined her husband in their Coralia’s room.

Aerwyna waited a while, could hear her parents cooing over their new baby, as she looked over the foyer of their home an uneasy feeling settled in her chest.

Aerwyna – The History of a Fairy Queen – Part 1

With the release of ‘Granny’s Big Secret,’ it’s now time to share Aerwyna’s story with you. Below you will find part 1:

The cold water lapped delicately at Aerwyna’s feet. The gentle breeze rustling her coal coloured hair, bringing a sharp scent of salt with it. Breathing deeply she prepared herself to go and meet her new sister. Coralia. Turning her back to the ocean Aerwyna caught a glimpse of the white stag, standing guard as always. He was her father’s companion but being Avery and Rhiannon’s first born meant Aerwyna had a lot of extra protection. She walked over to him, running her hand over his cotton soft fur and up to his fuzzy-peach antlers. With his head leaning slightly towards her she hopped quickly onto his broad back. The stag’s hooves moved silently as they ran through the forest, Aerwyna reached up, feeling the air rushing through her fingers, she giggled as little sparks flew from the tips.

Before she knew it they were back at the entrance of the palace, hidden in plain sight at the bottom of an ancient oak that stretched to the sky. Without missing a beat the stag leapt through the air, to anyone watching it would look like he was about to collide with the giant tree, but at the last second he disappeared from view. On the other side he entered Elfame and came face to face with a pair of amber cat-like eyes. Aerwyna slid from the stag’s back and landed gracefully, the marble as cold as ice beneath her slender toes, greeting her father. As she bowed low, she kept her head down, as was the expectation, rising only once Avery acknowledged her. His broad smile made his eyes appear even more feline in nature, he patted the stag’s shoulder, who took it as his cue to leave. Avery took Aerwyna’s hand and placed it lightly on his arm.

“Come, meet your sister and congratulate your mother.”

A screech of a giggle told Aerwyna that they were in the nursery, pushing the black out curtain to the side she glided in to Coralia’s room, the chubby child giggling as their mother stroked her hair. Tears sprung to her hot eyes. Over her 350 years Aerwyna had become used to being an only child, yes she knew her parents would have more children one day and that her duty would be to look after them until they reached a similar age. She also knew that the arrival of her sister, meant the departure of her freedom. Aerwyna loved nothing more than to spend hours in the library reading not only Fae history books but ones brought in from the human world too, she particularly loved reading about something called ‘Gardening.’

She adored the smell in the library, a heady mixture of musky wood and jasmine. The stacks filled to the brim with volumes and volumes of texts were accessible via a ladder which stretched from the plush carpeted floor to the clouds above . If Aerwyna was particularly comfortable she would use her magic to summon the book she wanted to her, though she didn’t do it often because she loved the clacking sound the ladder made as it rolled around the stacks. She really hoped that Coralia wouldn’t like reading, it was bad enough she would have to give up her freedom but she really didn’t want to share her space.

Aerwyna picked the child up, already the size of a human toddler, lifting her on to her hip. The pang of jealously stabbed Aerwyna’s heart again when she glimpsed the golden silk-like locks flowing down over her arm. Rhiannon would be delighted. She had repeatedly told her first born how frustrated she was that Aerwyna had been born with a head of coal-black hair. Their father stood at their side, his pride literally beaming out, his silver aura coating the space around him. Coralia opened her amber, cat-like eyes, a sharp inhale from Aerwyna brought Rhiannon to her other side.

“Is she okay?”  Rhiannon ran her hands over Coralia’s hair, smoothing it down and causing Coralia’s screech of a giggle to pierce everyone’s ears.

“I think only bats can hear her!” Aerwyna passed her sister to their mother. This was a new emotion for her and she wasn’t too sure what it was, she decided to investigate in her books.

“Congratulations mother, welcome sister!” Pressing a delicate kiss on Coralia’s forehead, their golden and obsidian hair combining. Aerwyna sighed, the stabbing pain occupying her thoughts, and left the happy couple to their euphoria.

I hope you enjoyed Part 1. You can keep up-to-date with Aerwyna on my Wattpad page.

I will also be sharing her story with you here too. Till next time, remember to keep chasing those dreams!

Katie

March and April Catch Up

Hello Friends,

First, a very happy Thursday. I hope you are all staying safe at home and if you’re a Key Worker then a massive thank you for all you are doing.

At the end of February, I gave you a little run down of what I had been doing regarding to my journey to become a published author. The first sentence was literally, “haven’t the first two months of 2020 flown by?” Wow, how is it possible that March and April have been the complete opposite! I’ve been waiting to update you for the longest time. So, without further ado . . .

Last time I wrote about sending my first marked assessment to my tutor, I was very pleased to receive 67% for that. I was never very academic at school, quite often sitting in the low C range, so to get a University level B was great. Since then I have also sent and received feedback from my second marked assignment too! I got 64% for that, which again is great for me and my tutor gave some excellent feedback for me to work with. This assignment required us to write about Mary Wollstonecraft, Mozart, Dickens or Van Gogh. I chose Wollstonecraft and Dickens. It was interesting to look at the philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft and to learn more about philosophy in general. Wollstonecraft is often referred to as the “Mother of Feminism” and it’s clear to see why, in the 1700s she was fighting for equal rights. I also chose to write about Dickens and in particular we were looking at A Christmas Carol, this was particularly interesting for me as it gave me a new perspective of A Christmas Carol, a story I am very familiar with (in particular a certain Muppets version!)

Next for University is the study of traditions, starting with Greek and Roman Sculpture, then The Blues, Creative Writing and Poetry. For this section I’m going to be focussing on Creative Writing, I’ll share my final piece here once it’s been written towards the end of May.

With regards to my book, I’ve decided to go down the route of self-publishing. I know that if I had tried for longer my book might have been picked up, but I was just too keen to see it in print. I’m working with the amazing Claire Wingfield, who is helping to edit and prepare my book for self-publication and also Jess from The Ricketty Desk who is working on illustrations for the book. It was Jess who I started working with first. She read my book to her children, and her six-year-old described it as ‘like a modern Katie Morag with a great big spoon of amazing magic!’ Can’t ask for more than that! Her enthusiasm for the book made me determined to work with her so I’m very lucky in that aspect. I’ve been given a few homework pieces from Claire, all of which are very exciting, but that’s for another time.

So, my dear friends, until then, keep safe.

Katie

January and February catch up

Hello friends,

Happy Saturday, haven’t the first two months of 2020 flown by? I wanted to publish a post today for two reasons. The first being that I was actually due on 29 February 1984, if I had arrived as expected today would have been my 9th birthday! And the second reason is because I realised that I haven’t given you an update on what has been happening with my writer journey! At the end of January my Open University course in Arts and Humanities with Creative Writing started. We are spending the first few months looking at “Reputations.” It’s been incredibly interesting, so far as we have studied Cleopatra, Mary – mother of Jesus and Elizabeth I. Our first marked assignment is due on 3 March but I sent my work in yesterday – fingers crossed I’ve done the right thing – it’s been nearly 12 years since I was last in Education like this!

It has been really interesting to read about the reputations of the three women above and how, depending on who was writing, they could come across very differently. Elizabeth I for example – what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of her? Most people would think about the fact that she was called “The Virgin Queen.” But this wasn’t actually used to describe her until she was past childbearing age, roughly 1570s/80s. And it was most likely not a reputation that she had a hand in, it was most likely her advisors. Elizabeth herself quite often described herself as a Prince chosen by God, so she wouldn’t then turn around and make her feminitiy her USP (Unique Selling Point!) Or perhaps it was a tactic she used to ensure that she wouldn’t be thrown off the throne for another (Mary, Queen of Scots.) So yes, it has been a really fascinating start to the course and I’ll continue to update you as I go.

“I would rather go to any extreme than suffer anything that is unworthy of my reputation, or of that of my crown.”

Elizabeth I

Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/reputation-quotes

In terms of my book, I’m still waiting to hear back from a few literary agents and I have heard from a few, all of whom said the book wasn’t for them. But that’s okay, I don’t feel disheartened by it. I know that Middle Grade (as I’ve since learned the area I’m writing for is called) is a saturated market and whilst it’s not been right for them, it will be for someone, or I will self-publish. Either way I hope to have a book to show you soon!

I have also joined the SCBWI and the overwhelming support from the group on Facebook has been amazing. I hope this will help me develop my craft more too.

So dear friends, that’s my news for the last two months in terms of my writing journey. I’ll continue to update you on my University journey but also on my writing journey too. Also, keep an eye out for a wee sneak peek of my first novel, which I’m trying to get published at the moment.

Katie

Journey update – including reading list!

Hello dear readers,

I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I’ve had a very family oriented Christmas and New Year with both mine and my husband’s family. It’s always lovely to see them but I am looking forward to my much needed alone time to help get my creative juices flowing.

I have sent my cover letter to my editor for her to have a wee glance and her recommendations and once that has been done then I will be sending the cover letter and book to a variety of literary agents.

In the meantime here are some of the books I’m currently reading:

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Dancing in the Dark – Maureen Lee

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe – Debbie Johnson

Children’s Novels:

Pirate Pug – Laura James

Fabio: The World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective – Laura James

The Boy Who Grew Curious – Andy Shepherd

The Titanic Detective Agency – Lindsay Littleson

What are you reading at the moment? Let me know.

Till next time dear readers.

Katie

Welcome

Hello dear reader, and welcome to my new webpage. This blog will be used to keep you up-to-date with everything going on, with books I’m reading, with life in general but not necessarily in that order.

So let me take you back a bit, to April 2019. My family and I were on holiday in Arran, Scotland. We live in Scotland but have friends who stay on Arran and we hadn’t visited them for a while. Whilst there, driving around the island, I felt inspired and on the ferry home I had planned and researched my first story.

Once home it flowed out of me and I wrote the whole story in one sitting. I have a friend who is currently studying her P.H.D. in creative writing and asked her if she would mind looking over it to give me any feedback, using that I was able to edit it to a point where I felt ready to send it to an editor.

Well I finally met my editor on Friday 13 December and I am currently making final edits and getting ready to write a cover email/letter to send to agencies. We’re going to try traditional publishing first but if that doesn’t work, then she’s going to walk me through self-publishing because “no matter what she wants to see this story in print!”

However, none of this would have happened really if it hadn’t have been for the fact that my sister paid for me to attend an evening class for creative writing last Christmas. It inspried me and encouraged me to write more often and I definitely feel this is an important element of why I write now.

So I am attending evening courses again, this time for fantasy writing but ALSO I will be studying part-time with the OU (Open University) to get my B.A. in Arts and Humanities with Creative Writing.

It’s an exciting time! Thanks for joining me on this journey.

Till next time dear readers,

Katie