Spookily Wonderful

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Autumn is perhaps my most favorite of the seasons, and Halloween the most exciting of holidays to celebrate. It is such delicious fun to be scared, to dress up in colorful costumes, carve spooky pumpkin faces & roast the seeds, filling the house with smells of cinnamon & nutmeg. As I type, I am craving a pumpkin spice latte, arguably the most popular drink of the season (at least, for Starbucks lovers). I’m remembering seasonal trips to a barn where the pumpkin doughnuts seemed sent straight from heaven, & the apples plentiful. There is such lovely nostalgia in Autumn, a longing for what has been, as the season fades to Winter.

On October 31st, I’ll decorate my door with orange lights & don my costume along with the children– filling the house with the scent of roasting seeds & sounds of haunting melodies. In anticipation of the holiday, here is a poem of witches (I do know so many delightful ones).


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Witch’s Brew

Waking in darkened gloom
I work by the light of a blood red moon
Mixing a potion delicious with fright
steaming green & hot in the wolf’s moonlight.

Thick with goo my cauldron bubbles
then casting my spell, in size it doubles
A pinch of spiders & eye of newt, wool of bat & toe of frog
Add in wolve’s teeth, slip of yew & tongue of dog.

Next the skin from a snake and a dragon’s wing
I stir my cauldron as I cackle and sing
Where is my toad? Put him in my pot
Drop in some nightshade too, all that I’ve got.

The children sleep soundly until a great BOOM they hear
then scurrying down from above, curious eyes appear
Ahh yes! I tell them, smiling sweetly, I’ll add your pretty heads to my stew
the finishing touch to my delectable witch’s brew.

Copyright Stacie Eirich 2016 


I hope your candy bags & hearts are filled on this All Hallow’s Eve. Wishing you a spookily wonderful time!

Note * I’m linking this post to Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads, where I’ve written a post today titled: Celebrating the Season – Dreaming with Stacie for the Mid-Week Poetry Challenge. Do hop over and check it out; I hope the season inspires you to write & share your own poem! Thanks for visiting & reading.

Autumn’s First Kiss

Autumn Forest Sunlight

Autumn’s fair princess, October ran through leaves of fire

her heart tangled in Summer’s soft sighs

her lips chilled in Winter’s breath

her gown catching tints of amber & gold

Autumn’s first kiss


Written in response to the Weekend-Mini Challenge by Magaly at Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads, which asked for a micro-poem answering: What does October look like to you? A lovely prompt, and an inspiring month to both photograph & write about. Thanks Magaly!


Here’s a Monarch I captured while out at a fall festival this weekend. October’s beauty comes in so many shapes, colors & creatures!

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For more beautiful Autumn photos, see my previous post: http://spacetodream.org/2016/10/02/nature-inspired-to-autumn/


Thank you for visiting Space to Dream. I wish you a wonderful week! Happy October. 🙂 -Stacie

Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny – Prologue

While the leaves turn colours and begin to fall, the October air crisper & cooler outside my window – ushering in the beauty of Autumn –  I’ve been fervently writing, working to complete my first novel. My illustrator has also put her drawing pencils to work. Creating is always a process, and with each new morning I find inspiration in nature, in art, in poetry & music to spur me forward.

Tiger Kingdom

Today, I’m happy to share a preview of my novel with you. Without further ado, here is the Prologue from Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny.


                                    Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny

                                               Volume 1 of The Dream Chronicles

by Stacie Eirich

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Prologue

“You will need this” the boy reached out to the girl, handing her a knife. She turned the hilt around clumsily in her delicate white hands. The great white beast at her side lifted his paw to her fingers.

“She does not need this weapon of man.” The beast’s voice was smooth like silk. His sharp blue eyes pierced the boy with their power. “She has the power to fight within.” He took the blade from her, and he could see streaks of fire within the icy blue eyes as he held the weapon up to them. But the boy persisted.

“She will have no power against the spirits!” He spoke passionately.“To fight, she must be armed. And she must have help, she can’t go alone. I’m going with her, try and stop me!” He lunged forward at the beast, going for the knife – but the beast moved and he swiped only air. The girl shivered at the violence and passion of it, and shrank back into the shadows.

“I shall go wherever you bid me” her voice rang out like crystal into the darkness, clear and also wispy, like the qualities of air and water mixed to create a fine tapestry of sky. The boy jumped back, surprised. This was not the voice of the girl he knew, the girl from his world. “I will not have you with me, because it would only endanger you. I will not carry a piece of violence. But I will fight, when I need to.”

“Yes, you have the light with you always.” The beast nodded, opening his paws towards her. “We have given it to you to keep, to guide and protect you. You are one of us now, you are part of the Kingdom, forever.” She stepped forward to him, and he enfolded her into his coat of fur, her slim figure lost within his great one.

The boy could only stand and stare in disbelief. He had lost her to this strange Kingdom. He was alone. And he knew it was up to him to find a way back to his world, a way back home.

Copyright Stacie Eirich October 10 2016


I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny. In the coming weeks, I will reveal another short preview of the novel & an illustration. I am brimming with excitement to introduce you to my illustrator & show you her gorgeous artwork! Stay Tuned. 🙂

Thank you for visiting, for reading & sharing your time with me. May you always have Space to Dream! -Stacie