Arctic Inspirations

As I begin delving into the writing process for my second novel, Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword, I’ve been doing research to both educate & inspire. I’ve been amazed by what I’ve learned about the Arctic Circle and the animals that inhabit its frozen land & waters. While my first point of research was the Polar Bear – the arctic is also home to whales, narwhals, seals, wolves, hares, lemmings & terns (arctic birds). Some of these fascinating animals have already found their way into my story! I’ve also become even more aware of the danger global warming poses to their arctic environment, and the urgency of need for change in order to preserve their land & lives. Similar to Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny and the rainforests, it seems impossible to write a story set in a world like the arctic without also taking time to inform my readers about it, which is why I am certain there will be a short non-fiction element within Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword as well.

I’ve also read & revisited fairytales and folktales from Northern Europe that will influence the character’s journeys & magic within my own story, specifically, two tales from Norway – East of the Sun, West of the Moon & White Bear King Valemon.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Bear Kingdom 

A land of bone-chilling cold

brisk, crisp wind and shimmering snow

of polar bears hunting, their sharp claws and fierce teeth

piercing solid ice in the frigid air.

Shimmering, glimmering stars and a cold, full moon

of white ice, brilliant blue.

On the tallest mountain of snow stands a glittering ice castle

locked in the heart of the bears lair, the center of a frozen cave

lies the gleaming, golden sword

the wishing stone at its center

warm rainbow colors shining, beaming

through the ice, searching for her owners

radiating a warmth of light

in an everlasting winter.

          Copyright Stacie Eirich Feb 6, 2017 (Original post Aug 27, 2016) 

White Bear King Valemon

I hope you will continue on this journey with me as I endeavour to write the story of Suzie, Jack & their friends in their adventures in Bear Kingdom! I’ll post inspirations, updates & previews as I write, and look forward to publishing the novel later this year.

May you be inspired to do what fills your heart – and thank you for stopping by Space to Dream. -Stacie

Stories, Fairytales & Dreams

A continuation of my previous post, Visual Poems: A Breath for Eye, Mind & Soul — here are some of my latest creations which combine photography, art & poetry.


Her footsteps echoed among shelves covered in dust,

rows of pages colored with age but alive,

stories she needed to breathe.

img_1958She lay in a red rose garden amongst thistle & brier,

fingers resting in hues of gold lion’s fur,

lost in fanciful dreams.


Ribbons of light dance beside windswept pages,

pen scrawling poems as the sky changes color,

dreams falling onto pages like leaves

in the September Sun.


She cries porcelain tears,

painting her face with sadness,

waiting for him to fill her empty heart

with a sky full of rainbow stars.


In the stillness of night my shadow extends,

soul tattered & worn, a skeleton of a woman

etched in the silver tranquility of the moon.


She dreamt of him under cherry blossoms,

salty sea wind in her hair,

eyes full of moonlight,

teardrops falling on crimson rose.

Stacie Eirich Copyright September 25, 2016

Thank you for reading! These short poems and beautiful images reflect some of the things I love most — nature, fairy tales, dreams & books. There are endless stories out there, if only we look & listen for them. Have a wonderful week–with moments to read, listen & dream. -Stacie 

*Note* I do not own the artwork (Google free images) above, only the words. 


Eternal Winter & Love’s Return

The weekend challenge over @Toads is to write a micro-poem (10 lines or less) using ‘because it is my heart’ as a frame of reference. Thinking of how hearts are often desired, taken or somehow changed in fairy tales — I wrote two connected poems that form one magical story. Having recently read a re-telling of The Snow Queen, my poems draw heavily from that fairy tale — as well as another favorite fairy tale, The Sleeping Beauty.  And finally, it is also influenced by my memory of Andrew Lang’s The Green Fairy Book.

Eternal Winter
The Snow Queen by

Eternal Winter

High atop a mountain, in a castle on a hill

A princess born under a sparkling summer sun

Skin white as milk, hair spun of gold, lips red as rose

Many journeyed from far and wide to bestow their gifts upon her

Disguised among them, a jealous witch wove a spell around her

A chill arose in the air, summer turning to winter

Freezing her heart so no love could enter.

Though she grew in beauty and grace, the space where her heart should be held a vast, gaping hole

The hill buried in a thick blanket of snow, the castle upon it turned to ice

Locked in the eternal winter of her frozen heart.

Copyright July 31 2016 Stacie Eirich 

Love's Return

Love’s Return 

From far across the land, a peasant boy journeyed to rescue the princess’s heart, seeking to return love to her empty breast

In peril he trod through ice & snow, bravely fighting hairy, clawed beasts and sharp-toothed dragons

Victorious, yet injured-he emerged, the princess’s still beating heart in his hands

Swiftly he ran with his last ounce of energy, up the snowy hill to her castle of ice

She lay inside, lifeless and still.

Gently he placed her heart inside the empty hole, the air around them warming

Bathing the princess and the peasant boy in a golden glow, the sun rising

Breathing a long sigh, she woke.

Her heart beating strong, filled with new love, she embraced the boy in thanks, her tears flowing to heal his wounds, the ice melting away

The summer sun returning to shine brightly, high atop the  mountain, over the castle on the hill.

Copyright July 31 2016 Stacie Eirich

If you are interested in further reading on fairytales, I highly recommend a visit to Surlalune, one of the best websites for reading & research on them that I’ve found. Here are a couple links:

Surlalune, Annotated Tales

Surlalune, Andrew Lang Fairy Books

Happy Reading and Writing! Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a wonderful start to the new week ahead. 🙂