Entering Dragon Kingdom

January was a month of returning to routines, recovery from flu and colds, and novel writing research, with many of my days spent between the shelves in the library. It is a task I’m always happy to take on, one which is sometimes more thrilling than the act of writing something new. But as I read fascinating tales & ancient mythologies from far off lands, ideas for my own tales never cease to rush forth. Consequently, for each hour I’ve spent in research, another will be spent in my own writing.

And so, as Winter come to an end here in Louisiana and the colorful Mardi Gras celebrations parade down our streets – it is with a sense of accomplishment that I feel the Spring begin. With an entire novel synopsis completed and the bones of a story beginning to grow & take shape on my pages, I’m ready to share a bit of Dragon Kingdom with you!

Here is the opening poem to the third and final book in The Dream Chronicles, Dragon Kingdom & The Wishing Stone.


Dragon Kingdom

A Kingdom in the sky, it floats above the clouds,

filled with magical, mythical birds of all colors and types,

both mysterious and magical, it remains unseen by those below.

Ruled by a fiery Dragon Queen,

her silver scales glistening diamonds

her voice musical & majestic.

 

The Dragon Castle glitters with jewel colored wings,

whilst sounds of birdsong float continuously through the air,

and fairies play, their mischievous eyes glinting as they laugh,

their bell-like voices mixing with chirps in the breeze.

 

Dragons soar in figure eight patterns, cutting a brilliant rainbow

through an azure sky, the yellow meadowlark trilling her song,

as she sits high atop the castle tower,

marking time like a clock at noon.

 

Then the clouds part as a shock of colorful wings

blaze through them, the sun lowering

and setting in a brilliant orange-red glow,

bathing Dragon Castle in an almost ghostly light,

each turret marked

by a pair of watchful eyes

and a set of feathered wings at its perch.

 

Night rises with clear and full moonlight,

shifting the sky from crimson to soft velvet blue,

and the voice of the nightingale sings,

the sky’s canvas deepening to a rich midnight purple.

 

A Kingdom of dreams, filled with fairy magic,

it shimmers with light, born from stories,

and fed with imaginations, it is the magical place

where the Wishing Stone was created.

Copyright Stacie Eirich February 2, 2018


I hope you enjoyed this early glimpse into Dragon Kingdom. Upcoming posts will highlight my research for the novel & include a peek into:

  •  Irish Fairy Tales & the works of Oscar Wilde & W.B. Yeats
  •  Irish Myths & Legends, including Magical Stones
  •  Mythical Beasts from Around the World

Thank you for visiting Space to Dream. Have a magical day! –Stacie 

*Note* Any shared artworks in this or future posts are NOT illustrations from my upcoming book. They are free google images. 

Children’s Book Review: The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street 


The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street, by Lindsay Currie, is a middle-grade suspense novel that will give you chills and tickle your funny bone. In it, we meet seventh-grader Tessa and her quirky, artistic & loveable family. When her father’s new job with the Chicago Symphony moves them from Florida to Illinois, the novel embarks on a storyline that will be familiar to many readers: the upheaval of Tessa’s comfortable routine, leaving behind her best friend, and the tension of starting a new school in an unfamiliar place where she doesn’t know anyone. But what makes this story unique is its basis in a real Chicago ghost story in history, and because I grew up near Chicago, I remembered it. This made the experience of reading the novel even more fascinating for me, but the mysterious ways in which Currie drops clues will keep all readers interested.

Not long after Tessa and her family have moved into their Chicago home, a greystone that is over a hundred years old, she begins seeing and hearing unusual, creepy things. Her mother’s art supplies go inexplicably missing, there are mysterious drawings in her sketchpad, crying sounds in the night, and her brother’s ventriloquist dummy doll cries real tears. There is a goosebump chill factor to Currie’s writing that recalls R.L. Stine, and in fact there are small references in the book to 90s pop culture that seem to let readers know what the writer herself may have had experience with growing up. As an adult reader, these type of finds within a children’s book are delicious. For young readers, I imagine it could lead them to new and interesting things!

Beyond the excitement of things that go bump in the night, the strength of this novel is in its characters and their developing friendships. Tessa’s new friends – Andrew, Nina & Richie – each have unique personalities that spark off the page. In a book that could have focused completely on solving the mystery of Tessa’s haunted house, it also became a story about the importance of friendship. Tessa’s friends play an integral part in her journey of beginning a new school, learning to navigate a new city and helping her solve a mystery over a century old. Also deserving of a mention is that there is a girl who hangs a bit on the edges of Tessa’s new friendships – Cassidy, a girl who isn’t immediately welcoming and Tessa doesn’t know why. Though not given a lot of attention, this part of the story is important because it is through a challenging relationship like this that middle-grade readers will feel the story’s reality. Middle school is tough,. Making new friends is tough. Understanding our differences is….really tough. But, as Tessa learns, seeing our truths is important.

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street is ultimately a book about challenge, independence, friendship and the importance of figuring out who we really are. These seemingly heavy topics are made lighter by wrapping them inside of a spine-tingling ghost story. Kids will love the laughs, chills and moments of sweetness it brings, and hopefully look beyond the book for information on the real Chicago ghost legend itself. When I finished the book, it made me nostalgic to return home myself, and perhaps visit Graceland Cemetery to see the famed statue of one brave girl. But before I make the journey, I’ll be sure to call my friends.

*Review based on ARC copy received from NetGalley.

https://www.netgalley.com/book/112004/review/424591

Also posted on Goodreads and Instagram @KidlitExchange. Book publishing release date 10/10/17.

Goodreads Review Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2089732519

Instagram Review @suzieandjack @kidlitexchange

❤️📚Book Review! The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street, by Lindsay Currie, is a middle-grade suspense novel that will give you chills and tickle your funny bone. In it, we meet seventh-grader Tessa and her quirky, artistic & loveable family. When her father's new job with the Chicago Symphony moves them from Florida to Illinois, the novel embarks on a storyline that will be familiar to many readers: the upheaval of Tessa's comfortable routine, leaving behind her best friend, and the tension of starting a new school in an unfamiliar place where she doesn't know anyone. But what makes this story unique is its basis in a real Chicago ghost story in history, and because I grew up near Chicago, I remembered it. This made the experience of reading the novel even more fascinating for me, but the mysterious ways in which Currie drops clues will keep all readers interested. Not long after Tessa and her family have moved into their Chicago home, a greystone that is over a hundred years old, she begins seeing and hearing unusual, creepy things. Her mother's art supplies go inexplicably missing, there are mysterious drawings in her sketchpad, crying sounds in the night, and her brother's ventriloquist dummy doll cries real tears. There is a goosebump chill factor to Currie's writing that recalls R.L. Stine, and in fact there are small references in the book to 90s pop culture that seem to let readers know what the writer herself may have had experience with growing up. As an adult reader, these type of finds within a children's book are delicious. For young readers, I imagine it could lead them to new and interesting things! Beyond the excitement of things that go bump in the night, the strength of this novel is in its characters and their developing friendships. Tessa's new friends – Andrew, Nina & Richie – each have unique personalities that spark off the page. Read my full review on Netgalley or Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2089732519 Thank you to @netgalley and @kidlitexchange for this ARC. Publishing date 10/10/17! #bookreview #middlegrade #mystery #peculiarincident #kidlit #readwithyourkids #tigerkingdom #repost @meetmissmagee

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Stacie Eirich is a writer as well as an avid reader & book reviewer. She holds a Masters Degree in English Studies from Illinois State University. She has published four books of poetry and a children’s novel: Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny. She lives north of New Orleans, and is currently writing her second children’s novel.

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