Over the last three years here at Altworld we have battled shadowy creatures on the dark streets of Baltimore in the Tether Saga, rode the magic of Once Upon a Time in the Ninth Kingdom in The Wonder Tales, delved into grimness of Steampunk with Flight of the Phoenix, glimpsed moments of altered reality with Flash Fiction shorts, jumped the madness of writers block with the unique mashup of comic book and narrative prose in Exposition, witnessed the horror of war with Sigmartyr and followed a brave Teddy Bear who defends his child from the Monsters under the Bed in A Teddy Bear Tale. It has been quite a ride into my imaginings and we’ve only just begun… Mount up my friends, here in 2013 I start changing your reality as I bring you even more wonders I have seen… You ready for this?
When I was kid going through Primary School we used to have assemblies three times a week where we would all get together in a big school hall, listen to school announcements and get some-type of moral lecture, and then sing songs from our little blue hymn books.
In this little book was one particular song that fired my imagination every time we sang it, which sadly wasn’t that often. It was called ‘When a Knight won his Spurs’, a folk song by Jan Struther written in 1931. Although those assemblies have long since stopped I still find myself singing this song from time to time and taking inspiration from it. You can listen to a version of the song after the jump. Continue reading →
The Daughter of Frost – Illustration by Terra Bidlespacher
Terra Bidlespacher the artist for The Daughter of Frost Kickstarter project sent me the first finished page for this whimsical Fairy Tale. It is the Woodcutter and his wife making a snow family as Jack Frost looks on.
Together in the morning light, they rolled snowballs and built three snow people. One was the Woodcutter, the other was his wife, and the smaller was their snow child that they never had. Arm in arm they looked at the snow family and smiled, lost in the memory of what they might have had. The wife cried small tears of sadness. “I am sorry my dear husband, I know you mean well. I just wish for a child so I can see you glad.”
The Woodcutter smiled and kissed his wife on the check, “Do not worry my dear wife, we have lived a good life and one day we will get our reward. I love you deeply and wish for no more.”
Aneira the Daughter of Frost by Terra Bidlespacher
Once Upon a Time in a land far far away the Fairy of Spring and Jack Frost had a daughter they named Aneira. Who they gave to a childless Woodcutter and his wife so their daughter could experience the love and affection of mortal parents. This is her story, a classic fairy tale of winter, of love, of good, of evil and the power of innocence…
What is the Daughter of Frost?
The Daughter of Frost was written for my beautiful Daughter, so I could read to her a story that started with Once Upon a Time. She really enjoyed the story, and after awhile it became part of my original all ages fantasy fairy tale series called The Wonder Tales.
I want to do something really special with this story, I’ve recruited the services of the amazing almost ethereal Terra Bidlespacher of White Stag Art to help me illustrate this tale with some magical, whimsical illustrations. With her help I hope to turn The Daughter of Frost into fully illustrated fairy tale book, the sort of book we turned the pages of when we were young, that fired our imaginations to the magic and wonder of the world just beyond our fingers. A story that can be treasured and shared with your kids. Help this story get illustrated by helping it launch on Kickstarter at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/altworld/the-daughter-of-frost-a-fairy-tale-written-for-my