Friday, May 25, 2018

Kingdom of Dreams

Here is the opening poem to the third and final book in The Dream ChroniclesDragon 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 May 25, 2018

I hope you enjoyed this early glimpse into Dragon Kingdom. I'll be taking a blogging break in June & July to enjoy a fun-filled summer with my kids.  Be sure to sign up for a summer reading program and spend time with some good books! Here's a great link to get started: 15 Free Summer Reading Programs
Here's a peek into what I'll be blogging about this Fall 2018
Behind the Scenes: The Mom Writing Life & Writing for Kids 
Dragon Kingdom: Irish Myths & Legends, Mythical Beasts from Around the World, & more Previews from Dragon Kingdom & The Wishing Stone, Book 3 of The Dream Chronicles
Thank you for visiting My Author Blog. 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. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Audiobook Available! Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword

Overjoyed to announce that the audiobook for Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword is now available on Audible! It will also be available on Amazon & iTunes soon. 

Click here to find it on Audible: Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword: Audiobook



Thank you for visiting my Author Blog. Have a magical day! -Stacie 



Monday, April 30, 2018

Audiobook in Production: Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword

I'm happy to announce that Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword is now in audio production! The audiobook will be available on Audible, Amazon & iTunes this May 2018. Narrated by actor/singer Deva Marie Gregory, this second volume in The Dream Chronicles features new magical characters & exciting action! Don't miss out on listening to a performance that is sure to enchant young listeners. Stay tuned for an update when the audiobook is available!



Thank you for visiting my Author Blog. Have a magical day! -Stacie 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Happy Poem in your Pocket Day! A Spring Awakening.


April is one of my favorite months of the year, because we get to enjoy both Spring and Poetry! April is National Poetry Month, and today is Poem in your Pocket Day - literally, a day to carry a poem around in your pocket. Widely celebrated by teachers and educators, it's a great day to get out, read and share a poem! I hope you are celebrating by soaking in the beautiful spring sights, sounds & smells of nature around you. Here is a poem from my collection, Spring Awakening: Poems.




Happy Spring! My photo – taken on a lakefront morning walk.


Spring Afternoon
Quiet birds chitter-chattering
leaves rustling, trees swaying gently
fat white clouds moving, drifting across the soft blue sky.
A wind catches my papers, blowing them across
freshly mown grass, the scent of it
heavy in the warm air.
Bright pink flowers blooming
a small green lizard climbing the chair
next to mine, creeping fast.
A breeze blows the empty swings
awaiting children
their sounds of laughter, squeals of delight
filling the April air
when the yellow school bus
arrives home.
Copyright Stacie Eirich April 26, 2018
Originally published @www.spacetodream.org & in Spring Awakening: Poems
Listen to selected poems from this collection on Soundcloud: 

Thank you for visiting my Author Blog. Have a magical day! -Stacie 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Happy National Poetry Month! Be Inspired.

Unicorn Book of Magic Greeting Card by Trudi Simmonds
Happy National Poetry Month! Throughout April, I hope you notice the light being shone upon poetry where you live, in classrooms, and in the media. I am excited to see the beautiful, inspiring, whimsical & funny poems that this month brings.  There are so many different ways that poetry can look & feel – and all are worth exploring! Today, I am sharing the poetry that first fascinated me & still keeps my heart today – inspirational, magical children’s poetry. As a mother, I can now experience it anew with my children.

My daughter loves art of all kinds. We have bins bulging full of colored pencils, markers, crayons and paints – sketching pads, note pads, papers of all colors, shapes and sizes. Her drawings are often of rainbows, family members, friends, school, playgrounds, animals – real things that she has seen, touched and experienced. People she loves. But lately, her drawings feature magical creatures. Here is her drawing, and my poem for today.
Unicorn
There she stands
beauty, white as snow
cascading mane upon her neck
her satiny purple eyes aglow. 

There she stands
high upon a mountaintop
next to a rainbow
shining in its colourful light.

There she stands
glorious creature of the clouds
holding her head high
proud to be alive and free!

There she stands
a symbol for those who believe
letting those who do
see the magic she beholds.

There she stands
making wishes comes true
and people into believers
for she is 
a Unicorn. 
Copyright Stacie Eirich April 20, 2018
Also previously published on www.spacetodream.org & in Canvas of Imagination: Poems
Seeing her drawing and reading the poem I wrote, I think of how children remind us of the magic all around us, if only we allow ourselves to see and believe. Reading, writing, poetry, music – the arts – offer so many ways to enrich our souls and cultivate creativity. I hope that my daughter will always have a love of creating, of dreaming, and mostly that she’ll never stop believing in magic – and in herself.

To celebrate National Poetry Month in April 2016, I published a collection titled Canvas of Imagination: Poems. It includes Unicorn plus 15 other poems I wrote in my childhood. Available on Amazon for $0.99 – I hope it inspires kids & teens to read, write, and seek out more poetry.

Thanks for stopping by my Author Blog. Have a magical day! -Stacie 
p.s. Below is a beautiful video, a spoken word poem that expresses the wonder of a child and encourages adults to recapture that wonder. Never stop wondering, imagining, & dreaming! This is the heart of children’s poetry.


Friday, April 13, 2018

Audiobook Available! Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny

I'm excited to announce that the audiobook of Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny is now available!

Click this link to find it on Audible: Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny: Audiobook

Or Click here to find it on Amazon: Audiobook on Amazon

Or Click here to find it on iTunes: Audiobook on iTunes


Thanks for visiting my Author Blog. Have a magical day! -Stacie 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Story of the Not-So-Colorful Butterfly



The Story of the Not-So-Colorful Butterfly

by Stacie Eirich

Illustrated by Tina Wijesiri



Once upon a time there lived a not-so-colorful butterfly 

named Sunny. 



She hadn't started out that way. She began life as a colorful 

caterpillar – bright pea green and mustard yellow with black  

spots.



She climbed trees with her caterpillar friends, May and June.



Sunny loved climbing, and she loved munching on leaves, 


right after the rain when they were ripe and juicy. 



But what she loved more than anything was to tell stories. 



Her stories were full of adventure – pirates, witches and 


wizards, brave heroes who fought dragons and princesses 


who spoke their minds. 




She loved to sit up high in her tree and weave tales to the 

other caterpillars, spinning a magical story web around 

them. 


She told them in sun and shade, and at night by the light 

of the moon. 


Her friends loved to listen, but agreed that Sunny was, well, 

little strange. Or at least, different from them.




Sunny and her friends dreamed of the day when they would 

spin into a chrysalis, beginning their transformations into 

butterflies. 


Sunny imagined her wings with rainbow colors that would 

sparkle in the sunlight.




One day in late Winter, when the first Spring buds were 

forming on the trees, Sunny curled into a candy cane shape, 

hanging upside down from a small branch, and began to 

spin her chrysalis. 



After two long weeks of work, Sunny popped out in 

excitement! 


She imagined how beautiful her rainbow wings must look. 


She flew quickly down to a stream not far from her tree, 

peering into the water at her reflection. 


“No!” she gasped aloud, hopping a step back. She couldn't 

believe her eyes! 


Staring back at her was a butterfly as black as night, with not 

a speck of color or pattern. 




This was not what she had imagined at all! No, no – this 

would not do. What would her friends look like? And what 

would they say when they saw her? 


She couldn't bear to find out. She lowered her head, flapping 

quickly away to hide high up in the tree, in the shade of 

some leaves. 


If only I could be a caterpillar again, she thought. 


The sun rose higher in the sky as she sat thinking all day, 

thinking so hard that she didn't even notice when the sun set 

and May and June perched down on some branches beside 

her.



Wow, what big wings you have!” May said. 


“You look like the midnight sky” said June. “We've missed 

your stories – tell us one please!”


“Yes, tell us one!” May echoed.


Sunny hesitated. Did she really look like the midnight sky? 

She looked up at the vast, dark blue, purply-black sky 

above her, dotted with tiny stars. It was beautiful.


Sunny let out a long, slow breath and began: “Once upon a 

time, there was a not-so-colorful butterfly..” 


As she spoke, she felt just like she had as a caterpillar – 

breathless, excited, full of adventure and dreams.


Sunny smiled. She felt beautiful, just as she was.


The End 

Copyright 4/1/2018 Stacie Eirich

*Note to Readers & Parents* This story will also soon be featured at these wonderful and completely free reading sites for young readers: www.storyberries.com & www.childrens-stories.net

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Happy Easter 2018! 


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Thank you for visiting my Author Blog. Have a magical Easter Sunday, and a beautiful Spring week ahead! 
-Stacie








Friday, March 23, 2018

Tales from the Emerald Isle


I've always loved the stories and the music that come from Ireland. And though I'm definitely an American girl, I feel a strong connection to the Emerald Isle - it's magic and it's mythology. There is a magnetic pull that happens when I hear the lilt of an Irish harp, or "see" Irish tales spinning upon the pages. They mystify me. They enchant me. And there's nothing a fan of fantasy likes more than to be swept away from where we live, into a land where faeries fly through fields of dazzling green, and selkies swim in the deep blue waters of the sea. Where brave warriors, Kings & Queens battle supernatural gods & goddesses, druids & sorceresses in the Mists of Avalon. Where leprechauns & pookas play nasty tricks, and faeries swap human babies for changelings. 

Ireland is a land of great beauty, great art - but it has been also a land of darkness & suffering. We see this through the rich history of tales that have been left behind & passed down through generations. Because the mythology and folklore of any land was originally shared orally, the written tales we read now may differ slightly - but the overall messages and magical creatures in them, and their emotional stories remain mysterious and magical.  These stories are deeply rooted to the land they come from, and the Irish people who believed in them - or still believe in them today. 


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Dragon Kingdom & The Wishing Stone, Book 3 of the Dream Chronicles, is inspired by the mystery & magic of Irish mythology, folklore & fairy tales. It isn't the first time I've been drawn to write something Celtic inspired, though it will be the first time I'm using Celtic & Irish themes and magical creatures to create an entire book! It's a daunting but also fascinating process, and I can honestly say that I am enjoying the research as much as the writing. In fact, I feel that at the end I just may need to book myself a trip to the Emerald Isle!  

These two books are written for young audiences. Perfect for kids at middle-grade reading level who are interested in Irish fairy tales, mythology & folklore:


  • Magic Tree House Research Guide: Leprechauns & Irish Folklore by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce (A Nonfiction Companion to Leprechaun in Late Winter) Random House NYC 2010.
  • The Mystery and Magic Series: Magicians and Fairies by Robert Ingpen & Molly Pelham, Chelsea House Publishers, 1996 -This book is a dictionary of fairies, magical creatures & mythical places, and is also sprinkled with a few famous tales, including The Fairy Nurse from Ireland.
Listed below are classic collections of Celtic tales written for audiences young & old, including two of the many collections of tales available by famous Irish writers Oscar Wilde & W.B. Yeats.






  • The Lilac Fairy Book, Edited by Andrew Lang. Dover Publications, Inc. NYC. 1968. Originally published in 1910, this collection includes (among others) tales from Ireland, Scotland & Wales.
  • The Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde. Signet Classics.
  • The Celtic Twilight: Faerie & Folklore: W. B. Yeats. Dover Publications.

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I hope you've enjoyed today's trip to the Emerald Isle! I'll be sharing more looks into my writing and research process for Dragon Kingdom & The Wishing Stone in future posts.

Next Up: I'm sharing a short children's story with a springtime theme, perfect for beginning readers! I hope you will enjoy reading it along with the children you love.

Thank you for visiting my Author Blog. Have a magical day! -Stacie


Monday, March 5, 2018

Audiobook Announcement! The Dream Chronicles

I am excited to announce that the audiobook of Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny, Volume 1 of The Dream Chronicles, is now in production!


Having the series available in audio format is important to me, and was always my intention. For those of you who know me personally, this won't be surprising. My life has been guided by passions in both liberal and fine arts, and my pen is often guided by the music I'm either listening to or preparing to perform. With a background onstage as well, I also believe firmly in the power of stories shared aloud. Particularly by those who can bring characters to life for their audience, and inspire them!

While I considered narrating the series myself, I ultimately decided to find a professional voiceover artist with a youthful, exuberant energy that is sure to entertain young listeners.

http://www.devamarie.com/
Drum Roll please....I'm very pleased to introduce Ms. Deva Marie Gregory as the narrator for The Dream Chronicles! A working actor, singer & voiceover artist - she brings Suzie, Jack, Tiger King Sampson - and all the magical characters & adventure of The Dream Chronicles to life with her engaging performance.

The audiobook for Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny will be available on Audible, Amazon & ITunes in April 2018. Production & Release of the audiobook for Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword, will follow.

Stay tuned for more audiobook announcements! My next post will feature Irish Fairy Tales from Oscar Wilde & W.B. Yeats, sources of my writing inspiration for Volume 3 of The Dream Chronicles, Dragon Kingdom & The Wishing Stone. Thank you for visiting, and have a magical day!

-Stacie Eirich, Author








Monday, February 19, 2018

Welcome!

Welcome to my New Author Website!



I hope you will continue to follow my writing adventures here. I'm still in the process of setting this website up, but you will soon find info & previews from all my published books here.  My goal is to post at least 2-3 times a month about the work I'm currently doing, and also share book reviews and thoughts on writing as time permits.

Posts coming soon are related to my writing research for the next book in The Dream Chronicles series, Dragon Kingdom & The Wishing Stone. The third and final book in my fantasy series for middle-grade readers, it will be Suzie & Jack's most magical - and exciting - adventure yet!


Future post themes include:
  • 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. Have a magical day!
-Stacie Eirich, Writer & Author of The Dream Chronicles

p.s. Important Notes! 

*My previous website, www.spacetodream.org will remain viewable through June, 2018 - but I will not be updating it any further! 


*All future posts will be here www.writerstacieeirich.blogspot.com Thank you for following me!

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