Thursday, October 11, 2018

Audiobook Review: Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny




Today I'm happy to share a positive review of the audiobook for Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny, Book 1 in The Dream Chronicles - from Becca at Audiobook Reviewer. For every author, reviews are so important - and I'm truly thankful for each and every reader and listener who takes the time to write them.

Happy Reading, Listening & Writing! Have a great day, and thank you for visiting my author blog. Stay tuned for updates and previews of Book 3 in  The Dream Chronicles - Dragon Kingdom & The Wishing Stone!

-Stacie


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Fall 2018: On Writing - & Spinning for Inspiration


As September rushes in and Autumn begins, I find myself writing here for the first time in three months! After breaking my arm & wrist in July and putting my manuscript for Dragon Kingdom & The Wishing Stone, Book 3 of The Dream Chronicles, away for a while - I've hunkered down to begin polishing and readying it for publication this December. These days, my day hours are filled with amazing magical creatures and exciting adventures with Suzie, Jack, Elena & Liam - the young characters who've become almost as real to me as my own children. And while I don't want to part with them, I'm certain that Book 3 will give a satisfying end to their stories and The Dream Chronicles series. 

My penchant for poetry and short stories hasn't abated, and my pen fervently continued working (while my arm & wrist healed) on drafting some new pieces through the end of summer. I hastened to get some submissions in to literary reviews, journals and magazines in August, knowing that when the season changed I'd want to put my focus back on Dragon Kingdom. Having submitted them, I closed my spiral notebook, began to force my healing hand to type again - and got to work. 

Last week, I received my first two responses from editors. Rejections - albeit personally written ones, which to any writer almost counts as a success. But not quite. I filed them in a folder, and kept on working. 

After a weekend filled with kid's activities and friends - I felt far away from my writing when I woke up Monday morning. Though this is normal, because weekends are family time and never writing time for me - it's also true that the rejections were stuck in the back of my mind like leftover gum, just hanging there making a sticky, unproductive mess.

Instead of sitting down at my desktop computer at 8:30am and pulling up my manuscript, I headed to the gym. Sometimes a 60 minute, high voltage spin class is like turning on a faucet, clearing my mind enough to make way for writing inspiration to begin to trickle in. 

And so, I spun. 

Once I had reached the 60 minute mark, I kept going for 30 more. And anyone who's been in spin class with me knows that if it goes beyond 60, I get a little crazy. But for me, it's a good crazy. A sweaty, dizzy, singing like the late Queen-of -Soul-Aretha crazy. 

Showered and home later that morning, I sat down to my desktop and began to write. After a good hour of steady work that I felt was passable (though maybe not as inspired as I had hoped), I checked my email. I had another response from an editor. 

The first lines began, "Thank you for your interest - and the effort you spent on your submission.." 

Certain that this was a rejection, I almost didn't continue reading the email. But then my eyes spied a word partway down the page. 

Congratulations! 

My work had been accepted. And to any writer, this is a thing worth celebrating - no matter how small the piece you wrote, and no matter how small the press publishing it. Someone has acknowledged that what you wrote is good and is willing to help it find an audience - someone (other than yourself) thinks that it matters. And that's a wonderful thing. 

(Side Note: If I've quoted Elizabeth Gilbert's novel on creativity here, Big Magic - I assure you it's unintentional. But I recently finished listening to the audiobook (read by the author) and know she spoke about this part of a writer's experience in a similar way. Guess what? She was right.) 



For now, I'll let the joy of my latest small publishing success spur me forward - as I endeavor to keep creating, keep writing - and bring Dragon Kingdom & The Wishing Stone to life for my readers. For now, I hope you'll enjoy my latest published work - 2 poems in MUSED - Bellaonline Literary Review, the Autumn Equinox 2018 issue. 

http://www.bellaonline.com/review/issues/fall2018/

And thank you for visiting my author blog. Happy Fall! -Stacie 



Friday, June 15, 2018

Wee Tales Vol. 8

For the second time this summer I’m happy to share that I have newly published writing! This time it’s a short story appearing in Wee Tales Vol. 8 from Golden Fleece Publishing. Golden Fleece is a small press that puts out several journals a year for kids, teens and adults. Wee Tales features short stories, poems & puzzles for kids.

You can read my story in the latest issue of Wee Tales Vol.8, which was published on June 11, 2018. Get the journal in print or PDF versions at these links:


Wee Tales Vol. 8: Print


Happy Summer Reading! And thank you for visiting my Author Blog. 
-Stacie 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June 2018 Ruby Magazine


Take a look at this month's issue of Ruby Magazine! You'll find inspirational articles, book recommendations, short stories, recipes - and four of my poems in it's pages. I'm so happy to break my "no blogging for the summer" policy to share this news with you!

Ruby is a beautiful magazine for women by women that is available digitally and in print. Don't miss this good summer read!

June 2018 Ruby Magazine: Print

June 2018 Ruby Magazine: Digital



Wishing you a safe, fun and relaxing summer. Thank you for visiting my Author Blog! Have a magical day.

Stacie

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 

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.

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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