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








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