Evening, Morning (with Previews!)

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Gwyneth:

Something about the new Bower unsettles me.

I can’t decide if it’s the unfinished nature of it, my reluctance to rebuild a Land without My King. I fear I shall never be able to recapture the Dance of Gwyneth and Janus.

It might be just the seeming immaterial-ness of it all. Is that even a word? It is now.

I walked around the sparsely furnished room that serves as my bedchamber, and I thought of Nathaniel’s and my cottage by the sea, and it made me smile.

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No need for a fire in the big fireplace now.

No need for a fire in the big fireplace now; the nights are warm enough that I can leave the great windows open much of the time.

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So much work to be done. Am I ready?

So much work to be done. Am I ready?

This gorgeous dress is the Ivy Rose gown from The White Armory. It’ll be at We ❤ RP on the 4th of June. As with everything from The White Armory, it comes in a good array of colours, fits beautifully, and the prim accents work perfectly to give the dress a feel of ebb and flow. I particularly like the texturing on the belt.

There is no way to tell whether I’m ready, of course. The only thing to do is go to sleep, and see what the morning brings. Go to sleep, I told myself, and dream, dream of creation. Dream of the bower-to-be. Dream of the Seelie Lands in almost-summer, that apex of power. Dream.

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Morning found me dawdling over my breakfast. No big surprise there.

Morning found me dawdling over my breakfast. No big surprise there. Bran has taken to pretending we’re at some posh café in Amsterdam, and he giggles when I produce Euros from my belt pouch. Teases with me to leave him a good tip. I just give him a look. Then he usually gives me a kiss (chaste, but with an undercurrent of passion, just the way I like them). This morning, he reminded me that I had work to do. So, sighing, I took to the air to peruse the floating Island of the Seelie Lands. A forest, I decided. There should be a forest here.

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I do so love a good forest.

I do so love a good forest. And, it must be said, I’m good at forests. I didn’t ask for the dog, but he seemed determined to stay. I’ve never been much of a dog person, but whatever. He told me his name is Guardian, which, OK, is not all that imaginative, but then again, he’s a dog. He really seemed much more interested in the fox— who froze the moment she caught a whiff of him—than he was in me, which was OK with me, because I’m pretty sure dog slobber impedes Fae magic.

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I finished my morning libations to Her Who Gives Us Life, and turned to fly back to the bower, visible in the distance atop its own floating Island.

I finished my morning libations to Her Who Gives Us Life, and turned to fly back to the bower, visible in the distance atop its own floating Island.

But then I realised something.

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For the first time since Ascending to the Throne….I felt old.

For the first time since Ascending to the Throne….I felt old. Not decrepit, but ageless, as if this Summer upon us were only one of an endless succession of Summers, leading to an endless succession of Autumns.

I wonder how many seasons I shall have to spend without a King to balance me? How long can I carry this burden?

The dress and beautiful headpiece are both from EvalineInTheBox, and they’ll be available for purchase at the upcoming Fair Play: Second Life Is A Game event, which opens on the first of June, just hours from this writing. I’ll put a landmark in the style card section for you. The dress comes in several colours, and it’s two-piece, so you can mix and match. The crown is a gacha!

And then it all seemed not worth worrying about. Because I made a forest this morning. The dog sniffed at my heels as I lifted into the sky and headed to the bower: no doubt he’ll show up there eventually, begging for this or that, as dogs will. At least the morning wasn’t full of those pesky white owls I keep seeing everywhere.

Style Cards:

Evening:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Jessica
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears
Eyes: Soul, Sidhe Eyes
Skin: Lumae Eirtae, Tone 1
Hair: Analog Dog (natch!), Epsilon
Circlet: Junbug, The Sabrina Circlet
Dress: The White Armory, Ivy Rose Gown in Silver (Coming soon to We ❤ RP!)
Shoes: Deviance, Milady’s Slipper, Snow
Tower: Poëtica, Willow Tower
Fireplace: Noble Creations
Clock: Noble Creations
Café table, chair and tray: Ideza

Morning:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Helena
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears
Eyes: Soul, Sidhe Eyes
Skin: Lumae Eirtae, Tone 1
Hair: Truth, River
Crown: EvalineInTheBox, Starling Headpiece, Emerald (Coming soon to Fair Play!)
Dress: EvalineInTheBox, Eloise Skirt & Top in Cream (Coming soon to Fair Play!)
Shoes: Junbug, Valkyrie Sandals in Light Leather
Wings: Aii The Ugly And Beautiful, Pixie Wings, Light (Available at Enchantment!)
Tattoo: Arise, Let me Be Your Wings Tattoo (Available at Enchantment!)
Makeup: Pichi, Sweet Fairy Makeup Catwa Applier, green (Available at Enchantment!)
Lipstick: The Skinnery, Matte Lip Potion Catwa Applier
Forest: Studio Skye, Enchanted Forest
Pond: Studio Skye, Enchanted Pond
Dog: MeadowWorks, Greyhound- Watcher
Fox: Half-Deer, Fennec Fox, Stargazer

Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I never create forests and have Existential Fae Angst without it!

Find Here Serenity

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Gwyneth:

So much of my life seems to be occurring in dreams right now. It may just be that I’m not as willing to go out and make a new land as I was last time. I miss My King Janus more than I admit. But I must accept that he, like Maric, like so many others, is lost to me. I hope all these losses I’m experiencing will make me very wise and worthy of my office when I grow older. I hope they will.

I have been spending a lot of time in my little garden with the swans. Nathaniel has been busy with Mysthaven Business, which I try not to get involved in, since we mash things up enough as it is.

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I remember walking through a sparse wood.

I remember walking through a sparse wood. I had a snow-covered track to walk on, an day feet didn’t feel cold at all. Eventually, I realised the trees must be growing out of some kind of ice: everything reflected blue and smooth around them.

Then, I saw colours other than white, blue, and the green and silver of the birches: up ahead was what might have been a church ruin perhaps? I imagined I could learns something there, find something out.

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And there were flowers, summer flowers. How odd.

And there were flowers, summer flowers. How odd. When I reached the intersection, I debated whether or not to ascend either of the two flights of stairs, but opted to go straight on after a little bit of thought.

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A series of beautiful lamps—or I assume they were lamps, for they were unlit—lined the side paths.

A series of beautiful lamps—or I assume they were lamps, for they were unlit—lined the side paths. I touched one of them, and the crystal was warm against my skin, but I could find no way to illuminate it. Perhaps they were just decorative.

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I made my way to the centre of the structure, where candles burned.

I made my way to the centre of the structure, where candles burned. Over my head were a series of small lamps shaped like cathedrals. The flowers felt alive and warm against my ankles.

And I read the inscription:

Here is a place of serenity
The lights below flicker with love
For those who fight
And for those who have faded into night
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The lights flicker below
And twinkle above

So it was some kind of memorial. And I did feel peaceful, calm.

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I began to notice little details.

I began to notice little details: the marbling of the granite, the texture and pattern of the window-panels. Even then, the snow didn’t feel cold against my exposed toes. Even as close as three years ago, I’d have stopped to sketch at least some of this, but now I’m confident enough in my memory, and its ability to impress images onto the little tablet computer I keep locked up in a YWCA locker in a land more convinced that magic and technology coincide a bit than Our Wylds.

I turned and ascended the stairs behind me, and almost immediately felt that dizzying sense of transformation that accompanies a scene change in dreams.

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When I reached the top, I held a hand out to catch the staff that seemed to be thrown at me.

When I reached the top, I held a hand out to catch the staff that seemed to have been thrown at me. I felt lighter, felt my hair fall down my back, felt the tightness of a dress I might have worn during my I’m a fairy, so what? phase (or at least that’s what I call that phase).

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And then, I felt inclined to dance.

And then, I felt inclined to dance.

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And dance…

And dance…

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And dance.

And dance.

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When I’d finished, I felt … empty.

When I’d finished, I felt empty. Like weeping. As if this were a safe place for me to let all my tears and sorrow and longings out in tears.

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I admit it: I fell to the floor in a sobbing heap.

I admit it: I fell to the floor in a sobbing heap.

I’m not sure how long after that I woke, in my own bed, feeling more refreshed from a night of sleep than I have in ages.

Style Cards:

Lower Level Photos:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Jessica
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears
Eyes: Soul, Sidhe Eyes
Skin: Lumae Eirtae, Tone 1
Hair: Doe, Emerson, Essentials (Rare!) (Available at Whimsical!)
Circlet: Secrets, Daydreams Flower Tiara, Lavender (Available at the Fantasy Gacha Carnival!)
Dress: Kaithleen’s, Linen Dress, Smoke (Maitreya) (Available at Whimsical!)
Wings: Aii The Ugly And Beautiful, Pixie Wings, Tintable (Available at Enchantment!)
Shoes: Bubble, Mithril Sandals, Lavender (Available at the Fantasy Gacha Carnival!)

Upper Level Photos:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Jessica
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears
Eyes: Soul, Sidhe Eyes
Skin: Lumae Eirtae, Tone 1
Hair: Moon, Barracuda (Available at Whimsical!)
Clothes: Belle Epoque, Find Your Tribe Gacha (Belt, Bodysuit (rare!), Bracers, Feet Piece, Headband, Necklace, Staff) (Available at Whimsical!)

Landscape:
Memorial/Cathedral Wall: Find Here Amenity, by Kaelis Ember, a Fantasy Faire Auction Item, one-of-a-kind
Paths: Happy Mood, Dirt Road
Flowers: The Looking Glass, Dream Fields
Trees: The Little Branch, Mystic Birches
Crystal Lamps: Air, Lacrima Ligmo, Silver (Available at Whimsical!)
Cathedral Lamps, Striped Mocha, Petite Shrine Lantern, Light (Available at Whimsical!)

Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I never have cool dreams without it!

A Dream of White Owl

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Gwyneth:

You know how sometimes you have this dream that just seems completely disjointed when you try to remember it later, but at the time, it all seems connected, like nothing could ever be out of place?

I guess most dreams are like that.

What’s odd for me is the image of the white owl that keeps fluttering through these dreams. I’ve never had a particular affinity for owls. I mean, they’re lovely, and I enjoy watching them, but they are creatures of air and I am a creature of water, inasmuch as I can be a creature of anything except pure magic.

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It began in a Winter Garden

It began in a winter garden. I found myself dancing in front of a crescent moon. Not that that’s unusual or anything: I remember thinking at the time that it was probably a symbolic dream and this was all allegorical. Yeah: I even edit my own dreams. I’m an intrusive and unreliable narrator. It’s like the cast of a weird paranormal fantasy novel up in here.

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And of course the scene changed, like they do.

And of course the scene changed, like they do. I was descending this weird staircase, which obviously led nowhere, but it made perfect sense at the time. Then I noticed this white owl around my neck, which only clocked because I keep noticing white owls turning up in my dreams everywhere.

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Then, another crescent, and a sense of profound disorientation.

Then, another crescent, and a sense of profound disorientation. Where was I, anyway? Why was everything covered with snow? It’s summer. Obviously, not in Australia. But that was “real” world geography, something I shouldn’t even be measuring things by any more. So, yeah. Some kind of dream world and me all underdressed as I often am in dreams, but at least feeling comfortable. I’m sure I was wearing sandals, though I don’t think I ever looked at my feet.

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And speaking of disorientation….

And speaking of disorientation….

The scene changed again, and I was on some kind of pier, watching a ferry disappear into some kind of mountainous distance. Why was I even watching a ferry? Is that how I got tot this place?

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Frankly, it was even weirder than my usual dreams.

Frankly, it was even weirder than my usual dreams. There was nobody around; the whole place seemed deserted.

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I made my way up a set of steps to a boardwalk.

I made my way up a set of steps to a boardwalk. In the distance, there was this gorgeous house, and I promised I’d made my way there. On the boardwalk, it looked like there should have been a market in place, but again, there was no one to be seen. Stuff was just lying around as if all the inhabitants had just disappeared.

So strange.

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I walked further up into the town.

I walked further up in to the town and flicked my hair back from my— yeah, everything had changed again. The clothes notwithstanding, I felt completely out of place in this odd, deserted town. Where were all the people?

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I made my way to sort of an observation area that led to a smaller boardwalk.

I made my way to sort of an observation area that led to a smaller boardwalk. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the house on the beach. It seemed so familiar, as if I should know who lived there, only again, there was no movement except for the waves against the rocks. I could hear birdsong, but I saw no birds.

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I let myself look out over the ocean for a few minutes.

I let myself look out over the ocean for a few minutes. It really was beautiful.

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But then I got this strong feeling it was time to move on. More to explore, I thought; more to see.

But then I got this strong feeling it was time to move on. More to explore, I thought; more to see. Again, the world seemed to spin.

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And it was the middle of the day, but I was dressed to the nines. And nervous.

And it was the middle of the day, but I was dressed to the nines. And nervous. It felt like I was waiting for someone, someone important, but I couldn’t have told you who it was. The house in the background, again, that feeling of prickly familiarity, that I should know who lived there. And wasn’t there a house like that, sometime, some time ago, in the Bower? My old Bower, lost now to Faerie’s intermittent remaking of itself.

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The feeling of anticipation was heady, like that feeling you get when you’re waiting for a first date.

The feeling of anticipation was heady, like that feeling you get when you’re waiting for a first date. What on earth was I doing in a little seaside town — at least I thought it was the same town, dressed like that and feeling like that? I’d even brought out my best jewels for the occasion. I smelled something; was it moss? More than the flowers all around, this was a wet smell. As if everything was wet.

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And then I was walking out the door of a grocery store?

And then I was walking out the door of a grocery store? What was that all about? And wow, torn jeans, and a feeling of comfort, of belonging, like I lived here… and yet still there were no people No one.

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Fresh fruit and veg for days, and no one to buy it.

Fresh fruit and veg for days, and no one to buy it. What was that about? I felt comfortable just picking something up and taking a bite, though. I think it was a cherry. No pun intended.

So. That house. I had to find that house.

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I spotted the chimney in the distance and plotted a path.

I spotted the chimney in the distance and plotted a path.

But before I got there—just before I got there, as a matter of fact, I stopped short. There in the front garden, or what might have been the side garden, of this house, was a statue. My statue. The one I bought at the Great Faire auction for … well, for quite a lot of gold, and I won’t say how much. The statue of the harper, called “The Last Hope”. What was it doing here?

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It felt like I stood there for hours, wondering.

It felt like I stood there for hours, wondering.

Then, I turned and walked toward the house, which appeared from a short distance to be completely empty.

And I woke up. Without ever seeing the house up close. So much for the mystery of why my  statue was outside.

Style Cards:

Winter Garden Photos:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Jessica
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears
Skin: Lumae Eirtae, Tone 3, Bluebell (Available at Enchantment!)
Hair: Damselfly, Finch (Available at Hairology!)
Circlet: Independent Objects, Mearwen Circlet
Dress: Moon Amore, Wild & Free (Available at Collabor88!)
Shoes: Bubble, Mithril Sandals (Available at the Fantasy Gacha Carnival!)
Necklace: Empyrean Forge, The Dreamer: Enlightenment, Barn
Setting: The Outer Garden (Another great find from Ziki Questi’s Blog!)

White Owl Pier Photos:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Jessica
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears
Skin: Lumae Eirtae, Tone 3, Bluebell (Available at Enchantment!)
Hair: Analog Dog, Julieta (Available at Hairology!)
Clothes: DE Designs, Escape Top & Nina Capri (Available at Mesh Body Addicts!)
Shoes: Bleich, Mesh Rey Sandals (Available at The Chapter 4!)
Necklace: Spell, Branch Choker (Available at The Chapter 4!)
Setting: White Owl (which shall remain a mystery for now!)

Town and Observation Pier Photos:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Jessica
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears
Skin: Lumae Eirtae, Tone 3, Bluebell (Available at Enchantment!)
Hair: Runaway, Sophie (Available at Hairology!)
Clothes: Jangka, Corset, Pants & Short Boots (Available at The Fantasy Gacha Carnival!)
Setting: White Owl (which shall remain a mystery for now!)

Garden Pavilion Photos:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Jessica
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears
Skin: Lumae Eirtae, Tone 3, Bluebell (Available at Enchantment!)
Hair: Amacci, Astra (Available at Hairology!)
Dress: FurtaCor, Giovanni (Available at The Instruments!)
Shoes: KC Couture, Huelva
Necklace: Empyrean Forge, Aglaea’s Splendour
Setting: White Owl (which shall remain a mystery for now!)

The Last Hope Photos:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Jessica
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears
Skin: Lumae Eirtae, Tone 3, Bluebell (Available at Enchantment!)
Hair: Phoenix, Janet (Available at Hairology!)
Clothes: Lybra, Ada Leggings & Tunic (Tunic is rare) (Available at The Fantasy Gacha Carnival!)
Boots: Illi, Blue Medieval Archer Boots (Available at The Fantasy Gacha Carnival!)
Necklace: Empyrean Forge, Aglaea’s Splendour
Setting: White Owl (which shall remain a mystery for now!)

Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I never have disturbing dreams without it!

 

 

A Figment in Tinker’s Hollow

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Gwyneth:

 

When I found myself in Tinker’s Hollow, I was at first too overwhelmed to take it all in. The darkness of the landscape was contrasted by bright bean-shaped paths in some places and wide roads in others, dirt paths into which something seemed to have been inscribed in yet others. To be honest, I was confused. I felt dizzy, displaced, possibly a bit drunk.

One arrives on an airship, after which there is a long flight of spiral stairs: this might have contributed to the feeling of dizziness, but I can’t be sure, because it’s hard to be sure of anything in Tinker’s Hollow.

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For example: was that really a giant red teapot house?

For example: was that really a giant red teapot house? I mean, obviously it was a giant red teapot house: I was looking at it. And the floating cups, and the smaller floating teapot, and a strange newspaper headline, and … well, everything was brightly coloured, or at least it was just here.

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What sort of Realm had I stumbled in to?

What sort of Realm had I stumbled in to? It was unlike anything I’d ever seen, like a picture book inscribed upon a landscape of night-dreams, but all the denizens seemed to be awake, alive, busily going about their lives. I suppose if you lived in such a Realm, you’d become used to the scenery. In the day (I think it was a day; it’s hard to measure time in Tinker’s Hollow) I was there, I never stopped coming upon things that surprised, delighted, and even scared me a little.

Of course, as with all the Fairelands Realms, the shopping was amazing, though the feeling of dizziness never subsided,the whole time I was there. In fact, I wondered to myself if it might not be an intentional atmosphere of putting visitors off-balance. Perhaps confused people buy more merchandise. If I were back in London, I’d just Google that and see if there were any statistics on it: for myself, I can only say that I came away with an astounding number of wild headdresses and crowns from a shop called Love. Though I didn’t wear any of these trinkets while in Tinker’s Hollow, I can’t wait to try them all on and see how good my decisions actually were while in the Realm. Maybe when my head clears I’ll realise I’ve made huge purchasing mistakes. Then again, maybe they’ll just bring back the sense of delight and wonder the whole Realm evokes.

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Somewhere on a  high hill in the Realm, there was a carousel of unicorns!

Somewhere on a high hill in the Realm (and I couldn’t tell you how to get back there now!) there was a carousel of unicorns! Inside the circle of the carousel, I found statues of fae creatures (or maybe they were real, and just being very still: I could have sworn one of them had fluttering wings!), sunflowers, a host of glowing plants. It all seemed so comfortable and happy, like a child’s daydream.

While the feeling of dizziness stayed with me, I became more and more comfortable with the landscape as I travelled through the realm.

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I could have sworn this tree was topped with candy floss.

I could have sworn this tree was topped with candy floss! And the glowing flowers reminded me of nothing so much as our Will-o-the-Wisps, come out to bring messages. None of them spoke to me. In fact, despite the assault of colour and movement, and some music at the carousel, the Realm seemed silent to me. Of course, as my memories fade, I’ll never know if that was completely true or if my system just couldn’t process so many things entering it at once.

It did all begin to seem like a dream, but more of a day-dream than the asleep variety. I wondered what Richard would have made of it: he probably would have suggested that recreational drugs would enhance our experience. Of course, with my heightened Fae senses, I have absolutely no idea what drugs would do to my system at this point, or if they’d have any effect at all.

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I blinked once, twice.

I blinked once, twice. Or maybe hours passed: I don’t know. But when I next became aware of what I was doing, I found myself reciting Titania’s lines from A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

I pray thee, gentle mushroom, sing again:
Mine ear is much enamour’d of thy note;
So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape;
And thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me
On the first view to say….

Oh, hell no. Once I realised what I was saying, I shook my head to clear it, muttered a quick, “Sorry,” and fled from that grove with the talking mushrooms. Or, I assume they talked. They did have faces after all, and I swore (or Titania certainly did!) that I heard one of them sing…

Yeah. It was definitely time to go home for a rest. Tomorrow I’ll seek out a bright land, a simple land, a Realm with no talking mushrooms and a straightforward path from end to end. I might even do it as a different person.

I do hope no one heard me.

Style Card:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Jessica
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears
Skin: Lumae Eirtae, Tone 1
Lipstick: The Skinnery, Matte Lip Potion
Hair: Analog Dog (natch), Iota (Available at the Fantasy Faire!)
Circlet: Mangomoon, Ophelia Crown (Available at the Fantasy Faire!)
Dress: Bite & Claw, Gabrielle Gown (Available at the Fantasy Faire!)
Shoes: Senzafine, Aesbrennil Velvet-Lined Slippers
Necklace: Empyrean Forge, Benedictine Riata (Available at the Fantasy Faire!)
Setting: Tinker’s Hollow

Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I never explore the Fairelands without it!

The Rooftops of Lucentia

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Gwyneth:

Another day, another Realm. So much to see. I remain in awe of the magicians and sorcerers who bring the Realms together each year for the Great Fantasy Faire.

This morning found me in Lucentia, a city of dark wood and glowing lights, full of the most interesting people. The whole city seems to be powered by some kind of magical crystal set just offshore, in their harbour. I’m intrigued by this kind of magical power: I wonder if we could use the crystals on the Wylds Tree to power things like streetlamps in Mysthaven, that sort of thing. Then again, I’m not 100% sure exactly how Mysthaven is connected to the rest of the Wylds, but that’s another question for another time.

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Away from the city, there are a couple of lush forests.

Away from the city, there are a couple of lush forests. Even far out from the city itself, the glowing crystal is visible. I think the spires on top must be some system of providing magical power through the air, but the city planners never seemed to be around when I tried to reach them. I’ll do some research: Nathaniel will enjoy digging in to that, particularly if I promise not to put an espresso machine in our cottage!

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From a distance, the city appears to be a massive cluster of buildings and shops.

From a distance, the city appears to be a massive cluster of buildings and shops. When I first arrived there, I asked myself where the people all lived.

And then I looked up.

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It’s not hard to get a house party invitation when you’re a Queen.

It’s not hard to get a house party invitation when you’re a Queen. I asked around a bit, found out where the Fae quarter of the city was, and then I just started talking to people. I find that people are always excited to tell tourists about their cities; you have only to ask.

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On the rooftops of Lucentia, there are houses!

On the rooftops of Lucentia, there are houses! Hundreds of them, small and large, flats atop flats, houses atop houses. Each one is a compact entity all of its own. This house belongs to a cousin of the Fae Prince of the city, and he was only too happy to invite me in for tea. He had loads of question about the break up of our Realm, and he seemed very interested in how the politics of my reigning over both Courts of Faerie in our Realm.

We spent a very pleasant evening together; there was tea and cake and dancing: Lucentia has a large store of mortal musicians who are only too happy to play for a Fae party.

As always, when I spend time with people in other Realms, I enjoy thinking for a little while about what it would feel like to live there.

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But in the end, when the music’s stopped and the cake’s all eaten, I’m happy, when I think about it, that I have my own Realm to go home to after the Faire’s over.

But in the end, when the music’s stopped and the cake’s all eaten, I’m happy, when I think about it, that I have my own Realm to go home to after the Faire’s over. The Prince, whose name I won’t record here, was smooth and charming, as so many Princes are, a fine dancer, and a good judge of wine, though the cakes were not sweet enough for me. Funny: I remember not liking cake when I was young. Once I’d Quickened, everything changed. I’m on what my (adoptive) mother would call on a sugar economy now.

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I admit, I felt a little tired when the evening was done.

I admit, I felt a little tired when the evening was done. We don’t have enough parties in Wylds for me to be properly resistant to long nights of dancing and carousing, though to be honest there wasn’t much carousing. I think the Prince would happily have taken me to bed, but I had no desire to unite with him, despite his charm and (duh) good looks.

As I took to the air after my day in Lucentia, I thought, as I always do, “I’ll be back. I’ll go back there some day.”

But as always during the Faire, tomorrow is another adventure.

Style Card:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Jessica
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears
Skin: Lumae Eirtae, Tone 1
Hair: Wasabi Pills, Thyra (Available at the Fantasy Faire!)
Clothes: The White Armory, Dellhaven Sprite Dress (This is The White Armory’s Silent Auction Item!)  (Available at the Fantasy Faire!)
Wings: Faeline, Ayano, Sky (Available at the Fantasy Faire!)
Necklace: Empyrean Forge, The Dreamer, Serenity (Barn, Muted)
Setting: Lucentia

Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I never explore the Fairelands without it!

Balloons in Breeze

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Gwyneth:

Sometimes, the Faire seems as if it will never end, though with every day there is the rising knowledge that it will end one day sooner.

Anyway, yesterday, I found myself in the Realm of Breeze. It was like walking in to a storybook, the sort of place you never want to leave. It would be hard to have even a moment of melancholy in such a place.

I found this glorious little dress from Jinx, and, from a newly discovered headwear designer (Love) that I’ll talk more about as the Faire goes on, a gorgeous butterfly crown. The most lovely iridescent wings from Soul kept me soaring, and of course I could never be myself without Lumae‘s amazing skin painting and a morning trip over to Analog Dog to put my hair together. That Queue Marlowe is a genius, I tell you, and her Faire styles are second to none.

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I could have spent an hour just standing among the trees, looking out on the landscape.

I could have spent an hour just standing among the trees, looking out on the landscape. It’s a good thing glamoured skin doesn’t burn: the pink skies and constant sunlight might have made a red mess out of me if I were a natural redhead. Instead, I come with more magical protections than a £90 Estee Lauder sun cream.

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It really is good timing this year, the Great Faire.

It really is good timing this year, the Great Faire. I do not relish the thought of going back to Wylds and having to handle life in such a narrowed environment. I do not think I shall ever see my magnificent tree-house again, for example, and the Great Seelie Forest is but an impression on another floating island.

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Oh, but even a moment’s thinking about that threatened to turn me maudlin.

Oh, but even a moment’s thinking about that threatened to turn me maudlin— and as I’ve already said, it’s impossible to be maudlin in the beautiful world of Breeze.

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Nope, forget those thoughts. Forget thinking about my own Realm.

Nope, forget those thoughts. Forget thinking about my own Realm. Forget the absence of Maric, that last terrifying dream from Gwythyr Gwynn, forget it all. Forget everything but the Realms and the shops and the dancing, just for a little while longer.

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So I wandered toward the centre of the realm, where I discovered a massive tent!

So I wandered toward the centre of the realm, where I discovered a massive tent! Outside, there were huge balloons. And I don’t know about you, but whenever I see balloons, I just want some myself.

And you know what happens with a Queen of Faerie wants something. In my hand there appeared suddenly a lovely brace of star-shaped balloons!

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And of course, you know the rest.

And of course, you know the rest—or can guess it. I must have flown around Breeze for half the day, dipping down in to shops, letting my wings and the balloons take me where they would. I’ll be sad, somehow, to go away from such a beautiful land. But I’m sure an equally wonderful adventure awaits me tomorrow.

Style Card:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Jessica
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears
Skin: Lumae Eirtae, Tone 1
Hair: Analog Dog (natch!), Iota (Available at the Fantasy Faire!)
Clothes: Jinx, Effy in Bright Summer (This is Jinx’s RFL donation item; don’t you just love those colours?)  (Available at the Fantasy Faire!)
Wings: Soul, Oree (Thanks to Dyisi Oppewall for showing me these! I love them!)
Necklace: Empyrean Forge, Talia’s Heart (Available at the Fantasy Faire!)
Setting: Breeze
Poses & Balloon Prop: Exposeur/Decoy, Chasing Stars

Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I never explore the Fairelands without it!

 

The Seedy Underbelly…?

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Gwyneth:

It’s easy to get the idea, when you visit here once a year for the best shopping in more worlds than we small dwellers upon them can count, that all of the Fairelands are a bright, cheerful, or at least beautiful, place. This is not true.

Each year I’ve visited the Great Faire, I’ve become lost in the woods, felt nervous about this or that strange sensation of being followed or at least lurked (I’m sure you can use “lurked” that way. I’m sure you can. And if you’re not sure, ask yourself: “Do I have a PhD in English literature?” If the answer is, “No”, I’m far more likely to know how to use “lurked” correctly than you are. Just sayin’.)

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I think every year there’s a Realm I feel more at home at than in any other.

I think every Faire, there is a Realm I feel more at home at than in any of the other Realms. So far this time around, it’s the beautiful, green, overcast Serenity. I love its monuments and candles. I love its harbour, its waterfalls.

But the fact is, for me, the Great Fantasy Faire is a shopping trip. It replenishes my dress wardrobe for the year to come, not to mention my jewellery stash. I learn how to do new hairstyles. I take cosmetic workshops. I buy shoes. Last year, I bought a replica of Rapunzel’s tower; I kid you not. It was too tall for the bower and not very practical at all: it had only the one room at the top, you see. I don’t know why I bought that. But it’s in inter-dimensional storage now, with more stuff than you probably want to know about. Anyway. Yes. The Great Faire. I was saying. It’s a shopping trip for me. And I’d shopped up every shop I wanted to shop in Serenity, though I’ll likely come back there for a peaceful stay once I’m done with all the shopping. One of the shopkeepers told me I could hail a boat from the Serenity Pier, and that my closest, best, shopping destination was Dangarnon. Which is what I did.

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Journeys in the Fairelands always seem almost impossibly short.

Journeys in the Fairelands always seem almost impossibly short, and this one was no exception. Still, I did have time to change into something a little more fun and a little less formal for a day of shopping. “Do I catch the boat to Dangarnon from here?” I asked the fellow who helped me off the boat.

He laughed. “Lady, this is Dangarnon,” he said.

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I pointed. “This?”

I pointed. “This?”

“That’s right, Lady,” he said. Some of the other crewmen were laughing now, too.

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I used my fae sight to get a good look at the place. “Fine, then,” I replied. “You can take me back now.”

I used my fae sight to get a good look at the place. “Fine, then,” I replied. “You can take me back now.”

Now the whole deck was laughing. “Lady, we ain’t going back,” the fellow said. “We have a couple hours’ business here, and then we’re off to…. Where are we off to, Corey?”

“Malfience, sir!” called the little fellow who started laughing first.

“You don’t want to go there.” He sounded sincere. “But I promise you, the place ain’t as scary as she looks, and there is good shopping here.” At my look, he glared at me. “What, you think I don’t have a wife? I know from shopping.”

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I was still sceptical. 

I was still sceptical. I mean, look at the place. But sometimes I can’t solve everything with magic or a quick wit, so I shrugged.

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“Fine”, I said.

“Fine”, I said, “but if anything happens to me, I wouldn’t want to be you.”

And I turned away from the sniggering, coarse, impolite lot of them, and I marched into the town as if it were the coolest place I’d ever set foot in.

And you know? It kinda was.

Style Cards:

Serenity Pier Gwyneth:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Jessica
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears
Skin: Lumae Eirtae, Tone 1
Hair: No Match, No Sorry
Gown: Senzafine, Isilme (Available at the Fantasy Faire!)
Necklace: Empyrean Forge, Ymir’s Sigil, Gold
Circlet: Junbug, The Sabrina Circlet
Setting: Serenity

Dangarnon Pier Gwyneth:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Jessica
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears
Skin: Lumae Eirtae, Tone 1
Hair: EMO-tions, Petra
Gown: The White Armory, Shadow of Celesta (Available at the Fantasy Faire!)
Necklace: Empyrean Forge, Talia’s Heart (Available at the Fantasy Faire!)
Circlet: Deviance, Erulisse, The Priestess
Setting: Dangarnon

Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I never explore the Fairelands without it!