- Employing lazy apprentices who end up flooding your precious home.
- Forgetting to invite every fairy godmother to a royal christening.
- Assuming the old crone offering you a bright red, shiny apple is friendly.
- Ill-treating a step-child and/or underestimating the youngest of three. In the magical world, these people always go on to be heroes/heroines.
- Trying to ban spinning wheels outright. (It would have been far better to have told the princess why her parents were full of "angst" about the things).
- Using dodgy building materials for your new home... there's always some wolf of a demolition expert who will expose these for what they are...
- Assuming anyone who is dressed shabbily is shabby and weak. It is far safer to assume the opposite (and they're just dressing down to hide just how powerful they really are).
- Leaving your porridge out to cool down. Why not sit and chat around the table as then you might actually get to eat the porridge you've prepared for yourself rather than some greedy golden-haired child who happens to be passing by?
- Not getting your spells right. Who wants to wear glass slippers? They're hardly comfortable.
- Putting on a pair of red shoes nobody else seems to want. There is a reason for that. Dancing yourself to death is not most people's idea of a good time on the dance floor.
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.