- That all fairy godmothers carry several wands on them and these wands are to be fully charged.
- That stories come to a proper conclusion, ideally a happy ending or at least one where some sort of justice is seen to be done.
- Dragons to cause trouble and to appear out of nowhere to cause that trouble.
- Witches to either be good and practise medicinal magic or be evil and blast as many away with a decent curse as possible. There is no middle ground.
- Wizards to have a strong tendency to be treacherous. Brankaresh is not a disappointment here.
- Heroes and heroines to come from a humble background. This is compulsory.
- Unusual objects - from a golden ball to a pea to a red shoe - must always play a crucial part in the story being told involving them.
- Colours in the magical realm are to be brighter and deeper in hue than similar colours found elsewhere.
- Magical animals outside the normal kind - like the cow who jumped over the moon - are to be a one-off. The magical world generally does not like precedents.
- There must always be plenty of clashes between different magical groups - for example dwarves and elves, dwarves and trolls, dwarves and anyone getting in their way - just to keep life interesting!
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.