- Don't be greedy. Those that are never benefit from a fairy godmother's blessing, may well end up cursed and are never the ones who end up having the happy ever after ending.
- Do be humble and ready to help those you come across who seem in need of help no matter how ugly, old or awkward they seem. Such folk are nearly always witches, wizards, fairy godmothers in disguise and this is a test of character - yours.
- It is perfectly feasible to be transformed into an animal in a fairytale so be careful who you offend. In fairness, you also get the wicked stepmother etc who curses you like this through no fault of yours and the story is how you get rid of this curse. But it still pays not to deliberately offend anyone who might be able to hit you hard with a spell of their choosing.
- Always have something non-edible that you can use to lay a trail in case you are deliberated dumped in a forest somewhere. See Hansel and Gretel for more on this.
- If you have got to get rid of a cursed implement, say like a spinning wheel, do ensure you really have burned/destroyed them all. Leaving one remaining is asking for trouble. It will be that one that the person who has to avoid these things will inevitably find and come to grief on.
- Never trust a talking wolf. Self explanatory I think.
- Never trust a Grand Vizier. Can you think of any story where these people are the good guys?
- Expect to undergo three tests. Fairy tales are great examples of the Rule of Three in action. (Three Little Pigs, three times the wolf threatens to huff and puff and blow the house down etc).
- Always expect a fairy godmother to turn up if you are the ill-treated step daughter. (It pays not to ask why they don't turn up sooner and stop the ill treatment a lot earlier. This question is never answered).
- Coming across yellow brick roads is a sign an adventure is about to start. Are you ready for this?
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.