- Always keep your wand fully charged.
- Always have at least one spare wand on you at any time, again always kept fully charged.
- Always wear warm separates. Forget the traditional look of the tutu. It gets cold when flying. You'd be amazed at just where the north wind can reach. Best just be amazed rather than frozen as well.
- Know where the witches are, always. If anyone is going to want to bring a fairy godmother down to teach them a thing or two, it will either be a rival godmother or, more likely, a disgruntled witch. Why disgruntled? Face it, fairy godmothers get a better press.
- Always know when you can get a decent supply of pumpkins. A good fairy godmother must always know how to source her ingredients.
- Do make sure you get the words of your spells right. Glass slippers are not the most practical or comfortable items ever conjured up.
- Never rely on someone you're trying to help being an accurate time keeper. Records to date show the opposite to be the case. It may pay to factor this in when devising charms to help them.
- There will always be brutes of kids who will not believe in fairies. They will deliberately not clap when asked to do so to prove they believe you exist. They want you to die out. Just bear this in mind when doling out the good wishes. It shouldn't just be Santa who has a naughty and nice list.
- Keep your written spells stored safely (and ideally not written in ancient calligraphy as this has been known to be misread with most unfortunate outcomes).
- It shouldn't just be witches who always have a good brew on the go. Vacuum flasks are almost magical devices and means a decent cup of tea can always be within arm's reach.
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.