- Be yourself always. If it means defecting to another world to marry for love, so be it. (Though I should add Eileen was picky about what planet she went to. For example, she would not have defected to marry a member of the Judoon, as seen on Doctor Who. She considers them an example of what can happen when you don't have a proper skin care regime and pities their lack of looks! Her daughter, Jenny, has had to explain many times Doctor Who is not a documentary... there are some things about life on Earth Eileen is still having trouble adjusting to.).
- Be brave. Evil has to be faced so you may as well face it down and defeat it.
- Keep your skills up together at all times. It will help you fulfil 2 above.
- Be ready for anything. (In the magical world, anything is likely to happen).
- Don't allow yourself to be taken by surprise by anything or anyone. You dole out the surprises (especially to evildoers).
- Eat well, drink well, sleep well, moisturise well (see 1 above).
- Keep in touch with what's going on in areas/worlds that are likely to affect you. This helps with 5 above.
- Keep your wand fully charged at all times. Ensure you know its full capacities and don't waste any storage space on pretty but useless spells (i.e. conjuring up a pretty dress for a downtrodden goddaughter. Eileen's stored spells are all capable of inflicting a great deal of harm on evildoers and those are the charms she thinks are of the most use to anyone. Eileen's view is the girl can always go down with the shops and if she needs her godmother to pay for a gown, so be it. This approach also has the advantage that the frock won't turn to rags on the stroke of midnight.).
- Pick your battles wisely.
- Always speak up against magical power abuses in the hope you can stop these spreading and bring them to an end altogether.
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.