- Magical Beings More Powerful than you are. They will be only too keen to prove the point.
- Dragons. There has yet to be a vegetarian dragon so assume if you meet one of these, he/she will have only one item on the menu - you.
- Rings with a Mysterious Inscription on them. These cause nothing but trouble. Avoid.
- Suspiciously Shiny Red Apples. Especially if an old crone is insisting you try one (she usually points out which one was well). Definitely not designed to improve your health.
- Maps leading to Strange Lands. Before you know it, you will be on a quest and any thoughts of ever having a sensible blood pressure again will fly out of the window. There is no such thing as a stress-free quest.
- Yellow Brick Roads. Likely to lead you to collecting some very strange companions. And they do say you can judge someone by the company they keep. Your call here, but don't say you weren't warned.
- Grumpy Dwarves. Not only do you want them bleating at length (usually at your knees - and I say this at under 5' myself!), but they are expert at wielding an axe and have been known to wield such an axe to get attention. You just don't want to get involved with this. Too much hassle.
- Evil Stepmothers. They will have plans for disposing of someone else, they always do, but they might want to do a dummy run first. You don't want to be the dummy.
- Anything that has the word Doom in it. It's unlikely to be a pleasant environment.
- Fairy Godmothers. They are known to take rats, mice, pumpkins and turn them into various other things. If you're a stranger in town - that is, you wouldn't be missed - and they're out of ideas for what to transform next.... well you get the idea.
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.