- If your map says "here be dragons", take it seriously. Cartographers, even in the magical world, are not known for "mucking about". There really are dragons about.
- If you are directed towards a yellow brick road, be aware that you are likely to be joined by some strange travelling companions. On the plus side, they will think you are strange and so will fit in beautifully.
- If your journey takes you towards a volcano, it means you or anyone with you is carrying a ring with dreadful magical power. This may be the point to jettison your travelling companions. Do you really want to be mixed up in something that will inevitably be beyond you?
- If you do see a blue Police box apparently lying about, leave it alone. The owner knows where it is (most of the time) and will come back to it.
- If you come across an old apple woman selling her wares, never take the big red, suspiciously shiny apple. She's saving that for someone else and you don't want to get in the way.
- There is no such thing as an off the wall character in the magical world. Everyone is off the wall. Some more so than others (e.g. Humpty Dumpty).
- Be careful as to who you allow to join your journey or whose journey you yourself join. If you don't look out, you'll be on a hair raising adventure before you know it.
- Don't eat or drink anything that have suspicious labels attached to them. At best you'll become massively tall. At worst you'll become micro minature.
- I'd also beware of talking rabbits who keep looking at their watch. This is a sure sign the world you're in has very different ideas from you as to what is normal or not.
- If you find a golden ticket in your chocolate bar, well done, but be aware that whoever is behind this idea has ideas of their own as to what they want to happen next.
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.