- Courage - lots of it! The fairy tale world is not necessarily a pretty one. It is often brutal. And you will face wicked witches, monsters and the like. Well it wouldn't be a magical world without these things would it?
- A friendly magical being on your side. Otherwise you won't go home again.
- Your own supplies of food and drink or a trusted supplier. Alice in her Adventures in Wonderland was notorious for eating and drinking whatever she came across. She was lucky it only affected her height! You cannot assume you would be so lucky. It is safer to assume you would not be! Definitely bring your own or ensure your friendly magical being is friendly and can show you to reliable suppliers.
- Never eat or drink magically produced food and drink. You literally don't know what is in it! Particularly stay away from big, red shiny apples.
- A decent map. Just in case your friendly magical being has all the navigational ability of a gnat on a bad day. You cannot assume you would be assigned Gandalf.
- Fireproof clothing and probably a fireproof helmet. Dragons are an occupational hazard in any magical realm. (Tucking away a portable fire extinguisher to bring out in emergencies would also be a good idea).
- Good clothing generally. You will face extremes of weather - from snow to baking sunshine so be prepared.
- Decent walking boots. You will be walking considerable distances (especially if you are assigned Gandalf as a guide).
- An exit strategy. Emergencies happen. Even the most heroic are sometimes forced to flee for their lives. You must assume this kind of thing is likely to happen so if you can get in some decent training (marathon running, long distance walking etc) before you visit the magical realm, this is bound to stand you in good stead.
- A good manner. Don't be arrogant (someone will curse you at best). Be nice. This usually goes down well with most magical beings. The ones that don't like it are evil and are going to attack you anyway.
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.