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Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Once Upon a Wood Tribute Tag

Last Friday, Hannah of The Writer's Window wrote a simply beautiful, tear-jerking little story in tribute to Anne Elisabeth Stengl's series Tales of Goldstone Wood, which, back in January, Anne Elisabeth announced was coming to a somewhat permanent close. Hannah's story inspired me to write a tale of my own, but I thought it might be fun to turn it into a challenge for all the Imps of Goldstone Wood to do. ☺

{Image by yours truly.}

The Rules


Feel free to share links to your story with me in the comment section, below!

My Story

Once upon a time, there was a young girl caught between childhood and becoming a teenager. Long ago in the days of old, her favourite stories had been books by Beverly Cleary and Roald Dahl... and while those stories still pleased her, they never did quite the same, again. For, at the tender age of eight, her father had introduced her to books by J.K. Rowling, her mother to books by John Flanagan, and herself to books by Rick Riordan. And her love for fantasy was born.

But as the young girl grew to that age of being caught between childhood and the life of a teenager, she found it harder and harder to find a good, clean fantasy book. Thus, the girl spent her years re-reading all those books by J.K. Rowling and John Flanagan and Rick Riordan, uncertain of in which new authors she should place her trust.

However, an afternoon came when the girl's mother browsed the kindle bookstore, and stumbled upon a free ebook from a Christian publishing company called Bethany House. Seeing that it told a story of princes and princesses, swords and dragons, mystical creatures and a mysterious wood, the woman sent the free ebook to her daughter.

Months passed by, and the mother's actions were forgotten by all involved. 'Twas a mere whisper on the wind.

Then, one day, the girl and her mother cleaned the house while her father was at work. They were expecting company that evening, and planned to spend the day baking, dusting, and polishing.

That morning, the girl closed her book with a sigh. She'd just finished Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief -- again, and was in want of a good book to last her through the day, for her to read between intervals of preparing for the evening to come. And so, the girl reached for her kindle, and began to scroll through her ebook collection. Then, a title popped up: Heartless. By Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

Curious, the girl clicked on the ebook and went straight to the cover. Her eyes widened.

Though her kindle was one made of black-and-white, the book's cover was still, undeniably, a beauty. All the more curious, she popped on Amazon to read the synopsis. Princes and princesses? Swords and dragons? Mystical creatures and a mysterious wood? Oh my, what a story this must be, indeed!

And so it was that the girl read the first three chapters. Her mother called her to help her with the baking and housework, but when she found a spare moment, she would always return to her beloved book.

That evening, the girl was enchanted. She was inspired to dress up in her very best! To, perhaps, even wear her tiara during dinner with the company, that evening! But alas, her mother informed her she must not, for they didn't want the company to feel under-dressed.

After the company had left and the girl lay in bed that night, her gaze flickered back to her kindle. She reached for it, and read late into the night.

The next morning, the girl and her family went to church, for it was a Sunday. After they returned home, however, the girl seated herself on the couch and read awhile. The time for bed came, and the young girl did the dishes, brushed her teeth, did her hair, said goodnight, and prayed. Once she was settled, she lifted the kindle back into her hands -- only one-hundred pages left! -- and read into the wee hours of the morning.

She cried when she finished her book. Not only because of the beautiful ending or the spectacular story, but because it was over. What was she to read, now? And then she saw it: An advertisement at the end of the novel, telling of Anne Elisabeth's second story, Veiled Rose.

Time passed, and the young girl grew, so did her Tales of Goldstone Wood collection.

Eventually, the girl's father took her online to show her something, when he noticed... that author his daughter so loved had a blog. Intrigued, he led her to it, and it was then that she became a part of the blogging world.

Had the girl never read Heartless, she might never have determined to take her lifelong writing journey seriously. Had she never visited the author's blog, she might never have gotten her own, and met all of you wonderful Dragons. Had she never encountered Anne Elisabeth Stengl's lovely books, who knows where she would be, now?

~

So, fair Imp of Goldstone Wood... How was it you encountered Anne Elisabeth Stengl's books? Are you going to do this challenge? I truly hope to read your posts, soon! (If you don't have a blog, feel free to leave your story in the comments!)

<3


6 comments:

  1. Lovely story! I may have to do this... sometime in March, perhaps.

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    1. Thanks, Jenelle! And I'd love to read your post! :)

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  2. That is a BEAUTIFUL story. The first part sounds exactly like me -- I don't like to trust new author's books. Then I found Jaye L. Knight's books and that drew me into the world of blogging and indie publishing and Christian writing. Here's a link to that story, actually :)

    I now understand the name of your blog. Thank you for sharing this! :D

    <3

    audrey caylin

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    1. Ooo, I'll have to read your story! And Jaye L. Knight's books are so wonderful! Following Anne Elisabeth's blog was what actually led me to discover them. :D

      Thank you for commenting, Audrey!

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  3. Loved hearing what got you blogging, I should do a post like this.

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    1. Thanks, Skye! And I'd love to read your post!

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