'PIXIES OF THE FERNS; Fernella’s Magic'
M. C. Arvanitis will be bringing to her readers the next fabled character, Fernella, a young Pixie of the Northwest this summer when her third mid grade Fable, 'PIXIES OF THE FERNS; Fernella’s Magic' becomes a published book.
The tale takes place in the beautiful mountains of Oregon, and tells of the adventure of Fernella, the seventh daughter of the Mayor of Fernsville. Seventh children are born with special magics. She must find her magic before her father will give his blessings to her marriage with Freddie. When the humans threaten to develop the Pixie's village near Sandy Waters, Fernella and Freddy take off in his flyer to find a new place to live. The flyer crashes leaving Freddie badly hurt. Fernella gets lost in the wilds of the Mt. Hood foothills where she meets a Puk-Wud-Jie. But what good is he? He knows her magic but won’t divulge it to her. He only leads her into more trouble. She is attacked by the vicious flying Imps and captured by moles. Who will help her escape? How can she find help for Freddy? And above all how will she find her magic?
STAY TUNED!!! The published date will be announced here.
A COVER BEGINS
A peek into the studio of our Cover Artist, Mariah Matthews.
Ms. Matthews is finishing up the cover for ‘Pixies of the Ferns: Fernella’s Magic.”
The Journey of Research
Pixies are said to be "small, and harmless and friendly. In some discussions pixies are presented as wingless. That is the case in our story. They are "great explorers familiar with the caves of the ocean, the hidden sources of the streams, and the recesses of the land." Pixies like to hang around forests, rocks, ferns, or mushrooms.
The late 19th century English poet Nora Chesson summarized pixie mythology fairly well
in a poem entitled The Pixies.
Have e’er you seen the Pixies, the fold not blest or banned?
They walk upon the waters; they sail upon the land,
They make the green grass greener where’er their footsteps fall,
The wildest hind in the forest comes at their call.
Pixies’s Favorite food are the new growth of ferns called Fiddleheads. They make a special wine out these fiddleheads.
Pixies build their villages under the ferns in the forest.
Follow this path and you may see a Pixie.
What is a Pukwudjie?
In the north eastern part of the United States there’s a legend of some tribes of nature folks called the pukwudgies. The legends are from the Native American Tribe the Wampanoag and of the Delaware Indians. Interestingly, the Wampanoag are the tribe that celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims. Who's to say that these little people didn't migrate across the US to the Northwest .. where the mountains are plentiful and the last of the shape shifting pukwudgies can live in peace?
Puk-Wudjies are mentioned in “The Song Of Hiawatha” – “The Death of Kwasind” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He refers to them as mischievous pukwudjies, fairies, pygmies, little people.
IMPS: enemies of the Pixies
An imp is a mythological being similar to a fairy or demon, frequently described in folklore. It is sometimes described as a sentient tiny beast that is said to resemble a thin lizard-like goblin with wings. Additionally, the Imp has an unusual looking face that resembles a smooth, bone-like mask with glowing red eye
(M. C. Arvanitis)
Be careful where you tread my child
When you walk near woods so green.
Keep your feet upon the path.
They say Pixies can’t be seen.
But if you listen you may hear
Laughter, that makes your heart feel free.
While walking in the woods, believe,
And a Pixie you may see.
M. C Arvanitis writes fables (tales embodying a moral and using legendary characters. A legend or a myth.) Her Fantasy stories also entertain readers, ages 8 and up. She has authored two other 'fables'. 'The Legend of ELPanda Paws' and 'Forbidden wings; A Mermaid's Story.' You can find her e-books at Smashwords.com or Amazon.com. Both are in print books and are sold at Amazon.com.