This is a simple love story between a sea serpent and a ship.
It proves that nothing—least of all 'minor' ethnic differences—
should stand in the way of true love.
Fully decked knights in all their pomp, pound and stomp each other in hearty jousts at this holiday fair. Good guy against bad guy, it's that simple—or is it? Fair play wins out however. That's why it's call a 'Fair'.
Poor Ambrose faces 12 Herculean tasks. A dozen foulsome beasts are on
the prowl and only the humble yeoman to keep them at bay.
Of all beasts, Ambrose, watch out for the Demon—he wears a human face.
AUGUSTUS in the LAND of ICE In the frigid wastes a young Viking discovers that loyalty and friendship
cut through a world of ice and snow, and can melt the coldest heart.
Just how interesting can a story about a block of wood be? That's just what the lovely wooden lady, Windy, was. But what she became was a miracle, and it took more than a woodcarver to make it happen.
Get set for a battle royal—it's white knights up against a host of black hearts.
It's too bad Good and Evil are not so easily displayed.
Imagine the fisherman's surprise when he lands the catch of the day—Isolato, reclusive Lord of the seven seas. A "riddle" match ensues below and beyond all the world's waterways.
If you've ever faced a Wyvern, then you know how Lazarus lizard must have felt—SCARED—scared to the bone! But that was just the beginning of the old knight's worries.
Beezle was called a bane for good reason. The little nuisance was stirring up one dickens of a time for two of our favorite Mothers: Nature and Goose. Creatures real and 'storied' team up to discipline the Devil's delinquent.
Tierra, the goddess of beauty lived among gods in a seemingly perfect paradise above all worldly cares. But don't envy her—not until you hear what happened when she let the handsome stranger in.
In an earlier age, Celeste was a top rank seraphim. Then the angel fell—in love—with a worthy mortal, and in their home discovered a Heaven on earth.
NILES in the DARK CITY STREETS
What happens when a totally without redemption scallywag like Prince Niles crosses paths with a steadfast former angel? The clash of wills will turn your hair white—as a ghost!
Christen is all boy—from the waist up. The rest of him, the sheep half, likes nothing more than gamboling with the other 'kids' in the flock. But fun and frolic cease the day a new—and very unwelcome lamb is born.
MORS and the SCAVENGER HUNT
A crisp autumn night laid out under the full harvest moon. What a perfect evening for a scavenger hunt in the cemetery. No need to be scared though, the bone fellow, Mors is in charge—so nothing can go wrong!
ONUS and the CHILDREN of the SEA
Mystical grandwizard to the sea gods, Onus longs to return to his roots on the soil of Mythlewild. And return he does, at great risk to himself, to fulfill a needy child's heartfelt request.
Is anyplace filled with more magic than a child's nursery?
Audree doesn't think so, and neither does the toddler's new friend,
the 'moon-eyed' boy. Follow them as they explore Audree's toy chest
and see for yourself
What do you do if you're the most omnipotent of gods, but your 'omni ' isn't potent any more? You blame your oracle of course. This is the story of a seer's search for answers.
The High King of Myths is missing his crown, and the quest for its return unravels into an adventure even the all-seeing sybil can't foresee.
Go ahead—try following May-Lin the butterfly as she flits from one fancy to another. Then watch what her budding dreams become.
What can you learn from a caterpillar? Plenty. Just ask David. Reality and fantasy tangle in this young artist's muse. And the match makes for a whimsical jaunt through imagination's meadowlands.
David is my favorite character. He's probably me, although he didn't start out that way. He does like to paint however, and its his pictures that are causing the problem—or maybe they aren't pictures.
"Someone has stolen my colors," cried the rainbow to her friend the Alacorn.. The great winged unicorn vowed to track down the culprit. But color was not the only feature fading from the face of Mythlewild.
Two sinister wayfarers meet in the chilly evening fog and share a campfire's warmth, and a contest is joined—a game of deception that only dawn's light can say which one, has truly won.
Phoebus, son of the Sun, was peerless on the field athletic competition. This year's contest promises to be especially keen however—the necromancer has arrived. And he has never, ever lost.
YMIR and the NIGHT VISITORS
It was just another hum drum night for the motley pack of stable beasts, until that roadweary couple arrived to await the birth of their child. And let's not forget that peculiar egg—a very special egg, that deserves a special story.
Do you believe that the most valuable gifts are not always the most expensive? I do. And so does Milly, especially after she decided to give the Most High King this most unusual present on his birthday.
Mythlewild's grandest god in embroiled in a test of faith. The venerable old fellow is matching wits with a curious 'man' child who doubts the very existence of gods. Guess who wins.
Horatio was a hero of epic proportions. But no eloquent verse or testimony of his worth exists—except maybe that of Roland, and the rest of his sixth grade class. Horatio was their teacher.
Eons is in charge of the sky, and he's bored. Just moving clouds and air around isn't very exciting—so, he decides to play a game—with Time. The trouble is, that interloper, Fate holds all the winning cards.
Monsoons, droughts, blizzards, tornados too ... what's a father to do? Your children are making mischief again, and when your children are the four winds that can be a lot of mischief!
Fearsome's size wasn't what scared everyone—it was his three heads. Cerberus' pup was always blamed for his dad's bad rep as 'Hound of Hell'. But after today, each animal on the farmstead will be the big dog's best friend.
The vainglorious knight and charioteer conquers not only the great Circus, but also his greatest fear. In his triumph he also finds the love of his life—
his long lost daughter.
FLUX and the RACE with FATE
Flux the changeling struggles to elude his master, Fate, in this hide and seek escapade through the wilds of 'Anotherland'.
Do you believe in Fate? Before you answer that, take a stroll through town with Kosmos. Don't hurry, take your time and keep your eyes open wide. You may be surprised—especially if it's your town!
Have you ever wondered how lonely a star must be? Sitting way out in the void of space all alone, Gloria pines for attention. It takes a 'stellar' stream of suitors to convince her she is the center of the solar system.
How high can a cloud go? Xanadu, or 'Dewy', was about to find out.
The King's personal cloud had leave to ... leave. And Dewy was about to travel very, very far indeed—almost too far.
Sign on with Admiral Honos Bull and discover what real 'swashbuckle' is.
This voyage imparts a vivid lesson to a new hand, and every body able to stay the course. And of course there's pirates too!
SCARLETT and the TRITON'S TALE The last thing Scarlett needed was to have Honos on her heels. The bull stomped and snorted rage. "That rapscallion fox will pay for her plunder this time!" But the woods are thick with villainy—and some not so easily 'bullied'.
A very bad seed is Grimwood. Its 'He' branch and 'She' branch put their boughs together and still can't outwit the wily centaur youth in this treasure hunt that literally cuts the big bad tree down to size.
PETER and the BASILISK If you're going into the forest—"Watch your step! You don't want to step on a basilisk." That's what Peter told his troop of kids as they trekked deeper into the woods. But sometimes kids just don't listen.
JoJo is a billiken. Billikens are supposed to bring you luck. But following the antics of this little pink jocular as he jaunts from stage to stage you might wonder—is it good luck or really really bad?
The sphinx, Roxand, could attract suitors, there was no denying that.. The manticore, and garuda, and the cockatrice all wooed the stone skinned cat. But it was a wee little gnome that took her home.
Phaedra, lordess of the underworld envies her big brother's domain, the sky. Their sibling rivalry plays out in a modest daub and wattle cottage, and in this place between the pit and sky, the two gods find a world of real value.
Phaedra was more powerful than the queen. She had more wealth, and was much more beautiful and yet, she wanted more. Phaedra was used to getting what she wanted—but not today. Today it would be Hell.—
The life of a questing knight is teeming with adventure. Training for knighthood can be quite harrowing too. Sally forth with young Max Wright
on a quest that finds him ... well, a quest that finds himself !
Mythlewild's back streets were home to Wiley Yin. The poor waif
had no family, no friends, no one—until today. Today someone would
befriend the boy. And both lives would change forever.
MILLY and the ROYAL MIX-UP
What twisted turn of Fate makes a milquetoast goat girl the queen of all the land? That's what Superbia would like to know, as the pompous former queen beds down amidst a herd of bleating goats.
Lovely Princess Rowena and handsome Lord Ansley are in love. The entire kingdom celebrates their union in marriage. So why is the bride hiding in the pantry sobbing into her wedding gown? And what's happened to the groom?
The dwarf, Constantio, may be the revered High King of Mythlewild, but his roots are in the woodlands. It is on a winter hunt that His Highness’ resolve is most sternly tested. Is it the wolf pack or duty that threaten him most?
Itchy may have been a boy once, but the pitiful dungeon louse couldn’t remember not being a bug. Then one day Fate provides a glimpse of what life on the outside has to offer. Be careful what you wish for, Itchy.
The goatherd, Don Quotes, celebrated his idyllic life every day in verse and music. But such talent was wasted on his 'kids'. Only when his ballads reached the king's ears was the spell of epic proportions cast.
NIKI and the REALLY RAINY DAY
All the sleepy little dove wanted was a nap. Instead, she had an adventure. It wasn't the cyclone, the sea serpent, the cyclops, or even those colossuses she minded—it was that other thing that alarmed her.
FOLLY and the PERIL at the GATE
Hippo-cherubs were not uncommon in Mythlewild. What set Folly apart from other hippos was not his wings, but his horn—his shiny brass bugle to be precise. That’s what leads to all the turmoil at Castle Gwendolyn.
Pandas is a good-natured bear who doesn't know his own strength. On one eventful day however, Pandas' struggle to save a helpless lamb will reveal his true strength is character.
We all get 'notions'. They're responsible for almost everything we do. These unpredictable fellows often grow ... sometimes into giants. And there's no telling what a giant can do!
PALADIN and the CHRYSALIS' SPELL Just about everybody considered Ymir to be the dullest of creatures.
But in Mythlewild, even the ordinary are capable of extraordinary adventures. That's true of everyone—even if you're a cocoon.
If you were a god, what would you look like? How would you dress? Come inside the cathedral and you'll see one. He may not be what you expect. The little girl and her kitten found out—and so did the others.
SHANA and the WIDOW'S WELL
Important people can sometimes acquire big egos, especially if you are a god. Can you imagine how 'put out' Shana, Lordess of the Earth was to find herself in a rank and filthy hut, boiling even ranker, filthier laundry.
Beavers, dwarfs, even the jays, all within the 'Wilds' vast Northwood called Aegis, lord and master. The great eagle was favored by the gods and loved by all—all except the Octagolly. That creature loved no one, and for good reason.
The trouble with being the most feared predator in the sea is, it's hard to find a playmate. Octagolly was lonely. Then, in a surprising turn of events, 'Golly makes a lasting friend—in a most unexpected place.
Valentina was not the sort of girl to pine away in her rose garden waiting for true love to come courting. Just as well, because tonight the rancid-breathed, carrion eating Odios Fowl is dropping in.
Mythlewild's southern fens are a foul and forbidding swampland of bogs, wallows, and wastes. How Olaf loved it! Poor bird, if he only knew he was about to get stuck in an even bigger quagmire—LOVE.
Griffins are interesting enough I suppose, kind of like a bunch of different animals all stuck together in a wonderous way. The jungles of Mythlewild are home to lots of wonderous beasts. Take the Elephonkey—Wait! Someone HAS taken the Elephonkey!
The volatile warlord, Uther the Red's, castle is under siege. The situation calls for the stoutest of warriors fronting ranks of fully decked knights.
But it was Pax, the peaceful griffin that saved the day.
"Here stands a house all built of thought, and full to overflowing
Of treasures and of precious things,
of secrets for my knowing.
Its windows look out far and wide
from each of all its stories.
I'll take the key and enter in...
... for me are all its glories."
~ Olive Beaupre Miller ~
Verse & Illustration from 'THE LATCH KEY' of My Bookhouse # 6.
The 64 TALES of the MYTHLEWILD
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