Thursday, April 27, 2017

Paper Dolls

It's been awhile since I posted artwork, so I guess I will do two posts today.

For Easter I let two of my sisters pick out ten characters from some of my stories so I could make paper dolls for them.

Andrew from "The Royal Heart" which I actually never started it. It was a story I planned to write for the St. Joan's Times (a newspaper that a couple of my friends and I have been making for fun). But I never got around to it. Andrew is basically a rich loyalist and the father of the kidnapped kid, who they are trying to rescue in the story. The Royal Heart is the name of the pirate ship.

 Annette Dalston. I actually put a stand on her. She is from "The Adventures of a Pirate" a four book series. She is the daughter of the villain, but is on the hero's side. I am currently writing book three.

 Astila from "The Return of the Dragon-Killers." She is the younger daughter of the leader of the dragon-killers. She is rather timid and shy, but when her friends and family are in danger, doesn't hesitate to attack a dragon. She is the foster sister of the hero. I never finished the book with her in it. But I started it so long ago that I doubt I will ever finish it.

 Benjamin Raswel also from "The Adventures of a Pirate." He is the hero. The fifteen year old son of a blacksmith, who got branded with the black mark, which forced him to become a pirate.

 Edward from "Flame of the North." When a legendary sword goes missing, after having gathered dust on the wall for years, Edward and one other boy a randomly chosen to go find it. Edward is the hero. I never finished this book either.

 Franciso from "The Royal Heart." Fracisco is the hero, a patriot stable boy, friend of the kidnapped boy, who actually follows the pirates to rescue him.

 Philip Wilder from "The Gardener Children." I am currently writing book two. I think there is going to be four books. Philip is part of the ally family, who lives across the road from the Gardeners. In this picture he is wearing his costume for the play "The Black Horizon" he is in book two. "The Black Horizon" play is the first book in the "Adventures of a Pirate" series. (Yes, they are in a play based off another book I wrote) Philip plays Louis Worley, the brother of one of the main allies.

 Philip Wilder's twin brother James Wilder, who is dressed in his Cannibal costume for the play. He must have done a really bad job at dying his hair and got carried away with his permanent marker tattoos.

Samuel Gardener from "The Gardener Children." He is a wild little kid (About eight). He is obviously holding a sword. The other thing is a nunchuck.

And finally, the last one is Stephen from "The Royal Heart." He is the boy that gets kidnapped and is one of the main allies.

God Bless You all,

The Diary of a Frog Prince part 7

A Frog Prince's Diary
Jaden's diary

Day 33
Today I sneaked down to the palace to find out what had happened. I was horrified to discover that Elaine had been kidnapped! If I was a man I would ride to her rescue! But I am simply a miserable frog!

Day 34
Last night in occurred to me that I could still try to rescue the princess even if I am a frog. I have just as much right to rescue her as anyone else. So I hopped on down to the palace and demanded to see the king. I asked him what was being done to rescue Elaine. Well, apparently she was kidnapped by a gang of outlaws and everyone is afraid of them. The miserable cowards! It should be the required duty of all knights to rescue damsels in distress. When I told the king that I would attempt what all his cowards were to afraid to do. He just stared at me.
“I am sure his majesty would grant you anything you wish, if you rescue her highness.” the steward said with a sneer. The king nodded. None of them had any faith in me, but I didn't care. I knew that I had a chance, after all I had been trained by the best tutors.
“If I bring your daughter home, I would like the young thief that tried to steal the golden ball, to be released into my care.” I said curtly.
“If you wish.” the king said, looking disinterested. I knew that I couldn't fail now.

Day 35
I staid at the palace yesterday, looking over maps. Not that they could really help me, since everything was a frog's eye view. Today, I asked to be shown to the armoury. Every knight needs a weapon. I believe all the palace staff were laughing at me. But I needed to succeed for Jerome and Elaine's sakes. Anyway, I selected a tiny dagger, which made a large sword for me. I fixed up the belt so I could sling the dagger from my back. Putting it around my waist would have been just ridiculous.

Day 36
I have left the familiar woods around the well, behind. I already miss it. I am headed for the North end of the forest. If I recall correctly, there are many caves and tunnels there. The ideal place to hide someone. The good news is, as a frog I can hop longer then any man. Plus I have a nice trail left from a large party of tramping me, that has just got to be the kidnappers. Being small, makes it easier to see the trail. Broken blades of grass, cracked twigs, scrapes in the dirt. Yep, easiest job I ever had to do.

Day 37
I am almost caught up to my prey. I found their camp and the ashes in the fire pit, were still warm. Just a little bit longer.

Day 38
I was caught today. I ran into a group of nasty thugs. I am pretty sure that they were the back party, who were in charge of discouraging followers. One of them grabbed me by the leg.
“Who wants froggy legs for desert?” he jeered.
“Lookie it out, that un gots a sword, 'e does!” one of his companions yelped. I drew my sword and slashed through my captor's thumb, he screamed and dropped me. I stabbed one of his companions in the boot then dived into the brush to hide. There was to many stamping feet. But the man whom I had wounded chased and trapped me, then locked me in his pouch. Foul smelling leather. He took my sword too. The brute will pay! No one eats me! But at least I'm not weaponless. There is a needle and a ball of string in the pouch with me.

Day 39
My ugly captor took me out today and waved a knife in front of my face. I had never realized, just how sharp a knife could be.
“I'm eatin' 'im!” he shouted, “Ain't no one gonna stop me!”
“I will!” I shouted, and slid the needle through a nice patch of flesh. He screamed. Not sure if it was because I was talking or because I stabbed him with the needle. The neat thing was that I had threaded the needle and after pulling the needle through his skin, I ran it through his jacket. I sewed his hand to his jacket. Neat or what? I feel really clever. Particularly since he dropped me. This time I didn't stop hopping until I was deep in the forest.

Day 40
Well, guess where I am. Lost! I could cry, except that isn't very manly. Wait, I'm a frog, so I guess it doesn't matter, I don't have to be manly. Strangely I don't feel like crying any more. But I have to keep hunting for that rotten trail.

Day 41

I found the trail again. Looks like my luck has returned. I hopped far into the night and passed there camp. Now if I just get far enough ahead, I can set a trap. The only problem is that I might have made a mistake about where they are going. Also, how is a frog supposed to set a trap for six grown and especially strong men? Oh well, I will think of something. I am clever after all. Well, clever for a frog anyway.

To Be Continued

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Diary of a Frog Prince part 6

A Frog Prince's Diary
Jaden's diary

Day 28
I finally found where the guards were holding Jerome, but it is to late to rescue him. The king has sent him to prison. I only saw my poor brother as the guards were dragging him out of the storage room. It is so frustrating to be stuck in the weak puny shape of a frog and unable to do a thing to help the wretched boy.

Day 29
I was tossed out of the palace today. A servant came, picked me up by the hind legs and tossed me into the woods. Repulsive and rude behavior. I wonder if Jerome ratted on me? I probably should have confessed awhile ago. I really am a selfish beast. I can never go home. Mother would die if she saw that I was a frog, and even if she didn't she would get a severe heart attack. Hearing about Jerome will totally finish her. So I will stay at this well and pretend to be a real frog.

Day 30
Yesterday I spent so long convincing myself that the only thing to do was mope for the rest of my life at the well, but now I see that it really is selfish. My family deserves to know where I am. As for Jerome, father could probably get him out, and mother of course could hush up the scandal. The only thing that worries me is that I don't want my mother telling Elaine or her father that I'm really a prince. Why am I even worried about these things? Now that I'm a frog, I could just hop away and live a life a freedom. I could, couldn't I?

Day 31
I'm still moping at the well. I have to do something, or I shall go quite mad. But am beginning to understand Elaine. I considered her selfish, but that is only natural for a princess and only child, with no mother. But what is my excuse? I am just as selfish, but I got several brothers, a sister, loving parents- although I'm a frog now- I still had an ideal family, yet I am just as selfish as poor Elaine. I believe I owe her an apology. Instead of being an example of unselfishness, I tried to force her to be nice. Besides I owe it to Jerome. So I guess I will have to confess the whole thing to Elaine and her father, including the part about the fairy transforming me. Humiliating but necessary.

Day 32
I finally worked up enough nerve to return to the palace today. But disaster! I arrived just in time to run into a crowd of visitors. Men in strange armor with loud voices. I left. There is no sense in speaking to them if they are to busy to listen. How disappointing.

The rotten soldiers seem to be following me. They are tramping all over the woods, shouting. I wish they would say something else.
“Oh Princess?” Wait a minute, are they calling for Elaine? Is she missing? What's going on? Why doesn't anyone ever tell frogs anything? It's most annoying.

To Be Continued

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Diary of a Frog Prince part 5

A Frog Prince's Diary
Jaden's diary

Day 21
It took forever to explain to Jerome yesterday, but then in the end he agreed. Our parents still though he was with Justin visiting James and Eleanor's castles. So he didn't even have to let them know. Which was probably a good thing since they would never have agreed. I felt like a terrible brother when Jerome, looking way to happy with the situation broke into the palace and went to look for the princess's golden ball. He found it much quicker then I thought was entirely proper for a prince who was stealing something for the first time. I had him bring it down to the well, then place it strategically so that anyone coming down would accidentally kick it strait into the water, and no one could possibly blame me. I feel brilliant.

Day 22
This morning Jerome and I were sharing breakfast. Cheese and bread for him. Something crunchy, which I shall refrain from naming, for me. When suddenly, someone comes storming down the path. Jerome, barely had time to run off and hide, before Elaine came into sight. Just as I had planned, her foot struck the ball and it went flying into the well with a loud splash. Elaine screamed and made a dive but missed it by inches.
“You shouldn't leave your toys around.” he told her, feeling a bit guilty.
“Stop croaking at me, you disgusting little beast, and save it, now!” she stormed. I shook my head. There was no way that I was going to fetch the ball for that kind of behavior.
“I think not!” I said and leaped after Jerome. Elaine screamed after me, but I ignored her.

Day 23
The following morning Elaine was back. She was not quite so cocky as she had been the previous day.
“You're invited to dinner.” she said in a coaxing voice.
“No thanks!” I said. She scowled.
“There is a little bag of gold for you.” she said, her teeth gritted.
“No thanks!” I said again. Her face turned red.
“What do you want?” she stormed.
“A kiss!” I said.
“Not a chance!” she screamed, and turned and fled. I rolled my eyes and sighed. I really should find a more reasonable princess. But then a more reasonable princess would not be playing with toys, toys were for babies.

Day 24
Elaine was back again today. She no longer looked angry, which was a start. I had decided to relent a bit, because she most certainly was not ready to kiss me, after all I was a frog.
“Please, will you fetch my ball for me?” she asked meekly. I was amazed. I really had not expected her to say please.
“It would be a pleasure, your highness.” I said, deciding not to push it. After all she was learning to be polite. Well, I fetched the ball, and this time she didn't run off. She waited for me to climb out of the well.
“Thank you.” she said humbly.
“You are most welcome.” I replied. She allowed me to walk with her back to the palace, but did not touch me.

Day 25
I now live at the palace. The king seems to think I have a good affect on his daughter. I feel really guilty about steeling the ball. But I feel even worse, because Jerome is living out in the woods. I went to see him and tried to make him go home. But since none of my brothers ever obey me, he said no. Apparently he likes living in the woods like a common outlaw. Disgusting. But I can hardly say I blame him. Once he goes home, mother is liable to hook him up with a stiff proper princess who never smiles.

Day 26
Oh misery! I thought Elaine was getting better. Well, I must have been wrong. Today she relapsed, and was worse then ever. She stepped on me twice. I have been limping since. OUCH! She kicked me once, and set a plate down on my head twice. I am beginning to be really annoyed. She refuses to speak to me, except in the frostiest of voices. She treats me worse then a peasant. I wonder if that was how I used to sound when I spoke to peasants? I know I could never do it again. It makes me feel miserable and unloved. I went to complain to Jerome, and he said we had to try to ball trick again. I said no, because the princess never visited the well anymore, the ball couldn't just appear there.

Day 27

Oh no! Something terrible has happened! Remember what I said about my brothers never listening to me Well, guess who didn't listen to me yesterday? Jerome! He tried to steal the ball again and got caught by a servant. He is currently locked in a storage room. I am very much afraid that there is nothing I can do. If I tried to explain the whole thing, no one would believe me. There is also no way that they would think that Jerome is a prince. He certainly doesn't look like one any more. I must try to think up a plan to rescue him.

To be Continued

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Diary of a Frog Prince part 4

A Frog Prince's Diary
Jaden's diary

Day 15
Joseph helped set up a short table in the woods near the well, then found cushions for seats. I wrote the invitations, on paper that Joseph provided. Although I was calling it my banquet, it was really Joseph's banquet. He did far more for it then I did. But why shouldn't he? Isn't that what brothers are for? To help one another. I thought the banquet was gorgeous if I do say so myself. Low table, green cushions, leaf decorations, wooden plates, dishes full of fruits, tall candles, fish on leaf platters, gravy dressings. Yes, it was a simple but pretty arrangement.

Greetings to the King of the Northwood, and his daughter the beauteous Elaine,
I the frog of the well in the woods, do request your company at a banquet the following night, at the well, in thanksgiving for letting me share two most delightful dinners with you in your charming palace.

May the stars shine favorably upon you,
The invitation was quite glorious. Not even Elaine could say no to it. But apparently, according to Joseph, she did. But the king accepted, so she had to come anyway. So much to look forward too.

Day 16
What I would really like to say is that the banquet was a success, that I am a man again and about to have a happily ever after. But I'm stuck on reality. The King, his daughter, three servants and four guards came to the banquet. Of course Joseph was there too. The King was a well mannered guest and thanked me properly. I saw to it that he got the best of everything. Elaine was rude. She didn't speak to me at all. Every time I looked at her, she would start talking to Joseph in the most gushing manner. Disgusting! Couldn't she see that she was making my brother uncomfortable? About half way through the dinner, Elaine stood up. I braced myself. I could tell she was going to do something mean, by the contemptuous look on her face.
“My dear father. And of course you frog, this dinner has been quite delightful.” she said said. Her father nodded. I scowled. They way she spoke, I could tell she meant exactly the opposite.
“Of course, dear.” her father said. Elaine tilted her nose even higher.
“I think that this is the best moment, certainly most quaint and charming.” she continued. I would have raised my eyebrows if I had any.
“Sit down, please.” Joseph muttered.
“This is as I see the perfect time to announce that I have decided to except Prince Joseph's hand in marriage.” Elaine burst out, then she shot me a triumphant look.
“Darling.” her father cried proudly, he then kissed her and shook Joseph's hand. My brother had a look of frozen horror on his face. I couldn't blame him. It has got to be a man's worst nightmare to have it announced to the whole world that you are going to get married, before you even realize it yourself.
“How sweet!” I barked. Well, that puts a damper on our plans! What is this girl trying to do? Make me jealous? How come she keeps flirting with my brother every time I look at her? Well, I wouldn't be surprised if Joseph is gone by morning.

Day 17
Yesterday, Elaine's announcement caught me off guard, and I was too busy playing the host to think much about it. But after my guests left, the full enormity of everything hit me like a ton of bricks, and I felt more miserable then I had felt in a long time. Being a frog had been such fun, but now I hated my wretched state. It meant that I would be trapped as a frog forever. I could never marry the girl I loved. Not that Elaine deserved to marry someone nice. Joseph most certainly didn't deserve to be tied down to someone like her. All in all, it was a very miserable night.

Day 18
I had been expecting to see Joseph passing through on his way to escape Elaine, and her ill-timed marriage plans. He finally passed through today.
“Jaden?” he screamed as he came storming towards the well. I hopped onto a rock.
“Well?” I asked.
“I hate her!” he yelled, “I really, really do!”
“Then don't marry her.” I suggested reasonably.
“But she already told the entire world that I was going too.” he wailed.
“Her father, three servants, four guards and myself are hardly the entire world.” I said.
“Ugh!” he moaned, “I want to marry someone I love.” Then he turned and ran deeper into the forest, in what I could only except to be the direction of home. I couldn't say I blamed him.

Joseph was hardly out of sight, before it came to my attention, that having a human around could be useful even if he was my brother. Together we could come up with some plan for Elaine to change me back into a man. I sighed. Joseph would probably insist that we find a more obliging princess. It would make more sense. Elaine would never stoop to kiss a slimey toad. UGH! Now I was calling myself a toad..

Day 19
Last night, the perfect plan came to me. Elaine adored her golden ball. All I had to do was steal it, hide it, then return it, when the princess put out a reward. Unfortunately I was to small to fetch a golden ball. I would have to find Joseph. So today I set out to look for him.

Day 20
I never did find Joseph, instead I found Jerome. My kid brother, his clothes were all torn and ragged. He was obviously running amuck in the forest to annoy his tutors and mother. He spotted me, and scooped me up in his very dirty hands. I couldn't believe the fool was already seven and ten years of age. He acted no more then four summers.
“Hello lil' froggy!” he drawled. Wow, someone got it right.
“Don't talk like a baby!” I ordered in my best older brother voice. Jerome screamed and hurled me up into the air. I managed to grab a branch and stop myself from falling to a very painful end.
“Jaden?” Jerome asked slowly, “Is that you? Justin said you were a frog, but I didn't believe him.”
“Justin is an idiot!” I growled.
“He is going to rescue the princess Eleanor!” Jerome said, “I just got back from her castle! Really Jaden, you should see the hedge around that place. I think it may improve Justin, just to cut through-”
“Stop babbling!” I growled.
“Sorry.” he muttered.
“Jerome, where is Joseph?” I demanded.
“He is visiting his love, who has twenty feet of hair!” Jerome said, “Imagine that.”
“Twenty feet of hair?” I repeated stupidly.
“Of course.” he said. I sighed. Well then Joseph couldn't help me very much. Jerome would have to do.
“I need you to steal something for me.” I told him. Jerome's eyes bulged and he looked like he was going to explode.

To Be Continued

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Diary of a Frog Prince Part 3

This will be a really short part. I have to go to a piano recital soon and might not have time to write any more later, but I want to post a part every day until I finish.

A Frog Prince's Diary
Jaden's diary

Day 14
In spite of what I had promised myself I decided to return to the palace today. At least I could figure out which one of my brothers was coming to visit. I decided that it was Joseph because John would have to be dragged by mother. He has never liked the idea of going courting.

When I arrived at the palace, I found Elaine in the garden looking very bored, and totally ignoring Joseph. Yes, it was Joseph. A pity I wasn't getting money for betting on the right person. The king was talking to my brother, but shooting nasty glances at Elaine, every now an then. I wondered why I wasn't angry that she dared not like my brother. In fact I felt rather pleased. Probably just because Elaine wasn't suitable enough for my brother. I decided to speak to him. I hopped onto the top of a small garden statue of an elf queen.
“Good afternoon, Prince Joseph.” I said. His eyes bulged, and he stared at me, and started to stutter.
“W-wh-what?” was all he seemed to be able to get out.
“My dear young prince, allow me to introduce the frog, a friend of my daughter.” the king said evenly. I noticed he sounded a little irritated, but I didn't care.
“But your a frog.” Joseph gulped.
“A magical frog.” the king said. I shrugged. Joseph had obviously recognized me, and was asking me what happened.

Suddenly the princess moved between Joseph and I. Such rudeness. She took his arm and turned her back on me. More rudeness.
“Your highness.” she said in a gushing voice, “Please, allow me to show you the rose paths.” she led him off. He glanced over his shoulder at me, a pleading look on his face. He obviously didn't want to go with her.

When night finally arrived, I was still waiting in the garden. Joseph escaped the princess, and came to find me.
“What in the name of wonders have you done to yourself?” he snarled, “Justin said you got turned into a toad...”
“Frog!” I hissed, “And Justin is a traitor!” He shrugged.
“Whatever!” he snapped, “It's also come to our attention that James spent a hundred days as beast.”
“He was already a beast!” I replied.
“And a fairy told Justin that he was the only one who could wake Princess Eleanor from eternal sleep!” he continued, “Now mother is trying to make me court this bratty princess! I don't want to marry her! I don't want to marry a princess!”
“Quite right, she is spoiled rotten!” I said. Then I told him about being turned into a frog and rescuing the ball. Joseph had the wrong reaction entirely.
“Why we make Elaine kiss you, which will turn you back into a man, then she can marry you and I'm free.” he cried gleefully.
“What?” I gaped. How dare he suggest something like that! Disgusting! I totally loved the plan.
“Lets start with a banquet.” he said.

To Be Continued

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Diary of a Frog Prince part 2

This part is kind of short because I'm to tired to write any more today.

A Frog Prince's Diary
Jaden's diary

Day 9
Finding where she lived was easy. All I had to do was follow the path. It was lined with little rocks and flowers grew along the edge. I hopped along it until I came to a garden gate. Living outdoors has really kept me slim so I had no trouble squeezing under the door. The garden was a maze of paths and brilliant flowers, shrubs and trees. It took some time, but I finally found the door leading into the house, which was really a palace. Probably some king's summer palace. Unfortunately even a frog couldn't squeeze under that door, so I did the next best thing I could do. I banged on it with my webbed fist.
“Spoiled princess open the door!” I yelled, “Keep your promise made at the well.”
“Go away!” a gruff voice, probably the doorkeeper, called.
“Open up!” I yelled banging until my fists bled.
“I'll run you through!” the doorkeeper threatened.
“Wait, who is there?” a man, probably the king, called.
“I am the frog who rescued the princesses ball!” I shouted, “She promised me dinner, I demand my dinner!” There was a silence. I crossed my webbed hand finger things behind my back. Then the man who was probably the king replied.
“Elaine?” he said gruffly.
“Father.” the girl whined, “It's a fat slimey toad!” I was offended. Why did people keep calling me a toad.
“Well, you promised.” her father snapped.
“Can he come back tomorrow, we aren't ready for him, tonight?” Elaine whined. I was disgusted.
“I shall return!” I shouted and hopped into a bush to spend the night.

Day 10
The following night I was waiting by the door, when the doorkeeper opened it. The oaf looked in every direction, except mine. He was doing it on purpose too! I know it. After awhile I got tired of his oafish manners, marched up to him and kicked him good. He jumped, then looked down.
“Y-your a frog?” he gasped, his face turning redder then a flannel petticoat.
“Of course I'm a frog!” I snarled, “I informed you last night! Now kindly inform the princess Elaine that I am here for dinner.” The oaf turned and stumbled off. He should have been fired, just for the way he walked. He looked like a drunk.

An old man with a snow white beard and a golden crown on his head came to the door soon after. The drunken doorkeeper shuffled after him.
“So you are the frog?” the king asked. I found that question just a tad ridiculous. Of course I was the frog. Couldn't he tell by looking at me?
“Of course, sire.” I said. The king turned.
“Elaine, come attend your guest!” he ordered curtly. The princess shuffled over to us, looking rather downcast.
“Come along froggy.” she muttered. I frowned. Obviously her manners were still not up to date.
“I am tiny, you are going to have to carry me!” I said definitely, as I crossed my arms, or what was supposed to be my arms.
“NO!” Elaine snarled.
“Daughter!” the king growled. She immediately bent over and picked me up between the tips of her finger and thumb. My triumph was short lived, because it was so painful the way she was pinching me.

Eating at a grand table is so much different when one is a frog. All the silver was two big for me, as well as the goblets and pitchers. As for the chairs we won't even discuss them. I took one look at the situation and decided to perch on the edge of the golden plate and eat with my webbed fingers. The meal was very undignified and awkward. Elaine didn't look at me once. Her father talked politely about the many wars and skirmishes he had been involved in. Some of his descriptions were a little vulgar for table talk, but I couldn't tell him that. I said little, I was having trouble eating and didn't want to encourage the king.

Day 11
I returned to the well this morning. I needed a bit of time to decide weather or not I wanted to experience another dinner at the palace.

Day 12
Well this morning I decided to go back again. Mother was very good at teaching etiquette. She said that if you wanted to get invited to dinner, you pay a social call half an hour before the meal should be served, then it would be only proper for them to invite you to stay. Believe me, it worked like a charm, and once more I found myself perched on a dinner plate. This time Elaine talked.
“Father,” she said, ignoring me, “What do you think of Prince Kane of the Southwood?” she asked. I paused in the process of taring of a chunk of chicken. Prince Kane just happened to be my cousin.
“He is a very nice young man, daughter, but his mother is a little odd.” the king said. I scowled.
“I think-” I began.
“What about that prince that is coming here two nights hence?” Elaine interrupted. Obviously her mother had not taken a great deal of time on teaching her etiquette.
“Charming as they come dear, but I heard his whole family is odd.” the king said, “Remember the rumors of Prince James turning into a beast. And what about Prince Justin's bride-to-be? She was cursed, I believe.” I felt my green face turning bright red. They were gossiping about my family right in front of my face.
“I think he is disgusting!” Elaine said, “Imagine having to marry a prince who has a twin brother! I could never do it!” I decided that she was talking about Joseph or John.
“Gossiping is a sin!” I snarled.
“I beg your pardon?” the king said.
“Pardon granted!” I sniffed.
“Er- thank you, I think!” he said.
“What a rude little froggy!” Elaine sneered, “If I was your mother I would have you paddled!” I hopped right off the table.
“Good day, Barbarian princess!” I snarled and hopped out the door.

Day 13
I am so never going back to see either Elaine or her father! How dare they insult my family! How dare they! There is nothing odd about my family! Nothing! What on Royaume did they mean by James being a beast, and Justin's bride being cursed? Well I guess it's just a stupid rumor!

To Be Continued  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Frog Prince's Diary part 1

I know I started posting "The Sword of Camelot" on here, but it takes so long to edit (partially because I don't like doing it) so I'm going to post this much shorter story.

A Frog Prince's Diary
Jaden's diary

Day 1
I just discovered that my stupid lazy little brother, Justin has not written in his new diary yet. Can you believe it? He has had it for a whole month and not done a thing with it. Well I soon set him strait. As for my diary, I got it today for my birthday and you better believe I wrote in it right away. My name is Jaden and I am twenty-four years old as of today. The twins Justin and James are twenty-two. The next set of twins, Joseph and John are nineteen. My youngest brother, Jerome is seventeen. Elise is sixteen. All of my siblings are lazy and conceited, I like to keep them straightened out. But most of them are to stuck up to listen to me. Mother has more faith in me then in the others. She says I may choose my own bride, but she will find brides for my other brothers and groom for Elise. On Saturday, we go to the castle of King Ronald. Mother plans on having Justin marry his sweet daughter Eleanor. But Justin is to stupid to figure out her plans.

Well, I went walking in the garden to enjoy the cool afternoon air, when I saw Elise's fairy godmother. Now everyone knows that if you catch a fairy, you will be granted three wishes. So I sneaked up on her and grabbed her by the wings.
“Unhand me prince Jaden!” she scolded. She must have took me for a fool.
“First grant me three wishes!” I ordered.
“You greedy, selfish, bossy young man!” she snarled, “How dare you demand that of me!” How dare she talk to me like that. I noticed Justin staring at me from the garden door. There was something like a smirk on his face. Then the fairy suddenly seemed to grow.
“What is this?” I demanded coldly, “You can't cheat me out of my three wishes!”
“Jaden you are a frog until you can learn the meaning of true love, and a girl agrees to brake the spell by kissing you!” I stared at her in surprise. When I tried to back away from her and found myself hopping. That cursed fairy had indeed transformed me into a miserably blotchy frog!

Day 2
I slept in the garden last night. Justin shut the door in my face and I did not seem to be able to open the door. I shall certainly thrash my treacherous brother within an inch of his life, once I become a man again. The garden was gloomy. I never realized how stupid it is to have so many gardeners. They stomped all over the place and kicked me about while trimming the hedges. Disrespectful! When I tried to explain, a nasty croaking noise came out. So there was only one thing to do, go into the woods and look for a peaceful place to rest. After all I know the woods like the back of my hand.

Day 3
Apparently I don't know my hand very well. Probably because it has turned into a webbed monstrosity. I have been wandering all over this miserable cold wet forest unable to find away out. I am starving, but I refuse to eat flies. I will not admit that they are beginning to look tasty. The sun was somewhere in the middle of the sky, which means that it was definitely lunchtime, when I found what looked like a puddle. But with my vast knowledge I knew that it was actually a well. If you looked carefully, you can see the stones lining the outside. The rude and cruel sun had dried up all the dew so I was melting and my skin was beginning to crack for lack of water. I jumped right in. The well was probably abandoned, no one lived around here, so I wasn't disturbing anyone's drinking water.

Day 4
I was relaxing on a comfortable slab of bark in the well, when there was a splash. Someone was chucking stones at me. The nerve! I jumped out of the water and hid under a pile of wet leaves. There was a juicy fat slug, which I quickly gulped, with a flick of my tongue. It was delicious. Then now that my stomach was full I turned to face my tormentor. I was a bit surprised to find that it was a young girl. I want to say she is about Jerome's age. She had long curly reddish hair, a pale face and big hazel eyes. She was wearing a long dark green gown with light gold and silver trimmings. All in all, she was beautiful. I was still admiring her, when she pitched another boulder at me, but was hardly more then a pebble in her long slender fingers. My admiration for her was immediately extinguished. She was a cruel brat. What kind of person threw stones at helpless creatures. I hopped further into the woods to wait for her to leave. I would not try and make her acquaintance.

Day 5
The beautiful brat was back again today. This time I remained hidden. I wasn't going to speak to her or give her the chance to throw more rocks at me. This time she had a small golden ball. I could tell that it was made of real gold. But judging by the way she tossed it about, I decided that it was hollow. Cheep if you ask me. Still it was interesting to watch her. All my brother would have made fun of me if I watched a girl like this back home. Maybe being a frog has its uses.

Day 6
I was waiting for her and not disappointed when she came back. She had her ball with her again. But I wish she would drop it into the well, because she only pays attention to it. I wonder what mother would think of her. She is clearly rich. Some high born lady. I was still wishing that she would drop the ball, when she did. It fell right into the well and sank like a stone. The splash was very satisfying. Her tantrum was not. She stomped around kicking at everything and screaming. When I made the mistake of coming out to offer condolences she tried to stomp on me. Ungrateful wretch! You better believe I left her to her tantrum.

Day 7
I had a very enjoyable time watching all the soldiers and servants trying to rescue the ball from the well. It was very satisfying when none of them were able to retrieve it. After hours and hours of attempting to rescue the silly toy, the knights and servants went off and left the girl crying. Crying over a toy. Disgusting! Not even Elise would do a thing like that! In spite of my disgust, I hopped out of my hiding place and onto a rock in front of the girl. Then with a great effort I cleared my throat. My new natural instinct was to croak but I forced myself to speak the common tongue.
“I could fetch your little ball for you.” I offered politely. I really can't stand seeing someone cry, especially a lady.
“You're a frog!” she shrieked ungratefully.
“So what?” I snapped, “I can still fetch your baby toy!”
“Then get it you disgusting rodent!” she snarled. Such manners!
“There is a big difference between my species and rodents!” I told her frigidly.
“Fine you miserable pick toad!” she screamed, “Now fetch my ball at once!”
“No!” I said and hopped off, “You can say please first!”
“Come back, toad!” she howled.
“I'm a frog!” I croaked and hurried away, pleased that I was able to punish her.

Day 8
I was awakened this morning by the sound of the girl's voice. She was calling for me. I felt rather pleased.
“Frog, oh froggy, I want to speak to you!” she called. I tossed aside my leaf blanket and hopped out to see her.
“You called?” I said with an elaborate bow. Her lips curled up in a sneer. I grinned.
“I want you to get my ball back.” she snapped.
“Say please.” I retorted.
“What do you want?” she said ignoring my request, “I am willing to pay.” I was about to shake my head, when the idea of a delicious dinner on a table struck my fancy.
“Take me home with you and let me eat at your table.” I said.

“Deal!” she cried, so quickly that I felt suspicious. In spite of my misgivings, I dived into the cool refreshing water. The further down I went the darker it got. But after blinking a few times, I realized that I could see quite well. Being a frog definitely had its good side. I found her ball in the mud at the bottom of the well. Believe me I lugged that thing to the top of the well, and it was a whole lot of work. It must have weighed a ton to a poor frog like me. What I wouldn't do for something good to eat. Unfortunately, when I reached the top of the well, the girl reached down, grabbed the well, dropped a rock on my head and ran off. I was furious! Such a spoiled ill-mannered brat, definitely needed a good old fashioned switching. I was going to speak to her parents about it too. Just as soon as I found them.

To Be Continued

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Random (blurry) pictures.

 This was the cover I started for "The Lost Treasure" but I never really finished it.
From right to left: Blackclaw, Annette Dalston, Benjamin Raswel, James Raswel, Juliana Howard.

 Emiline Migaroo from my "The Sword of Light" book. I know here eyes are really bad.
Emiline grew up in Vengard believing that she was the daughter of the local Baron. But when her foster father sends her to Alister to avoid a possible war, she ends up in more danger then if she had just staid home.

 I drew this for a Pride and Prejudice type story idea I had. I actually started this, but never finished it.

 Random girl riding a very fat horse. I'm not the best animal drawer.

 I drew this for another story idea I had. It's called the "Midsummer Dream" and is about a couple of people who are in Shakespeare's acting company.

Guess who this grump is supposed to be?
(Not someone from one of my books, but someone you should all know)


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Princess Bride Test result

So there is this "Princess Bride" test online, which some of my family took. 

This was my result! To make matters worse, the description actually fits! To those of you who don't know the story, in the picture that creature is about to get it's memory checked by a very large person's fists.

Frodo got Humperdink! He wasn't overly thrilled. Prince Humperdink is one of the bad guys.

Rosie got Indigo Montoyo. He is like the best person in the whole movie.

Eleanor got the Inconceivable guy Fizzini or something like that. Another bad guy, but really funny.

Yeah, we were laughing pretty hard.


Young Justice Heroes

These are my young Justice Heroes.

 Frederick Dulzer. He was born on Mars in 3991. His parents were journalists and supposedly interviewing the famous Justice Heroes. There was an explosion and  everyone on Mars died. Fred was rescued by a man who called himself Mr. Smith, but later turned out to be Fred's uncle, Johnathon Dulzer, the Justice Hero known as the Mask, who supposedly started the explosion. When Fred was seventeen Mr. Smith disappeared and Fred had to go to America with his mother's brother Frank Douglas.

Captain Thunder (Fred's code name).
Older and more experienced Fred as Captain Thunder.

 James Casper/Cowin/etc. He had many names. James was born on Venus, in 3990. Unlike Fred who was a human, James is an alien. The two boys went to school for three months. After Fred went to New York, James went to Chicago, and started working as a journalist. He got married to a human girl in 4015, the same year that Jane Mardren went to Moldrin.
Jame's never finished Justice suit. He calls himself the Shadow or Shadow Man.
Agnes Remy the daughter of space pirates, was born in 3992 on a starship. She also went to school for three months with Fred. Agnes' parents were supposedly killed aboard their starship, but in reality they were put on "Freedom" the space prison. Agnes was raised by an aunt.

 Agnes' code name is Shooting Star.

A drawing someone else did for me of Agnes' costume.

my favorite drawing of her costume.

 An older Emmy Cornwallis now Emmy Zinc not long before she got married to Falstaff Bennet. She was born in 3996 in America. While still a baby, her parents died and she was kidnapped by her great-uncle for her fortune and raised in his school. The same school the other three went too. But she got adopted by General Zinc, who took her to America.

 This is Emmy's first Butterfly costume.

Her slightly modified costume she used when she was older. Ignore the words, I forgot to cut them off.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Adventures of a Pirate drawings

This is Benjamin Raswel from my series "The Adventures of a Pirate."
Ben was the son of a blacksmith and lived with his family on an island in the Caribbean. Then one day the soldiers came. They branded Ben and his family with the blackmark, which basically meant that he was the son of a pirate. Ben escapes aboard a ship and discovers that he has the map to the greatest treasure in the Caribbean. The legendary treasure of Blackhawk. While Ben is trying to find the treasure, he is being hunted by General Dalston who believes Ben is the son of the evil pirate Blackjack. But the General wouldn't mind helping himself to the treasure.

Ben rescues Juliana Howard in book two, but fails to save her sister as well. She is very upset with him for that, but then joins him to reclaim the treasure he found in the first book and save one of his brothers from getting hanged.

 Annette Dalston. Ben meets her in the first book and she appears in all the books. She is the daughter of General Dalston, but almost from the beginning sides with Ben. She doesn't believe her father is completely in the right, and thinks that he is being unnecessarily cruel to Ben. Not to mention acting like a common thief. She ends up marrying one of Ben's brothers in the end of book two.
 Lucy Raswel is the youngest in the Raswel family. She appears in the first and the last books. After escaping from the island she disguised herself and joined the pirate crew of one of Ben's friends, Alex Ralston.
 Margret Raswel, is the second youngest in the Raswel family. She also only appears in the first and the last books. After escaping from the island she became a maid in a governor's household. While accompanying the governor's son to the colonies the ship was attacked by pirates. She ends up marrying Andrew Raswel another friend of Ben.
 Thomas Raswel is the second oldest in the Raswel family. He was supposedly killed in the first book, and I am not sure how to get around that yet.

 The Raswel family. 
Back row: James, Matthew, Captain Raswel, Thomas
Front Row: Benjamin, Margret, Lucy, Madame Raswel, Philip.

 A drawing I did a couple of years ago. This is what the famous painting in the story is supposed to look like.

This is the cover for the first book.
The "Black Horizon" is the ship, the people are: General Dalston, John Ralston, Annette Dalston and Ben.

Ben comes in possession of a map which supposedly leads to the mysterious treasure of Blackhawk on the legendary Crescent Island.

 This is the old cover for the second book. I never finished the newer cover.
The Characters are Stephen Fuller and Juliana Howard in the back. Benjamin Raswel and William Dalston in the front.

Ben has found the treasure of Crescent Island then lost it in a storm. Then General Dalston forms a revenge plot and demands the treasure to be handed over to him in exchange for the life of James Raswel, Ben's brother.
The Black Storm

Ben and his crew leave Port Royal behind to hunt for the pirate hunter known as the Shark, and stop him before he can kill Ben's old friend Ralston. Unfortunately the twice traitor Daniel Murray is back, and stirring things up again among the crew. Ben may find the Shark but he may lose his ship and his crew in the process.

I didn't start the forth and last book so there is no cover for it.

Monday, April 10, 2017

My friends as my Characters

This is a post of my friends as my characters.
Emma S. is Margret Raswel from "The Adventures of a Pirate." She prefers to stay at home with her family, and doesn't like strangers. And-
You are also Ecclesia from "The Red Lion." She is excitable and wild with her family but in public is quiet, preferring to listen instead of of talking. 
(Hmm.. both of your characters are the younger sister of the book's main character and both are around the same age and have black hair)

Elizabeth S. is Sky Heavenview from the "Sky and Companions series." Rather quiet and reserved at home, but willing to lead the adventures when they come. And-
You are also Katherine "Katie" Mac'Dal from "Katie and the Harp." Not afraid to speak up for her friends or what she believes in. She is usually a cheerful person but does have a bit of a temper.

Claire S is Lucy from "The Adventures of a Pirate." Not afraid to take the lead. Excitable and generally a happy person.

William S is Mr. Smith/The Mask/Johnathon Dulzer from the Justice Heroes books. (Yes he is known as all those people). He will pretend to be a well brought man who acts like a perfect saint in public, but with his family and close friends- well lets not discuss that. (Plus William S looks like how I imagine Mr. Smith as a kid).

Kailee N. is Alison Lamorak from "A Ranger's Quest."

Alley A. is Lady Christina from "True Courage." She doesn't say a lot but is always eager to try something new and dangerous.

Anna W is Faith Hartman from "The Last Shot." A quiet sweet young girl, but will not run from adventure.

William W is Thomas Raswel from "The Adventures of a Pirate."

Teresa K is Summer Sweetwater from "Sky and Companions."

Sabrina W is Annette Dalston from "The Adventures of a Pirate."

Danielle W is Marian DeRange from "The Golden Arrow."

Please let me know if I forgot anyone, so I can add them.

Thank you and God Bless You All,