Spells and Whatnot: Thursday’s Children

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Myths and Fairytales have everything; heroes and villains, witches and giants, dragons and castles, genies and trolls. They take place in exotic palaces, snowy hinterlands, darkened forests, and hidden cities. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Arabian Nights, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Odysseyβ€”I could go on and on.

But my favorite part about them? Spells. Magic that curses the princess, transforms mundane objects into talismans of power, or aids our would-be hero.

Juliet Marillier, one of my favorite authors, captures the magic of these tales in such a way that it’s impossible to believe magic doesn’t exist. Daughter of the Forest recounts the tale of The Six Swans, in which six brothers are cursed by a sorceress, bound to the form of swans until their sister can free them. In Wildwood Dancing, the magic of the full moon allows five sisters and one enchanted frog to enter a fairy realm.

The Lady of Shalott, a ballad by Lord Alfred Tennyson, is part of the inspiration for my newest WIP. It tells of a young woman under a curse, trapped in a castle tower where she weaves images seen within a magic mirror, doomed to die if she leaves. Why? The poem doesn’t say. Which leaves us to imagine anything we want.

My new WIP is a steampunk alternate history dark fantasy (is that a genre??) set in 1880’s Romania. I had all the elements outlined and in place; the villainess, the assassin, the princess, the warring families, the location. Now all I needed was a curseβ€”a three-hundred-year-old curse. Thus, the inspiring poem, embellished with a dragon, a wood witch, a tinker, and a number of automatons…

Screenshot from The Band Perry’s music video “If I Die Young”.


Is there a magic spell that inspires your writing?


26 Responses to “Spells and Whatnot: Thursday’s Children

  • Ha, yes in fact there is a curse in TENDRIL, though it turns out to be not exactly what my MC was told… Can’t wait to read your Romanian steampunk mash-up πŸ˜€

    • I knew it!! TENDRIL!!!! *shivers with anticipation*

  • Hmm no actual spoken curses in mine – but an old magic that essentially curses one of the main characters and a few other people he’s inadvertently sucked into it.

    Great post – just thinking of all those magical fairytale elements gives me shivers, and I love the sound of your WIP!

    • Unspoken curses work just as well as any other! Love it!! And thanks! πŸ™‚

  • I love all that stuff too. Your WIP sounds cool. I hope to read it someday!

  • OMG! Hello Soul Sistah! I spent all of high school pretty much repeating “The mirror crack’d from side to side” in my head. I used to listen to the Loreena McKennitt song version on a loop for most of the 90s!

    • Haha! Hello, back! It’s been stuck in my head since I wrote the post! Have you gotten to Ch.4 yet in WINTER? Genna sings “The Old Ways” at the piano, lol πŸ™‚

  • Your WIP sounds SO cool. Steampunk alternate history dark fantasy? 1880? Romania? YES PLEASE, NOW PLEASE. *gets in line to be a beta reader* *pushes people out of the way* *looks innocent*

    • YAY!!! I’m so excited to finish it. Deadline for 1st draft is end of March so I’ll send it to you first!! πŸ˜€

  • I don’t have magic in my books, but my character does reference JK Rowling’s Patronus charm in my current WIP. And chocolate is always charming :0)

    • Lol! Chocolate IS charming. Thanks for visiting!!

  • There’s a curse and witches in one of mine as well! And…um…if steampunk alternate history dark fantasy isn’t a proper genre, it should be because I WANT to read it!!!!!

  • Honestly, I love magic and spells in all their forms. The spells in my current WIP are inspired by faery lore.

    Also, can I just say, Steampunk alternate history dark fantasy? Sign. Me. Up. Seriously, this sounds AMAZING. I’m super excited to read Winter. And I love The Old Ways. It’s on my current WIP playlist.

    I also clearly need to read Daughter of the Forest. The Six Swans/The Wild Swans is one of my very favorite fairy tales.

    • Aww, thanks!! And YES YOU DO!! Need to read Juliet Marillier that is. “Daughter” is the first book in the Sevenwaters Trilogy. You’ll LOVE them.

  • I like magic and superpowers, the odd and unique–these things occur in my writing frequently.


  • They say technology is just another form of magic β€” right?? right??

    So to that end, technology is the “magic” that I like to infuse my work with. I like writing about dystopian, quasi-classical worlds where technology still has that “wow” factor that magic does in traditional fantasy.

    I think, ultimately, it makes stories feel special and even a little bit “forbidden” πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing!

    • I like this!! And I can agree. Well done! πŸ™‚

  • Your WIP sounds AWESOME. I MUST read this.

  • We speak the same language…I am fluent in Elvish…:))) so we both speak fantasy….I am a Romanian and should you need an opinion or two please feel free to ask :). Kisses.

    • Lol! I’m a terrible linguist. I love that you’re Romanian. Do you live there as well?? I desperately want to visit; it’s absolutely gorgeous!! I’ll remember to come to you with any questions. Thank you for offering πŸ™‚