Mail has arrived! Word has gone out to every cushion, bed and lounge in Mawson’s castle. Word on the carpet is that inside this seemingly innocent looking parcel there is a magical tale.
Young Jewell (in striped sleeping hat) tells everyone that only a magic sword will work for the opening. Bonnet and Oscar, recoiling away, are not so sure, especially as Jewell seems got hold of the wrong end of it. Samantha (far left) brought her pet Dino along. Dino wants to know more about these rumoured Phoenixes. Suspicious creatures, Phoenixes, Dino is thinking.
The Magical Mail was posted from far away – where steampunk heroines and water dragons live – by FELICITY BANKS . And this is what is in it:
“This is a tale of two missing magical creatures; a phoenix and a water dragon. The missing ones have left a trail of art behind them. Can you help find them before it’s too late?”
What happens is, you get parcels in the post! Not just a book but a parcel with Things In It. Inside are artworks and CLUES. You can see examples of the artwork at Felicity’s Home on the Web right here.
You begin to read the story about the water dragons and the phonenixs. There has been a disappearance, possibly a kidnapping. Oh dear. You read the stories and letters and notes and clues. And discuss them all (there is a noticeboard where readers and players can discuss it). And you puzzle out what is going on. You might end up still completly baffled so far and have to wait for the next clues in the next parcel.
Oh look, inside the outside parcel is an inside parcel! Frenzied unwrapping ensures. Stay tuned.
Felicity writes other Interactive Fiction too. As with Feuding Fae, you don’t just read but get involved. They are also known as Choose Your Own Adventure Stories. It’s a different and absorbing way of reading, and its suitable for all ages. In fact, people of all ages could do it together and take a break from the telly.
Excited by the whole idea of Interactive Stories? Consider Murder in the Mail. Dastardly deeds are done and, as the clues arrive in your mail, you get to be the detective. Again, the clues are in various forms including original art. For more Interactive games and stories have a look at IFDB, a database about them.
You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den. Between naps among cushions, Mawson ponders about Baffling Things. He is the Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .