I love fairy tales.
Especially fairy tales with pirates.
Swept up by the Sea by Tracy and Laura Hickman combines classic fairy tale lore of pirates and mermaids with a grand fantasy adventure. It’s a classic story without any of the dark fantasy and super emo tendencies of todays’ fantasy adventures. Not only does it have a delightfully happy cliffhanger, but it was written by a married couple, which I think is really cool.
I think it’d be a blast to write stories with Ben. Alas, it will never happen. Just getting Ben to talk about his day is a exhaustive process.
Duckie: What’d you do today, darling?
Duckie: Did you have any grand adventures?
Duckie: Did you go to lunch anywhere?
Ben: (scratches his head, stares mutely at the computer screen.)
Duckie: Did you want anything for dinner?
Ben: (Giggles at something at said screen. Scratches armpit.)
Duckie: I bought a pony and put it in the backyard. It’s eating your mountain laurel.
Ben: (blinks and grabs empty water bottle) Can I have some water? (Returns to computer screen.)
Undeterred, I often try to tell him stories.
Duckie: So the little girl I was tutoring was talking about her turtle, Miss Wurtle–
Ben: (Blinks) Turtle?
Duckie: It’s a stuffed turtle. Anyway, she wrote a story about the turtle going to a fashion show and we had to use these vocabulary words…
Ben: (interrupts) Did you pay the insurance bill?
Duckie: (annoyed) Yes. But it was really cute because the mean model turtle wanted to go on a date with the designer turtle–
Ben: Aren’t they ninjas?
Duckie: No dear.
Sometimes it’s better just to feed him cupcakes like these. Perfect fairy tale cupcakes from Taste of Home.
And the best part? They’re pink, of course!
Stay tuned, Invisible Friends! A new fun tale mañana!
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