How is a story is like a crossword puzzle?

half-timbered houses and ruined castle in charming village of Beilstein

A fairy tale village on the Mosel River in Germany, complete with half-timbered houses and ruined castle. ©LaurelDecher, 2021 While you wait for me to solve mine, here’s a crossword puzzle for you A crossword puzzle isn’t something you solve by working your way from top to bottom. At least, that’s not what I do. […]

Deleted scenes from LOST WITH LEEKS: Queen Ash and St. Nicholas

BONUS SCENES These two bonus scenes were written from Queen Ash’s point of view while I was working out the story for LOST WITH LEEKS. Enjoy! “Gotcha!” In the Blackfly Kingdom, Queen Ash spread a huge black net over her castle, from one side of the Rhine River to the other. Confused bats veered off […]

Multiplication Magic

In the story I’m working on right now . . . (see below if you want to see which one) Magellan is REALLY not interested in Times Tables. Especially not the SEVENS! He has maps to make and dragons to rescue! I started looking around for things that would make it more interesting. For him. […]

Tour the Saffron Kingdom: Burg Rheinfels

Burg Rheinfels is the next stop in our Tour of the Seven Kingdoms! The Saffron Kingdom! The Seven Kingdoms fairy tale world is inspired by real castles in the Rhine and Mosel River valleys in Germany. Clip the map below to find all the tours:

Tour Magenta Kingdom: Festung Ehrenbreitstein in Koblenz

View from Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Rhine and Mosel Rivers come together at the Deutscher Eck.

Koblenz is the next stop in our Tour of the Seven Kingdoms! This fairy tale world is inspired by real castles in the Rhine and Mosel River valleys in Germany. When you take the train, you can look up and see the fortress as the train pulls into the station. The big, hulking rock towers […]

Tour a Fairy Kingdom???

Yesterday, we walked for five or six hours and I got buckets of new ideas about the Fairy Kingdom. I love the “Traumpfad” hiking trails that we’ve already been on. This one is special for its caves and variety! Here’s a virtual dream hike for you:

Tour the Blackfly Kingdom: Pfalzgrafenstein Castle

View of the Pfalz castle from the ferry

When we travel these days, we often drive or fly. In earlier times, the rivers were the highways. Big and long rivers, like the Rhine River in Germany were important for delivering people and things. [Is that why Amazon is named after a river in Brazil? I don’t know, do you?] If you visit, you […]

More school resources from wonderful children’s authors: Justine Laismith

Author Justine Laismith has a great page of school resources introducing Chinese culture for ages 9 to 13 years. The videos, activities, and photos are related to her book SECRETS OF THE GREAT FIRE TREE. These wonderful activities cover lots of interesting topics: Chinese culture and diversity: (make a dragon boat out of paper!!) Literacy […]