Erin Schmidt

Writing is my secondary creative outlet, so I don't work as hard at it as I do with my art . . . and it shows. But even though they're a bit rough, I think my stories are worthwhile, and I enjoy reading them almost as much as I enjoyed writing them. Thankfully, I can actually spell, so you won't have to worry about deciphering unedited miss steaks maid buy the spiel chequer. The whimsical streak that is readily apparent in my art carries over into my writing; most of what I have here will be fairy tales, with perhaps some short urban fantasy thrown in as well. Lots and lots of talking animals, in other words. However, I can promise that there will be absolutely NO poetry. Ever.

The Princess and the Schnauzer

This little vignette about sorcery, schnauzers and the power of romantic poetry is, for the most part, pure silliness, but I think that it's still one of my better-written fairy tales. I began it while I was in high school, and although it's been refined quite extensively since then, certain biases I felt at the time remain clearly apparent.

The Reluctant Unicorn

This is, chronologically, the first of four fairy tales that I finished at about the same time. It's certainly not the best, but it has its moments.

The Library Dragon

For you fantasy buffs out there, this story reads like a collision between Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles and Simon Green's Blue Moon Rising. For those of you for whom the previous sentence isn't enough of a description, it's a fairy tale about a sympathetic dragon with an unusual hobby.

The Fox's Wish

Quite a lot of 'Once upon a time' fantasy features talking animals who, for reasons unknown, bestow wishes upon deserving maidens and heroes. Occasionally, these animals are wizards or sorceresses in disguise, but often it's never explained how they came by this wish-granting power. My wondering about this phenomenon was the seed of this story. Also, I've always liked talking foxes.