Magical forests are real. I have lived near one forest or another my whole life, and they were all very inspiring and held real magic for me.
|Spirit Hill Forest, my backyard magical forest, Alberta, Canada|
When I was a child, my imagination soared when I was amongst the giants of the woods and the magical creatures who could very easily dwell there. Somehow, they were just out of sight as soon as I turned my head their way. I often imagined that I just glimpsed the tail-end of a cloak disappeaingr behind a tree, and, sometimes, I heard the whispers and giggles of elves. Occasionally, I say sparkles fluttering around--surely this must have been faeries.
My infatuation with fantasy kids books and magical forests has been with me for as long as I remember. This is why I am certain that I will always write books that are fantasy kids books and adventure books for kids.
If you were ever wondering how you would know a magical forest, I have some suggestions:
1. The trees sway and clap when you enter the forest.
2. There is a mistiness about the forest, or the trees are giants and of a unique nature, or you spot the glitter sparkles fluttering around.
3. The fall colors definitely look painted on--this is because every magical forest has a Forest Painter in charge of the fall colors.
4. You will probably hear rustling noises--this is caused by the excitement and scurrying of gnomes, elves, and faeries.
5. You will also smell a woodsy, musty odor, which is created by the bark soup all magical creatures make at dusk.
If you still aren't sure it's a magical forest, here are some pictures of real magical forests that you can refer to:
|Crooked Forest, Poland|
|The Redwood Forest, California|
|A painted forest of undisclosed location|
|Stone Forest, China|
Are you convinced yet? Do you believe in the magic that dwells within each of these--and many, many more--magical forests?
Actually, magic exists everywhere, you just have to believe.
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