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Ink and Fairydust Managing Editor Jansina G. Submissions Editor Marie Jeanette Assistant Editor Rose Dominick Column Editor Ciara Zaketti Graphics Editor Shaylynn Rackers Graphics Assistants Heather McIntosh Jansina G. Submissions Assistant Una Van der Stroom Illustrators Mary MacArthur and E. Kaiser Authors Courtney McCullough, Maria Westrich, Jansina G., Marie Jeanette, Una Van der Stroom, Bethany McGean, Megan Dominick, Michael Keats, Elizabeth Troup, and Rose Dominick Contest Winners Anna F., Maggie D., C.M. Stewart, and Theresa S. Proofreaders Marie Jeanette, Rose Dominick, Courtney McCullough, and Jansina G. Photographers Megan Dominick, Gina Marinello-Sweeney, and Jansina G. Special Thanks to... DigiTee Designs

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CONTENTS Editors’ Notes

by Jansina G.

Odds and Ends A Christmas Case by Courtney McCullough

Poetry Contest Winners

Maggie D, Anna F, Theresa S, C.M. Stewart

Irrational Season: a New Perspective by Mirriam Neal

Social Media Contest Rules The Story of the Christmas Fairies by Megan Dominick


by Rose Dominick


by Shaylynn Rackers

4 5 6-8 9-15 16-18 19 20-22 24-25 26

December 2013 theme: christmas & fiction

27-30 The Christmas Star 32-35 Christmas Trivia 36-37 Dark and Starry by Michael Keats

by Megan Dominick

by Maria Westrich

Most Wonderful Time 38-39 The Of the Year by Elizabeth Troup

40-42 NaNoWriMo Short Story 43-48 Saddle Shoes 50-52 The Ebony and Ivory 53-55 Half of the “Romantic Six” 2014-2015 I&F Pricing Info 57 by Una Van der Stroom

December 2013 Ink and Fairydust is a magazine full of faith and creativity. It is run entirely by teens and young adults and is published quarterly. Questions and comments should be directed to

by Bethany R. McGean

by Megan Dominick

by Courtney McCullough


A yearly online subscription is $9.99. A years’ worth of print issues is $24.99. Issues from 2013 or earlier are available for free online. Samples of new issues are also availble on the website. LIKE us at http://www. Follow us! inkandfairydust

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Dear Readers, Here at Ink and Fairydust, we love authors. Many of our contributors are writing or have written books, and of course we love to read. Next year, our themes will be entirely focused on books, by well-known authors, and by those just starting out. Our upcoming themes can be found on our website: www.iandfmag. com/upcoming-issues With this issue, we bring you our own writing. There is a variety of fiction, poetry, and a few articles about the “Romantic Six� (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, and Byron). We are also pleased to introduce the winners of our 2012 writing contest: Maggie, Anna, Catherine, and Theresa! Their beautiful poetry can be found on pages 9-15. Starting in January 2014, we will be moving to a quarterly schedule, to give us more time to focus on each issue and offer you the best possible version of Ink and Fairydust. The first two will be available free on Issuu, as all our previous issues have been. In July 2014, we will introduce a small subscription fee to I&F. Readers who sign up for a 2014-2015 subscription by May 31st will receive the first two issues (July and October 2014) free! All of our 2014 issues will also be available on ereaders (Kindle, Nook, PDF, &c.) and in a print (paperback) format. If you choose not to subscribe, you can expect to pay $2.99 per ebook format, and around $10 for print issues. Our price list is on page 57. The subscription fee will allow us to cover administrative fees and to help compensate I&F contributors, which will let us keep the magazine a priority. Want a chance to win free print and digital copies of I&F next year? Find the contest info on page 19! Thank you for joining us as we continue to improve Ink and Fairydust!

~Jansina G. Managing Editor


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Delicious Wintertime Cookies!


Gooey Butter Cake is a classic recipie from St. Louis, Missouri, the home of die-hard Cardinals fans and the iconic Gateway Arch. Legend has it that a baker in the 1930’s mixed up the recipe for a coffee cake. In a spirit of thriftiness the bakery served the new cake, which quickly became a hit. The original cake is made from scratch, but the recipe below (the second-most popular) makes delicious gooey cake with fewer ingredients using a cake mix base! Serve it with coffee or tea and savor the melt-in-your-mouth sweetness!

{CRUST} • 1 package of yellow cake mix • 1 egg • 8 tbs of melted butter {FILLING} • 1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened • 2 eggs • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla • 8 tbs of melted butter • 2 cups of powdered sugar

Directions • • • •


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the ingredients for the crust and mix well. Spread it across the bottom of a lightly greased 13x9 inch pan. (Word to the wise: it won’t want to spread, so grease the back of a spoon to pat the crust flat on the pan). Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add in the eggs, vanilla, and butter for the filling. Mix in the powdered sugar last. At this point you can add in extra flavors, such as almond extract or brown sugar. Spread the filling over the crust and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Be careful not to overbake-- it should be warm and gooey on the inside. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top, letting it melt into the cake. Let the cake cool until it is stiff enough to serve!




CHRISTMAS TRIVIA by Megan Dominick

The Hidden Meanings in The 12 Days of Christmas

True love =


A partridge in a pear tree =


Seven swans a-swimming =

Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, or the Seven Sacraments

Two turtle doves =

Eight maids a-milking =

Old and New Testaments

Eight beatitudes

Three French hens =

Nine ladies dancing =

Faith, Hope, and Charity

Four calling birds =

Four Gospels

Five golden rings =

Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit

Ten lords a-leaping =

Ten Commandments

Eleven pipers piping = The first five books of the Old Testament, the Penta Eleven faithful disciples teuch, which records the history and laws of Twelve drummers drumming = ancient Israel Twelve points of doctrine in Six geese a-laying = the Apostles’ Creed Six days of Creation


Did you know? With more than 450 figures and hundreds of yards of landscape, the world's largest diorama of the Nativity is found in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzer, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pictured pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely female or castrati. Both genders of reindeer (known as caribou in North America) have antlers. The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth, red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty. Wassail is from the Old Norse ves heill, meaning “good health.” The first person to decorate a Christmas tree was reportedly Martin Luther (1483-1546). According to legend, he was so moved by the beauty of the stars shining between the branches of a fir tree, he brought home an evergreen tree and decorated it with candles to share the image with his children. The world’s largest Christmas present was the Statue of Liberty. The French gave it to the US in 1886. It is 46.5 meters high and weighs 225 tons! One town in Indiana is called Santa Claus. There is also a Santa, Idaho. 34

Glædelig Jul -- Danish Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan -- Chinese, Mandarin Joyeux Noel -- French Nadolig Llawen -- Welsh Mitho Makosi Kesikansi -- Cree Buon Natale -- Italian Kala Christouyenna! -- Greek Nollaig Shona Dhuit -- Gaelic (Irish) Shub Naya Baras -- Hindi God Jul -- Swedish Boldog Karacsonyt -- Hungarian Feliz Navidad -- Spanish Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom -Russian Sung Tan Chuk Ha -- Korean Frohliche Weihnachten -- German Gesëende Kersfees -- Afrikaans Hyvaa Joulua -- Finnish Kurisumasu omedeto -- Japanese Mele Kalikimaka -- Hawaiian Suksun Wan Christmas -- Thai Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia – Polish

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I&F Dec 2013 Christmas & Fiction  

Celebrate the beauty of Christmas with Ink and Fairydust, and enjoy pieces of fiction written by our staff and contributors!

I&F Dec 2013 Christmas & Fiction  

Celebrate the beauty of Christmas with Ink and Fairydust, and enjoy pieces of fiction written by our staff and contributors!