Recently, I attended the local auction house that once served as inspiration for Shadow Demon of Oz. Although it is called Shadow Auction Barn, I renamed it the Umbra Auction Barn for the story and I have been very pleased with the results.
Now, the Shadow Auction barn has provided yet another item which now serves as inspiration for our newest story, The Emerald Slippers of Oz.
The story idea came from my wife, Amanda, was is also the inspiration for Magician of Oz with her legendary Potato Soup. Now, she is the co-author and is turning out to be a fine writer.
This newest story of Oz involves a couple of witches and a couple of magicians who long to regain their magical powers.
For those of you who are not well versed in the lore of Oz, one of the witches is Blinkie, who appeared in L. Frank Baum's ninth book, The Scarecrow of Oz. The lesser known magician is Ugu the Shoemaker, who made his mark in The Lost Princess of Oz, which is Baum's eleventh book about the Land of Oz.
The other witch is the well known witch, 'Ol Mombi, who you may remember from the 1985 Walt Disney film, Return to Oz. She was actually first introduced by Baum in his second book, The Marvelous Land of Oz.
The other magician in this story is Dr. Pipt, the legendary creator of the Powder of Life, who makes his debut in Oz in Baum's seventh book, The Patchwork Girl of Oz.
Now, all four former conjurers of magic battle for possession of the Emerald Slippers, which were intended as a gift to Her Majesty, Princess Ozma.
We are about halfway through the story and it's looking to be a fine story, worthy of the world of Oz. Me thinks L. Frank Baum would be very pleased.
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma