My first book (part 1)

We recently excavated our storage closet.  Among outgrown baby clothes and tax returns from four years ago I stumbled across the magnum opus of my primary school writing career-The Last Unicorn.

Here is the first half of the book I wrote, edited, illustrated and TYPED on an actual TYPEWRITER because I’m old.  I’ve decided to share it with you because it’s just so damn bad.

All spelling and grammar errors are as written.

DSC_0641Once upon a time there were millions and trillions of Unicorns.  There was a greedy king who wanted everything including every single Unicorn! Finally one day the king said “I Have It! I Know How To Get Those Unicorns To Work For Me, Me, Me!”

DSC_0642All his subjects asked, “What?”

He said, “I shall call my Magicians, Hingle, Mingle, Shingle, and Bingle to put a spell over Uniland. But there is one problem. The King, Queen, Prince and Princess Unicorns cannot be captured because of their special qualities.  But I want them never-the-less.  My Magicians can take their powers away ay.”

DSC_0643But in Uniland they were setting up a plan to move because of the king, but that meant going past the castle wall.

When they did, they all got captured, all but one, the princess.

DSC_0644The princess started to cry. “My Mama, oh my Papa, oh my poor brother, oh my dear Unicorns. Oh me, oh my, what am I going to do?”

After a long time she stopped crying and said, “I will find the exact place that the king has put all the Unicorns.”

DSC_0645One day the princess said, “I think I have found the place that all the Unicorns are hidden.”  But she was very very wrong. She looked everywhere but never found them because they were on Disappearing Island.

Tune in tomorrow to find out the stunning conclusion to The Last Unicorn…

6 Responses

  1. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this little story! Now you really do have me on tenterhooks to learn how it all ends. No doubt we will go on a quest to Disappearing Island.

    This is another great idea of yours, Delilah, to post.. ahem… early efforts like this. Actually, kudos for still having it around. I remember one of my earliest stories, ‘Fly of Fly Hall,’ a play based upon ‘The Wind in the Willows’, and more specifically an offshoot play of it called ‘Toad of Toad Hall.’ I made up my own cast of characters, and Fly was… well, he was the Toad of my cast. It was, of course, intensely derivative, as plays written by 8-year-olds probably often tend to be. However, I think I wrote the whole thing out long-hand, and it is long gone. No doubt that’s a good thing. 😉

  2. Reblogged this on Lace Winter and commented:
    Today I would like to highlight some of the early efforts of a dear writing friend of mind, Delilah Night. In this piece Delilah has bravely posted one of her early stories, a whimsical fantasy of unicorns and princesses and magicians and kings. In fact, it is an *illustrated* story, all illustrations by the author herself. And, like all good storytellers, she leaves us on a cliffhanger, waiting on the edge of our seats for the exciting conclusion to come tomorrow.

    Delilah writes in a rather different style now, though her stories still often feature pirates and swashbucklers and high adventure… and a healthy dose of romance and sex and all things lusty. This earlier effort, however, is written in a more innocent style. Much more innocent. Have a look. You’ll see what I mean. And then see if you don’t see the kernel of the storyteller Delilah would grow up to be.

  3. I simply must know what happens next! Disappearing Island sounds like a dangerous place. (I want to watch The Last Unicorn again now… funny that.).

  4. […] do have one example, though, my two part post(1, 2) of my third grade magnum […]

  5. […] third grade magnum opus was “The Last Unicorn,” which I previously published. Read parts 1 and 2 if you want a good […]

  6. […] Yesterday I shared the first half of a book I wrote in third grade.  I was obscenely proud of this work, which I guess goes to prove why I still have it 28 years later.  Today I’ll share the second half.  All spelling and grammar errors are as written. […]

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