Author has written 12 stories for Tinkerbell, and Thomas the Tank Engine.
OK, with 12 stories behind me, I guess I'm not really a newbie now. But I'm still shy.
(Sigh.) It appears I have a new hobby. As if I don't already have enough projects laying around!
I was never a fan of Peter Pan. Despite his energy, I always saw him as "developmentally challenged". I always thought Tinker Bell was a much more interesting character.
When the Tinker Bell movie came out, I kept an eye on it, though it really wasn't in my "age group". One day, I found a copy in a discount bin at a local video outlet, and decided to buy it. Good movie. Hats-off to Walt Disney Company.
When TB2, TB3, TB4, TB5 and TB6 came out, I bought my copies on the 1st day of release.
I continue to watch a Tinker Bell movie each Friday night, as a treat for making it through the week. I just love Tinker Bell, her world, and her friends. I think it's great that Disney made Tinker Bell a real hands-on working fairy, instead of just another Barbie. It's the kind of character quality that may inspire young girls toward a career in engineering.
I've been thinking lately I'd like to see versions of the TBell movies with just the music tracks. And while I'm wishing, how about language versions that only fairies can understand? ("You jingle when you talk, like a little bell!") With subtitles, of course.
On the subject of music tracks, I've discovered 5.1 surround sound (playing DVDs on my PC). I always thought surround sound was a trick to sell home theater toys to stupid people. It's real, actual discrete audio channels with unique content on each one. If you disconnect the "center" channel, the movie dialog is removed and the remaining channels will play background music & sound effects. Better than that, the rear channels play different orchestra instruments and scores than the front channels. Cool. I MUST get a set of surround sound headphones.
Searching for new Tinker Bell material, I stumbled across the FanFiction website. Some of those TBell stories are better than the official Disney publications (in my humble opinion). And they're free to read. Thank-you fan-fiction authors, I know how hard you work on those stories. I began to wonder what it would take to put together a reasonably entertaining Tinker Bell story.
Thank-you reviewers, for all the comments & ideas about my stories. I'm really not a writer; I just seem to have a "writing itch" that needs scratching from time to time. In fact, now I'm feeling a little guilty about not leaving reviews of my own for the dozens of stories I've enjoyed, so I'll be working on that.
December '11, I found the "Pixie Hollow Games" TV special on YouTube. Not pristine condition, but watchable, which I did -- a bunch of times. I see what the reviewers are mentioning; this centers around Rosetta & Chloe, with very little of the Tinker Bell gang, apart from Bobble & Clank. It's fast-paced, but they have a lot of story to cram into 22 minutes. I think it's crafted well enough to stand up to multiple watchings. I can breathe a little sigh; I've got my Disney Fairies "fix" for now.
Disney introduces a few other garden fairies besides Chloe:
In the meantime, I've purchased a legitimate copy of PHG from Ebay Germany, part of a 4-disc box set. At Ebay Germany, search for "Tinker Bell", or more specifically "Feen Trilogie". Keep in mind the discs are from DVD Region 2, and in PAL television standard, but they will play on a computer DVD drive if you have the right player software. You can play PHG in English or 6 other languages (same for the sub-titles).
Sept. 1 '12: The local WalMart already has "Secret of the Wings" dolls on the shelves, and the DVD hasn't even been released yet!
The Disney Fairies site is playing Pixie Previews of "Secret of the Wings", due out on DVD, Oct 23 2012!
Browsing for "Secret of the Wings" releases, I stumbled across a whole "shopping list" of release dates on the Internet Movie Database website. Just search their site for "Secret of the Wings", scroll down to a box at the bottom labeled "Explore More About...", and click on "release dates". I did find a few they don't mention:
Oct. 23 '12: Ha-ha! I've got my copies (yes, plural) of "Secret of the Wings"! I know what movie I'll be watching on Saturday night! I think "Pixie Hollow Games" is included only on the Blu-ray discs, but I'll have to check that.
Mar. 7 '13: Picked up "Peter Pan" Diamond Edition in WalMart. I'm not really a fan, but I haven't seen it in ages. (Noticed the Tinker Bell movies were on sale with new cover art.) You can sure tell this is a Disney classic from the early 50s; they have stuff in this movie they could never do today -- the native American scenes, and the instant friction between females in the same scenes with Peter Pan. At least they toned-down the self-absorbed ego of the book Peter Pan. But still, grabbing Tinker Bell by the wings and spanking her bottom to shake pixie dust on the kids? ...Who does that guy think he is?!
July '13: "Disney Fairies" has put a bunch of Disney Fairies Shorts on YouTube about a month ago, including new ones "If the Hue Fits", "Dust Up", and "Just Desserts". Check them out!
Short diary of "A Neverland Saga":
Sept. 13 '13: I'm starting to get that itch again. I'm currently researching 2 stories, but one is closer to critical mass so I've decided to start it, though I don't have an ending for it yet.
Nov. 7 '13: The Disney Fairies USA site has been renovated and they've added "The Pirate Fairy" content. We'll be seeing more of that in the coming months. Other international Disney Fairies sites are still showing "Secret of the Wings" or older content.
Nov. 13 '13: The fanfiction "Tinkerbell" section has made it to 400 stories! Congratulations guys!
Dec. 5 '13: A new "The Pirate Fairy" trailer on YouTube! Many great clips, and a better outline of the plot. Lots to anticipate; I can hardly wait. I'm also wondering when we'll see "Pixie Hollow Bake Off".
Jan. 30 '14: Two new "The Pirate Fairy" clips on YouTube! "Who I Am" looks like a clip straight from the opening song of the movie, where we see Zarina & her friendly relationships with the other fairies. "Experimenting" appears to be a bit later, where Zarina has roped Tink into helping her with pixie dust experiments but Tink is apprehensive -- she almost sounds like Iridessa (or Spike)!
Feb. 13 '14: "The Pirate Fairy" is playing in Denmark, and opens tomorrow in UK & Ireland. More movie clips on YouTube, but I don't think they're official Disney releases: "Captain Zarina" is an extension of an older clip, but "You Gotta Love the Boots" is new.
Feb. 20 '14: "Captain Zarina" is an official released clip, but the left audio channel is missing. The Spanish & Russian versions are OK though. I like how Iridessa has her eyes closed, her hands over her face, and she's whimpering -- I thought Fawn had the pirate phobia. "Baby Croc" is also new. I like how plants shoot up wherever Iridessa steps. All of their swapped talents seem extra-powerful.
Feb. 27 '14: "The Pirate Fairy" is playing in Finland & Sweden cinemas. Some of them are playing in 3D! I hope we get a 3D Blu-ray version in North America.
Mar. 6 '14: Just watched Kristin Chenoweth on "Conan". "The Pirate Fairy" opens in Brazil tomorrow.
Mar. 22 '14: Red carpet premiere of "The Pirate Fairy" at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif.
Apr. 1 '14: Ha-ha! I've bought my copies (plural) of "The Pirate Fairy"! I know what movie I'll be watching on Saturday night! Surprisingly, the movie does not have its own promotional display. It was just mixed in with the other new releases. The local WalMart has no "Pirate Fairy" products in the toy department, only "Secret of the Wings".
Apr. 2 '14: "The Pirate Fairy" opens in France & Belgium.
Apr. 16 '14: "The Pirate Fairy" opens in Netherlands.
Apr. 20 '14: "The Pirate Fairy" opens in Greece.
Jun. 12 '14: "The Pirate Fairy" finally opens in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I wonder what took so long?
Jun. 26 '14: The fanfiction "Tinkerbell" section has made it to 500 stories! Congratulations guys!
Sept. 18 '14: Cineworld Cinema in Britain has posted Dec. 12 2014 as their premiere date for "Legend of the NeverBeast". See: www.cineworld.co.uk/whatson/tinker-bell-and-the-legend-of-the-neverbeast
Oct. 23 '14: I'm finding more "Legend of the NeverBeast" content -- some photos & a short video clip "The Girls Meet Gruff".
Nov. 13 '14: A new trailer for "Legend of the NeverBeast" -- the US version is 1:31 long, but the UK version is 2:26. We see Nyx the scout-talent for the first time. In "The Girls Meet Gruff", they show the gang meeting Gruff together, but this new trailer is edited to look as if Tink meets Gruff first. Fawn is much more animated & lively here, but it is her movie.
Dec. 5 '14: As they did for Pirate Fairy, the opening sequence for "Legend of the NeverBeast" has been released. Fawn sure makes being a fairy look like fun!
Dec. 7 '14: Celebrity Gala Screening of "Legend of the NeverBeast" at Vue West End in London.
Dec. 11 '14: "Legend of the NeverBeast" opens in UK & Ireland tomorrow!
Dec. 18 '14: "Legend of the NeverBeast" opens in Netherlands, Denmark & Russia, though the Russian fairies site is only showing "Pirate Fairy" content. "NeverBeast" opens in Finland & Sweden tomorrow.
Dec. 25 '14: "Legend of the NeverBeast" opens in Norway.
Jan. 1 '15: "Legend of the NeverBeast" opens in Greece & Ukraine.
Jan. 8 '15: Two new "NeverBeast" clips - A 1-minute clip where Fawn & Tink try to smuggle a baby hawk out of Pixie Hollow, and an extended 6-minute clip where Fawn introduces the TBell gang to Gruff, then they take him to meet Queen Clarion, but Nyx is talking to Clarion and has literally "pieced together" the history of the NeverBeast.
Jan. 15 '15: "Legend of the NeverBeast" opens in Mexico.
Jan. 16 '15: An new short "Tinkin' About Animals" looks like it will be a bonus feature on the NeverBeast DVDs. Although the fairies are CGI, the animation from Fawn's book is classic hand-drawn and contains at least 1 "Lion King" reference.
Jan. 30 '15: "Legend of the NeverBeast" opens at The El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.
Feb. 12 '15: "Legend of the NeverBeast" opens in Argentina. Two more clips "Scouts Investigating Roar", and "Nyx Talking with Queen Clarion".
Feb. 19 '15: Three more YouTube videos -- "Hairbrained Legend" which takes place just after Fawn leaves Clarion & Nyx, "Gruff Love" a compilation of clips from NeverBeast to advertise the movie, and "Strange Sight" where Fawn is trying to study & bond with Gruff for the first time.
Mar. 3 '15: Ha-ha! I've bought my copies (plural) of "Legend of the NeverBeast"! I know what movie I'll be watching on Saturday night! No special sale prices on this movie, and Target is closing down in Canada so they don't even have it.
Mar. 12 '15: The fanfiction "Tinkerbell" section has made it to 600 stories! Congratulations guys!
Apr. 2 '15: "Legend of the NeverBeast" opens in Australia & New Zealand, and opens in Romania tomorrow.
Apr. 8 '15: "Legend of the NeverBeast" opens in Belgium & France, and opens in Croatia tomorrow.
Apr. 30 '15: "Legend of the NeverBeast" finally opens in Germany.
May 20 '15: Tinker Bell Complete 6-movie Collection is released in Japan. The 6-movie collection has been out in Britain and Russia for a while.
Keep an eye on the Tinker Bell fanfiction pages. I've noticed there's usually a wave of new stories in the months following a movie release.
My 6th story is "Marerittene", up for reading. I wanted to get it posted before Disney released "Pixie Hollow Games" because (spoiler alert) I heard the movie has a lightning-talent in it. I don't know if the books have a lightning-talent, but I'm sure the movie one will be much nicer than mine. Anyway, thanks Walt Disney Company for holding off the release of your movie so I could upload my story first.
My 7th TBell story "Look, A Flying Girl!" is posted for reading. It's just small, but answers some questions from TB3. I already have ideas for my next story.
My 8th TBell story "What About Rosetta?" is up for reading. It's a series of short chapters about Rosetta and the Pixie Hollow Games. Once I got a few ideas, it practically wrote itself. Hope you like.
My 9th TBell story "The Garden of France" is posted for reading. I tried to infuse some French flavor into the story, without making it too unreadable. Hope it works for you. Tinker Bell does some clever problem-solving in this one.
I'm usually very shy about answering reviews (I really don't know what to say), but I've gotten some nice reviews from persons with no Profile Page, so I feel I should respond to "Jamie" and "Whatev": I have ideas for 1 or 2 more "secret mission" stories, one of which will probably have Wisp & Lizzy. You can see the general trend; Neverland fairies contact other colonies all over the world, and they form a support network to keep up with human advancement. I'm surprised that other fanfiction authors haven't written about a fairy colony near their home town!
My 10th TBell story "Tink Meets Thomas" is a cross-over with Thomas the Tank Engine! I'm surprised no one's done a Tink/Thomas before.
My 11th TBell story "Rosetta's Long Night" is another Pixie-Hollow-Games-based story. It fills a gap in the movie. I think you'll like this one.
My 12th TBell story "A Neverland Saga" is finally posted! (See Sept. 13 '13 above.) I started work on this a year ago, and while I must shamefully admit I did not work steadily on it, the story does represent 145MB of downloaded web-pages, documents & maps, and almost 60 pages of hand-written notes. Let's hope my next story doesn't take as long to finish.
Once again, thank-you reviewers, for all your comments and ideas.
Since the release of TB3, I've been keeping a list of TBell notes, some of which could be expanded into stories. I'm sure I don't have the time, patience, or skill to fluff-out all the notes, so I'll list some below for general usage by amateur authors. Hope to see them in your stories some day. I'll list the newest ones at the bottom, and scroll them up as more than 10 appear. Then probably wrap to the beginning when I reach the end.
Story Ideas of the Week: (If you see something here you could use in a story, go ahead. Help yourself to it.)
Scraps: -(Don't know what to do with these.)
- If the TBell gang were human, what type of car would each of them drive?
- The reason why weather is so hard to predict is because it's partly influenced by fairies, but they can only work with the weather they're given.
- What if every fairy is issued a wand on arrival?
- Do fairies have belly-buttons? They're not actually born, they just "Arrive".
- Perhaps Nature has ways of supplying more or less fairies as they're needed.
- Fairies "return from whence they came" when they die: A large cup of pixie dust. Predator animals may catch and kill a fairy, but they cannot eat her. Fairies instinctively know which fairy has died when they see the dust.
- In the Tinker Bell movies, insects are portrayed like puppies. Humans know insects to be ruthless machines. If you remove the "Disney filter", could fairies be more like the Cornish Pixies in HP2?
- The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Man Skills
- The fairy seen through the frosted glass of the nursery could be a baby-laugh-talent: She knows where to find babies, when they're ready to laugh, and leaves behind bits of flowers or vegetation to snag the laugh.
- Instead of bits of nature, I wonder if a modern baby-laugh could find itself stuck to a piece of street debris? Like, a torn wrapper from a candy bar. It would be a sad comment on our modern society.
Remember, fairies can't live unless you give them something to do.
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