Sneak Preview 3!

Chatterbox: Crowd Sorcery

Sneak Preview 3!

Sneak Preview 3!

Some of the sidekicks you created on Crowd Sorcery, as well as some of your Fantasy Dictionary entries, will be featured in the October issue of Cricket! Click on the thumbnail below for a sneak preview.

The first part of Fred and Emily's Crowd Sorcery story, based on characters developed by Chatterboxers, will appear in November/December. A few more of your sidekicks and Fantasy Dictionary entries will be included in the October digital edition, which you can download for your iPad or other tablet. 

Once again, all of your characters were really creative and wonderful. The ones featured in the magazine were selected by the admins and editors to give readers a sense of the variety of characters Chatterboxers have created.

Thanks again to everyone! 



Click on the page below and enjoy!  


submitted by Admin
(September 30, 2014 - 5:15 pm)

Awesome! I was so surprised to see that one of the words I submitted was used! The page is amazing - I love the charachter sketches! They are so good! I really look forward to seeing how Lumine, Khaos, and Fable are drawn!

submitted by True
(September 30, 2014 - 6:02 pm)

Cool ! Will there be a Sneak Preveiw 4 ?

submitted by Silver Mask
(September 30, 2014 - 6:23 pm)

Stay tuned!

submitted by Admin
(September 30, 2014 - 8:40 pm)

The sketches have been inspiring me, too! I've been writing the story in parts, not all at once, and for some of the parts, I've had the privilege of seeing and having in front of me some of Emily's finished artwork. So this is a network of creativity: your ideas in the character threads and Fantasy Dictionary have inspired the story and some artwork. Parts of the written story have helped some of the artwork to develop. The artwork, in turn, is helping the story along. Knowing who the characters are has focused some of the later ideas posted on Crowd-Sorcery. So it's a big wheel. It's really fascinating and exciting how different people's talents and ideas go into a project and "feed" one another!

submitted by Fred D., Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
(September 30, 2014 - 9:01 pm)

I am so excited! The fabled Tarunisus has made its world debut!!!!!! Because it's in the Sneak Preview, does that mean it will make an appearance in the story? I would be so thrilled if it was! 

submitted by Everinne, age 15, Flying
(October 2, 2014 - 11:46 am)

I thought the words that Heather M. created were simply beautiful. Thanks for putting them in! :)

submitted by Madeline T.
(October 2, 2014 - 3:47 pm)

I'm glad you like them

submitted by Heather M., Canada
(October 3, 2014 - 2:41 pm)

WHOA, I totally missed the fact that the sneak preview 3 came out so I was reading my mag to find that OMIGOSH SHADOW GOT IN. WOW. This is so cool. Thank you so much!!

Fellow Crowd Sorcerers... Keep us posted on your characters and stories! They were all so amazing; I can't wait to see what adventures they get into. :33 I am going to start a story/series/trilogy on Denali (and possibly Shadow?) for NaNoWriMo possibly and I'll try to post it here!


submitted by Rosie D, age 14, Wisconsin
(October 2, 2014 - 8:12 pm)

This is just a note of clarification, because the question keeps coming up. We are celebrating all the wonderful characters and Fantasy Dictionary words that everyone has sent in. They are fantastic, and as I've said before, I know stories -- GREAT stories -- could be written about every one of your ideas! But no, there is no particular connection between characters and words featured in the Sneak Previews and those that will appear in the Crowd-Sorcery story. Some might, but most won't, simply because there are so many wonderful ideas here, and only a relative few can fit into a coherent story. The ones featured in Sneak Previews are selected by the editors and administrators, independently of the words I'm selecting for inclusion in the story. But being featured here in the Sneak Previews and in the magazine is a fantastic thing, too -- yes, a world debut!

I'm thinking of King Arthur's marvelous Round Table at Camelot -- does everyone know the legends of King Arthur? What made that Round Table so miraculous was that everyone who sat around it -- all the knights and the King himself -- were at equal distance from the people across from them. There was no head or foot to the table. Everyone had a position of equal honor. No King had held his meetings around such a table before. That's what our Crowd-Sorcery is like, in an important way. ALL the ideas you've developed are equally important. Like the knights, ALL your characters can go out into the world on quests of their own, and do their own deeds in their unique stories! Isn't that a striking thought?

submitted by Fred D., Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
(October 2, 2014 - 8:59 pm)

That is kind of cool. May I say, Fred D, that your metaphors are fantabulous?

And if the Tarunisus never makes his way into Fable/Lumine/Khaos's story, I'm at least glad that it could be featured in the preview!

submitted by Everinne, age 15, tarunisusriding
(October 3, 2014 - 11:03 am)

Thank you, Everinne!

The Tarunisus is fantabulous, too! I really like the sound of its name! 

submitted by Fred D., Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
(October 3, 2014 - 1:17 pm)

I got the October issue a day or two ago and I love it! I was browsing through this page and saw sesf and my name and danced around randomly when I saw this. It really brought my mood up a ton :D Thanks!

submitted by Moss, age 13
(October 4, 2014 - 8:58 am)

Hi, Moss! It's really nice to read your reaction to the October issue -- thanks for telling us! I know how you feel. As a writer, I can tell you that it's always a joyous thrill every time you see a book or magazine published that has your own work in it. No matter how old you get, you dance around at those moments. That's one of the things I like best about Crowd-Sorcery -- it gives a lot more people the chance to do that dance!


submitted by Fred D., Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
(October 4, 2014 - 9:56 am)

So I saw that my character was in the magazine. Does this mean I have a chance of my character getting picked for the book? Or did they already pick a sidekick?

Yes, the sidekick has already been picked. In the September and October magazines, we're just showing a selection of all the other great characters that were submitted.


submitted by Aisling G., age 11, Idaho
(October 6, 2014 - 6:21 pm)