Adventures of Wilhelmina – Where it all began

This Children’s book project started like most of our projects, with a few wacky convos and ideas that formed from those.

Unlike the other ideas, The Adventures of Wilhelmina was created before we ever even met in person and it is our original project with the Burning Squid.

We wanted to write a children’s novel that would feel interactive and spark our readers’ imagination. We have decided on a mixture of genres such as epic fantasy, urban fantasy and light classical horror that can be an introduction to these types of worlds to our young readers.

With our combined background in gaming and storytelling, we aim to make the chapters crammed with enough excitement so that it can be read, for example, as a light bedtime story but also encourages the reader to unravel the whole adventure. We want our story to help parents to be involved and motivate their children to want to read by themselves as well.

One of our main goals aside from making this story a published work for reading, we also later down the line wish to base some games/role-playing-books from the world we created. This includes some interactive stories that are similar to choose-your-own-adventure genres for example. These ideas will come to light further down the line and we look forward to sharing these with you closer to the time .

The Adventure Awaits

The story focuses on two young wannabe adventurers, Robin and Lila. Lila is 11-year-old daughter of an inventor and she has her own little airship called Wlhelmina. 12-year-old Robin is spending his summer with his grandfather next door while his academic adventurer parents are looking for new treasures around the world, which he finds most unfair as he feels left out. 

When Lila and Robin meet, Lila convinces Robin to embark on their own grand adventure. Lila needs to find her long lost cat and Robin just wants to do something else rather than snooze in the garden with his grandfather.

What seems to be a mundane task to begin with, somehow their escapades grow more and more epic as they come across Yetis, zombies, dragons and of course cats, a lot of cats!

The story is suitable for the whole family and especially children aged 7 to 12. Join us on The Adventures of Wilhelmina when we reveal more info about the story in our blog and social media: Facebook and Instagram.

A New Dawn

This is the 1st sneak peek into the story world that we are exploring . We hope you enjoy and please leave feedback in comments.

The morning was chill and bright. Syd woke up before the scruffy rooster had crowed his wake up call in the early morning light. But that was not untypical. Syd was a light sleeper and was happy to be an early bird. 

He grabbed his discarded clothes from the night before, rough but practical, and headed downstairs to the main bar. The smell of old ale and sweat hit him like a hammer as he entered. Most would say it was unpleasant but he has grown used to it now, almost enjoying it as it felt familiar.

Cordelia was already behind the counter heating the oven to bake some pies for the early customers. Sometimes Syd wondered if his sister slept at all. They had been running the bar together since their parents had died a few years ago and it had been far more difficult than he had ever anticipated. He had to make sure they had enough sales and provisions to keep the business afloat. At times, it felt like too much responsibility.

However this didn’t seem to faze Cordelia, as she always seemed to hum and sing to herself while she worked. She had an air about her that brought calm to all and she was good with people. Even though the bar was known as a rough place at times with less than credible folk, everyone seemed to warm to Cordelia and any fights that broke out soon stopped when she was present.

This place had been the refuge for all races. The kingdom of Salaboa was a mix of everything – from common humans to ancient clans of elves and dwarfs. However it was also home to some more unusual races, like ogres, ratmen and even the odd werefolk. But in this world everyone was supposed to stay with their own kind, but Syd’s parents had wanted the bar to be a safe haven where everyone was treated equally. Here, in the edge of their village, folks came from all the corners of the kingdom to make business, meet secret lovers and talk whatever matters they felt like. Syd kept his mouth shut to all things he overheard in the bar and poured ale with a crooked smile on his freckled face as he continued his parents’ beloved work.

A heavy set of footsteps outside broke his thoughts and made him smile. There was only one that could make such noise, so Syd went out to greet him. The sunlight was soon blocked out by the immense shape of the creature before him. Syd had to crane his neck to look upon the familiar face of their bouncer, an ogre with a wide, almost unnerving smile. To most Grond was a terrifying creature but was actually quite soft amongst his kind, smaller than most ogres too. Grond stepped past Syd, clapping him on the back and nearly knocking him flat as he made his way inside. 

Syd picked himself up and saw Grond take his usual perch at the bar licking his lips. Cordelia was almost done with the baking and the first set of pies were already in the oven. The warm smell of onions and beef started to already hide the vapid characteristic odor of the bar. Grond proceeded to grab a sturdy stool at the counter and Syd knew Cordelia would give him a taste from the first set out of the oven. The two never had a chat. Grond hardly spoke at all and Cordelia was a silent type too, but somehow those two were always in sync and seemed to understand each other from a single gesture. Syd felt comfortable around them, safe. This was his family now.

Syd closed his eyes and absorbed the sounds in the distance, the village starting to wake up, the seagulls squawking as they flew over the shore in search for food and the clanging from old Sven the blacksmith as he crafted the finest weapons and armour. A rusty creak from above drew Syd’s attention. An old tatty, weatherworn sign dangled and moved in the slight breeze, an image of a tentacle in flames proudly stood out along with some chipped text. Syd chuckled to himself thinking they always needed to get that sign fixed, maybe he would visit Sven to get him to have a look at it. With this in mind he headed towards the forge with a spring in his step, leaving the door behind him unlocked. The Burning Squid would soon be open for business. 

Stay Tuned – Coming Soon

When a geeky writer and a gaming nerd entered a bar (or nerdy group in a Kik messenger)…. It may have started as a joke but now we look to become a serious business.

Meet Andy and Frida, the dreamers of the project called The Burning Squid. Our goal is to combine fantasy stories and board/rpg games in new inspiring ways.

Stay tuned for our fiction, nonfiction and game projects in near future.

We are looking to open the site early July. We also nerd out in our Instagram and Facebook @theburningsquid.