‘The Squashbuckler Diaries’ are the daily tales of Joy Shelley’s Life in the Dream. The ‘Lost in Dreams’ books will tell the story of what happens to her at ages 6, 9, 12, 15, and so on. The diaries tell us what happens before, after, and between the books.

#126: The Earth is Round, Part 3: Appreciating Beauty

Bonny’s Revenge flew closer to Mars. 

“Now look! Look from afar!” Dragon Father left the wheel and put his hand across Dragon Little’s shoulders. “See that Mars is round?”

Their pirate ship was a few minutes away from Mars, but from that distance, it certainly looked round. 

Dragon Father exhaled slowly. “Jeez. It’s beautiful. You know, when I was a kid, I wondered if I would ever get to space, set foot on Mars, see alien planets, fight evil villains, and save the world. Now we do it every day.”

“A-ha,” Dragon Little was still clearly still resentful that they did not have any adventure that day. Her arms were crossed and her face sour. 

“Isn’t it beautiful?”


Dragon Father stepped away. “Are you serious? You can’t appreciate that beauty?”

She shrugged. “It’s Mars. It’s red.”

Dragon Father shook his head. “You know, the fact that you grow up flying between planets and saving the world means you don’t appreciate the life you had. That’s what I’m thinking.”

“Can we just get to Mars now?”

“Going to Mars, it’s all just so easy, isn’t it? Maybe we should have less adventures so you could appreciate it more!”

“No no no!”

“I’m serious!”

“No, no less adventures! More less adventures!” 

“You meant to say--” Dragon Father started then stopped. He relaxed. “All right. We’ll have more less adventures. Come on, let’s go to Mars. When we see that it’s round even though it looks straight, we can have more less adventures.”

—Told by The Red Dragon

#127: The Earth Is Round, Part 4: Mars

#125: The Earth Is Round, 2: Around the Earth