Characters: Chaffy

chaffy Chaffy Placard


Effervescent, eccentric and brilliant, the elder Chaffy is the founder and designer of Chrysalis, a colossal monument sheltering a surreal, fantastic garden-scape replete with ponds, bridges and can als; it is an oasis of life born of a secretive and personal sentiment. Hidden deep in the forest, over time Chrysalis has become a home to many. With a life long devotion to manifesting his almost qui xotic visions, Chaffy set the mission for Chrysalis to be a place for those flying in the migrations to come and remain safe, and to collect and share the knowledge garnered from their distant travels. For more information on Chaffy, please read his touching interview with our staff.

The Books


The Morning Conversation

R. S. Markel has invited Mr. Abselard, a dear porcine friend and confidant and resident of The Farm, to share his opinions on a wide smattering of topics gleaned from the pig's venerable morning conversations. We do hope you enjoy this new addition.

Hinsberth Running

A Lillybeth and Hinsberth Newsletter!

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Hinsberth Presents

Speaking Engagements

Follow your dreams! Author, illustrator, scientist, engineer and generally curious character R. S. Markel is available to give an inspiring presentation based on his short semi-autobiographical story titled "The Dream Star".

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Hello and welcome. I am a writer and illustrator of books for young (and young at heart) readers who have a passion for exploring fantastic places, impossible events and the magic and mysteries of our world. Please feel free to read a bit about my work and peruse the character and illustration galleries. I do hope you enjoy this small glimpse into the whimsical world of Lillybeth and Hinsberth.

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