What do you call a group of Merfolk?

Seriously.
A pod? A school? A shoal?
A dance? A glimmer?

These are the questions you find yourself trying to answer when writing Lore/Fantasy.

 

Image courtesy of 1d4chan.org

 

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Happy Mabon!

As I prepare to celebrate my 12th Handfasting Anniversary with my most wonderful husband, I want to take a moment to wish everyone a happy and safe Mabon!

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Most interesting.

While working on the newest chapter of “Ice Phoenix”, in the last fifteen minutes I have researched the effects of Absolute Zero, whether a minimal difference in temperature from Absolute Zero would cause a shattering effect, whether or not a body can be frozen to the point of shattering, and synonyms for ‘gore’.

This is why I make it a point to inform people that I am an author when they see my search history.

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Oops

I think I may possibly have inadvertently killed a major, major character in “Ice Phoenix”. This is not good. She’s kind of important to the plot. So, now I have to figure out how to make it so she’s NOT dead without changing the event in which she most definitely should be dead, because the event is an important crux for the mini story arc in which it takes place. Good grief. 😛

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Snallygaster

Summoned by a traitor to the Empire, a snallygaster attacks the Eastern Palace and the surrounding city of L’Syien. (This is the chapter I’m working on in my in-the-works project “Ice Phoenix”).

In the real world…
The snallygaster is a legendary dragon-like beast said to inhabit the hills surrounding Washington, D.C. and Frederick County, Maryland.

The area was settled by German immigrants beginning in the 1730s. Early accounts describe the community being terrorized by a monster called a Schneller Geist, meaning “quick ghost” in German. The earliest incarnations mixed the half-bird features of a siren with the nightmarish features of demons and ghouls. The Snallygaster was described as half-reptile, half-bird with a metallic beak lined with razor-sharp teeth, occasionally with octopus-like tentacles. It swoops silently from the sky to pick up and carry off its victims. The earliest stories claim that this monster sucked the blood of its victims. Seven-pointed stars, which reputedly kept the Snallygaster at bay, can still be seen painted on local barns.

It has been suggested the legend was resurrected in the 19th century to frighten freed slaves.

Newspaper accounts throughout February and March 1909 describe encounters between local residents and a beast with “enormous wings, a long pointed bill, claws like steel hooks, and an eye in the center of its forehead.” It was described as making screeches “like a locomotive whistle.” A great deal of publicity surrounded this string of appearances, with the Smithsonian Institution offering a reward for the hide. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt reportedly considered postponing an African safari to personally hunt the beast.

In 2008, author Patrick Boyton published a book about the history of the Snallygaster entitled Snallygaster: the Lost Legend of Frederick County.

The Snallygaster has one widely known enemy, called Dewayo. The Dewayo is reported to be a mammalian biped with features similar to a wolf, but the stance and stature of a human. The sightings of Dewayo are primarily reported in West Middletown, Maryland, but sightings have also been reported in the Wolfsville, Maryland region. The Dewayo and the Snallygaster have reportedly had vicious encounters dating back to early settlement of the Middletown valley.

 

~ Information courtesy of Wikipedia.com
My thank to my friend Carl for bringing this monster to my attention 🙂
Image courtesy of http://www.clubdesmonstres.com

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Happy to be back

Gotta love those little family medical circuses that completely throw what you call ‘normalcy’ into a tailspin. Keeps you from being bored and reminds you you’re alive. On the bright side, long hours spent in a hospital waiting room affords you plenty of reading time 🙂

Happy to report, hubby is doing marvelous thus far (the official verdict will be after the 30 days of Holter in a month – so about two months from now 😛 ).

So, here is to hoping all continues to be well and for the time being, I am back, hard at work on “Ice Phoenix”. If all goes well, the Gods willing, I do believe “Ice Phoenix” will be taking flight with an early 2018 release.

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MIA

Due to a family medical issue, I’ll be MIA for a week or so. Should all go well, I’ll be back in September!
Why does that sound like the lyrics to a song…?
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