December Dreams…

It’s Friday, and a new month begins. Already the temperatures are dropping, leaves are falling, and night comes far too soon. First day of the month and already I am looking forward to Winter Solstice and the promise it brings.

But for tonight, this peaceful night, with the room filled with my eclectic mix of music on Spotify, Remy–my Staffordshire Pitbull–curled up beside me and our sweet old chocolate lab, Meg, sleeping on my foot, it is a good winter night.

Lab going for a nice ride..love his white face...¬†There’s a lot of white on her now, but she’s still our baby girl.

I have been pursuing dragons (of my sort) across the pages all day. That is always fun.

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Also another reason to get my protagonist to shed his shirt ūüėȬ† Water. Dragons.¬† Heroes.¬† Yep, it’s been a good day.

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Welcome back December.  Please be good to us this year.

 

 

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Fantasy Friday

Possibly not the kind of fantasy others expect me to indulge in…those usually involve warriors, weapons, water, and your occasional monster or two. Sometimes a bit of romance/sex just to keep things interesting ūüėČ

No, decidedly NOT suitable for YA. Which works for me.

But today, and tonight…actually for the majority of this entire week…my fantasies have been more decidedly domestic, a lot less fun, but terribly relevant just now.¬† I am missing our old house, the neighborhood, my gardens and the landscaping I loved.¬† I have discovered I cannot function when my nights never embrace the darkness; there is always some hideous street light or spot light denying the night and obstructing my view of the moon and stars.¬† I miss nightly strolls in the dark, just gathering my thoughts, organizing this wild clutter of rampant imagination, and centering my soul.

Where, then, can we go, me and my small troop of offspring?¬† The countryside may be well suited to this introverted earth mother, but my boys are more like David was…happier with sidewalks or biking/hiking trails, and civilization (at least parks) within reach.

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Finding a compromise should be interesting.¬† I’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, other more entertaining versions of fantasy (yes, the ‘other’ kind) are running rampant through my pages with the current focus remaining on dragons and eco-themed ships on both air and water.

FOILER: Båten har L-foiler
på sideskrog og T-foil på senterskrog.

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Think they are any match for a flight of dragons?

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This is way more fun than trying to imagine what kind of place we should call home next.

Yay! Fantasy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing with dragons

NaNo being NaNo and all, I am swept up in a jubilant spiral of research and reality, myth and magic, creativity and imagination. Today the subject once more is dragons. Not the stuff of legend…The Hobbit or King Arthur…but more a mixture of paleontology, zoology, and ancient myths. Plus a good healthy dose of ‘what if…’ and a splash of creativity.

Take this WYVERN by Michael Komark¬†¬†¬† ¬†A much more realistic and plausible take on a dragon.¬† After all, the other version requires it to have evolved from a six legged reptile…and I haven’t seen a lot of those.

Or how about this gorgeous, and different, take on a dragon’s head?¬† ¬†Image result for unique takes on dragons¬†(photo¬† Damir Martin)

This one is a fun variation, somehow it seems as much insect as reptile, a combination I really like.

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Anyway, the project has moved my story forward in the creation of my own drachen.

I love it when an idea…or a creature….comes together.

Dreaming of Dragons

The story I am writing now has a version, I suppose, of dragons.¬† It wasn’t MY plan…but then my protagonists rarely listen to what I think the story should be, lol. Dragons they wanted, dragons there must be.

Now I am¬†well¬†into the story, and the more I write of their drachen (dragons) the more I am enjoying reading and discovering the dragons of other lore. Amazing how this one creature…in such a myriad of forms and purposes…survives in so many vastly divergent cultures all across the world.

This one caught my attention…in part because the name…The Rainbow Serpent…is so children’s fantasy, but this is no sweet Puff.¬† Aido Hwedo is the Serpent of the World, a part of the Dahomey creation mythology.¬†Related image

Shenlong  caught my attention because the story rather reminded me of the Thunderbirds of Native American mythology.  Shenlong is the master of storms, clouds, and the bringer of rain in Chinese mythology. Related image

Apophis or Apep was the ancient Egyptian dragon…the god of Chaos who ‘sweeps away’ the world of men.¬†¬†Image result for Apophis dragon

And lest fire get all the attention the diety of the ocean and all its power was attributed to¬†RyŇęjin, the sea dragon of Japanese mythology.¬† ¬†Image result for RyŇęjin dragon

My drachen, it seems, may aspire to some rather lofty relations.

Friday Fun and fantasies

Another gorgeous Lowcountry Friday.  Sunshine, perfect temperatures (at least for this summer loving girl), breezes off the ocean, and so many flowers in bloom it is hard to pin down a single fragrance to love the most.

The frogs are in full throat.  The anoles are courting madly.  And the big snake that likes to frequent the back porch is just huge this year.

Have I told ya’ll about the snake? ¬†Big one, as big around as the three year old’s wrist, loooong (as in when the back is twined around the limbs of the bush beside the door, the front end is already curled inside and down along the leg of the desk inside the door), so probably about 4′, and totally gorgeous. ¬†When we saw it coming inside the first time this spring we were afraid the kids slamming through the door might hurt the snake…so we slipped it’s tail off the branches and let it slide on into the porch and out of sight. ¬†Next time I saw it, it was headed out of the porch under the door… I happened to open the door and there it was. ¬†So I knelt down and gently caressed it’s back and down it’s tail. ¬†It paused, raised it’s head and looked back at me for a long time as I continued to stroke it. ¬†I told it what a lovely animal it was. ¬†Then it sort of ‘shrugged’ (if snakes had shoulders, lol) and slipped through my hands and went about it’s business. ¬†Now when it sees me, it doesn’t slither away but waits to see if I am going to stop to pet it or not. ¬†I think we have an understanding.

I also think it is a female…and quite possibly gravid, based on just how heavy it has gotten. ¬†Won’t that be exciting? ¬†Lots of little snakelings racing about the yard? ¬†ūüėÄ

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now for the fantasy part… the lovely reptile reminded me of my current wip… and the drachen that live in that world. ¬†Not ‘dragons’ in the sense we, especially in the West, think of them but actual reptiles and coming in a variety of shapes, colors, sizes, and habitats …as most species do. ¬†Some have no legs, some aquatic, ones with wings have only two as the forelegs have become wings (no six-legged reptiles here ūüėČ ¬† Nor do they spit fire, although they can be fearsome creatures…particularly some of the larger ones…they are also intelligent and fiercely loyal.

I rather like this one, although the one I am most partial to in my story has ram-type horns (as some dinosaurs did)¬†dragon wings defense - Google ś§úÁīĘ:

What do you think?  Would you like to share your world with the drachen?

 

April foolishness

A gorgeous day in the Lowcountry…mid 80s, clear blue skies and bright sunshine. Wisteria is coming back from the frosts that killed its first flush a couple of weeks ago, camellias and azaleas are offering a scant but determined final bloom and all around my neighborhood there are pinks, reds, corals, and soft purples rejoicing in Spring’s renewal. We have all the windows open every day and night and the fresh air is such a joy after the claustrophobic chill of winter.

The dogs spend a lot more time outdoors.¬† I spend more free time at the first wave of farm markets.¬† Last week’s excitement was over asparagus.¬† This week I am giddy over the prospect of first crop green (spring) garlic (as farmers thin their fields) and sugar snap peas.

Spring’s bounty in Asparagus, leek, and green garlic soup

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The bluebirds are nesting in the backyard. I love watching them skim across the open flight path between the azaleas on one side, the shrubbery on the other, over the ancient wisteria to their little houses along the back fence.¬† As we are contemplating the possibility of moving from this lovely old house to a smaller place the one thing I should truly miss the most is this yard.¬† Most people miss their homes…apparently for me home is the outdoors, not the in.

Which means I probably should not be surprised at little environmental themes that seem to be continually popping up in my writing. Who knew dragons had such an important environmental niche to fill?¬† (okay, so that doesn’t really surprise me as they would be an apex predator and as such a linchpen in their cycle…. I just hadn’t really given it much consideration till they showed up)¬† Glad they did.

 

A whatever kinda Friday

It began nicely enough. ¬†Gorgeous Lowcountry morning, in spite of the weather howling about Tropical Storm Ana, we had sunshine and mid-80s, soft breezes and gentle spits of showers. ¬†I worked in the yard, trimming back and cutting out scrub oaks and marsh oaks, checking on the hostas, and replanting the gazillion of those purple escapee flowers from the back flower bed. ¬†They now encircle what is supposed to be the yard well but doesn’t run (a different rant, thanks)

I now have NEW INSURANCE!  Thank you Allstate.  After four DECADES of giving all our insurance to State Farm they chose NOT to pay the one and only wreck I EVER had.  Not even a big one, mind you. They had my cars, my kids, our life insurance, our home owners.  Shows the kind of respect they have for loyal customers.  I will take my business elsewhere.  All they want is to take your money and never. pay. a. dime.   Creeps.

I worked most of the day on the screen porch… yes, the ongoing saga of the great porch clean up continues. ¬†This time I rearranged the tools. ¬†Cleaned out two boxes. ¬†Boxed up books and misc items for Goodwill. ¬†Threw away many of the older yard toys (squirt guns, water sprinkler) and got the slip n slide ready for summer.

I know I did a zillion other things, but I can’t think of a one.

I did edit more…both mine and my beta reader’s. ¬†Hers is due to her publisher in a week, so she gets the immediate attention. ¬†ūüėÄ

Now I am ready to get back to my fantasy world. ¬†So let’s have our FANTASY FRIDAY photo…

RISING!