Frigid Fantasy Friday

I decided early this morning that I might as well have fun with this since we are obviously freezing down here in the Lowcountry…  a myriad of possibilities later (and, might I add, not a one of them sounded the least bit ‘fun’ to this hot-rock loving girl) the best part might be dragons. I love some of the old Norse mythology that had dragons not in caves but living beneath the ice or atop mountains… spreading their wings and with each beat the frigid winds of winter.

A few fun-filled hours of exploration later I found this beautiful creature:  

Pretty….but not cold enough for today’s weather, ha.

  Not sure how well that ice would fly…

How about a dragon that actually causes cold instead of just living in it?

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This one seems to feel as frigid as my poor bare feet.  Great.

Now off to find socks and make hot chocolate.  Stay warm ya’ll

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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 Ryūjin, the sea dragon of Japanese mythology.   Image result for Ryūjin dragon

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

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.  😀

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

RISING!