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?  😀

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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 😉   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 検索:

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

 

Letting go…

Finally, after long weeks …months… of stubborn determination that somehow she would hatch her (unfertile) eggs… Scooter gave up.  She pushed her final egg from the nest and came up to the top of her cage to feed for the first time since she began sitting.

Now I have cleared her sad reminder of no much wanted nestlings and she is happily shredding her new bedding.  Welcome back, Scooter.

There has been a lot of ‘letting go’ this month.  Leaving NY and my beautiful daughter, hubby, and Squid there.  Letting go of a many decades old friendship… trying to find the new left within it…and accepting that this introvert must let go and allow ‘new’ friends inside. So outside my comfort zone.  Time for changes.  Time to let go.

And I let go of Khyr.  I finished those first edits and handed him to my beta readers.  So scary.

And then sat here in total disbelief that for the first time in …how long… I don’t have Khyr to keep me company.

EEEK!

It isn’t I don’t have lots of stories started to play with…but the ones I do ‘for fun’ are not my big loves… not my Aerlinn or Khyr.  So Mathias, Ronyn, Nevar, and Luach will wait…and I will play with them each in turn between major writing sprees on whoever comes to fill this enormous void Khyr has left.

And then he came. His name is Truian (True-yen…with a very soft second syllable)  and we are still getting to know each other but I already feel how strong, and stubborn this man is going to be,  And he loves dragons.  Who can resist that?

So in keeping with our introduction to Truian…  dragons for Fantasy Friday.  Enjoy!

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Sliding into autumn…

September!  how the heck did it get to be SEPTEMBER already?  The days are already getting shorter and soon the ninnies…err powers that be…shall insist on depriving us of our lovely daylight savings time and once more all things will begin in darkness.

Most of my friends are running gleefully into fall.  I am hanging onto summer with fingers and toes, screaming:  NOOOO!  Don’t leave me!

Still the month holds much joy.  A trip to Long Island to see my beautiful daughter, amazing son (why do I have to keep adding the dang “in-law” part.. ) and their awesome little Squid. And my Reesie is there.  And Kris.  Going to be wonderful and Spud is going too.  Even better.

and KHYR’s edits are completed!  so Judah can have a read ….whenever he has time away from his post-grad novel… also fun!  And to celebrate,,, here is our FANTASY FRIDAY picture….

Love this one…

slipping through August

Today AJ and I went to check out an alternative school for him.  They were having a meet and greet at the local Sky Zone trampoline park.  He got to jump for a couple of hours while I spoke with teachers, parents, and other school people.  The school appeals to him, so tomorrow we will begin the enrollment process.  Would love to have him out of this school and into the new one by the end of the month.

Vegetables are coming in fast and furious in the garden now with the time quickly approaching for me to begin replacing summer crops with fall/winter varieties.  I am always excited to have new things available, but a little sad to see the growing days of summer come to a close.

There are still days of sunny visits to local farm markets… time to load in a few more batches of produce to put up before summer ends.

And  time to dream about stories to write.  With Khyr now well in hand (I expect to finish edits by the end of September) I will need to start thinking of what I want to write next.  So many choices…so little time.  Selkies. Dhampir. Dark Walkers. gean-cánach.   So many stories to tell…and still not sure which way to go.

Which hero will lead me to the most interesting possibilities?  We shall have to wait and see.

Building worlds…

Leaving the real world for a bit tonight.  It was a lovely week, crazy busy, but good.  And around all the everyday crazy I have plowed through my revisions and edits and in the process discovered an entirely new story I can’t wait to tell.

This one is far different from the fantasy I am writing.  (If you missed my being a fantasy lover/writer… you might not have been paying attention, LOL)  Khyr’s story (written and being madly edited at present)  is a little different from traditional epic… the worlds are not medieval …and one of the worlds is a contemporary earth.  But the new one…niggling madly at me…is very different from those worlds I know and love so well.

There IS technology…just not the kind we have.  No fossil fuels. I am actually very excited to begin world building for this one. It will be a whole new adventure since I will have to develop a logical world with inventions and technology and a society to ‘fit’ what my MC is showing me.

So …following that premise I decided our Fantasy Friday picture should depict something that inspires me in the way that world my develop.  Here it is.  What do YOU think this world would be like?

Roller coaster moments

A week into August already!  Where has this year gone?  It has been a roller coaster….with a lot more steep racing downs than highs…but we live for those moments when things look up.  When we can see far in the distance…hope that everything will be all right.

I am gearing up for a big push to get these edits done on Khyr’s story.  I am only 1/2 done and hitting a hard stretch with a lot of new scenes and scenes that have to be rewritten.  Hard….but exciting.  Sort of like that roller coaster of life.

And on that note we need a breathtaking moment for Fantasy Friday!

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Friday fun, friends, and family

Today was the last day of VBS.  It was fun! I worked in doing the kids’ crafts all week and we finished up with a great one where each child made a (faux) leather bound journal to take home.  They loved it, it was simple enough for smaller kids but left lots of room for creativity for the more advanced/artistic children.

Afterwards Merrill and DeeDee took me to Mellow Mushroom for pizza.  We ate out on the patio but along the wall, not near the big open windows.  A late afternoon storm blew in…watching the approach of this huge wall of black cloud was amazing and then… it was on us!  Rain poured.  Winds whipped the rain through the windows, customers grabbed their plates and ran for shelter.  We sat and enjoyed the mist blowing over us on this hot summer afternoon….and ate our pizza.  Of course, DeeDee frizzed and my hair sprang into a tight mess of wild curls….but it was wonderful.  Such fun.

Then tonight our Little A called and we talked for ages.  About how he expects the hammock swing to be waiting when he comes home.  How he’d like to have one where he is nooowww.  (hint hint)  😉  About the color of his life jacket (red and orange) and how much he needs a new trampoline when he comes home.  It was wonderful.

Now I am off to murder some monsters with Khyr.  So here is our Friday Fantasy and I hope some of ya’ll love it and see the fantasy it opens for us all….

the magic in the moonlight