This is the first in my Fantasy Fridays series...in which I share ongoing snippets of stories I've written. Child of the Serpent began years ago, when I was but a young Scribbler, and has been given new life within realm of Iyastera. I hope you enjoy it! Deryn was running, her dark hair streaming behind… Continue reading Fantasy Fridays: Child of the Serpent
Ever see a bird outside your window and get the feeling that it's trying to tell you something? Well, perhaps it is! Stories from mythology and folklore are full of animal characters and symbolism, as they are representatives of the knowledge, strength, and magic of the natural world we share with them. Many cultures around… Continue reading Animals in Mythology: Guides, Guardians, and Tricksters
History books are filled with tales of heroic and inspiring men...but what about the women who helped shape our stories and legends? Some names have survived the ages-- the Amazons, Joan of Arc, Mulan, Boudicca-- but there are many that you may not have heard of. Things like comic books and Disney movies will feature… Continue reading Warrior Women of Lore
"Abominable! Can you believe that? Do I look abominable to you? Why can't they call me the Adorable Snowman or...or the Agreeable Snowman, for crying out loud? I'm a nice guy!" ~ The Yeti, Monsters Inc. Historically thought to be fearsome, dangerous, and well...abominable, the Yeti is one of the more misinterpreted creatures of folklore.… Continue reading “Welcome to the Himalayas!”: Discovering the Abominable Snowman
Long ago, our ancestors fostered a close connection to the natural world, honoring the spirits of nature as guardians and stewards of the earth that sustained them. Although this practice has dwindled over the years, remnants of the spirits remain and can be found all over the world, continuing to anchor local communities to the… Continue reading Eternal Guardians: Nature Spirits
The Nukekubi is a cursed demon from Japanese folklore, whose head detaches from her body while she sleeps to wreak havoc around town-- from drinking the oil from lamps to the more extreme cases of attacking and sucking blood from its terrified victims. The head then flies home and re-attaches to the body before the… Continue reading Mind Your Head: The Nukekubi
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying. John Masefield, Sea Fever… Continue reading Seal Stories
"For a fleeting moment, could one of the sleepers have seen him, they would have thought that they beheld an old weary hobbit, shrunken by the years that had carried him far beyond his time, beyond friends and kin, and the fields and streams of youth, an old starved pitiable thing.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers… Continue reading The Origin Story
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph" Thomas Paine What is a classic tale? Most of us immediately think of a story in which the hero or protagonist must overcome a great challenge, some sort of conflict against an imposing villain or evil force, right? But what about stories that don't have that… Continue reading Is Conflict Necessary?
Fall is my favourite time of year and often finds a place in my writing...it is a time of change, balance, and reflection, of celebration in the fruits of our labor over the past year. The earth itself transforms in a dramatic symphony of fiery reds, oranges, and golds-- a regal raiment to celebrate the… Continue reading Harvest Time!