Fantasy Fridays, Story, Writing

Child of the Serpent

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 Child of the Serpent

Story, Writing

Animals in Mythology: Guides, Guardians, and Tricksters

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

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Warrior Women of Lore

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

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“Welcome to the Himalayas!”: Discovering the Abominable Snowman

"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

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Eternal Guardians: Nature Spirits

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

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Is Conflict Necessary?

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?