By Loring Slivinski 10/9/2020 The first signs of our impending doom appeared on the day of the Juniper Festival, when I was just fifteen summers old. It was one of five holidays that the island of East Thera, my home, celebrated throughout the year. Each holiday had its own purpose, songs, and rituals. I hoped … Continue reading The Birth of a Dragon
Some might see me as a writer, but in all honesty I'm an explorer. I don't make this stuff up, I find it by wandering the universe looking for lost civilizations. I recently stumbled across an interesting planet called Atum. I've been reading through scrolls I've found in the long-dead and decayed cities there, and thought … Continue reading The Legend of the Beginning Part 1: The Dragons
As I've mentioned in a previous post, authors often use archetypes to help readers connect with their characters. These are universal, symbolic patterns, that, according to Wikipedia, "serve to relate to and identify with the characters and the situation, both socially and culturally." In researching archetypes that might help readers to better identify with the … Continue reading Maiden, Mother, Crone
So, what is it that makes a story "pop"? Stories that speak directly to the human experience, with characters and themes that are familiar to us all tend to be the ones to capture our hearts and give us "all the feels." How do authors achieve this? Often, they use something called an archetype: A … Continue reading On Archetypes: The Trickster
Baba Yaga - Slavic Images via Shutterstock The Baba Yaga is a common mythologic figure in Russia. She's the quintessential witch - she's ugly, flies through the air, has a long gross nose, lives in a hut, and eats people who she doesn't like. What's not to love? Her nose is so long -- … Continue reading A Sampling of Monsters (Or: Five Mythological Beings I Hope You Never Meet)
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