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
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
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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