Folklore Thursday Week 2 – B

The  Benu bird, Blue Tezcatlopoca, Bunyip, Byelobog, and the Bram-Bram-Bult

Welcome to the second instalment of the alphabetical look at folklore and mythology from around the world. This week I’ll be looking at some figures beginning with the letter ‘b’. These include the Benu bird, Blue Tezcatlopoca, Bunyip, Byelobog, and the Bram-Bram-Bult. It’s so difficult to choose only a few!

The main sources of this post:

Tressider, J. (ed.) (2004). The Complete Dictionary of Symbols in Myth, Art, and Literature. London: Duncan Baird Publishers Ltd.

Wilkinson, P. (2009). Myths & Legends: An Illustrated Guide to Their Origins and Meanings. London: DK London.

Benu Bird

You’ve probably heard of the phoenix, but have you heard of the Benu bird? “The phoenix legend had its origin in the city of Heliopolis, ancient centre of Egyptian sun worship, where sacrifices were made to the heron-like Benu Bird as the creative spirit of the sun” (Tressider, 2004:387). Tressider (2004:387) also notes that “phoenix” is a Greek word that may derive from “Benu”.

The phoenix, at the end of about 500 years (Tressider, 2004:387) would build “an aromatic nest) (Tressider, 2004:387) before immolating itself to be reborn after three days. The ashes of the nest and its previous body would then be carried to the altar of the sun in Heliopolis.

See also Tressider page 388 for the manner in which the phoenix is used in the Roman, Christian, Jewish, Persian, and Chinese legends, myths, and traditions as well as similar legends.

Blue Tezcatlipoca

Blue Tezcatlipoca, also known as Huitzilopochti, is the “’Hummingbird of the South’, the god of the sun and war, the national god of the Aztecs” (Tressider, 2004:243). Tressider (2004:243) notes that he may have “begun as a legendary hero” who was then deified.

Blue Tezcatlipoca

Blue Tezcatlipoca

Tressider (2004:243) further writes: “[h]e was conceived by magic when a heavenly ball of down entered the womb of his mother, the goddess Coatlicue…” (2004:243). (To read more about her pregnancy, death, and Blue Tezcatlipoca’s birth, see Tressider, page 243.) Blue Tezcatlipoca is said to have “guided the Aztec people from their place of origin, aztlan, on a great southward trek to the future site of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire (modern Mexico City)” (Tresidder, 2004:243). Blue Tezcatlipoca/Huitzilopochti is the “lord of the Fifth Sun, the current world epoch” (Tressider, 2004:243) and is “closely associated with war and death (Tressider, 2004:243). Tressider (2004:244) also states “[Blue Tezcatlipoca] was central to the Aztec cult of human sacrifice, which was believed necessary to feed Tonatiuh, the sun, with whom the god was identified”. His most important shrine, where human sacrifice also took place, is at Templo Mayor in Tenochtitlan (see also Tressider (2004:244).

The Bram-Bram-Bult

Wilkinson notes in Myths & Legends (2009) that “a number of Aboriginal myths centre around pairs of brothers” (2009:334). One of these pairs are Yuree and Wanjel, who are also known as the Bram-Bram-Bult (2009:334). These two brothers also bring the “world around them into existence, by naming all the plants, rocks, trees, and rivers of the region, gradually transforming a chaotic void into a vibrant landscape” (2009:334).

At the end of the story of the Bram-Bram-Bult, Wanjel was bitten by a poisonous snake called Gertuk (2009:335). Wanjel died and, in order to bring him back to life, Yuree carved a tree into a figure resembling his brother and magically gave it life (2009:335). “[T]he two brothers continued on their travels… [and]… finally reached the end of their country…” (2009:335). They took to living in a cave until their death, whereafter they “ascended into the sky” (2009:335).

In some accounts of the myth the brothers live on as the two bright stars of the constellation of Gemini, Pollox and Castor (2009:334).

You can read more about the brothers’ exploits and adventures in Myths & Legends, page 334 and 335.

The Bunyip

The Bunyip is a mythological creature “said by the Aborigines to dwell in water holes, rivers, and swamps, and to catch human beings with its fearsome claws before crushing and devouring them” (Pemberton, 2011). The appearance of the Bunyip differs greatly – “[s]ome talk of a giant starfish-like creature, while others describe an alligator-like body married to a dog-like or walrus-like face (Pemberton, 2011), but all agree “that it is vast in size and fearsome in temperament” (Pemberton, 2011). Some also believe that the Bunyip is the source of all evil. For more about the myth, you can see Pemberton’s Myths and Legends: From Cherokee Dances to Voodoo Trances (2011).

And now, lastly, on to Slavic mythology…

Byelobog

Byelobog is a benevolent god (Wilkinson, 2009:143). Along with the “wicked god, Chernobog, [they] are two of the most ancient deities of Slavic mythology” (Wilkinson, 2009:143). Some of the creation stories tell of how these two deities created the world together before having a fallout. After this Byelobog and Chernobog was perpetually at war. Wilkinson (2009:143) further writes: “[p]eople said that [Byelobog] was held in special regard because he was one of the most prominent companions of the sun god Dazhbog” and further notes that, if worshipped, he would ensure a good harvest. Byelobog is depicted both as a powerful light and an old man with a white beard (Wilkinson, 2009:143).

Missed last week’s post? Click here to read it.

You can also check out some of the following blogs or the hashtag #FolkloreThursday for some more folklore and mythic goodness.

Folklore Thursday

Ronel the Mythmaker

The Folklore Podcast

Book Impressions: The Atlas of Atlantis and other lost civilizations

Levy, J. (2007). The Atlas of Atlantis and other lost civilizations. London: Godsfield Press.

Visiting almost every region of the planet, [Levy] explores lost lands that have been associated with Atlantis and considers the importance of Lemuria, Mu and other lost and legendary places from Shambhala and Shangri-la to El Dorado and Hy-Brasil.

 “According to ancient myth an extensive island in the Atlantic Ocean… [i]t was said to have been a powerful kingdom before it was overwhelmed by the sea. … In the 16th century it was suggested that America was Atlantis, and there have been a number of other implausable identifications. More recently, and more likely the work of archaeologists and scientists has placed it in the Mediterranean.” (Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 18th edition)

 The Atlas of Atlantis is one of those books which I just had to have once I saw it. It’s a hardback book that’s lavishly illustrated with artworks and photos and is divided into the following parts:

  • Plato’s Atlantis
  • The Mediterranean World
  • The Americas – Atlantis and the new world
  • The Atlantic Ocean
  • The Pacific – Atlantis, Mu and Lemuria
  • The West Indies
  • Antarctica
  • The Indian Ocean
  • Legendary Lands of the Celts
  • Other Lost Worlds
  • Atlantis and the New Age

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 2.08.26 PMLevy’s book is truly an interesting read and a very good stepping stone to get an overview of theories about Atlantis and other lost worlds. That said, it’s not at all short on information – rather the material has been compiled with the reader in mind to lead them on a great adventure in the cracks between history and fiction. Levy also touches on the different societal environments in which the differing ideas and theories about Atlantis and places like Mu and Lemuria took place before focusing on the way in which Atlantis still holds a place in some types of spirituality and pop culture today.

If you’re setting out to learn about Atlantis and lost worlds, The Atlas of Atlantis is a great place to start.

Other sources:

Rockwood, C. (ed.) (2005). Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 18th edition. Edinburgh, Brewer’s.

Folklore Thursday Week 1 – A

Aka abandoned children, Aido-Hwedo, amrita, and Audhumla

Welcome to the first in a series of 26 weekly folklore and mythology posts on Hersenskim! This week I am focusing on some mythology and folklore beginning with “A”. As I want to focus on some of the lesser-known elements rather than to focus on well-known figures and myths, I am focusing on amrito, abandoned children, Aido-Hwedo, and Audhumla this week.

The official #FolkloreThursday site can be read over here and remember to follow the Twitter conversation using the #FolkloreThursday tag.

The main sources of this post are:

Tressider, J. (ed.) (2004). The Complete Dictionary of Symbols in Myth, Art, and Literature. London: Duncan Baird Publishers Ltd.

Wilkinson, P. (2009). Myths & Legends: An Illustrated Guide to Their Origins and Meanings. London: DK London.

Abandoned Children

There are so many stories in folktales and mythology that has to do with abandoned children that I am not going to try and name them all here. You probably know the story of Hansel and Gretel and have heard about Romulus and Remus who was raised by a wolf and were the ancestors of Rome. But do you know the tales about these abandoned children?

Besides Romulus and Remus, there is also the twin sons of Zeus and Antiope who were abandoned and “grew up to be the founders of Thebes” (Wilkinson, 2009:56)

Both Zal of Persia and the Greek huntress Atalanta were also raised by animals; Zal by the legendary Simurgh bird and Atalanta by a bear.

Atalanta Statue

More details The “Barberini Atalanta”,[1] formerly in the Barberini Palace, Rome, now in the Vatican, inv. 2784. Either Greek original, 1st century BC or Roman copy, 2nd century AD (Wikipedia Commons)

Some children, like Paris of Troy, are abandoned because they are “omens of ill fortune” (2009:57). Other such children are Lord Krishna and Cyrus the Great. About them, Wilkinson notes the following:

“Before he was born, it was foretold that Krishna… would kill Kamsa, his evil uncle. Kamsa therefore ordered Krishna to be killed, but Krishna’s father saved the baby boy” (Wilkinson, 2009:57).

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“Legend has it that a herdsman saved the Persian ruler, Cyrus, as a baby when he was ordered to be killed after his destiny was foretold: (Wilkinson, 2009:57).

Another pair of abandoned children are found in Fijian myth. “In Fijian myth, the first humans were a boy and a girl, the abandoned children of the hawk Turukawa. The snake god Degei brought them up and they come together to create the human race” (Wilkinson, 2009:339).

Aido-Hwedo

Aido-Hwedo is a great serpent found in the mythology of the Fon people of Dahomey (2009:250). This elemental mal serpent is coiled around the Earth and supports it (and in some accounts of the myth the sky as well) and is “visible as the colourful rainbow” (2009:251). Wilkinson (2009:251) also notes that “one day Aido-Hwedo will eat his own tail, and the world will fall into the sea”.

In “Making the Earth”, Wilkinson (2009:250) notes how Aido-Hwedo defined the world by his serpentine motion, created winding rivers and valleys, and shaped the world’s high and low places. When he paused his “excrement built up, creating higher mountains” and solidified into rock which “[hid] inside… all the precious metals that Aido-Hwedo expelled from his body” (2009:250). Therefore, the serpent “became the source of all the rich mineral resources” (2009:250) in the ground.

Amrita

In Hindu myth, amrita is the elixir of immortality (Tressider, 2004:107). In this myth, “[t]he Devas and Asuras assembled on Mount Meru and pondered how to win the amrita”. Vishnu suggests churning the ocean to produce the elixir and the divinities agree. They “[uproot] Mount Mandara to use as a churning paddle, setting it on the back of a tortoise” (Tressider, 2004:107). They churn the ocean and the sap of the plants turn the ocean first into milk and then butter. “Finally the physician Dhavantari emerged from the ocean, bearing the amrita” (Tressider, 2004:107), which the Devas drink after Vishnu trick the Asuras “into surrendering the elixir” (Tressider, 2004:107). The “enraged Asuras” (Tressider, 2004:107) then battle with the Devas, but are defeated by them.

Vishnu with the amrita

Mohini, the female form of Vishnu, holding the pot of amrit which she distributes amongst all the devas, leaving the asuras without. Darasuram, Tamil Nadu, India (Wikipedia Commons)

 

Audhumla

Audhumla is the primal cow in the Norse mythology that play a part in the creation myth. In the myth, the ice of Niflheim “continued to melt into the shape of a huge cow called Audhumla, and her milk fed the frost giants” (Wilkinson, 2009:90). Audhumla in turn licked the salty ice blocks and, from it, release the giant Buri. (Buri’s son, Bor, married Bestla and their children were Odin, Vili, and Ve.)

In his Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs, John Lindow states that “[a]lthough cows are not uncommon in creation stories from around the world, what is most striking about Audhumla is that she unites the two warring groups in the mythology by nourishing Ymir, ancestor of all giants, and bringing into the light Buri, progenitor of the aesir” (2002:63).

Painting Audhumla Ymir

While Ymir suckles at the udder of Auðumbla, Búri is licked out of the ice in this 18th-century painting by Nicolai Abildgaard (1790)

To read more about the Norse mythology creation myth, you can read the Gylfaginning in the Younger/Prose Edda (the translation by Jessy Byock is especially reader-friendly), or follow these links:

Other Sources:

Lindow, J. (2002). Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sturluson, S. & J. Byock (Trans.). (2005). The Prose Edda. London: Penguin Classics.

Lost cities, digital collections, the emergence of life and the age of outrage

This week holds a bumper collection of videos, articles, and podcasts that I’ve found interesting during the week. Enjoy!

Podcasts of the Week:

Everything Floats by Lore –

The older the city, the more stories there seem to be. Some places are home to tragedy, while others have played host to disaster or war. Few cities have it all, though, and judging by the pain those stories often reveal, that might be a good thing.

The Element of Humor by Writing Excuses –

What is the driving force that gets readers to turn pages in a book that is primarily a work of humor?

Videos of the Week (Yes, three!):

A Brief History of Life Series – by SciShow

Ending the Age of Outrage (at least in ourselves, if not in the world) by Vlogbrothers

Foot of the Mountain – by A-ha (Just because I love this song and video)

Articles of the Week:

MGK Collection available online

For the first time, MKG Collection Online makes the objects of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg publicly available on a digital platform. 

Muziris: did black pepper cause the demise of India’s ancient port?

In the first century BC it was one of India’s most important trading ports, whose exports – especially black pepper – kept even mighty Rome in debt. But have archaeologists really found the site of Muziris, and why did it drop off the map?

A possible cause of the Big Bang and current acceleration of the Universe

In the words of the late Sir Terry Pratchett – “In the beginning there was nothing and then it exploded”. (Very interesting article – although they don’t cite Pratchett.)

Walking in a winter wonderland of words

Winter is also a marvelous time for words, as a number of them were devised for winter alone. Some have long lexical histories. Others are comparatively new. 

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Folklore Thursday – A new blogpost series

As a lover of folklore and mythology, I really enjoy reading through posts and Tweets for Folklore Thursday. In light of this – and the great posts by Ronel on her blog Ronel the Mythmaker over here – I’ve decided to start a weekly blogpost series. This series will focus on different figures, elements, and creatures in the varied kaleidoscope that is the world’s folklore and mythology. I’ve also decided that, in order to lend some kind of format to the posts, I will do the posts in alphabetical order. I am also going to try and focus on those figures and creatures which aren’t that well known or much used in pop culture.

So, stay tuned for the next 26 weeks and travels through mythology and folklore every Thursday!

Next week’s post will be about:

  • Abandoned children
  • Aido-Hwedo
  • Amrita
  • Audhumla

For now you can check out this blogpost I did about some great mythology and folklore resources.

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Camp NaNoWriMo is Done and Dusted – Now What?

Well, I’ve started on the PowerPoint presentation for the academic paper that was my project for July’s Camp NaNoWriMo! I’m very thankful to have reached the 20 000 word goal as it was a difficult month personally. And, as always at the end of a very busy writing month, you need to take a bit of stock and see if you’re still on track…

The Road To November and NaNoWriMo

Yup, we’re on the downhill slope to NaNoWriMo and before we know it, it will already be November and time to hit the 50 000 word goal!

But first… August…

This month I’m focusing on the conference’s paper, getting that 100% polished and presentable (I only have 20 minutes). I am also doing some spring cleaning before the carpets and tiles are replaced in my place after The Broken Pipe Adventure. Yes, you’ve read correctly – there’s been a snag somewhere along the line with paperwork, apparently, and everything still needs to be replaced. But I am seeing this time as more time to focus on throwing out everything I no longer need or use.

The Ruon Chronicles and Short Stories

I’ll be focusing on Book 1 and 2 of The Ruon Chronicles during NaNoWriMo, and I am still working on doing an outline and structure following K.M. Weiland’s books (which you can check out over here). You can also look forward to some more worldbuilding posts over on Patreon.

During August and September I also want to finally finish “A Mask of Paper and Porcelain”, a short story of about 5 000 words. Let’s just say it still needs a lot of work before I’ll be happy with it. And the best ending for the story still eludes me.

I’m also going to try to enter Cracked Flash Fiction every week (except the weekend I’m at the conference). I know that I’ve really slacked on my flash fiction during the past month.

I’m still playing around with a few ideas about August’s Patreon-only fiction. And will start writing that on 9 August (which is a public holiday here in South-Africa).

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Be Awesome. Be a Patron.

Okay, you’re most likely already awesome – but you know what is more awesome? Becoming a patron on Patreon! There are so many writers and artists to choose from (including me – *cough cough*) and most give you awesome goodies for as little as $1 per month. If you’d like to support me (or anyone else – like Nthato Morakabi and Jenny Dolfen *hint hint*) head over to Patreon and have a look around.

Knitting! Crochet! Coffee! Cake!

Last week I started a knitting and crochet group on Meetup and there are already over 30 members! We’ll be meeting up once or twice a month for coffee, cake, good company and, of course, lots of crocheting and knitting. The first meetup is on 13 August and I’m really looking forward to meeting all the others!

If you’d like to see what I’m busy with, you can visit my Ravelry page. If you didn’t know about Ravelry… behold the social media site for knitting and crochet enthusiasts.

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A Forgotten Empire, Spiritualism, Celtic Languages, and a Ship

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Finds! Every week I aim to share some podcasts, videos, and articles that I found interesting, fascinating, or simply intriguing. And most are also great for getting some writing inspiration…

This week I have for you a podcast about a physical notation system by the Incas that consisted of coloured, knotted string, a beautiful song and music video by Radical Face and four articles that range from spiritualism to music appreciation. (Though not music appreciation by supernatural beings. Hmm… talk about story inspiration…)

Podcast of the Week: Talking Knots in the Inca Kingdom of Fibres by Stuff To Blow Your Mind

Welcome to the Kingdom of the Inca, where hundreds of rope bridges connect an imperial highway system and fiber-armored soldiers wield woven slings against the enemies of the Emperor. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the khipu system of knotted, colored string that served as a physical notation system in lieu of written language.

Video of the Week: The Ship In Port by Radical Face

Articles of the Week:

The empire the world forgot – Joseph Flaherty – BBC Travel

Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries – from the Byzantines to the Ottomans – the city of Ani once housed many thousands of people, becoming a cultural hub and regional power under the medieval Bagratid Armenian dynasty. Today, it’s an eerie, abandoned city of ghosts that stands alone on a plateau in the remote highlands of northeast Turkey, 45km away from the Turkish border city of Kars. As you walk among the many ruins, left to deteriorate for over 90 years, the only sound is the wind howling through a ravine that marks the border between Turkey and Armenia.

Your culture—not your biology—shapes your musical taste – David Schultz – sciencemag.org

Listen to the two sound clips above. Chances are, you enjoyed the first one a lot more—and so it is for most people you know. That has led researchers to believe that humans have an innate preference for so-called consonant sounds. But a new study of a remote Amazonian tribe reveals that this preference may not be so innate after all; people who have had no exposure to the outside world think both noises above are equally pleasant. The findings suggest that culture, not biology, determines at least some of our musical taste.

How Spiritualism Spread – James P. Stanley – Public Books

It seems unlikely that any era in human history was without its fascination with death or the desire to communicate with those who have passed into it. But the 19th century was a period in which breakthroughs in scientific inquiry, advances in technology, and renewed religious fervor in America and Europe conspired to offer the public imagination the apparent possibility of direct communication with the spirit realm, as well as methods to prove such communication was genuine.

Why Oxford Universities should hold on to Celtic languages – Emily M. Dixon – Cherwell

I have had a beautiful image of Oxford University in my head since I was around seven years old. Being here, after more than a decade of dreaming and hoping and insisting to my parents that I was going to manage it, the town has lived up to the hype in a lot of ways. Being at this institution where you really feel like you can learn about every book, theory and fact that’s ever existed makes the world seem so much bigger.

 

Stone Towns, Holy Sweets, Brandon Sanderson, and Writing Resources

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Finds…

Podcasts of the Week:

K.M. Weiland’s “4 Ways to Verify Your Story Concept is Strong Enough really posed some good questions you can ask before you start writing your story.

The Smarter Artist’s “Why You Should Learn to Outlineis also handy to listen to when you are a pantser wondering if you should try outlining.

Video of the Week: Brandon Sanderson Lectures

Yes, that Brandon Sanderson. Enjoy…

There’s a new lecture every week.

Articles of the Week: Stone Towns and Holy Sweets

Stone Towns of the Swahili Coast by Samir S. Patel

 Along 2,000 miles of the East African coast, the sophisticated trading centers of the medieval Swahili reveal their origins and influences

Tasting India’s coveted holy sweet by S. Kannan and P. Boominathan

To eat the famous holy sweet, given as an offering at one of India’s holiest Hindu shrines, Tirumala Tirupati, you don’t need to shell out a lot of money.

Writing Resource of the Week: Septentrionalia

Texts! Language Aids! Scholarship! And More!

With texts ranging from the Old Norse Eddas (in which the mythology is compiled) to Old Irish, Latin, and Frisian texts (to name but a few) this website is a treasure trove! Okay, okay, I know it’s not much to look at, but don’t let that fool you.

These texts are also no longer under copyright so they are completely free to download and use.

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Weekly Finds – Lore, Sagas, and Vikings!

Welcome to the second instalment of the Weekly Finds blogpost!

This week there’s a podcast, a huge database of sagas, and some reference and research works as well.

Podcast of the Week: Lore

Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.

Since I discovered the Lore podcast (and listened to all the episode), I anxiously await the next episode. Yes, they’re that good. If you like folklore at all – or even just a good story – you’ll love Lore. Just look at episode 37 –

For as crowded as this world has become, most people feel isolated and alone. Perhaps that’s why so many of us believe that there’s another world, just beyond the veil. But when that veil is tampered with and pulled aside, it’s hard to say what might emerge.

Find Lore on the website or on iTunes. Lore is also on Patreon, if you’d like to support the podcast.

Vikings! Sagas! Epicness!

The Icelandic Saga Database is an online resource dedicated to the digital publication of the Sagas of the Icelanders — a large body of medieval literature which forms the foundation of the Icelandic literary tradition. [The] website contains all the extant Icelandic family sagas in an easily readable format using modernized Icelandic spelling, with Old Norse versions and translations into English and other languages made available where these exist in the public domain.

If you’d like to learn more about sagas, the Vikings, norse mythology and similar matters, head over to the Viking Society for Northern Research’s website. The VSNR is “the world’s foremost learned society in the field of medieval Scandinavian and Northern studies”. Many of their articles and publications are now available to read and download for free as well. Score!

More Lore!

Need some more folklore in your life? I found Folklore Fellows via a Tweet during Folklore Thursday this week and the newsletter looks extremely interesting. It is also a scholarly work, but it seems quite accessible to me. Here’s what Folklore Fellows have to say on their website:

Folklore Fellows is an international network of folklorists, promoting scientific contacts between researchers, publication work and research training. In striving to meet its objectives, Folklore Fellows invites outstanding and active researchers from across the globe to become members.

Folklore Fellows operates under the auspices of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. The membership forms an editorial advisory body on the Academy’s Folklore Fellows’ Communications series, and participates in organising the research courses of the Folklore Fellows’ Summer School. The activities of the Folklore Fellows are related in the Folklore Fellows’ Network bulletin.

That’s it from me for this week. What cool stuff did you run across during your browsing?

Camp NaNoWriMo Update Two

After a weekend where I felt like I was moving at a snail’s pace (you can’t really do word sprints when working on an academic article), I do feel like I am getting somewhere at least. And I have Friday off, which means more time to work on the SASMARS article.

That being said, I have yet to work on the short story A Mask of Paper and Porcelain again as I’ve been caught up in The Ruon Chronicles now that I’ve gotten my hands on K.M. Weiland’s Outlining Your Novel book and workbook (mwahahaha). You can get them on Amazon as standalone books or as a bundle. And it is really helping me to flesh out some of the parts of the book(s) I’ve been struggling with. For now I’m focusing on book one and after that outline is done (yes, can you believe I’m outlining!) I’ll move on to the other books instead of trying to blurt out the whole story all at once.

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I’m almost halfway with the word count for the month (20 000), which includes all the outlining work I’m doing. So I’m right on schedule like I wanted to be.

In other news, the carpets and floors that got ruined in May (I can’t believe it’s been that long) will probably be replaced at the beginning of August. Yay! I’m afraid if they can’t do it at the beginning of the month it will have to wait until I’m back from the SASMARS conference… But everything is dry so I’m not really that bothered about getting it done today. Because, you know, Camp NaNoWriMo is on and there is just too much writing to do!

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