“Hey, Media! Yes, I mean you, too, New York Times & Washington Post. Listen up!
Words matter. There are no tickets, no fines. Everyone still has a choice.
There is NO VACCINE MANDATE! Stop saying there is.“
Now, sitting over a steaming mug of cocoa, I’m thinking it’s time to move beyond Dragon vocab basics. So, today we delve a touch deeper into Enchantment life. I hope the following Weyr Words and their definitions will help you understand Dragons and Dragonkeeping a little better.
Cornicles: Small horns found on a Dragon’s blaze. Unlike a Dragon’s large horns, cornicles are believed to be largely ornamental. Not that they can’t inflict injury – any Dragon horn can – but that’s not their primary function. To the best of our knowledge.
Charming: The act of burnishing horns. A common grooming ritual for Dragons and Unicorns. For everyday charming, Dragons enjoy a good piece of hornfels, a fine-grained metamorphic rock, perfect for removing horn burrs and smoothing chips.
Dark Times: A particularly rough period in Western Dragon history when our friends were under attack on all sides. It lasted roughly from the rise of Western monotheism until the Late Middle Age. The Dark Times were not humanity at its best.
Flying ointment: A medicinal concoction for Dragons who are having a little trouble getting aloft. It can be very unstable and must be handled with the greatest of care.
Passion ball: A k a Ardor orb. A draconic aphrodisiac a mating Queen shares with her mate to help insure a fecund bonding.
Pax loci: Peace of the Place. The rule that governs all Dragon lay-bys and guarantees a civil stay for all who drop by.
Antienne eclorsion: Birthing anthem. The song a Queen Dragon and her attendant family sing to spur her eggs into hatching. This is an essential and spectacular part of the birthing ritual. Among classical Dragons, it is known by its Latin name, Carmina Draconium – Dragon Song.
Enough for now. (But if you’re still interested, more extensive glossaries – and a whole lot more – can be found in my books, Dragons for Beginners and The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook.)
Next week is one of my favorites: Tell a Dragon Tale Week. Hope everyone is looking forward to it as much as I.
Most of us know books, even love books. And some of us love them with an unruly passion. When I was growing up, I explored shelf after shelf, floor to ceiling, of novels and histories, poetry and plays. One of my favorite places in the world was the used-book store where unimagined treasures could be found. All of this gave me a thirst for literature. It also gives me an ocean of opera and authors upon which to draw for today.
This, naturally, presents its own set of problems. So many possibilities! Who to choose, who to omit. (This is where subjectivity runs amok. It is, after all, my list. 🙂 )
When I first pulled together today’s quiz, I was informed by someone who also loves books that it was way too hard. Oops.
Time to rethink, to break things down and be more inclusive.
So…below are 30 names and 30 titles. They are divided into 3 sections – Easy, Medium, and Hard(er) – a little something for everyone.
Have fun. (And give yourself an extra point if you can name the authors pictured.) I’ll post the answers in a couple of days.
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Stream of Consciousness – Going with a structured flow.
Dangling Our Toes in the Stream of Consciousness
I love flowers Id love to have the whole place swimming in roses God of heaven theres nothing like nature the wild mountains then the sea and waves rushing then the beautiful country with the fields of oats and wheat and all kinds of things and all the fine cattle going about that would do your heart good to see rivers and lakes and flowers all sorts of shapes and smells and colours…
So, I picked up Ulysses the other day – as one is wont to do – and dove into the roiling river which is Molly Bloom’s beautifully, rudely fecund tale at book’s end. With my mind groping towards a subject for today, I read not only for the jaw-dropping poetry of the words tumbling across the page, but also for their precise, artful construction.
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Structure and Time: Castles built on shifting sand soon crumble….
House of Words
“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” …Lewis Carroll.
When I was a kid, aside from wanting to be a writer, part of me wanted to be an architect. To design and build houses – and castles – from the ground up. To focus on the 3-D aesthetic of what goes where and how it all fits together. As I grew up, I realized that you don’t have to build houses to focus on the elements of construction. And so today, I want to talk about literary structure, about how, as writers, we are architects with words.
First, let me clarify: I am not talking about plot. Personally, I tend to be a little lukewarm about plot. But I love structure.
And at heart, structure is largely a matter of knowing – and keeping…
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Dragons and Rilke! What could be better?
“Letters to a Young Poet”
by Rainer Maria Rilke
Part VIII of XXIX
Post by Jennifer Kiley
Post Sunday 8th February 2015
“We have no reason
to mistrust our world,
for it is not
Has it terrors,
they are our terrors;
has it abysses,
those abysses belong to us;
are dangers at hand,
we must try
to love them…
How should we
be able to forget
those ancient myths
that at the least moment
turn into princesses;
perhaps all the dragons
of our lives
who are only waiting
to see us
One of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Homes
Dvorak, New World Symphony – 2nd Mvt Part 2,
Dublin Philharmonic, Conductor Derek Gleeson
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Pounding one’s head against the rocks….Time to let it be.
Other Eyes and Beatles Wisdom
“It is better to take pleasure in a rose than to put its root under a microscope.” …Oscar Wilde.
There comes a time in every editing endeavor when each wall you face is an Everest and each knot Gordian in its complexity. You have taken your work apart, dissected and resected every sentence, paragraph, and chapter. You know your characters inside out and have removed every extraneous pronoun, preposition, and adverb, but still it’s not right.
Chances are, while slogging through dense literary underbrush, you have not only lost sight of the forest, but also the trees. This is the boundary beyond which all the rules in the world will do you absolutely no good. In fact, chances are you are in this…
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When I first wrote this, we were not in the deep freeze of January. Seasonal variations aside, I think the advice still holds.
Packing Up Clutter and Dispatching Our Darlings
This morning the rain – and snow – stopped here in the Green Mountains, the sun came out, and I was finally able to mow the shaggy lawn and begin the arduous spring ritual of uncluttering my life. While this is one of those ongoing projects which I likely won’t finish until the next millennium (I come from a family of long-lived optimists), it is something I mirror in a more manageable way when I sit down to edit and rewrite.
Which is what I am doing right now to a short story I wrote four years ago. It was ok at the time, but I always thought there was something that didn’t quite work. Or could work better. At the time the need to pen two books intervened, but now, up against a block on my chinchilla novel, there’s no better time…
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Know your words and use them wisely.
The Precision of Words
Written by Shawn MacKenzie
“I do love perusing the dictionary to find how many words I don’t use – words that have specific, sharp, focused meaning.” … Geoffrey Rush
Today, as I was typing away at my keyboard (and deleting and typing anew), I began to think about our writer’s tools. The fact is, as a profession, writing is extremely light when it comes to essential implements. Pen and paper, they’re the basics. Of course, it’s the 21st century, and most of us have exchanged blank bond for a computer screen – to the eternal gratitude of many a pulpwood forest and their denizens. Much as I have come…
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Wise words from a brilliant woman. One may not always agree with Sontag, but one can never say she’s uninteresting.
A Multiple Part Series – Part # 4
“Think With Words—Not Ideas”
by Susan Sontag
Post by Jennifer Kiley
Post Sunday 16th November 2014
The solution to a problem — a story that you are unable to finish — is the problem. It isn’t as if the problem is one thing and the solution something else. The problem, properly understood = the solution. Instead of trying to hide or efface what limits the story, capitalize on that very limitation. State it, rail against it.
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Talking like touching
Writing like punching somebody
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To be a great writer:
know everything about adjectives and punctuation (rhythm)
have moral intelligence — which creates true authority in a writer
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‘Idea’ as method of instant transport away from direct experience, carrying a tiny suitcase.
‘Idea’ as a means of miniaturizing experience…
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