Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Hello, everyone. Today we bid farewell to June. However, it is still June. The July issue of “Dead of Winter” is on schedule for release on the first Wednesday of the month. (Although I don’t commit to a firm publication schedule, that’s my own generally desired date.) I’m sharing some of my writing process today. Don’t worry — no spoilers.
I’ve mentioned that I draw inspiration from existing mythology and locations, because it gives the reader’s imagination a subtle, perhaps subconscious prompt to fill in details. The “world” in Dead of Winter includes many countries. I wanted two of them to remind you of Ireland and Scotland, so I researched Celtic mythology. There I came across a truly fearsome creature, which first appears in Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls. Although that isn’t the last we’ll see of it.
Anyhow, the description of this flying mythical monster was exactly what I wanted. Except for its name. I stopped reading to laugh out loud. The creature of legend was named the Boobrie. Can you imagine… Beware the fearsome boobrie?
No, that just wouldn’t do. I’m still laughing. Fortunately there were variants of similar creatures with less laughable names, a water-horse or each-uisg, and of a water-bull or tarbh-uisg. So, I created a name for the Dead of Winter creature by using the ending of those names, “uisg” and prefacing it with a Gaelic word for dead — “marbh.” This gave me the ferocious marb-uisg.
In Other News
Also in July (exact date unknown) Kindle Vella Serials will launch. I’m participating with “Pride and Flowers, Prejudice and Dirigibles.” It’s a steampunk take-off on the beloved Austen classic. You’ll meet Calytrix Bellefleur and her four sisters. All the characters have flower or other botanical names. I always felt sorry for Austen’s Mary character, so she gets a twist, and another twist for their mother. However, it’s the setting, their world that has the big twists.
Here’s the Blurb
A “country house” comedy of manners ― gone steampunk, with a swizzle of adventure. In the fantasy world Tellus, technology went terribly wrong. The planet’s surface was rendered uninhabitable. However, university botany experiments, housed in dirigibles high above were spared.
Generations later, the Tellurians live in floating cities. The gentry own airships, rather than land. There, Calytrix Bellefleur and her four sisters must come to terms with their fears about the future, gender inequality, reputation, and of course, love.
The Delta Pearl Concluded
The steampunk riverboat that has been my blog serial for two years concluded over the weekend. You can read the finale of The Delta Pearl here.
Wishing everyone an easy coast down the other side of this midweek hump. Hugs on the wing!
Dead of Winter Universal Purchase Links
Journey 6, The Fluting Fell
Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls
Journey 4, The Old Road
Journey 3, the Fever Field
Journey 2, Penllyn
Journey 1, Forlorn Peak
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