Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Hello, everyone. As the Journeys of Dead of Winter draw near their end, so does this year. For my location, the approaching solstice (Halloween, Samhain, and other names) falls halfway between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice. In most of the countries of Dead of Winter, it also marks the end of one year and the beginning of the next, just as it did for some of our ancestors. Emlyn’s people called it Galan’gaeaf. Yes, I made up that name, but I derived it from my research — Nos Galan Gaeaf, a Welsh form of the Scottish Gaelic, relevant to Samhain.
The November issue of Dead of Winter, has a good deal of new material that I’ve added to the original manuscript, written a decade ago. I also got to indulge myself in one of my favorite parts of writing — names. A new, but very minor, Deae Matres character came with the new prologue. Plus I developed names for two locations that already existed, but were unnamed. Part of the action takes place on one of those, the Sumelazon Escarpment, just outside Pergesca. Since the Journeys are named for places to which the characters travel, that place also gave Journey 11 its name.
Throughout the Journeys, I’ve left hints that there is more than meets the eye regarding the horse-whisperer equerry to the Deae Matres, Gethin Gwilym. He is featured in Journey 11, The Sumelazon.
In other news, we’re halfway through October, but author Teri Polen’s festival of horror and suspense is still going strong. Click over to “Bad Moon Rising” for a fun interview with a different author every day of this month! I’ll be there on the 29th.
One of my favorite days of the year is almost here!
Hugs on the wing!
Dead of Winter — All the Journeys
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Journey 10, Pergesca
Journey 9, Doors of Attunement
Journey 8, The Lost Library
Journey 7, Revenant Pass
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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