I finished it yesterday…
Fell Whispers on the Wind
In which Globular Van der Graff, (Glob), Makepeace Terranova (Make), Byzantine Du Lac (Byz), Eponymous Tringthicky (Mous), curmudgeonly old Neopol Stranglethigh (Neo) and Bejuss, the one eyed lisping raven with the twisted beak, encounter a frightening beast from the past.
As the last days of summer gave way to the cool windy days of autumn, Mica’s wife, the fair Agnitha, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl who she named Ylesse after her grandmother. In the first three months of little Ylesse’s life, the goblin brothers where invited by Agnitha and Mica to be her guardians. Needless to say they took their duties to ensure her safety and happiness very seriously, especially grumpy old Neo, who she immediately crawled to when Mica and Agnitha brought her to visit them in their oak tree home for the first…
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►Mythology: “Dogs in Several Myths”🐕:
“Collaboration with Brenda Davis Harsham💫”
Artemis & Dog. Roman copy of the 1st cent. CE after a Greek original, 4th cent. BCE. Rome, Vatican Museums.
The dog is the first domesticated animal, and is symbolically associated with loyalty and vigilance, often acting as guardian and protector. Dogs are portrayed as guides and companions, hence the notion of “man’s best friend.”
Dogs almost always appear in a positive light. Native American legends generally portray the dog as the symbol of friendship and loyalty. The Joshua Athapascans believe that dogs were the first beings made by their creator-figure, Xowala’ci. The Jicarilla Apache, on the other hand, tell the story of God Black Hactcin, who first created a dog and then made man as a companion for the dog.
In Irish Mythology, dogs were the traditional guardian animals of roads and crossways…
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Helping aging parents stave off loneliness. Pexels, CC0 License.
Anyone with an aging parents knows that it can be a real challenge to prevent them from feeling lonely. Loneliness is a common problem for elderly people as many of them have lost partners and friends. As elderly people tend to lose their independence over the years there are fewer possibilities for them to retain good social contact with those around them.
This can be a real concern for the family members and it is common for us to feel a little helpless when it comes to finding ways to occupy their time and help them to build connections with other people. So, with that in mind, here is advice on how to try and combat the loneliness that a parent of yours may be feeling.
Be There as Much as Possible
This can be very difficult if you live in…
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Bejuss’ great grand-nephew Braak
As I’m rewriting my fantasy anthology Goblin Tales, I thought I’d let you read about when I introduced my favourite character of them all – a one eyed lisping raven with a twisted beak. I couldn’t get a picture of him as he’s extremely shy. So the one of Braak will have to suffice.
A Spell is Cast
In which Globular Van der Graff, (Glob), Makepeace Terranova (Make), Byzantine Du Lac (Byz), Eponymous Tringthicky (Mous) and curmudgeonly old Neopol Stranglethigh (Neo), assisted by worthy allies, do battle to save their humin friend Mica and his entire village from the effects of powerful black magic.
In the midst of a violent stormy night a mighty lightning bolt hit the ancient oak tree where Glob and his brothers lived, immediately followed by an ear-splitting clap of thunder, throwing them all into a state of…
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It doesn’t take a genius to see that life is becoming far more stressful than what it used to be, and with every year that passes, the mounting pressure we pile upon ourselves gets greater and greater, no matter how old or young we are. Life now is far more difficult than it was 20 or 30 years ago. While technology has changed the very fabric of our existence in many wonderful ways, the finger of blame has also been pointed at it. Now, what is the answer to living in the modern world, and tackling stress and anxiety? Let’s look at three options that are a modern way to treating a modern illness.
Panic attack treatment may be helpful in today’s world. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.
Understanding the Symptoms
This is a big part of breaking down the stress, and recognizing the symptoms of a panic attack or understanding…
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is a gift
reserved for the very few
is a myth
for the masses
make you a target
a false name
But you swim
and against tides
Seeking a goddess
only you sense
free to be solitary
Living in false freedom
until your skin
and your sex
are no longer a weapon
to crush your spirit
In every fantasy story there is always good and evil. In my anthology Globular Van der Graff’s Goblin Tales, one of the good guys is the ancient white wizard Morweth. To give you a flavour of him, here is a speech he delivers right at the beginning of part two of ‘Beware on Crellen’s Mine’.
Morweth ended a heated argument over what they would do with the black wizard Crellen when they finally caught up with him. He knew only too well that this was the time for wisdom, magic and cunning not simple blind angry revenge. “No, no, no, Crellen must not die! Goblindom exists because it is in total equilibrium, unlike the world beyond our magic border. Life and death, growth and decay, summer and winter, and in magic’s case, good and evil, all contribute to keeping us hidden from prying eyes. Should any of these elements…
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