Foot Fetish

’nuff said.

Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/12/18: Water Parks

Happy Magic Water Park, Beijing

This places looks like the stuff of fantasy, but it’s 100% real.

Water parks got their start in the 1970s, 1977 to be exact, with the opening of Wet n’ Wild in Orlando, Florida.  From the beginning it boasted a lazy river and a pool with an artificial wave generator and served as the template for imitators around the world. (It closed in 2016, replaced by Universal’s Volcano Bay.)

A year before that, in 1976, its neighbor Walt Disney World had opened River Country, which boasted a fun-filled lagoon which used filtered water from nearby Bay Lake. Its ambiance was that of an old-fashioned swimming hole. However, because it used lake water, it doesn’t quite meet the definition of a water park. River Country closed in 2001 and was left to deteriorate. I’m guessing the terrorist attacks of that year curtailed tourism and might have been the nail in the coffin for an already problematic attraction. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park took up the slack from River Country’s closure.

If you need a name for a water park or attraction in your writing, here are some ideas.

Water Parks

Cowabunga Splashdown

Tropic Whirlpool

Dolphin Beach

Triton’s Typhoon

Mystery Expedition

Tidal Banks

Kraken Wave

Ultrasurf Park

Puffin Cove

Pirate Peril

Skeleton Falls


Voodoo Reef



Starsurfer Paradise


Paradise Pools

Seamax Adventure

Hydro Raceway

Fusion Waters

Super Lagoon

Starflume Park


Hydropool Arena

Leviathan Slides

The Hermitess

She searches… but for what?

This picture has enough stylistic similarities to Rapunzel and Speak no Evil that I suspect they’re all by the same artist (whose name I could not find, alas). Three morally ambiguous ladies.

Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/5/18: Atlantis

Earthquakes! Death rays! Volcanoes! Togas! Crystals! Greek temples! Hyenas! Atlantis has it all.

Everyone knows about Atlantis, right? In popular culture, it’s most often Grecian, a place sunk by some cataclysm to the bottom of the sea. People may or may not still live in it. Often it’s inside a dome, and just as often, the Greek-like culture is an advanced one powered by crystals with rayguns and watersleds… the latter popularized by turn of the century mystics like Edward Cayce and Madame Blavatsky.

The original Atlantis was an allegory cooked up by Plato. Interesting in its own right, but not as fun as Cayce’s and Blavatsky’s versions.

Though as a theme Atlantis is way tired by now, it is still all too spectacular of a concept to let lie fallow. Technologically advanced, though primitive, people living under the sea, in togas and sandals, swimming with manta rays and friendly dolphins. What’s not to like? Perhaps, with the upcoming release of Aquaman, it is due its time in the sun once again.

If you want to create your own Atlantis, but give it your own twist, just the change the name a little. Or use one of these examples.

Variations on Atlantis








































Speak no Evil

When the Princess spoke kindly, pearls and roses would drop from her lips. But when she cursed, fowl serpents emerged. As she was a lover of salty language, the palace was soon full of snakes.

But the Princess didn’t mind. She also had a yen for snakeskin.

Worldbuilding Wednesday 11/28/18: YA Novels

Why write a whole YA book when you can query by title alone? Feel free to nab any of these.

Evocative YA Titles

The First and Darkest Throne

Above Clouds of Illusion

A Pure Sea of Dragons

Haunted Breath


Unlike Promises of Glass

The Fangling


A Mortal Yet Heavenly Prince

Among the Gold of Thieves

Tale of the Snow Thief

Kingdom of the Broken

The Gods of Dark and Ruin

A Gathering of Ash and Dragons

Sacred Rebel

Silk and Scales

Allies of Iron and Shadow

Girl, Twisted

Song of the Forbidden

Honor’s Thief

Wind Like Smoke

Black Prison of Feathers

The Rubies of Our Breath

Key of Promise

A Dark and Deadly Riddle

The Girl in Electric Silk

Of Golden Grace

Captive Petals

The Blue Princess

Glass Souls

Envy of Wings and Ash

Dagger of the Gods

Hearts Empty of Secrets

Sisters Above the Blood



She let down her hair. Look at what she caught!

Worldbuilding Wednesday 11/21/18: Archaic Clothing

Medieval Undies under the care of a textile conservator

Knickerbockers, tam o’ shanters, farthingales, liripipes… who wears these things anymore? But even if we  don’t, we remember them because of their odd and lyrical names. Here’s a list of more you probably haven’t heard of (because I randomgenned them up) but will remember once you hear them. So will readers and campaigners. Use at will.

Archaic Clothing Items

Snydugs:  Smocked gray pantaloons worn by rural women.

Tightnubbins:  Uncomfortable men’s military-issued underwear made of wool.

Maid-rags:  Light cotton, bikini-like undergarment worn by female members of the clergy.

Wrapflinder:  A silk-lined dressing gown with stiff, long, sleeves.

Wellinflators:  Tall ostrich leather boots worn by traveling minstrels, decorated with wool pompoms.

Dampskips:   Waterproofed linen gaiters, usually dyed green, with oilcloth uppers.

Dog-hider:  A loose beaver fur hat.

Cinchgams:  Small pearl buttons that hold shirt cuffs open at a rakish angle.

Schlertunchen:  Soft mink hose only worn by the wealthy.

Groftboners:  Heavy wool pants worn by sailors in cold climates.

Popcuts:  Soft ponyhide trousers worn by the young and decadent.

Turry-trainers:  Body-hugging, scratchy wool hose castle pages wear by Royal decree.

Bessie-Snag:  Woman’s lightweight wool underskirt.

Sportmules:  Red velvet knickers favored by well-connected gigolos.

Lispfarthings:  Ermine slippers with cork soles.

Poppyphorm:  A tradesman’s long jacket popular with university students for its many pockets.

Scryskip:  Tight laced tunic usually made of silk-lined linen.

Kisroft:  A traditional shepherd’s sweater knit from combined lambswool and sheepdog hair.

Stifrane:  A woven tree bark coat worn for protection from the elements by poor farmers.

Zincjats:  Cheap, casual house shoes fashioned from burlap stiffened with egg white.

Tangleprimp:  A loose pleated silk blouse worn at afternoon tea.

Shillywiggins:  Short cuffed knickers worn by schoolboys.

Milkduke:  A stiff lace ruff in the shape of a square worn at the neck by town judges.

Weskflit:  A ponyskin cap worn by small children to protect them from the sun.


An Alien’s Truth

A piece of street art in Brazil. You dig?

The Circle

I saw her at the edge of the cliff, dancing with her arms extended, fingers grasped, to form a perfect ring.

“What are you doing?” I said.

“I’m dancing with my husband before I join him on the bottom.”