Category: Writing

Worldbuilding Wednesday 6/12/24: Narnian Cat Names (Narnia LI)

Cats get short shrift in The Chronicles of Narnia. Oh, sure, Aslan is a lion, and leopards and panthers are also mentioned. But domestic cats, unlike dogs, do not get to be heroes. In fact, a domestic cat is one of the notable villains of the series, the creatively named Ginger of The Last Battle. …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 6/5/24: The Best of Twittersnips (Anime, Pokemon, Video Games)

What other media product has such high demand as these three nowadays? If you want to reference a completely imaginary one, here’s a list.   Anime, Pokemon, Video Games Anime Diversion: The First Sign Love and Hunting for Heroes Shogun Love Go-Go Pokemon Rhadaroon Simuroodle Spagglespark Video Games Dragon’s Maze: Fate Reforged Fighting Climax Ignition …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 5/29/24: Garrulous Gs

What is G? Good things, that’s what. G is the most social letter of the alphabet. It’s garrulous,  giggly, generous, gregarious, and full of giddy genius. Hard or soft, it’s full of greatness, a grandiose gadabout of a glamorous guest, garbed in glittering garnets.  The letter G Is pure showbiz. With growing green leaves, it’s …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 5/22/24: Led Zeppelin Magic

I had such a fun time doing Zeppedee-doo-dah May last year that I thought I’d revisit it. There were a number of items I had wanted to post back then but found the month ended way too soon. This pun-filled list of spells and magic items was one of them.   Led Zeppelin Spells and …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 5/15/24: Let’s Talk About the Milky Way (Part 4)

There are interpretations of the Milky Way other than the arms of a distant galaxy. The Milky Way candy bar, invented in 1923 in Minneapolis, is still going strong domestically and globally. Its inventor was one Frank Mars, who gave his name to — you guessed it — the Mars Bar. You’d think he chose …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 5/8/24: Let’s Talk About the Milky Way (Part 3)

The Greeks weren’t the only ones to create origin stories for the Milky Way. Centuries before them, the Babylonians had their own version: it was the tail of Tiamat, the dragon/serpent goddess of primordial chaos, placed there after her defeat by the god Marduk. Likely the first version of the chaos vs. order megamyth, not …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 5/1/24: Let’s Talk About the Milky Way (Part 2)

The painting above, by Peter Paul Rubens, offers a different take on the Milky Way’s origins. I like it a lot better than Tintoretto’s which appeared last week. For one thing, it feels more real. There’s a story being told as your eye travels from element to element in the painting. But it’s not the …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 4/24/24: Let’s Talk About the Milky Way (Part 1)

The Milky Way  takes its name from a Greek myth about Heracles (Hercules in Roman myth) the son of Zeus and the mortal woman Alcmene. His mother, fearing the wrath of Hera, Zeus’s jealous wife, abandoned Heracles in the woods. But the infant was rescued by Athena, the goddess of wisdom and warcraft. Not being …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 4/17/24: The Best of Twittersnips (Horror and Halloween)

Oh, the horrors! Here’s a selection from Twitternaps of the past. All meant in fun of course.   Horror and Halloween Horror movies The Reptiloid Slayer The Island of Medusa Echoes of the Silence Attack of the Giant Centipede Mark of the Zombie Lake of a Thousand Lunatics Blade of the Werewolf Queen Horror movie …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 4/10/24: Hamsters

When Zhu Zhu Pets came out in the beginning of the 2010s they were the hottest toy around. These little stuffed creatures were modeled on hamsters and came with wheels, so they could zip up and down trackways and do all the things Hot Wheels cars could. In addition, they made cute noises when they …

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