Snakes are a mixed bag in terms of symbolism. In a lot of cultures, they’ve been view positively, symbolizing life, immortality, or resurrection, and also associated with wisdom or hidden knowledge.
Realism can mean different things to different people, and some people seem to think it doesn’t matter at all in science fiction and fantasy. Especially fantasy since the definition of the genre requires things that aren’t possible in reality.
But then there are just as many who insist on the opposite, and think everything in fiction has to have a basis in reality. Even though I have “magic” with a “scientific” explanation in my own work, I don’t agree with this.
No, the way I see it is this. Explicit fantasy elements are just that; explicitly unrealistic. But everything else in the story, things that actually exist in real life, should still be held to realism. For example, Superman can be strong enough to lift a plane with one hand; but the plane shouldn’t be strong enough to support it’s entire weight on an area the size of a hand.
Quintessence is an overall term for the fifth element. No, not boron; the fifth element in a classical four-element system.
This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned it this month, but I’ve almost finished my first novel, which will be the first in a series called Project Quintessence. The working subtitle for this one is still Hearts of Fire.
You could think of it as “portal fantasy” in reverse; a young woman from a steampunk/fantasy world is transported to a world much more like ours…but it doesn’t stay like ours for long, because contact with other world causes changes in what is and isn’t possible. Like I’ve said before, magic, monsters, and mecha.
I’ve never really seen poly relationships in YA before, so it might stand out some in that respect. Hey, “portal fantasy” and “polyamory” also start with ‘P’.
Everyone knows what an octopus is, but there are a lot of interesting facts about them that a lot of people don’t know.
What exactly is the definition of a monster? I mean the “big destructive creature” kind of monster, not the “really evil person” kind. I think it’s a little questionable whether it’s ever okay for a natural animal, even in a supernatural setting, to be portrayed as a “monster” in the sense of it being okay to kill it without considering other options; I can’t deny that I like some of the classic ones that don’t make much sense to be anything other than animals, but I’d prefer to make them more like, well, animals. For truly monstrous monsters, I’d go with demons or with artificial creatures, depending on the setting.
For Project Quintessence, the villain Ashroth relies partially on created monsters that aren’t even made of normal matter; the alien nature is probably why I made many of them tend to be otherworldly tentacled creatures, but some of them are dragonlike as well.
I haven’t posted any fiction in a while. Here’s a short story.
Jason held his infant daughter in his hands and asked her a question he hardly expected her to answer. “How am I going to explain you to my wife?”
The baby reached up and grabbed his nose. Jason sighed. “Maybe it won’t matter. Maybe there’s no way anyone could fail to love you. You are the cutest baby in the world. You know that, right?” She giggled at that, or maybe it was just gas.
Jason heard the sound of a car pulling into the driveway outside. That would be Helen. He sat the baby down and ran to meet her at the door. He didn’t know where to start explaining and just wordlessly helped her with the groceries.
The katana is the most famous and iconic Japanese sword; the long, curved, one-edged sword that you pretty much never see a fictional samurai without.
Notice the distinctive shape and the fact that it’s almost as sharp as Crono’s hair.
There are a lot of misconceptions about katana, though.
I blog about Japanese popular culture a lot, but I haven’t said that much about the country itself. I’ve actually always thought it was a pretty interesting place since well before I got into anime fandom.
I particularly like Japanese mythology, folklore, fairy tales, and ghost stories. Magic foxes that can take human shape, princesses from the moon, objects that come to life and become vengeful after being thrown out, things like that. You can see how influential some of these stories are, but they’re all very interesting in their own right as well.