Awards, Mythological Creature Archive

The ‘Cryptid Cora’ Blogger Award- #cryptidcora, Nominations-Halloween edition, October 2018 and the ‘Alû demon’ from Assyrian Mythology 📚.

IMG_2324What is the Cryptid Cora Blogger Award?

Based off of the model of the Sunshine Blogger award, The ‘Cryptid Cora’ Blogger Award is a peer recognition ‘nod of excellence,’ and exercise…executed by writerly bloggers to other writerly bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring…while also very doing their due diligence in blasting cryptozoological characters towards the greater blogging community. These writers who are nominated, shoot straight into our imaginations and into our hearts. The purpose of this award is for idea generating, inspiration and friendship building. I’m a fantasy writer, and so I found this exercise very useful, and hopefully you will too.

Once nominated (and if you accept the ‘award’), the bloggers are required to:

1) Write a post in which they thank their nominating blogger for voting for them and link back to their blog.

2) Answer the 13 questions asked by the person who nominated you. The questions will be about an unusual cryptid found in an obscure book or on a run-of-the-mill folklore site…whatever. Pick one that interests you. Wikipedia is useful here too, of course. Remember to source the best you can with in the paragraph. This creature comes from Sumerian Mythology…etc. Creatures from long lost cultures are a plus and have a rich, hopefully well documented culture to pull from! Please include pictures of the creatures which can be found by searching the creatures name and looking under the images tab.. and be sure to photo credit the images as well, please.

monster illustration
Photo by Tookapic on Pexels.com

3) “Pay’ your good creature ideas forward by nominating 5 other blogs specifically with Cryptozoological themes or writing themes. Writing bloggers or cryptid loving blogs will benefit from this exercise the most, it seems. Gamers, programmers, and illustrators too. Heck, visual artists…you get the idea. Also, if you receive a nomination, it means that your nominator loves what you are doing and that is a really cool thing. Congratulations! Be proud! You can Nominate your bloggers via Twitter if you’d like, using the hashtag, #CryptidCora, with a link back to your post…(if they use social media.)

4) Give your bloggers the same 13 questions to answer…you can just recycle the same ones that I used, please. It’s the easiest and most uniform way to organize this mass of information that will be coming in. All cryptids are public domain and are for idea generating as this is the point of the exercise. Your cryptid WILL BE USED IN THE MYTHOLOGICAL ARCHIVE by AR Jung. Don’t post a precious, secret cryptid that will appear on your upcoming comic strip or in your award winning screenplay to us….someone viewing this material could very well be inspired to write a short story or develop a protagonist off of this exercise…for their very own upcoming debut novel! So be smart about the character you choose to showcase. I will be talking about an Assyrian Demon as my cryptid here today. It’s Halloween, what can I say? I usually am drawn to kind, benevolent characters but a demon seems appropriate, given this holiday season.

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Photo by Toni Cuenca on Pexels.com

5) Notify your nominees, through the contact page on their blogs… display the rules as well as The “Cryptid Cora’ Award logo in your new post. Remember, this is suppose to be fun! This is suppose to be thought provoking. 🙂 The BEST entries will be eligible (with the authors permission of course,) for publication in a #CryptidCora anthology.

Happy Halloween 2018! Please use hashtag #CryptidCora in your blog title, so that we all can easily find your creature for continued inspiration long past Halloween. #CryptidCora will nominate 5 new bloggers each month to keep ideas coming. Consider Cora your spark…your short term muse…that push you needed to get to writing again. She’s elusive. You need to feed her and coax her out . She’s that beautiful thing we call imagination and that’s why we love him/her/it/them, so.

My nominations for October 2018- Congrats!

MG Book Village

My side of the laundry room

Not another book blogger

Generation Exorcist

The Rising Phoenix Review

 

My Answers, examples and writing prompt

1.) What is your character called?  (Please fill in the blank.) Mythological Creature ‘The ________,’ a (choose from Malevolent or benevolent)____ being, from _______ (list the culture it is from.)

Example: Mythological Creature, ‘The Alû,’ a malevolent leprous demon from ancient Assyria.

2.) What is the general background, written in your own words?

Example: According to Wikipedia, In Assyrian mythology (Also listed as Akkadian which was the language of Assyria and Babylonia in Mesopotamia. Additionally listed as Sumerian mythology.), Alû is a vengeful spirit of the Utukku that goes to the underworld of Kur. The demon has no mouth, lips or ears, which is horrifying. It roams the earth at night and scares people while they sleep. If you were to become possessed by the Alû you would become unconscious and would fall into a coma. Similar creatures are the Mara, and the Incubus, which explain sleep paralysis, or at least did in Akkadian and Sumerian mythology. The Alû is associated with other demons like Gallu and Lilu.

cuneiform
Photo Credit: http://nataliejonesportfolio.blogspot.com/2012_02_01_archive.html

3.) Are there any pop culture references to the creature? So that you can reference how this creature has been referenced, recycled and depicted in the recent past, so that you can do something fresh and new with it?

Example: The Alû is found in the ‘Monster in My Pocket #113,’ video game. Monster in My Pocket produced trading cards, comic books, books, toys, a board game, a video game, and an animated special, along with music, clothing, kites, stickers, and various other items. The Alu-demon was used in Dungeons & Dragons as well. In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the Alu-demon is a female demon, the result of a succubus mating with a human.

Stephen Herbert Langdon (1876 – May 19, 1937) was an American-born British Assyriologist and cites a translation of a cuneiform script in his book Cuneiform Inscriptions of Western Asia, describing this creature as androgynous, evil and suffocating. You can read the translation on Wikipedia here.

4.) Do you have Images of the creature, sited with a photo credit? 

Example:

alu
Photo Credit: http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Alu-fiend

5.) What is the dilemma? A Universal need has not been met in your character’s life.  What does He or She need or want at the beginning of the story? 

Example: The Alû has been feeling incredibly lonely lately but has been generally unwilling to meet someone half way for a relationship to build. Her name is Allie Swanson, and she is sitting at a coffee shop in NYC, drinking her favorite warm drink, prepping for the briefing later. She is a cut throat lawyer. High powered and extremely successful. She wants desperately to post her picture to the dating app she is looking at online but is afraid. In walks her best friend and orders a Chai latte.

orange pumpkin near white ceramic mug with seeds
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6.) How could your character change or overcome his or her dilemma over the course of your story? 

Example: Allie Swanson works on a case trying to prove the innocence of a woman who was accused of murder. The woman’s brother is attractive and kind. He is supportive and intelligent. Allie Swanson is an immortal being whom is no stranger to dark deeds, but is so used to pretending to be something she’s not, she doesn’t quite know how not to fake being a human being, accept when it comes to James. The accused’s brother. Allie wants to be herself with him. Will he accept her sordid past? Will she better herself for love? When she is able to prove the sister’s innocence, she finds that she is appalled by what actually took place and finds that she loves humans and wants to work to protect them.

7.) What are some Comparison Films or books that this piece reminds you of?

Example: This piece on Allie could be HANCOCK meets A TIME TO KILL, perhaps with less of a racial focus, but more on the unjustified and immoral killing of children.

hancock
Photo Credit: http://www.comicbookandmoviereviews.com/2011/03/handcock.html

8.) Who is your audience?

Example: Adults because of the subject matter.

9.) Why did you pick this cryptid?

Example: I picked this creature because I am following a list of Mythological creatures and it was the next one that caught my eye. I liked it because I am fascinated by ancient cultures and their belief systems.

10.) Could you create a quick writing prompt related to your creature and the above scenario?

Example: The Alu is lonely and needs companionship because she is losing faith in humanity and her killer instinct is coming back from the depths of her soul. She had suppressed her desires by seeing a psychiatrist for years who taught her to see humans as enlightened beings who could help move forward the agenda of her choosing. The psychiatrist helped her to form an agenda that was perhaps a little self serving but was ultimately benevolent. What was that agenda? Why has she become so lonely?

11.) What is your name? (Twitter handle or Blogger name is fine.)

Example: AR JUNG

12.) How will you use your character now that he or she is a bit more fleshed out?

Example: I will probably not use this character as the criminal case that I proposed would take some legal knowledge and I am not interested in writing about crime and punishment. I would watch this movie or read this book though. It could be quirky or serious. The fact that her character is so ancient and that she has come to a place in her personal journey of wanting to choose love, is a pretty great trope, but this one is just weird enough to hold my interest.

13.) What kind of writer are you? i.e., blogger, fantasy, true crime….?

Example: I write Middle Grade Fantasy.

 

The Questions

1.) What is your character called?
2.) What is the general background, written in your own words?
3.) Are there any pop culture references to the creature?
4.) Do you have Images of the creature, sited with a photo credit?
5.) What is the dilemma? A Universal need has not been met in your character’s life. What does He or She need or want at the beginning of the story?
6.) How could your character change or overcome his or her dilemma over the course of your story?
7.) What are some Comparison Films or books that this piece reminds you of?
8.) Who is your audience?
9.) Why did you pick this cryptid?
10.) Could you create a quick writing prompt related to your creature and the above scenario?
11.) What is your name? (Twitter handle or Blogger name is fine.)
12.) How will you use your character now that he or she is a bit more flushed out?
13.) What kind of writer are you? i.e., blogger, fantasy, true crime….?

 

If you find this article fun and interesting and you decide to expand on this story -let me know how it continues in the comment section below, or contact me at arjungwriter@gmail.com and as usual…happy writing!

 

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