Folkpunk, For Kids, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Short Story, Steampunk

The Easter Sleuth- A Short Story for KIDS

The Easter season began and Grandmama was selling off our belongings. Our sleepy Iowa town sold corn and gossip by the bushel but didn’t have a lot of room for old jazz musicians like Grandmama was. It was the 1950’s.

Buddhist Figures, Buddhist Folklore, Character Development, Cryptozoology, Fantasy Writing, Hindu Figures, Hindu Folklore, Magical Realism, Mythological Creature Archive, Writing prompt

Mythological Creature; the Apsara, a Hindu and Buddhist fairy of the clouds, with writing prompt

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Apsara, in Indian religion and mythology, one of the celestial singers and dancers who, together with the gandharvas, or celestial musicians, inhabit the heaven of the god Indra, the lord of the heavens. According to Wikipedia, in Hinduism, the Gandharvas are male nature spirits, husbands of the Apsaras. Some are part animal, usually a bird or horse. They have superb musical skills. They guard the Soma and make beautiful music for the gods in their palaces. Gandharvas are frequently depicted as singers in the court of the gods. Gandharvas act as messengers between the gods and humans. In Hindu law, a gandharva marriage is one contracted by mutual consent and without formal rituals.

Character Development, Creature Concept Design for writers, Cryptozoology, Fantasy Writing, Mythological Creature Archive, Writerly Tips

Creature Concept Design for Writers- Comparing the process of developing concept art and writing believable Sci-Fi characters

I am a big fan of the Syfy channel's show FACEOFF, and it got me thinking about the specifics of brainstorming characters and how creating and 3D design relates to our craft as writers. We too must master the art of creature concept design on paper. In an interview with Jerad S. Marantz.

Christian Folklore, Cryptozoology, Greek Folklore, Hebrew Folklore, Mythological Creature Archive, Writing prompt

Mythological Creature; The Anakim, giants from the land of Canaan with writing prompt

According to Earth-History.com The Anakim lived before the great flood and Noah's ark. The flood was apparently deliberate to clean the earth of these unholy creatures. Many say these beings were well documented and really lived. I'm here to talk about these creatures from a folkloric standpoint. If you believe they were real or if you believe this is heresy- in either case, this may not be the post for you. We are working up to a writing prompt here and this creature could be a great source of inspiration for your writing.

Creature Concept Design for writers, Greek Folklore, Mythological Creature Archive

Mythological Creature; Antaeus, giant from Greek Mythology *lived* in Libya- with writing prompt

According to Thoughtco.com, Antaeus was the son of Gaia and Poseidon. He was a Libyan giant whose strength appeared to be invincible. Antaeus challenged all passers-by to a wrestling match which he invariably won. Upon winning, he always slaughtered his adversaries. That is until he met Hercules.

Heraldic Folklore, Mythological Creature Archive, Sumerian Folklore

Mythological Creature; Anzu, a Sumerian (first civilization) lion, eagle hybrid who breathes fire and water- Son of BEER demon Siris

Photo Credit: https://tinyurl.com/y3y6ekz7 According to History.com, Sumer was an ancient civilization founded in the Mesopotamian region of the Fertile Crescent situated between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Known for their innovations in language, governance, architecture and more, Sumerians are considered the creators of civilization as modern humans understand it. Their control of the region lasted… Continue reading Mythological Creature; Anzu, a Sumerian (first civilization) lion, eagle hybrid who breathes fire and water- Son of BEER demon Siris

Aztec Mythology, Aztec Religion, Aztec warfare, Mythological Creature Archive

The ‘Aztec Death Whistle,’ artifact of religion or of psychological warfare?

The Aztec death whistle was most likely used as a spiritual conduit of sorts during religious practices and it's also widely believed that it was used as a form of psychological warfare. It was used to terrify Aztec and pre-Columbian foes on the battle field.

Mythological Creature Archive

Mythical Creature, “the Al-mi’raj,” a horned rabbit from Arabic poetry- with writing prompt

Also checkout Jackalope, Wolpertinger, and Lepus Cornutus but the Al-mi'raj or Almiraj (Arabic: المعراج al-mi'raj) is known as a mythical beast from Arabic poetry, said to live on a mysterious island called Jezîrat al-Tennyn within the confines of the Indian Ocean. I couldn't find much about this island...but there is a perfume, which I found… Continue reading Mythical Creature, “the Al-mi’raj,” a horned rabbit from Arabic poetry- with writing prompt