Character Development, Cryptozoology, For Kids, Short Story, Writerly Tips

So, you want to be a *magical zoologist?* FOR KIDS

Magic is more important than ever and needs to be preserved for the good of our civilization. According to environmentalscience.org, (trigger alert,) we are in danger of extinction and our world’s wildlife is increasingly stressed by human activity. Farming and other development have led to habitat loss. Animals are contending with toxic pollutants in their environments, and are facing threats from climate change.

Scientists say we’re in the 6th great planetary extinction phase, called the “Holocene Extinction.” Now that is scary sounding. You can read more about the Holocene Extinction here. This environmental dilemma has made zoologists more important than ever. They study the physiology of animals, their behavior, and how they interact with other species and their environments. Magical zoologists do the same thing, but sometimes in unchartered and dangerous terrain and with creatures that are often times still-to-be studied. Their (your,) knowledge is critical to preserving their important habitats and managing the wildlife’s adaptations to climate change.


What does a Magical Zoologist Do?

Zoology, including magical zoology is defined as the study of animals and their behavior. In magi-zoology, this includes cryptids. Zoologists may study a particular species or group of species, either in the wild or in captivity.


“Zoologists study animals and their interactions with ecosystems. They study their physical characteristics, diets, behaviors, and the impacts humans have on them.”


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Zoologists may be involved in a wide variety of duties in various environments. For example they may observe and study animals in their natural environments, or plan and conduct experiments involving animals in nature, in zoos, or in other controlled areas.

They may also collect biological specimens and measure physical characteristics. These studies are generally aimed at investigating animal behavior, migration, interactions with other species, and reproduction, as well as the pests, diseases, toxins, and habitat changes that affect them. They use the information they gather to monitor and estimate populations, address invasive species and other threats, control disease, manage hunting programs, and develop conservation plans. They also write reports and journal articles and give presentations to share their findings.

Their efforts are critical to protecting endangered species and other wildlife from the pressures of habitat loss, disease, invasive species, and climate change. Can you imagine how important it is to protect the magical wildlife population given our current ecological predicaments?

How Do I Become a MAGI- Zoologist?

Read the full wiki-how here.

  • Earn the proper credentials with a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Get involved in internships and research
  • Earn a Masters Degree
  • Consider earning your Ph.D.
  • Choose a specialty (Air, Land or Sea cryptids, monsters, ghosts, or aliens)
  • Volunteer
  • Read studies, stay current on research
  • Be prepared and willing to travel and work outdoors
  • Spend time networking

How much do Magi-Zoologists Make?

The Average Income of a Zoologist

According to Chegg Career Match, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average income of a Zoologist was $60,520 as of May 2016. The lowest-paid 10 percent of Zoologists earn less than $39,150 annually, while the highest-paid 10 percent earn more than $98,540 annually. The middle-of-the-pack Zoologist income is reported to be between $48,360 and $76,320, providing plenty of room for financial growth as your career progresses.

The two biggest factors contributing to the average Zoologist income are the field of employment and the location. A zoology career with the federal government is the most lucrative, paying an average income of $81,490. Scientific research, consulting services, and local units of governments round out the top-paying industries for Zoologists.

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***Disclaimer*** This article isn’t meant to mislead children but to spark their imaginations and can be used as a writing prompt idea, arts and crafts or a fun rainy day activity for kids!

Character Development, Cryptozoology, For Kids, Short Story, Writerly Tips

So, you want to be a Cryptozoologist? FOR KIDS!

Cryptozoology is a field of science and subculture, which started in the 1950’s. According to Wikipedia, it aims to prove the existence of entities from the folkloric record, such as Bigfoot, the Chupacabra, or the Loch Ness Monster.
Cryptozoologists refer to these entities as cryptids. Because they don’t follow the scientific method, cryptozoology is considered a pseudoscience by the academic world: it is neither a branch of zoology nor folkloristics. It was originally founded by zoologists Bernard Heuvelmans and Ivan T. Sanderson.

Scholars have noted that the pseudoscience rejects mainstream approaches, and that cryptozoologists often express distaste and sometimes even hostility towards mainstream science. Scholars have studied cryptozoologists and their influence and have noted parallels in cryptozoology and other pseudo-sciences, like ghost hunting or ufology.

Use your love of Cryptozoology to become a writer of children’s books

Have you ever wanted to write about the creatures you read about in other books or about ones from your own imagination? Need some ideas? Need writing prompts or descriptions of exotic cryptids? Check out my mythological creature archive here.

It is a continuously growing list, so please come back and visit us often! Check below for a list of the top 50 cryptids from around the world by a real Cryptozoologist!

How do you become a REAL Cryptozoologist?

Let’s check out a few ways that you can become a Cryptozoologist first. Read the full wiki how- here.

  • Find out if Cryptozoology is right for you.
  • Choose a cryptid to specialize in.
  • Study as many fields as you can.
    Biology, zoology, psychology, anthropology, and conservation would be good places to start.
  • Learn survival skills.
  • Research, research, research.
  • Learn the folklore.
  • Study the geography of the cryptid.
  • Hunt for the cryptid.

Which CRYPTID to study?

It is important to note the various kinds of creatures considered to be a cryptid. Below is a list of “active,” cryptids according to a real life Cryptozoologist!
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists.  An honorary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, and several other international organizations, he is also a Life Member of the International Society of Cryptozoology. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursue of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969.

The Top 50 Cryptids From Around The World
By Loren Coleman
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Giant unknown bats are reported to reside in a region of western Java, plus similar reports under different names from Vietnam and the Philippines; possibly known as Orang-bati in Seram, Indonesia.
  Almas
Huge hairy Neanderthaloid or Homo erectus-like hominids sighted in various parts of Euroasia.
  Agogwe
The Agogwe are little, human-like, hairy, bipeds reported consistently from the forests of Eastern Africa.
  Andean Wolf
These unrecognized mountain dogs are seen in South America.
  Arabhar
These unconfirmed flying snakes are located in the Arabian Sea region.
  Barmanu
Reportedly strong, muscular, and hairy humanoids reported from the Shishi-kuh valley in Pakistan.
  Beast of Bodmin (or Bodmin Moor)
Locally named mystery felids found in the United Kingdom.
  Bergman’s Bear
Possible unknown species of giant bear once roamed Eastern Asia, and still may.
  Bili Ape
Giant chimpanzees appear to live in remote east Africa, where much evidence points to their existence, including photos, footprints and ground nests.
  Birds-of-Paradise
Six species from New Guinea and surrounding islands, and a distinctive Long-Tailed Black Bird-of-Paradise from Goodenough Island are of interest to cryptozoology.
  Black Panthers and Maned Mystery Cats
Sighting of large Black Panthers and seemingly “African Lions” with manes in the Midwest USA have law enforcement officials on the alert.
  Blue Mountain panthers
These unknown cats reportedly live in the Blue Mountains of the east coast of Australia in the state of New South Wales.
  Blue Tiger
These mystery felids are spotted in the Fujian Province, China, and are also filed under the name Black Tiger.
  Bobo
Sea monsters of the North Pacific Ocean are frequently reported off Monterey Bay since the 1940s, and have been given this local name.
  Buffalo Lion
East African maneless lions are said to be man-eaters, and may reflect some new genetic alignments, akin to the King Cheetah discoveries among cheetahs.
  Buru
Fifteen foot long bluish ­black giant lizards were seen often in the swamps, lakes and foothills of the Himalayas, up through the 1940s, although they may be extinct now.
  Caddy
These unknown Sea Serpents living off the coast of British Columbia are a popular figure in Canadian cryptozoology.
  Champ
Giant prehistoric-looking creatures lurk in Lake Champlain, a 109 mile lake that borders New York, Vermont, and Ontario.
  Chupacabras
Also called “Goatsuckers,” these bizarre Caribbean and South American cryptids are five feet tall biped creatures with short grey hair that have spiked hair and reported drain the blood through throat punctures of the livestock they kill.
  Ebu Gogo
Three feet tall, hairy little people with pot bellies and long arms sighted on the island of Flores, Indonesia. Tiny females are said to have long, pendulous breasts.
  Giant Anaconda
Reports have been made of 100 feet long snakes on the Rio Negro of the Amazon River basin.
  Giant Octopus
The Blue Holes of Bimini, offer many sightings of these unknown huge, many-tentacled animals.
  Giant Sloth
Weighing up to 3 tons, these supposedly extinct animals have been reported in South America in contemporary times.
  Globsters
Strange looking giant creatures (also called blobs) wash up on the beaches of the world, get the media and scientists excited, and sometimes turn out to be “unknowns.”
  Honey Island Swamp Monster
Reportedly these “Swamp Thing” monsters are seen in the Louisiana swamps.
  Jersey Devil
This regionalized name hides these creatures that have been haunting the New Jersey Pineland forest for over 260 years.
  Kongamato
The natives of the Jiundu region of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) have firsthand encounters with these strange flying bat-like creatures.
  Lake Storsjon Monster
Lake Seljord in the Telemark region of Norway has its own Lake Monsters swimming the waters here for centuries.
  Lau
Are certain African lakes the home to 40 feet long unknown catfishes or lungfishes?
  Loch Ness Monster
Nessie is the most famous Lake Monster in the world; they are said to inhabit this loch, an extremely deep Scottish lake.
  MacFarlane’s Bear
The carcass is at the Smithsonian, believed to be a possible hybrid between a grizzly and polar bear. Or an new unknown species.
  Mngwa
The Mngwa are cats described as being as large as donkeys, with marks like a tabby and living in Africa – but not a known species.
  Mokele-Mbembe
For over two hundred years there have been reports of living Sauropods (dinosaur) in the remote Congo area of Africa. They may being confused with accounts of other local cryptids, aquatic rhinos.
  Mongolian Death Worm
Locals in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia talk of these giant snakes, worms, or long thin lizards (also called Olgoi-khorkhoi or Allghoi-khorkhoi) as killing livestock and people with their breath.
  Mothman
A local name for giant owls (also called Bighoot) which has been sighted for over 100 years in West Virginia-Ohio area, and elsewhere in North America.
  Ogopogo
This is Canada’s most famous type of water monsters, inhabitants of Lake Okanagan in the south central interior of British Columbia.
  Orang-Pendak
These reportedly small biped small apes (also called Sedapa) live in the jungles of Sumatra and Borneo.
  Peruvian Mystery Jaguar
Unknown large cats with white background covered in solid irregular spots are seen in the rainforests of Peru.
  Skunk Ape
Also known by the label Myakka “Ape” and other local names (Booger, Swamp Ape), these chimpanzee- or orangutan-like primates have been sighted throughout central and south Florida.
  Steller’s Sea Cow
A once thought extinct species, these totally marine animals, looking like huge, wrinkled manatees, and are still being seen by Russian fisherman.
  Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine
Thought extinct, these wolf-like marsupials are still sighted on a regular basis in Western Australia, and perhaps New Guinea too.
  Tazelwurm
Classic small log-shaped reptilian cryptids from the European Alps are enigmatic animals, but have they gone extinct in historical times?
  Thunderbird
Large condor-like birds, perhaps Teratorns, roam the skies of North America, along regular migration routes.
  Tzuchinoko
Unknown species of snake sighted in the upper elevations of Korea and Japan.
  Ucu
The South American Bigfoot live mainly in the Andean foothills.
  Waitoreke
These strange unknown otter-like beasts are seen in New Zealand, and as yet undiscovered.
  Xing-Xing
This is a specific regional name, from southern China, for small unknown apes.
  Yeren
The Chinese Wildmen are reddish, semi-bipedal, and often encountered by locals and government officials along rural roads.
  Yeti
Yeti, unknown rock apes, are creatures reported as crossing the Himalayan plateaus and living in the valley forests. There is not just “one” Abominable Snowman, and they are no “white.”
  Yowie
These tall hairy unknown hominoids are sighted throughout several remote areas of Australia.
  For a complete source list, click here.


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Mythological Creature Archive, Writerly Tips

Character Development; pushing your beasts interior and exterior life to reach their fullest potential- 📚#mythicalcreaturearchive

 

 

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There may be some of you out there at the beginning of your writerly journey, thinking, “I have so many questions,” this is natural, and is one of the things that makes us writerly in the first place. We question, we have wonder and we look for the answers.

In the beginning, of my own writing process, I found myself asking questions about traditional publishing for example and a simple Google search produced amazing, glittering, very special results. I was introduced to Jane Friedman.

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Jane writes for Publishers Weekly, has developed a writing resource for writers called The Business of Being a Writer, and gives talks, teaches classes and has this amazing and very helpful Blog. She’s smart, well informed and very successful. I recommend her work and trust what she says. Now, I want to talk a bit about Character Development today and I wanted to access the point that she makes below using John Thornton Williams advice. I love this, and I think it gives beautiful entry into HOW you get into the character’s personal space, in their head and enter into a working, 5 senses view of their life. If YOU can see and feel it developing, your readership will too.

Jane says, “One of the most important goals of any fiction writer is getting the reader to connect on an emotional level with the story’s characters, but how do you accomplish this without being clumsy—without saying, directly, “Joe felt so upset he wanted to die,” which takes you right into the heart of cliché? John Thornton Williams offers this suggestion:

     “[Take] into consideration how a certain character would experience a particular setting or image based on his/her emotional state. Something as simple as a car parked on the street surely looks different to a lottery winner than to someone who just got evicted. In other words, indirection of image is a way to take abstract emotions and project them onto something concrete. Doing so creates the potential to explore interiority at a greater depth than what’s afforded by mere exposition.””

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According to another invaluable resource about characterization, tvtropes.org,  character development is, by definition, the change in characterization of a Dynamic Character, who changes over the course of a narrative. At its core, it shows a character changing. Most narrative fiction in any media will feature some display of this.
tvtropes.org goes on to say that while the definition of “good” and “bad” character development is subjective, it’s generally agreed that good character development is believable and rounds out a well-written character. Bad character development leads to the feeling that someone is manipulating the events to their own whims, or even reduces the character’s believability.
There are many sub-tropes to discuss, some of which include:

  • The Coming-of-Age Story is centered around this afore mentioned trope in the context of growing up.
  • Darker and Edgier and Lighter and Softer can either deepen a character or round out unnecessary roughness. They can also turn them into a pile of mush or make them an unsympathetic jerk.
  • Badass Decay can soften a previously harsh character. Or it can ruin an awesome character.
  • Flanderization is when a character has a quirk or personality trait that slowly becomes their only defining characteristic.
  • The Heel–Face Turn, Face–Heel Turn and Morality Adjustment tropes rely on character development to make this a believable turn of events.
  • Hidden Depths has a character develop in unexpected directions. It can also describe a Flat Character turning into a Rounded Character.
  • Out-of-Character Moment may be a positive or negative example, generally steering a character in new directions without wholesale Character Derailment.
  • A Character Check can help steer a character who developed too far from their original character back into being themselves, or remind the audience that they still are the same person they used to be no matter how much they’ve changed. When combat factors into their development, then they Took a Level in Badass.
  • A Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot is a specific form of character development where the character learns a lesson and takes a level in kindness.

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These are hardly the only examples. The Evil Twin of Character Development is Character Derailment. Beware of this trope. To see the opposite of this trope, see Static Character. See also Flat Character and Rounded Character. Compare Hidden Depths, where something is revealed that was true all along, but would not have been visible before.

Check out this character development list, The Ultimate Character Questionnaire, by http://www.novel-software.com. It goes a bit more in depth, in the personality development section than I have seen in general character development lists. Check it out here. Good luck guys. I hope you create some amazing characters!

 

If you find this article fun, interesting and informative. If you decide to use this exercise -let me know how it went in the comment section below, and as usual…happy writing!

 

 

Awards, Mythological Creature Archive

The ‘Cryptid Cora’ Blogger Award- Nominations-📚

What is this Blogger Award about?

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 busy 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’), bloggers are required to:

1) Write a post in which they thank the blogger for nominating them and link back to their blog. Nominate them via Twitter using hashtag #CryptidCora, too with a link to your post…if they use social media.

2) Answer 13 questions asked by the person who nominated you. The questions should be about an unusual cryptid found in an obscure book or on a run-of-the-mill folklore site… whatever…Wikipedia is useful here too, of course. Remember to source the best you can. Creatures from long lost cultures are a plus! Please include pictures of the creatures and be sure to photo credit the images as well.

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!

4) Give your bloggers of choice, 13 questions to answer…you can recycle the same ones that I used, if you wish, 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 ADDED TO THE MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURE 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 award winning debut novel! So be smart about the character you choose to showcase. I will be talking about a Sumerian Demon as my cryptid here today. It’s Halloween, what can I say?

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 things moving. Consider Cora your spark…your short term muse…that push you needed to get to writing again. She’s elusive… you need to feed and coax her out…she’s that beautiful thing we call imagination and that’s why we love him/ her/ it/ them, so.The Questions

Mythological Creature Archive

Mythical Creature, ‘the Alp-luachra,’ a tapeworm like, ‘food stealer,’ from Celtic Mythology and writing prompt

 

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According to abookofcreatures, these fairies are far removed from the cleaned up and sanitized Victorian ideal we are used to.

In the world of cryptozoology, there exist both beautiful fairies, but also ugly fairies, which can be cruel, vile, and parasitic.

The Alp-luachra are one of these.

Native to Ireland, where it can be found all across the island, the alp-luachra is a small, newt-like creature not unlike Ireland’s native smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris).

Any similarities with the non-cryptid counterpart end here, however. The smooth newt is a harmless inhabitant of local ponds, while the Alp-luachra lives off “the Pith or Quintessence of what the Man eats,” as Robert Kirk puts it in Secret Commonwealth of Fairies.

Infestation is simple enough. Anyone asleep outdoors is at risk. Especially those asleep near the water’s edge. Alp-luachras slip into the open mouths of sleepers, and from there work their way into the stomach. The entire process is painless, and hosts are never aware of their slimy new occupants. That is, until the symptoms manifest themselves: pain in their sides as the alp-luachras make themselves comfortable, and increasing, insatiable hunger. The alp-luachras eat the food ingested by their hosts, growing larger inside them until their wriggling becomes unbearable; meanwhile, their hosts waste away, becoming gaunt and emaciated.

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In the span of a few years, the unfortunate victim eventually dies of starvation, and the alp-luachras move out to find new victims.
As the alp-luachra’s metaphysical state prevents it from being seen by physicians, it must be tricked into leaving the body by other means. Inhaling the strong fragrance of savory food can coax them to come out, as can eating very salty food. Once outside the body, the alp-luachra can be licked to cure burns, if you can find a way to catch it! This will be very difficult since they are hard to see even to those with a trained magical eye.

According to warriorsofmyth, the Alp-Luachra is entirely invisible. Invisible on all spectrums, and involuntarily so. It has no true physical appearance. In addition, it is capable of rendering the mouth and gullet totally numb, so as to make resisting it even harder.
And once it’s safely down in one’s gut, it can breathe easily, capable of resisting the stomach’s acidic fluids with no difficulty or harm to itself. Not to mention, due to its feeding on the greater portion of what its host intakes, it is an excellent agent of weight loss in bigger beings, and or preventing weight gain in smaller beings.

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In Douglas Hyde’s collection of folk tales, Beside the Fire, a farmer, who was starving from an Alp-luachra, was eventually rid of the fairy. He was instructed to eat large amounts of salted meat and, when he could eat no more, lie still with his mouth open just above the surface of a stream. After having been driven to thirst by the salt, the offspring of the Alp-luachra, and eventually the Alp-luachra mother herself, jumped into the water. Hence, to rid one’s self of an Alp-Luachra, one should eat a large quantity of salt beef, without drinking anything, and then lay by a running stream with mouth wide open; after a long wait, the Alp-Luachra will become thirsty, and will jump into the stream to drink.

 

Writing Prompt

You are a exterminator in the magical realm and the Alp-luachra have been a notoriously elusive species for your crew for centuries. You have the desire to be the best in your field and set out to develop a salt/ host rehydration pill in your private laboratory. It is sterile there and you have a gaggle of Alp-luachra taken from the bodies of the victims, which you have taken care of for scientific testing purposes. This is a heinous beast, you would never keep them thriving if it wasn’t for the research. The Alp-luachra is a small creature but mighty and the infestations have grown so common, and so pervasive that you decide it is time to release your remedy to the masses. You have a pharmaceutical company that you have partnered with and are ready for launch, but on this cloudy, overcast day in October…your pills are missing…all of them.

Who doesn’t want the Alp-luachra to be eradicated? Who is behind this evil plot to ruin you professionally?

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