With Halloween around the corner, I thought I'd hand out some fun facts about the best holiday ever. (If you disagree, you are wrong. 🤪)
Do you have any fun facts to share about Halloween? Will you be dressing up and trick-or-treating? What is your favorite candy? Did you know I have an annual book even at my other blog where authors hand out books like candy?
GUEST POST BY ELLE CARDY
As a kid, I was not a strong or fast reader. It didn’t help that I wasn’t a fan of the books I was supposed to study at school. How to kill of love of reading: force someone to read boring books and write long-winded essays about them. When I was about twelve, I was introduced to The Hobbit. Oh. My. Gosh! Now this was a story! That year I devoured Lord of the Rings and continued to sink my hooks into any fantasy I could find. I felt like my whole world had opened. I’d at last found where I belonged. This was when the seed was first planted that maybe I too could create a whole new world for readers to enjoy.
After lots of starts and stops, lots of learning the craft of writing, lots of wrestling with fears and doubts, Wielder’s Prize was born. It’s exactly the kind of story I love to read—adventure, magic, action, twists. It’s about Jasmine who has always lived aboard a ship on the high seas.
Snatched from the only home she’s ever known, Jasmine is forced to work as a crew member of a different ship. To survive, she must dodge her captor who has a personal vendetta against her, outsmart a fearsome magic wielder who has taken a dangerous interest in her, and get back to her ship. Somehow.
Just when she thinks things couldn’t get worse, she learns she too is a wielder—an untrained wielder who is a threat to everyone on board if she can’t control her magic. And she’s not the only out-of-control wielder on the high seas. The secret of that wielder could shatter everything Jasmine thought she knew.
Time and hope is running out. At any cost, she must get back to her ship and discover the truth behind all the secrets before everything is lost.
Today is launch day!! The ebook and paperback are now available on Amazon https://amzn.to/2kaZKSV!
A tense adventure that will keep you guessing with all of its wicked twists and turns. – Alex J. Cavanaugh, best-selling author
Jasmine is one of the most fully realized fantasy characters I've read in a long, long time.—Tyrean Martinson, author of Champion in the Darkness
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elle Cardy is the pen name of Lynda R Young. She is an author, editor, game developer, 3D artist, graphic designer, photographer, gamer etc. Wielder’s Prize is her debut young adult fantasy adventure. Having lived in Sydney most of her life, she is now living in Brisbane with her sweetheart of a husband.
Today for Monster Monday, we travel around the world to New Zealand to dive into the mythical Taniwha. Thanks to Kate Larkindale for telling me about this monster.
The Taniwha is a creature of Māori mythology. They are beings that live in deep pools in rivers, dark caves, or in the sea, especially in places with dangerous currents or deceptive breakers. They may be considered highly respected kaitiaki (protective guardians) of people and places, or in some traditions as dangerous, predatory beings, which for example would kidnap women to have as wives.
What a Taniwha looks like depends on where you see it. Out in open waters, it will appear as a whale or giant shark. When in inland waters, like rivers or streams, it may look more like a gecko or tuatara. No matter where you see it, it will be gigantic. There have even been reports of seeing the Taniwha as a floating log, which behaves in a disconcerting way. I'm curious to what people witnessed.
There are many legends about the Taniwha. In one, "The Taniwha of Kaipara", three sisters went out to pick berries. One of the sisters was particularly beautiful. The Taniwha caused havoc on their walk back and the sisters fled. The Taniwha caught the sisters one by one, trying to capture the beautiful one. On succeeding, he then took her back to his cave. Many years passed and the woman bore the Taniwha six sons, with three like their father and three fully human. She educated all her sons and in particular taught her human sons the art of war, helping them to fashion and use weapons. The human sons then killed their three taniwha brothers, and eventually their father. They all went back to their homes. (source: Reed A,W.,`Reed book of Māori mythology`(2004), pp.285-286)
In more recent times, the Taniwha spirits being referenced in both court cases and in various legal negotiations. Beliefs in the existence of Taniwha have a potential for controversy where they have been used to block or modify development and infrastructure schemes, such as the case where a major highway was rerouted to protect the area the Taniwha resided on.
What do you think of this mythical monster? How would you react if you saw a log acting in an unusual fashion? What monster should I cover next?
The first Wednesday of every month is the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Posts go up the 1st Wednesday of every month. Check it out here and join if you need support with your writing. Don't forget to stop by and say hello to the co-hosts: Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!
Last month, I was enjoying a break from insecurity. I honestly didn't expect it to last long, but surprisingly, it has. This month, I'm not feeling terribly insecure. (Although, sales do still suck, but I at least got a few unlike last month.) There was a point I did worry my productivity was going to tank because I wasn't writing every other day like planned.
But I took a moment to think, and instead of panicking, I reorganized my schedule. Now, instead of writing every other day, I'm writing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. That small change got me back on track and I ended up writing almost three thousand words this past Wednesday!
It got me thinking about how easily we panic when things start to go wrong. I could have fretted over it and tried to force myself to stay with writing every other day. Especially since it had worked well when I started. But by stepping back and allowing myself to change my work flow, I got back on track quickly. I don't think that would have happened if I hadn't swapped my writing days. Sometimes what works well, only works for a little while then we need to shake things up.
How has your writing been this month? Did you see the monthly question? Do you have a writing schedule that you stick to no matter what or do you have to swap it around every once in a while to stay productive?
September being IC Awareness Month, and given I currently suffer from it, I decided to write a post about it to help spread awareness of this invisible illness.
Interstitial Cystitis is a chronic illness that affects the bladder. IC may also be referred to as painful bladder syndrome (PBS), bladder pain syndrome (BPS), and chronic pelvic pain. I refer to it as one thing mostly:
I was diagnosed with it in May of 2016. Overnight, the way I ate changed. I tossed the majority of the food in my cupboards because they were damaging my bladder and if I wanted to have a chance of healing, I couldn't be tempted. I went cold turkey with caffeine. At the time, I worked the 6AM shift at a local deli. Boy, did that suck.
Interstitial Cystitis, along with being a mouthful to say, is incurable. I take a daily medication that may or may not partially heal my bladder. The hope is that, one day, I'll be able to reintroduce foods back into my diet. Probably not Mountain Dew, but given they've started adding fake sugar to pop, I can't really complain. But I would like to eat chocolate again.
Have you ever heard of IC before? Can I get some good vibes sent to the people researching this disease so they can find a cure?
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