Fantasy Friday – Demons

Fantasy Friday

Demons are a part of many cultures theologies, though they are not always called so. largely they are considered as part of monotheistic religions, like Christianity, but are also seen in wide variety in Asiatic cultures.

Creature Cheat Sheet:

Type: Magical, Spirit, possible Beast
Habitat: Depends on the Demon and cultural basis
Possible Origin: Greece? Japan?
Best Seen: Supernatural

Representations of demons can depend on the writer. Some can have special abilities and vary upon scale, but for the most part it is agreed they are able to possess a human and control them. If anything, demons are often strategic and tactful in what they do, but are always up to no good.

Analyzing Your Favorite Works

Literature analysis, is something I have always enjoyed, as you’ve seen with my What Are You Reading posts. I enjoy making the connections in the story with the outside worlds, as well as with the writer. I like researching the story to see how the time it was written influenced it. But I also like trying to find how what I read is connecting to me. It makes the story more important to me.

So the next time you are re-reading your favorite book for the 8th time, take a few moments and write down what it is that you love about it. From there try and figure out why you like those things or dislike them.

In the end, take a close look at the plot. Ask yourself

What was the writer trying to tell me, the reader?

Like I always say. All writing is commentary.

My Love/Hate Relationship with Writing Prompts

Writing prompts are ideas meant to inspire the writer to write, or give the writer a chance to practice the craft. Really, it’s just an opportunity to think outside of the box.

And I have one issue with them.

Though, yes, they are useful to others, for me, writing prompts are a pain to deal with. Mostly because it is difficult for me to feel involved with a writing prompt and eventually it just comes out with horrible writing. This issue was a problem I had back in school. The North Carolina Writing Test was the bane of my existence, for a long time. But maybe it’s also because I have a little bit of a rebellious streak in me.

This issue, as I’ve seen, has been on me. Not the prompt itself. They are incredibly helpful to other writers. So maybe I should keep trying?

What do you feel about writing prompts? What are your favorite websites/books of prompts? Let me know in the comments below.

Fantasy Friday – Fantastic Pets

Fantasy Friday

At some point or another, we have all wanted a pet. For myself, I lucked out with cats.

Me and King George

One of many, many cats that I’ve had over the years.

Animals can make really good companions. Whether magical or not, the pet of your hero can bring more than a little humanity to them. They bring a closeness that may be difficult to show with others. Not to mention readers often become attached to the pet too.

Villains on the other hand, don’t often show attachment to pets, and when they do people start thinking of that one Bond villain. Though it is possible to use them as a sort of tool for the villain. Not only does it give them a weakness, it shows that they are capable of caring for a creature though it may not be the same for human life.

But what kind of pets should you go for? Well the better question is what type of creatures exist in your world? Can they be “domesticated”?

Do you have a couple of characters with pets? What pets are they? Let me know in the comments below!

Using Tarot Cards to Write For Beginniners

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The Tarot has called out to me since I was a kid. The artwork, the imagery, and the message they expresses appeal so much to me. The one thing that always got me though was that they tell a story and it’s different to each person’s interpretation.

Though it takes a while to learn about each of the 78 cards in a basic tarot deck, a beginner can try going from the artwork for their ideas. All you really need is to break it down into three types of cards. Will you need all of them? No, but it is fun to see what type of combinations your story will create.

The Major Arcana

The cards in this part of the deck are representative of the journey of the person reading the cards, and are good for when you are trying to figure out a plot line.  For example,

The Fool = The introduction of your main character or the inciting moment of your plot.

The Lovers = Introduction of the love interest.

The Tower = The climax.

The World = The resolution of your plot.

The Court Cards

Many Tarot readers use the Court Cards as Signifiers to represent they are reading for. With that each Court Card follows a certain personality type with it’s own strengths and weaknesses. You could also go by appearance and age of your characters when using the Court Cards. That is something I love about them, they are completely open to interpretation. For example, in my Tarot deck, I feel more connected to the Princess/Page of Cups than any other court card, so when I’m doing  a reading I use this card to represent myself. My main character Brigit, on the other hand, is represented by the Princess/Page of Wands instead.

The Minor Arcana

I use the Minor Arcana for scene influences. Not all of the cards in this portion of the deck are sunshine and roses. They are often things that can mean trouble or conflict. Just like the Major Arcana give you a plot structure, the Minor Arcana can give you the small pieces of the scenes in between.

This alone is a good starting point for when you are working with the Tarot for writing, but if you are looking for something much deeper pick up the necessary book Tarot Plain and Simple by Anthony Lewis [Affiliate Link]. It isn’t restricting but it gives you a general idea behind each card while still leaving it up to interpretation.