Genre for the Holidays – It’s Magic!

December 21, 2012 at 2:26 am (fantasy, writing) (, , , , , , , , )

My Top 5 List of Holiday Magic

5) A light-up nose – the Christmas equivalent to a magic lighthouse – brings new meaning to the saying “like a deer in the headlights”.

4) Wormhole chimneys – How else would someone with Santa’s girth fit through there? Instead of “slip n’ slide”, this is more like “shrink n’ slide.”

3) Faster-than-light speed sleigh travel – Wormholes might be involved with this one as well, or perhaps Tardis technology.

2)Animated snowmen – from cutesy creations like Frosty the snowmen to creepier constructs like the snowman in the movie “Jack Frost”, supernatural snowmen are super cool! (pun intended)

1) Flying reindeer – I have a thing for reindeer thanks to my just completed project based on Sami mythology. Mind you, the Sami would sacrifice reindeer for Winter Solstice, rather than fly them. This is the happier, more PG version.

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Genre for the Holidays – Speculating Solstice

December 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm (fantasy, horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , , , )

I realize most of my focus has been on Christmas, but that is the traditional holiday celebrated by my family. I thought I would share the joy a little and make mention of winter solstice, celebrated in many different cultures in many different ways. My husband was doing some research into winter solstice the other day, when he came across the following reference on Wikipedia:

Beiwe Festival (Sami people of Fennoscandia)
The Saami, indigenous people of Finland, Sweden and Norway, worship Beiwe, the sun-goddess of fertility and sanity. She travels through the sky in a structure made of reindeer bones with her daughter, Beiwe-Neia, to herald back the greenery on which the reindeer feed. On the winter solstice, her worshipers sacrifice white female animals, and thread the meat onto sticks which they bend into rings and tie with bright ribbons. They also cover their doorposts with butter so Beiwe can eat it and begin her journey once again.[9]

9 “December Holidays”. School of the Seasons. http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/decdays2.html.

He thought I would find it interesting (he was right) because of the relevance to my latest NaNoWriMo project (I’m more than halfway through Chapter 19 and then only one last chapter to go.) At the same time, it’s a little disturbing to me, considering my protagonist’s love interest trades skins to become a female white reindeer. It dredges up dreadful ideas of what would have happened to poor Lieđđi if one of the brothers had first come across her in her animal form while looking for the winter solstice sacrifice (yikes!) That would have quickly turned my fantasy adventure tale into a nasty horror story.

More tomorrow J

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