In my last post, I asked some questions and promised to give my own answers in my next post. This is that post.
The questions remain open to be answered, though. I really do need some outside input to help break me out of my usual creative patterns.
So, if you intend to answer these questions, please do so BEFORE READING THIS POST! I don’t want to influence your answers.
That said, here goes nothin:
1. Make up a constellation and a brief story for it.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… there was a great wolf spirit and a great serpent spirit roaming over a primordial world, and they were brother and sister. They were sent to shape the world for creatures who would come after them.
Now, the wolf was an orderly creature who liked patterns and measures, while his sister serpent loved all things unpredictable and chaotic. For a time, they worked harmoniously, each one seeing the beauty in the other’s plans, but after a while their ideas came more and more into conflict. Unwilling to compromise, they parted ways, each one traveling over the surface of the world and shaping it according to their own desires.
When the siblings had covered the world, they began to run across and change eachother’s designs. As time went on, it seemed as if they would completely undo their own work and leave the world as formless as when they had begun. And so the Great Spirit reached down and scooped them up to release them in the sky where they would have more space to shape and form and would not interfere with the creatures that were to come.
The eye of the wolf is the fixed polar star, ever reliable. The serpent runs through the chaotic band of many stars, and her eye is red and inconstant.
2. What is your favorite holiday (excluding Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Easter) and why?
4th of July. I absolutely love fireworks, and New Years is too insane. The 4th is, at least around here, a laid-back holiday filled with grilled food, family, and explosions. Sparklers, and elaborate fireworks displays never fail to fascinate and awe me. Thank you, Chinese inventors! I am also fond of my home nation and like to have a set time to celebrate its existence.
3. Name an object you would like to see featured in a story
I want to read a story that involves a magical lint brush. Why? Because the non-magical kind don’t work nearly well enough to solve my cat-hair issues.
4. make up a name for a spell and tell me what it does
Brightsnap: brightsnap is an alchemical transmutation creating silvery beads that explode on sharp impact, exuding a blinding light for as long as a minute. Because honest uses of brightsnap are rare, it has been outlawed and knowledge of the ingredients and process have been suppressed. On the black market, the beads now fetch a high price.
5. Choose a plant and make up a symbolic meaning for it
I’ve been doing this one for a while, so I will pick one I haven’t yet added to my list.
Trillium: a meeting of ways/convergence
6. What is your favorite ghost/folk/scary story (can be humorous or not)
This is a tough one for me. You already have my favorite ghost poem, so I must think of something else. I am very fond of several E. A. Poe stories and of some of the folk-tales I have come across. Poe’s work is pretty well-known, though, so perhaps I should highlight the latter. I have little tangible reason as to which folktales and ghost stories speak to me, and which don’t. Here are two very different ghost-stories, both with roots reaching far back into human history. The first one is a vengeful ghost tale, and the second is a sad one.