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Sunday, November 30, 2014

DIY: Morgana's Healing Bracelet from MERLIN

The popular BBC program Merlin -- which sadly ended in December of 2012 -- consists of many elements. Love, hope, sorcery, hatred, destruction... There's plenty to choose from.

One of the main characters of this show -- Morgana -- owns a magical healing bracelet, given to her by her half-sister in order to help her sleep.

And most of us long for her beautiful black hair, strange olive eyes, and incredible sense of fashion. Some of us even long for her healing bracelet, which, thankfully, we can make ourselves...

DIY!!!!

Here is my step-by-step tutorial for creating Morgana's healing bracelet. :)



You'll need:

--1 metal bracelet



--1 bottle of sleep-enhancing lotion



Step I

Gently squeeze the bottle of sleep-enhancing lotion onto the bracelet until a small dab has appeared.



Step II

Gently rub the lotion onto the bracelet, spreading it out across the surface.




Step III

Flip the bracelet over and repeat steps one and two.



Step IV

Make sure that all of the lotion is rubbed in on the bracelet (if your lotion is the brand I was using, then the bracelet should lightly smell of lavender). Let sit for one hour before handling.



Note:

It is possible that, over time, the sleep-enhancing lotion will wear off. In case this happens, keep the lotion on hand.

Directions:

Sleep with the bracelet on, and you will soon find yourself sleeping longer and better.



~Olivia

Monday, November 10, 2014

GOLDEN DAUGHTER -- A Quick Post

So the Golden Daughter Chat Party (hosted by its lovely author, Anne Elisabeth Stengl) starts tonight! For those of you who haven't read Tales of Goldstone Wood (an AMAZING book series!), yet, here's a little bit of info:



Masayi Sairu was raised to be dainty, delicate, demure... and deadly. She is one of the emperor’s Golden Daughters, as much a legend as she is a commodity. One day, Sairu will be contracted in marriage to a patron, whom she will secretly guard for the rest of her life.
But when she learns that a sacred Dream Walker of the temple seeks the protection of a Golden Daughter, Sairu forgoes marriage in favor of this role. Her skills are stretched to the limit, for assassins hunt in the shadows, and phantoms haunt in dreams. With only a mysterious Faerie cat and a handsome slave -- possessed of his own strange abilities -- to help her, can Sairu shield her new mistress from evils she can neither see nor touch?
For the Dragon is building an army of fire. And soon the heavens will burn.


This outstanding tale is now available on Amazon! You can find it here. In closing, a quick reminder -- the Golden Daughter chat party is open for about three more hours! You can join in here.

~Olivia

P.S. I know that the description is highlighted. I am so sorry that this has happened! I don't know how to fix it, but you can find the full description here.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Let's Talk Sources!

It took me quite a while to start using sources. Before, I couldn't see a point to it at all. But, writing mostly about medieval times, I have found a constant need for them, and I've decided to share a few of my favorites with you.

The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter by Allan Zola Kronzek & Elizabeth Kronzek

I just happened to stumble across a very used copy of this at a thrift store. Though The Sorcerer's Companion sounds like a collection of fan fictions about J.K. Rowling's hit fantasy, it is actually the opposite. This book focuses on many mythical topics, their origins, and why modern authors still use them. A few of my favorite topics in this consist of banshees, charms, hippogriffs, Morgana, and mermaids.

(Find The Sorcerer's Companion here.)

Irish & Celtic Baby Names

Separate websites, these four links are extremely helpful in my writing (especially considering that most of my novels take place in Ireland). I've been using babynamesofireland.com for a longer period of time than amethyst-night.com/names, but I find both equally helpful.

Amethyst-night.com/names certainly has a more peaceful layout than babynamesofireland, but the latter provides names with more definitions and pronunciations. I recommend both, but tend to use amethyst-night.com/names more.

(Find Irish boy names here, Irish girl names here, Celtic male names here, & Celtic female names here.)

Medieval People, Titles, Positions, Trades, & Classes PDF

This twenty-page document is definitely the most helpful towards my writing. I tend to skip past the Catholic church's positions, but aim more towards the titles of nobility. (And yet I still haven't scanned throughout this entire file.)

An example of just how helpful this PDF is is this: Have you ever heard of a viceroy before? I haven't. Maybe most people have and I'm one of the few that hasn't, but I didn't even know that there were varying positions of dukes and duchesses.

(Find Medieval People, Titles, Positions, Trades, & Classes here.)

Beasts & Myths of the Middle Ages PDF

This PDF is twenty-three pages and much like The Sorcerer's Companion, but a bit more brief yet explanatory than that. I rarely use it, but it is still nice to have amongst my many other bookmarks.

According to Beasts & Myths of the Middle Ages, stags used to be simple bedtime stories that did not actually exist. (That makes me wonder how people reacted when they went for a walk in the woods and discovered an actual male deer standing in front of them...) Also, unicorns were described as evil and rabid other than sweet and tender. They apparently resembled a mixture of a goat and a small horse with a long, sharp horn in its forehead. (Isn't it strange how myths have changed?)

(Find Beasts & Myths of the Middle Ages here.)

Fantasy Name Generator

I meant to post this earlier in this list, but oh well. And, just so we're clear, this site is AWESOME. It provides millions of names in hundreds of different genres, and is extraordinary. (Five stars to this site!)

Just to show off a little of how well this site works, let me demonstrate: Petaled Agaricus. Hmm... Not quite sure what that is, yet, but it is most likely magical. (I found this phrase under the "fungus" generator... Yes, there is even a generator for types of fungi.)

I have used the generator much in my latest novel, and even have at least two kingdoms named using phrases from this site. (Hint! Ibraura and Blight Tassel.)

(Find the fantasy name generator here.)

Medieval Names of the Months of the Year

This site I use considerably less than the sites above, but I still thought I'd post it. I have forgotten to use months from the middle ages and the Renaissance in my current tale, but it is likely that this page will be used more for the next draft.

(Find the medieval names of the months of the year here.)

Conclusion

I use many more sources than the ones listed above (Google and Wikipedia are some pretty reliable places, after all), including a never-used link to a chart of the Roman numerals (for those few occasions when I actually don't remember what they are).

Anyway, thanks for reading my blog and giving me the time to share. :)

~Olivia

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