Today the Dragon Wins

"Today the Dragon Wins" offers information from Fantasy Author and Professional Editor Sandy Lender. You'll also find dragons, wizards, sorcerers, and other fantasy elements necessary for a fabulous story, if you know where to look...

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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Word of the Day
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Arcana Scheld (proper noun) – In the fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods, Arcana Scheld is the matriarch of the Taiman family. When her parents brought her over from Bellan, Odda Taiman saw her disembarking the ship and fell in love with her that instant. He built a home for her and the rest is history (history that you can read in chapter eight, page 50).

Etymology: See yesterday's WOD for Arcana. Sandy Lender morphed the word Scheld from Old English. It's a king's name – hailing from the Sceldings/Scyldings. Also, scyld is an Old English word meaning "to shield." You'll discover that there are a lot of words surrounding the Taiman estate that deal with protection and shielding. That's not an accident.

Word in a Sentence (from the fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods, page 50): The woman in the painting was the main instrument of coziness in the room…She was Godric's great-great-grandmother, and her name was Arcana Scheld.

Your turn! It's not easy, I know, but can you come up with a sentence that says something lovely about Arcana Scheld? Or do you have bizarre knowledge about Anglo-Saxon kings to regale us with?

"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."

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