Today the Dragon Wins

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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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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Word of the Day
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Bellan (proper noun) – the continent to the east of Onweald in the fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods; also the city and harbor on the southwest of the continent on Bellan where Henry and Nigel go to deliver a couple shiploads of dangerous goods; the place/land where the best wines are grown and shipped from

Etymology: Sandy Lender made up this word but it stems from the Old English bael (with the a and e mooshed together and a long mark over them), which is a noun meaning "fire" or "flame" or "funeral pyre." This was once more significant for the word/name of the city because the story originally included a second disaster for poor Henry Bakerson's little armada. My publisher suggested I edit that out, though, because the "Bellan section" was too long and took the reader away from Onweald for too much of the book, so the fire meaning doesn't have the same symbolic impact. But the sound "bellan" still has a nice feel for a wine-making country, I think.

Word in a Sentence (this is straight out of Choices Meant for Gods): Now Nigel sat in the Sailor's Retreat Inn staring into the early evening sky of a town called Bellan.

Your turn! Okay, I admit, to use this word today, you'll have to write about a town you've never been in, but, go for it. It's a town where, on the outskirts, you see rolling hills of grapevines that produce succulent wines. How's that for inspiration?

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

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