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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Monday, June 04, 2007

Word of the Day
Monday, June 4, 2007
(Only 14 days until the Duran Duran concert!)
Freotho (proper noun) — The name of the relatively short, clumped mountain range south of the Taiman estate and the northernmost mountain in that range, which Hleo-Arcana is carved from (remember from May 28's WOD that the Taiman estate is named Hleo-Arcana)

Etymology: Fantasy author Sandy Lender took the word Freotho from the Old English word Freodo. (the d is actually the funky d with its hooked stem that has the horizontal line through it; alas, I don't have an OE font on my computer, which actually stuns the daylights out of me; that character is pronounced with an almost harsh th sound in OE) The Old English word Freodo means protection, safety, peace—again, it's one of those protection words association with Hleo-Arcana that no one should be surprised by.

Word in a Paragraph (I'm getting carried away this morning because I just love the story of Odda and Arcana. Today's example comes from the fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods, page 50.): "Arcana’s parents had no such prejudices when they arrived on the west continent. They had never heard of a Geasa’n before. They had no idea Odda possessed any talents they did not…until he started ripping apart the face of one of the Freotho mountains to build a home for their daughter. Once word got out that Odda intended to marry Arcana, other suitors disappeared, fearing his wrath should they interfere."

Your turn! Can you make up a sentence about mountains today? See, personally, I'd like to be sitting on the side of the Freotho Mountain sipping a cup of tea, staring off over the Meredore Ocean, working on the editing of Choices Made by Gods, perhaps petting a nice wildcat from my fantasy novel. Doesn't that sound peaceful and calm? :) Give it a try…

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

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