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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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Word of the Day
Saturday, June 2, 2007
(Only 16 days until the Duran Duran concert!)
Alsaus (proper noun) — A city on the continent of Onweald, on the Bay of Sorrows, south, a bit west of central, not mentioned in Choices Meant for Gods, but will come up when we bring her ofersey'n into play in the sequel

Etymology: Remember I mentioned there were "wine words" in Choices Meant for Gods when I defined Anthelme for you last weekend? Well, here's another. Fantasy author Sandy Lender created this word out of the German word Auslese, which is the label for the level of ripeness attributed to an intense table wine made from very ripe grapes—they're usually picked way after normal harvest time. The wine usually isn't very sweet; we're not talking dessert wine here, but it's powerful. So guess what they grow in Alsaus in my fantasy novel? Now, the grapes grown, and thus the wines produced, on Onweald don't quite compare to those grown over on Bellan, but they're still pretty good, according to the folks in my fantasy world.

Word in a Sentence (now, because Choices Meant for Gods doesn't include the city of Alsaus, but the map does, I'll just make something up for you): When the ofersey'n from Alsaus learns of Nigel's dragon heritage, he makes a bid to take the Taiman son's title from him.

Your turn! Do you have any Germanic or wine-related sentences in you to use the word Auslese in?

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

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