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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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Word of the Day
Thursday, June 6, 2007
Wepanchiele (proper noun) — A fat and important river on the western side of the continent of Onweald in the fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods; the river on which Pesch Dell is located; the river that empties into the Bay of Sorrows just south of Alsaus (see archived WOD at June 2); the river just east of the region of Saweyl, which is Lord Baine's lands

Etymology: This is a great word. Please read loads of meaning into everything about it. The fantasy author Sandy Lender created this word out of two Old English words. The first, wepan (with a long mark over the e), means "weep." The second, ciele (with a dot over the c), means "coldness" or "chill." When I combined the two, my intent was to create a word that implied frozen tears. It is the first land barrier the bad guys worry about Chariss and her wizard guardian crossing to get to a safe haven in the fantasy book Choices Meant for Gods.

Word in a Sentence (from the fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods, page 12, General Lont is speaking): "The sentries say the wizard's spells were thrown around, disguised, but their source is along the Wepanchiele."

Your turn! Now, it's been a little while since I've explained the concept of "your turn," so let me give a refresher for new folks to Today the Dragon Wins. This is the part of Word of the Day where you get to take the word and create your own sentence. This was easier when the words were random, polysyllabic monstrosities that just built your English vocabulary. Not so much right now. For the duration of the Choices Meant for Gods Online Book Tour, we're focusing on funky words from the fantasy story. So see what you can do with either the fantasy word Wepanchiele, or one of its root words from Old English. It really makes you think and get creative, but you writers should be up to the challenge! Give it a try and post a "fantalizing" sentence for me today.

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

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