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, July 09, 2007

Word of the Day
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Ryfel (noun) — Creatures that Julette created during the First War in the fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods; they were banished completely after the war, but Julette found a way to re-create them in the spirit world and allow them entrance to the mortal world so they can help her with her evil deeds; they have a poisonous oily substance that flings from their claws, of course, which are razor sharp, of course; they don't have lips, but their mouths just sort of exist in their faces as openings with yellowed, jagged teeth; they're huge, about four men tall, with feet the size of a grown man's torso; oh, and they stink something awful; they have a putrid-green and yellow exoskeleton so killing one usually involves getting a sword blade or arrow through its skull/brain; this isn't easy when you're only 5 ½ feet tall and the thing is thrashing at you…

Etymology: Fantasy Author Sandy Lender just made up this word (and the creatures), but if you say it with a long "i" sound, it is "rife" with danger

Word in a Sentence (from the epic fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods, page 99, The Master is speaking): "Standing here with this ryfel before me and you, you, Amanda Chariss as its slayer, makes no sense whatsoever."

Your turn! Have any beastly sentences in you today?

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

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