A spell to bring good fortune
This spell was the subject of a fascinating study some years ago by Professor Ptarmigan Child. His thesis makes for a very interesting read and, alas, I can here only provide the bare bones of his remarkable study.
In Ganhas, as I have mentioned before, magic is simply a part of life. Good fortune, in particular is a very common part of agricultural life. Professor Child was able to demonstrate that the repeated act of bending to sow seeds in the Spring and the repeated bending to harvest crops in the Autumn has the effect of generating good fortune about the roots of some of the commonest crops, in particular the potato, the beetroot and, also in some fruit crops such as the strawberry. Continue reading “A spell to bring good fortune”
Another spell. Although this one is really more of an excuse not to share a spell.
Continue reading “A spell to heal”
Here’s a story I wrote (oh my goodness) ten years ago. It isn’t exactly based on Jörmungandr but on the fellow world-serpent myth of Ouroboros. Obviously the other gods are my own invention. Continue reading “The Broken Circle”
RpgGamerGirl and RpgGamerBoy collaborated on a story this morning. Sadly, I couldn’t get them to illustrate it.
Once upon a time there two scary ladies who weren’t well. They have brown hair and then yellow. They are witches. They accidentally made the wrong potion and it gave them chickenpox. Then a scientist came to give them their medicine but then a lizard man shot him. Then the lizard man took the potion, put his head in it and then he ate the potion and he fell into the moon. The scary ladies had to make themselves better. They just buyed another potion. Then they really are better.
Then the scientist got up, bought a billion potions and then fed them to the moon and the moon turned bigger than the sun. All the planets shot away into the moon. Then the scientist gave himself a potion and the moon turned back to its normal size and the planets got shot back into their normal place. The scary ladies didn’t die.
I have been taking my own advice and using the frog prompts I put up last month to get my write-on. I started a story but as it was threatening to become a novel, I decided to shelve it and maybe revisit it for the next Nanowrimo. Instead, I have written another ‘not-quite a spell’, inspired by the prompt: “Carrying the bones of a frog that has been ritually killed gives you magic abilities.” (One of the examples is the plot of the story I started. Guess which one.) Continue reading “Of Frogbones”
A while ago I was set a writing challenge of creating ‘spells’, such as making someone fall in love, revealing the truth and so on. I loved this challenge and was pleased with the results. I plan to let you read all of the spells, one at a time. If you feel inspired to write a spell and you’re happy with it, please let me know at email@example.com!
When I first wrote these ‘spells’, however, I did have a reader take me to task for ‘making fun of her spiritual path’ and for believing that my spells were real (!). So just to clarify: this is a writing exercise, not a religious one and these spells are works of fiction (not practical guides). Continue reading “Spellbook – a spell to avert evil”
I have just finished my 50,000 word collection of fairy-tales, written in 27 days as part of the Nanowrimo challenge. The stories will need a lot of editing but here’s an excerpt from the first story to whet your appetite:
The Spectacles of Making Do
Once upon a time, when a man could be hanged for stealing an apple and all clocks must be wound once a week or time itself would come to an end, a young girl ran away to seek her fortune. Continue reading “Campnanowrimo ’15 Winner!”