4.16.2014

A to Z Challenge - N is for New to Me



The A to Z Blogging Challenge is underway!
If you haven't heard of it, check out the A to Z blog and join in the fun.
Here at Untethered Realms, we're taking on the Challenge as a group. Each day, one of us will be sharing with you a fantastical creature that may be from one of our books, a favorite movie, or something we just came up with as entertainment.

N is for new creature to me.


Here are new creatures the authors of Untethered Realms would like to tackle:

M. Pax - In the future, I'd like to write about something mischievous like a water sprite.

1896 painting by John William Waterhouse

River Fairchild - I'd like to write a fantasy based on the Norns. The Norns are the three fates of destiny in Norse Mythology, much like the Greek Moirae but with a few important differences. They nurture the giant tree, Yggdrasil, which connects the nine worlds of the Norse Myths in its branches.


Christine Rains - I would love to put a new spin on one of the classic monsters: the mummy. This isn't just any zombie. This is a royal lich!

(Lon Chaney)

Cherie Reich - I've always wanted to work with gorgons. Medusa and her sisters get a bad rap, and I'd like to explore more gorgons from the three sisters and what they would be like.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LaW5KfbF72k/Tes1nfHxJ8I/AAAAAAAADy0/fufKYb_HkdY/s1600/DSC_0029.JPG

Ellie Garratt - I'd like to write about the Furies, the three goddesses of pain who punished evil souls for Hades in the Underworld. I'd like to take them from the Underworld and set them on another planet. Perhaps they went there because Hades sent them? Or were they taken against his will?

Orestes pursued by the Furies by William Adolphe-Bouguereau

Julie Flanders - I've become interested in witches and witchcraft - not the comical image of a witch riding on a broomstick but the witchcraft that involves black magic. I'm currently trying to work on a story that includes this and am learning all I can about amulets, spells, grimoires, and the tools of witchcraft. I'm loving it!

Witch's cauldron from Wikimedia Commons

What creature ignites your imagination?

23 comments:

  1. And I would LOVE to see you work all of these creatures into a story. Come on, another challenge for when you finish this one...

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  2. PS: I would really like to hear the Harpies side of their story. I have never read anything good about them - or an explanation I can accept for just why they are the way they are.

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  3. What great creatures! Now I have a few more I'd like to add to my list to write about. :)

    And Elephant's Child, if you're interested in harpies, then you should read Christine Rains' The Harbinger. Meira is one awesome harpy in it.

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  4. I'm in love with all of these creatures! I need another 50 years to write, please.

    Ellie, the Furies are currently part of the staff at Death's mansion in Purgatory, in case you need to get hold of them.

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  5. Love the Water nymphs and always felt bad for medusa who used to be beautiful until a God got pissed off and her hair turned into snakes-poor thing. To learn about witchcraft-well I am certain it comes from people long ago who knew which herbs and flowers etc.. to use for medicines etc... I believe my Great grandmother would have been burned at the stake since she knew so much and cured my mom from pneumonia, scarlet fever and a bad burn(no scar) and my aunt and uncle from diphtheria(spelling??)

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  6. I'd like to do something unique with dragons. Tough since they have been featured in so many stories. But in a way, my current manuscript does that...

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  7. What interesting things you all have to say. What an interesting coffee hour we'd all have.

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  8. Lich, the former living wizard continuing his pursuit in research and power after death, is something I'd like to write about. Nymphs would be fascinating as well.

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  9. I would like to investigate some of the mythological creatures of the American southwest. It's on my to do list for the summer.

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  10. Love these critters. I'd add Nessie to the mix. I'm sure she's there in the loch and she needs a new story.

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  11. Water sprites are way cool. You can put them in lots of interesting situations. You have to do a literary stretch, but so what. lol

    Melissa Marr does wonders with them in her Wicked Lovely series.

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  12. Oooh, those are some fun monsters/creatures. The Queen of the Faeries is on my list, as are sorceresses, demons, and a twist on Biblical characters. :)

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  13. Interesting creatures all. Found out on my A-Z travels recently that gargoyles actually serve a purpose on buildings.

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  14. What a fun bunch of creatures I'd like to see more of! And thanks for the mention, Cherie. :)

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  15. I'm so into what I'm writing right now, I haven't given it much thought. Probably should, though.

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  16. Some fascinating stories there, especially Medusa and Furies - what were they really like. I'd like to write about N for shapeshifting naguals - http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/401703/nagual . But use them in my fictional game (Gossamer Steel) for Therian class.

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  17. Sounds like some truly great stories coming out soon from a group of great authors!

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  18. You are a creative bunch! I'd be interested in angels.

    Yvonne

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  19. You are a creative bunch! I'd be interested in angels.

    Yvonne

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  20. I was going to say harpies that I fell in love with when I read ronia the robbers daughter all those years ago to the kids but someone has already called them in so
    here in aust. we have the yowie kinda like a bigfoot moves between dimensions guardian of sacred places ......
    sandra

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  21. Ooooh, you ladies are full of interesting ideas!

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  22. i love the Waterhouse/Sprite painting. How beautiful!

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