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Another Revelation

Another aspect of Lady of the Snow has changed. I’m adding more mythological creatures πŸ™‚

Initially, the only creature of legend in my book was going to be my MC, but I’ve decided that since this is a fantasy and since I am heavily relying upon myth with her, why not add a few more otherworldy aspects? Traditional Japanese culture was very superstitious with the amount of creatures and beings that were thought to inhabit the world. I’m just going to make it real in my story’s world. At least, more real than it had been in the book initially.

I’m even thinking of transforming one of my secondary characters into a shapeshifting kitsune or fox. She’ll be a sort of guardian or messenger to Miyuki. Maybe.

I’m also thinking of adding some other less than pleasant creatures, at least in passing, like the oni, which are similar to trolls or ogres, and tengu which are monstrous bird-like spirits of the mountains and forests that sometimes are said to possess people.

I wonder–how different is this book going to look once it’s completely finished? πŸ˜›

Mythical Creatures of Japan

Ok, so let’s just say I couldn’t wait all the way until Monday to let you all know what my blog series is gonna be about πŸ˜› I’m impatient.

Basically, it’s what’s implied in the title. Initially I was going to do just one week, but I decided I’d try and stretch it for most of the month of November πŸ™‚ Lucky you!

I’m going to focus on different categories of creatures, from shape-shifting animals to silly little household imps. It should be lots of fun.

Maybe, just maybe, I’ll do other series throughout the year on mythical beings around the world. That’s a little far in the future–I’d just like to get through the next month–but that may be something that I’ll examine on this blog. I figure it’s a good way to tie into my book, which is about one of these mythical creatures (and yes, there will be an entire entry devoted to her :))

You’ll still have to wait and see which category will be up first!

Let me know what you think. Hoping there’s some interest out there; if not, it will at least be for my benefit, right?

Completely Taken Over

Another story came to me today. Rather suddenly actually. Once it came, I couldn’t race fast enough to a Word doc to type the summary out.

A historical paranormal/fantasy based off the legendary Yuki-onna.

This will be something rather different for me.Β  I’ve never written fantasy before, although this is probably still more historical based with paranormal elements. It’s mostly based on myth but there’s definite historical aspects to it too.

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Traditional Image of Yuki-onna

Traditional Image of Yuki-onna

I think it stemmed form me reading all these Japanese myths lately and this one really inspired me. Mostly I wondered about how such a creature came about–and then I came up with an entire backstory for her.

Modern Portrayal of Yuki-onna

Modern Portrayal of Yuki-onna

It’s going to be loosely based off some of the myths about her and have some aspects from the story in Lafcadio Hearn’s Kwaiden.Β Β 

I’m uber excited about starting this project, but I can’t do too much of it just yet. I still have to finish my other book too–I don’t want to put that one completely aside. Anyway I at least have something to work on when I get a little discouraged with my other one. πŸ™‚

Legends and Myths

I’ve recently found that I’m becoming more and more fascinated by mythology. I think part of it has to do with what I’ve recently read (Silver Phoenix and Wings), and I’m one of those people that will obsessively research and read up on something of interest. Inevitably this leads to me coming up with a plethora of story ideas too πŸ™‚

I find it very interesting how different parts of the world have their own myths, but what’s more intriguingΒ  is how similar some of the myths are, especially in opposite corners of the world. For example, the common myth of fairies is present in many cultures, from Europe to Asia. It makes one wonder what sort of common phenomenon people attribute the existence of fairies to whether that’s ghosts or demons or something completely unknown to us. There’s just so much of our world that I believe we’ll never know or understand.

Anyway, since I have such an interest in Far Eastern cultures, I ended up finding a huge Wiki article on the legendary creatures of Japan. Some of the little creatures are quite comical, while others are beyond terrifying.

Some of the ones I’ve found particularly interesting:

Akaname – the spirit who licks the bathroom. It looks like a frog type critter. I don’t know about you, but as creepy as this sounds, I wouldn’t mind a critter cleaning my bathroom πŸ˜›

Bakezōri – a sandal spirit (specifically the zori sandals that are similar to flip flops). The Wiki article has a picture of a stature of it and it looks very similar to the cartoon character of Plankton from SpongeBob.

Gashadokuro – a giant skeleton, the spirit of the unburied dead. One word for this: FREAKY. It’s what nightmares are made of.

Hone-onna – a skeleton woman. She’s more of what is called an “energy vampire” or a succubus. She preys on men and drains their life from them in order to live. I’ll leave it up to your imagination on how exactly she does that.

Yuki-onna – the snow woman. One of the most intriguing in my opinion. She’s often seen in a snow storm and there are varying stories about her, from leading lost travellers astray and killing them with her icy breath to entering a mountain family’s household and killing them as they sleep (most of the time she has to be invited in, according to legends). But other legends depict her as a bit more human, although conflicted.

Anyway, I’m thinking that after my current book is done, I’ll be working on something concerned with mythology. I’ve already got a few short story ideas for some of these legendary spirits.

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