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Elizabeth and the Clan of Dragons
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The Vanguard Emerges
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The Light At Last
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♥ Kip Terrington ♥
The Sleeper Must Awaken
♥ Shannon Esposito ♥
Lady Luck Runs Out
♥ Ahren Sanders ♥
♥ Bobbi Holmes ♥
The Ghost of Second Chances
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This is one of the last two areas of the world we are traveling too. So, let’s venture into the deep woods of the Americas to start the beginning of the final countdown!
Wendigo | Algonquian Tribes
Cannibalistic beastly humanoid, possibly once human.
- This creature is aligned with murder, insatiable, and cultural taboos against “normal” behavior. They’re also associated with the winter, the north, coldness, famine, and starvation.
- The Wendigo is bigger than a human, and whenever it feeds on human flesh, it grows! It never gains weight and will always appear thin. They’re always hungry so watch out!!
- There’s also an explanation as to why they may have been human once before turning into the Wendigo. When they were human, they may have been incredibly greedy. Or if the human was in contact with Wendigos for too long, they would become one.
- Powers include: mimicking human voices, possession, controlling weather, manipulation of darkness (sunset), control of forest creatures, healing, and incredible strength and speed.
- Believe it or not, there is a psychological disorder called the Wendigo Psychosis. People diagnosed crave human flesh even though they have access to normal food sources.
If you missed it, here’s the recap!
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Books 2-5 of the St. Skin Series
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An Accidental Murder
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Best Kase Scenario
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Crown of Embers
♥ Nicole French ♥
This creature was a feature in the Mummy series. Definitely something worth getting the chills over! 😱
Aqrabuamelu | Former Mesopotamia
Warrior with a scorpion body and male torso.
- These creatures (made both male and female but more known as male) were created to wage war against younger gods by an older goddess.
- They were also known to stand guard to gates leading to other gods (the list of gods differ).
- The Aqrabuamelu doesn’t have magical powers, at least not ones officially documented – only speculated. With purely physical abilities, they utilize their human body and scorpion body in their own ways.
- Wonder if they were the size of scorpions? Nope! Supposedly, their heads touch the sky.
- Along with their fearsome tail filled with poison, they’re actually skilled with a bow and arrow.
On last week’s episode of Keeping Up With the Audio…
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Her Broken Billionaire Boss
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Here Kitty, Kitty
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Changed by You
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The Ghost and the Doppelganger
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Saving the Werewolves
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Heart of Tartarus
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Road of a Warrior
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Karma’s a Bitch
Bahamut | Middle East
Colossal fish that is one of seven layers supporting the Earth.
- Bahamut is sometimes considered a nickname. Balhut is the earliest name for the fish. Bahamut came along and is actually translated from the word, “behemoth.” (And other references but crazy!)
- You can’t see Bahamut but he keeps us out of the black abyss, while swimming around in the underworld.
- The general consensus on what Bahamut looks like revolves around a huge animal. Some stories give him different appearances but the more notable figure is the water-dwelling animal.
- Can a fish even have powers? With his size, you think that would be it. Lo and behold, in other mythological tales, Bahamut has the ability to drive someone mad if seen (which is most unlikely, but whatever.) Another version of Bahamut can control all wild predators on Earth with a simple roar, during the summer solstice. This power keeps the animals tamed until the next year.
- Weakness isn’t a word Bahamut knows…but obedience is. If he doesn’t obey his Creator…he could get killed!
…Third times a charm! Right? Right?
Unfortunately, that’s not the case when it comes to editing and proofreading your novel. If you’re trying to save money and doing everything by yourself is your only option, we want to be there for you.
Meaning, we’re going to give you some advice.
- Take some time away. We mean it. You may not be able to do a vacation getaway from your writing, but you could leave the room. That’s like a vacation, right? Leave your writing domain for an extended period of time and take a breather. You deserve it! And plus…if you jump into proofing and editing immediately, you’ll end up critiquing yourself as a writer more so than edit your actual book.
- Figure out what you want the process to be like. While you’re away from your writing space would be the best time to do this! Mapping out your editing goals will help you focus on what’s important and needs to be done. Don’t let your mind wander!
- Sit down.
- Make sure you’re reading your book as a stranger. Another important part of taking a break is coming back with a new, fresh perspective. With healthy distractions, you’ll be able to forget (for the most part) what your book was like and when you start to re-read, you’ll think…”What did the author say?…Oh wait, that’s me.” You’ll notice details differently, too.
- Get into the reading groove. Maybe you’ll read very slowly, maybe you’ll read it aloud to yourself (or force someone to read it for you…ALEXA.)
- Pace in your space because it becomes too much.
- Don’t worry! We always see writers attempting to word particular things differently. Don’t worry about that. Sometimes…you just have to use the word ‘said.’ There’s no reason to get fancy. Focus on other bits, not that.
Androsphinx | Egypt
Living statue with a lion body and human head, tells riddles.
- Although labeled from Egypt, the sphinx as a whole can be found in many other countries, one being Greece. Since we’re so accustomed to the Great Sphinx of Giza, we tend to forget there are others out there.
- This particular interpretation is symbolized as the incarnation of the Sun God, Ra.
- More commonly seen with a lion’s body, it can be found to have a ram or even a hawk’s head. They each have different names and different origin tales!
- The sphinx is seen as the protector of the land it watches. The body of the sphinx never changes but each head resembles that of what it protects. So, the androsphinx, compared to that of a Pharaoh…watched over the people.
- Depending on where you are or which one you’re researching, the sphinx can be seen as a monster or keeper of knowledge. You choose which interpretation you decide to pursue
We know what you’re thinking: Grandma Snake? What the heck kind of myth is that?
It’ll make more sense as you read…
Baba Yaga | Russia
Mysterious old woman who floats around in a mortar.
- The description may say a singular old woman, but this myth opens the possibility of running into not just one but three baba yagas (can it be plural?) Crazy part? They’re all equally as deformed and terrifying to look at it.
- Not only does she float around in a mortar…she’s armed. With a pestle. The thing you use to grind stuff up in the mortar. Sounds like if you get her mad, you know what will happen to you.
- She can be found in the forest, in a hut. Most people who come across her seek her out for a maternal role or something in relation to forest life. (Read some of the stories – they’re crazy!)
- Baba Yaga may be seen as a villain, but she’s portrayed as a helper or ambiguous being in a story.
- The meaning of her name varies (take a peek at the title again); baba has a variety of meanings, ranging from grandmother to sorceress. Yaga doesn’t have a clear translation but most believe it revolves around serpents.