Grandma used to send me news articles. She would find something in the newspaper that she thought I’d like, she would cut it out, and send it to me. I remember one article was about origami cranes. I like origami. I certainly can’t claim to be an expert on it, but I do like it and she remembered that.
As is usually the case, my writing session yesterday brought some surprises. They were mostly minor and didn’t have that much of an effect on the plot. Todd has a secretary. This isn’t really a surprise, just something I hadn’t thought about. I do need to name her . . . or him. At the moment the secretary is a she, but nothing says Todd can’t have a male secretary. Although I think there is a different word for it regardless of gender, administrative assistant or something such as that.
Camp NaNoWriMo is starting, again. After some consideration I decided to stick with Spell Caster for my novel this month. Spell Caster was initially the second book in the series I am working on, but the part of the story that is Spell Caster did not fit in with the rest of the story and I took it out. It was still a story I wanted to tell, so I pushed it back and kept working on the series. Now, I have come to it, again.
The reason I considered doing a different story was that another story in the series, Fate, had given me some issues and I decided to divide it up into other pieces as well. I considered working on one of those pieces, but I have been working toward this for so long, I decided to stick with it. I will work on one of them in November with the main NaNoWriMo.
National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo, is November, but it doesn’t just stop when the calendar flips over to December 1st. In fact the forums are open twelve months a year and there are several other major events including Camp NaNoWriMo and the Young Writers Program.
The first time I heard of NaNoWriMo was from a friend at church. She participated and thought I might find it interesting. I remember looking it up online and deciding that while it looked interesting I didn’t want to sign up for yet another site. I thought I’d try it on my own without signing up and promptly forgot by the next day.
If there was one god in Roman mythology that was involved in more ceremonies and religious events than Janus, the god of beginnings, it would be hard to find him. Janus was involved in every religious ceremony since he was called upon to start them at the beginning of each.
In ancient times many cultures revolved around the worship of their gods. Fueled by the belief that the world they lived in had to come from somewhere, they created gods to explain what they did not understand. In some cases they physically created their gods out of wood or stone or various types of metals. Others set up their leaders as gods, worshiping them as far more than just mortal men. When others did not fall in to line or could not produce a god that could physically be seen it confused them and left them at a loss.
With gods dedicated to everything under the sun, life and death, fertility, love, even right up to a god or goddess of the sun, some their chief deity, they strove to keep these gods pleased with them, concerned that if they angered them it would go badly for them. Worship of their gods could include an offering such as a percentage of the fruits of their labor even their first born. In some cultures, for some gods, the act of prostitution was considered to be a form of worship, while in others human sacrifice was the currency they had to pay.