I had a lot of fun last week with Stream of Consciousness Saturday, and though I’m running a bit late this week (holidays! very busy for the holidays, but at last in a somewhat good way), I still wanted to post something, as I won’t be doing a WeWriWa post (I’ve decided to only do those every two weeks, for sanity’s sake) tonight.
The SoCS bloghop is to post something (anything really, picture, meme, story, etc.) on a prompt that Linda G. Hill sets out for people Friday evening, link it back to her website, along with a link to the rules, and to visit other participants. The full story, plus rules can be found here at Linda’s blog.
Today’s prompt is to use Yule, you’ll or Yul somehow as the first word in a piece, and to not plan it very far ahead…
Yul is a hard name to come up with for a character. I wanted to write something relating to my stories, but today… nothing. They don’t know anyone named Yul. They don’t celebrate “The Yule”, not the way we do. They do have a Midwinter-like festival, which they call the Wintersong, when they sing great songs to waken the lesser gods and goddesses, joining their voices so-to-speak with that of their Great Mother, the Singer of All Songs, so that the work needed to return light and fertility to the land can be done.
Some of the “lesser deities” can be pretty lazy folks. Though… there are some, like Kéline, the Death’s Head as she’s also known, tends to relish the slower, darker seasons of the year. Some say she prefers these days because man has kept her busy enough in the summer and fall months with his wars and sacrifices. In the Spring, she seems to step back and the world blooms anew, animals bear young… things fill with hope.
It’s not a new concept. It is the mythology as my characters tell me, a slightly merged version as there are distinct sects.
But they don’t follow the Yuletide in the Christian sense. I guess one could say they do technically, if Yule is used like the jól of Norse mythology, related more to Odin, the Yule Father, relating more to feasting…
The name Yul though? Well, except for Yul Brynner (one of my favorite childhood actors), I can’t think of anyone named that. A quick Google search finds it to be known as:
- English name meaning Born at Christmas
- Chinese or Mongolian name meaning Past the Horizon
- IATA airport code of Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
And there were a lot more famous people named Yul than I’d realized.
But my characters still insist they don’t know anyone named that. I get a feeling their holding out on me.