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Another #SoCS post: Yule, You’ll, Yul

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.

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Five Random Words

After skipping Sunday’s post (intentionally…  see my ROW80 check-in for why), let me welcome you all back today for a different:

WIPpet Wednesday

Today, as a break from the normal WIPpet ,  I decided against convoluted maths or short sentences out of context.  Instead…

Random Words - 23I decided to choose five words out of context.  😉

Amelia mentioned in her WIPpet interview about creating her own language for her stories.  Not new news because we’d chatted a bit about it last year.  But it did remind me that I have a bad habit in my WIPpets of using terms from the world of the Swan Song series (as well as my fan fictions and Release) as if everyone knew the world as well as I do.

So, to help make things as clear as sludge, here are five random words (and phrases) from my story worlds:

Calls (also called tianei)
— a physical/psychic connection between people; there are three main Calls the varia, talia and filia (body, soul, kin) and though most people believe they are divine gifts of guidance, some histories suggest they are remnants of spells that have passed from parent to child generation upon generation, effectively cursing young people to bad marriages, thus the adage “Calls draw together, but contracts bind.”

Hastor
— a family of quasi-royalty in the Antia Vale; the name means “quick handed” and was taken on by the family intentionally to poke fun at the other High Houses who considered them to be upstarts and vagrants.  It holds a second meaning for a few; a common threat in the Vale is “May the Hastor find you on a dark night.”

Lanii
— a royal family in the Antia Vale; name means “Fair Winds lord” which probably comes from their history as rulers of the seacoast and the number of weather mages in their bloodline

K’via estau meil dorme
— a polite greeting from a minor to a lord wishing good health and the blessing of divinity on the receiver.  Variations in phrasing depend of the speaker, receiver etc.  The most polite form would be K’via meil estau spoken with gaze directed at the ground before one’s feet.  In Courting, Alanii meets some distant cousins who greet him more casually despite the fact they are definitely not friends.  

talisviernasali
— actually a phrase in the “old language” of tinsii used as a curse meaning “blacksouled bastard (biological sense)bled out of a witch forbidden death”

Raise a glass in toast to K.L.Schwengel hosting this bloghop.  The WIPpeteers hang out over at this  linky; come on and visit!

ROW80 Check-in

90/365 - Just feel better *EXPLORED!*

Not much has changed since last week at about this time,  Still, here’s the overview.

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences  good progress here
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song   whole new scene take developed and drafted
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) I intentionally blew off Sunday; after reading all the amazing Beauty of a Woman Blogfest posts, commenting and even writing one of my own (plus plotting out a second for the #Girlboner thread), I felt burnt by blogging; I chose to let go for a few days–I gave myself permission to break a rule and just enjoy myself; it was wonderful
  • maintain active sponsor participation behind one check-in
  • energize myself with more physical activity  was home and flumpy and feel flumpier now 😦
  • reclaim my writing space  tossed a bunch of old marked-up drafts
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) backsliding here; I even added a new (old) game
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more…  all’s well on the Westerlo front
  • attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each) nope; I’m thinking of taking this back off the list; my head is the wrong place for a lot of online stuff now

Photo credits:

  • Random Words – 23 (Photo credit: pkdon50)
  • 90/365 – Just feel better *EXPLORED!* (Photo credit: bp6316)
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