AtoZ 2017: V is for the Volsunga Saga

V is for the Volsunga Saga Moving (slowly but surely) right along in my 2017 AtoZ Challenge, we’ll examine another story from ancient mythology — this time travelling to Scandinavia, to examine the legendary 12th-13th century Norse prose poem that includes the slaying of the dragon Fafnir by the hero Sigurd in the Volsunga Saga. The full Volsungs Saga has been translated…

AtoZ 2017: T is for the Temeraire Saga

T is for the Temeraire Saga I know it’s called the April 2017 AtoZ Challenge, but I’m going to finish my Dragons in Our Fandoms series at my own pace, and I hope you’ll indulge me!  I took a week off, but for this second week of May, let’s take a look at a series that was brand new…

The Dragon by Gonzalo Ordóñez Arias

Tonight’s great artwork comes from Chilean professional artist Gonzalo Ordóñez Arias, posting as Genzoman, and this first piece is called The Dragon. At first I was just drawn in by Gonzalo’s epic art style, and after browsing his gallery, I found he’s drawn many more dragons as well, some of which I’ll share below.  But…

Wednesday Writing Craft: Why we love fantasy…

Today I want to share a great piece I read about why we read and write fantasy that really struck a chord with me.  I admit, I’ve often felt my own story isn’t “fantastical” enough on this first pass through, because I’m also trying to portray real cultures (the hunter-gatherers, the river culture, the City-State, etc.), but…

Ninurta Fighting a Seven-Headed Dragon (Ancient Mesopotamian Art)…

Just look at this amazing artwork from ancient Mesopotamia, of the hero/king/god Ninurta fighting a seven-headed dragon!  The above image is a clearer rendering of the 5000-year-old carved-shell original piece below. I found this on fellow blogger Wayne Ferrebee‘s site ferrebeekeeper: Reflections Concerning Art, Nature, and the Affairs of Humankind (also some gardening anecdotes).  (His blog looks amazing, so I…