marycatelli: (Cat)
Was contempating the masquerade in Phoebe and the Unicorn, where the unicorns live casually among us and go unnoticed.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
So we have folklore of the fae and fatal Love-Talker -- whose victims fade away and die after the seduction.  Which apparently is magically easy. . . even possibly not under his control.

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marycatelli: (Cat)
Any investigation of oddball weaknesses turns up lots of undead ones.  Vampires that can only travel in a straight line or who, confronted with poppy seeds, must count them.

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marycatelli: (Cat)
A plotline is starting to come clear to me.  The reason why one character is talking with the main character -- in her arch unpleasant way -- is that she realizes that certain people who threw her out of their plan in the early stages went on with it, and wants to use her as a spanner in the works.

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marycatelli: (Baby)
So over here we've got a fairy woman who's vulnerable to iron and St. John's wort.  And over there we have pixy lad who's vulnerable to people's turning their clothes inside out.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
So the fairy folk are vulnerable to iron.  Other nasty beings, to silver.

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marycatelli: (Cat)
Returning to the Fantasy Kitchen Sink questions (those I addressed here), I was pondering regional effects. On top of what humans would say. . .

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marycatelli: (Reading Desk)
So you sit down with a book of Mother Goose and read,
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marycatelli: (Cat)
Was pondering the masquerade and realized -- what if the magical being were forced away as punishment?

It would leave a whole lot of the world-building questions open but still has its intriguing aspects

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
ah Julian. . . there I was, merrily outlining along, and got to the point where I introduced him. . . love interest.  To give my heroine more motive to get her job done.  And then it turns out. . . .

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marycatelli: (Cat)
How to have the fantasy kitchen sink -- Greek gods here and elves and trolls there and over there a kitsune and a rakshasa playing tennis with Mother Goose characters watching from the sidelines-- without announcing to all and sundry that its's all fake, an omnium-gatherum that can't make sense.  It's interesting.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
So we have dove maidens and swan maidens, peahen maidens and heron maidens, and a few others, and out in the farther reaches, unseen by our main character, there are some oddities:  spoonbills, selkies greyhounds, frogs (even though frogs are mostly cursed in this world).

Why stop there?

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human, not

Aug. 10th, 2016 10:22 pm
marycatelli: (Cat)
We have  werewolves and other shapeshifters, and the heroine -- I know her -- is going to contemplate the others.  The dragons, the trolls -- if I put 'em in, the mermaids --
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
I have these worlds of magic.  One with werewolves, one with dragons, one with bird maidens -- one, I think, with trolls and ogres -- and the heroine, one of the bird maidens, goes on a walk.  A long one.  And meets a troll, and knowing her fairy tales, says, "Good morning, grandfather."
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Here is the character, newly arrived on the scene.  Here are some characters who are friendly and curious and perfeclty willing to lecture her at length about all the things she's wondering about.  True, they want to hear about her start too. . . .
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marycatelli: (Cat)
I was playing with two ideas for urban fantasy, both about justifying the masquerade.  Why would very powerful magic beings hid from the modern world?  When they are also often the sort who would play chicken. . . .

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