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Was researching birds and patron saints and pondering. . . .

Who would be the patron saint of superheroes?

well, besides the patrons of those in dangerous occupations, and whatever occupation the superhero finds himself in. (Law enforcement, or firefighting, or some of the plausible but never used one.) Just for powers. . . one would have to pick a suitable one. Or invent one. . . .
marycatelli: (Dawn)
Sometimes you just have to put down the pen and research.  Let's hear it for the web, which helps minimize the time. . . but it's got to be done.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
There's one thing that bugged me about Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen and it was the evil priests of Styphon.

They were not Evil for Evil's Sake you sometimes see.  However. . . .

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marycatelli: (Cat)
was thinking about feasts and how to schedule them, and considering the worship of Fortune in one world. . . .

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marycatelli: (Cat)
Was reading a work where one character is lecturing two others about the religion of their country -- no, the two are not foreigners, nor is the knowledge esoteric in any way.  It's elementary and basic, something that any old inhabitant, even an impious one, would have just picked up by the time of being adult.
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Nov. 16th, 2014 10:43 pm
marycatelli: (Dawn)
Did you know there's a patron saint of doves?

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marycatelli: (Cat)
One thing that many world-builders who use polytheistic religions get wrong is their portfolios.

You have the sea god, the sun god, the love goddess, the war god(dess). . . .

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marycatelli: (Cat)
I was in the audience for this one as they discussed a lot of the history.

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marycatelli: (Strawberries)

So I have this character,  She has this set of cards -- Tarot cards -- and she keeps trying to foresee the future with them.  She would pull it off if only she interpreted them right.  So I'm having fun with it and then it occurs to me. . . .

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marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
To Love, Honor, and Obey in Colonial Mexico: Conflicts over Marriage Choice, 1574-1821 by Patricia Seed

A study of an era in which a great change occurred.

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marycatelli: (Baby)
Ran across a tidbit about the False Dmitriys -- one of whom actually reigned as Tsar for some time, claiming to be the the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible.  The tidbit was that the Russian Orthodox Church prohibited more than three marriages, and so Dmitriy was actually technically illegitimate.  (Even though "Terrible" means "Inspiring Terror" -- still he went through a lot of brides.)

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Sitting down to write from an outline means re-reading what I wrote months ago.

And when a knight appears on the field full of rhetoric about how he fears encroaching time and wishes to be as bold as possible before then, I go hmm -- yeah, that's central to his motive, but I didn't develop how others react to time.  I ought to do that.

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I have read advice about world-building that suggests that you start with the creation myth.

I have advice, too, which is:  Don't.  Even if you do, for whatever reason, start with the world and not with the story.  You're starting with an assumption, and one which will constrain you.  Your society does not need to have a creation myth.  And even if it does, it doesn't have to be important in the practice of the religion.
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marycatelli: (Baby)
Building up a long time to this wedding.  It's not the climax of the story, but it's a major turning point.

So I hit it in the outline and go AAAARRRRRGGGHHHH!  I need to world-build their wedding customs!

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