Friday, June 30, 2017

The Menagerie - Short Story

Lord Maethyn and Lady Solita stood atop of the highest tower of their home, Castle Feralson. The radiant sun was setting on the horizon as they watched, holding each other in silent contemplation when Lord Maethyn pointed to a distant clearing a few miles away. “Behold that parcel of land, my dear. I plan to build the finest menagerie ever seen. It shall be extraordinary. Animals, both natural and mythical, shall abide thither for all to see.” 
Mathyn leaned closer to his lady wife. He sighed deeply then smiled. Even the twilight breeze was no match for her fragrance.
“I know of the wolves, bears, owls both hither and thither, but prithee tell me of these mythical beasts, beloved.” Solita grinned at her husband, her hand gently pulled aside a loose lock of hair from his imposing face. “Where have you found such that can be captured for thy menagerie?”
Maethyn mused, “Leave that to me. Have you ever seen a lion, or mayhap, a tiger?”
Solita pondered. “Nay, but I did hear of such beasts. Those are not mythical.”
“Verily, they would astound our visitors nonetheless. Such a venture shall take time and coin. We can start small at first, a few animals and birds, and build as we see fit. As for the mythical beasts, methinks a unicorn and gryphon shall do nicely. Think you can use the portal to go to Tiaera and bring us back a few specimens? Caged, of course.”
Solita pulled herself away in disbelief. “Have you gone mad, Maethyn?!”
He laughed and feigned disappointment, “Nay?”
“Nay!” she insisted.
Maethyn burst into a hearty laugh that made Solita realise he wasn't serious about Tiaera. Scoundrel! You are toying with me! And I am foolish to stand hither and listen to you!
She tried her best to look angry, but it was no use. Maethyn pulled her back into his arms and kissed her passionately. Her small hands swatted at his back several times, but he wouldn't let go. Submitting to the power of his love, Solita returned his kisses with the same passion that won his heart long ago.
When their lips parted once again, Solita spoke of her concern in earnest. I pray you understand, Husband. I dare not venture through that portal for such a task, lest I..
Maethyn shook his head, dismissing her worry. Nay. Fret not, beloved. I would lose you never again. He took his wife's hand and gently led the way down the stairwell. With a big grin and a wink he added, “Ah well, twas worth it just to ask.”

~Short Story by EV Medina 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Pirate Phrase Book

As some of you may know by now, the Starz pirate series "Black Sails" has come to an end. It was one of my favorite programs and I spent some time, while watching it, writing down some of their terms and phrases into a blank book that had an old world map for a cover. Phrase books are a great way to note and study certain phrases one might hear or read about that can help a writer bring a scene to life.

In many cases, the phrase or words might be general, but not readily convenient when a writer is busy writing. In other cases, it might be a matter of not having the proper training for a situation like the jargon one learns when they join a branch of the military. Or what about the kind of words you may learn in a foreign land? Though the Brits speak English, it's not the English I grew up with in the states.

Since I was never a pirate and never been on a pirate ship, a pirate phrase book helped me recall phrases I hear and read in movies, books and online glossaries. Once jotted down into my phrase book, it stayed on the desk to help me out whenever I got stuck and needed to find just the write word I needed. Consider something like this to help you in your writing. It doesn't have to been about pirates, of course. Make a phrase book that will go with your style and genre that suits you. It doesn't have to be a fancy book either.

Naturally, once I was done writing my trilogy, I thought about what to do with my pirate phrase book and decided to decorate it. Here are a few images of the way I changed the entire book that I hope and plan to use again one day in my future writings.