Upon research, I looked for different types of people in Ancient History. Druid came up, and I had to learn more about the Celtic people without a written knowledge.
Forgotten Celtic Druids
An origin of the Celtic Druids starts here. Druids are not as popular as other Celtic legends such as Leprechauns, Fays, Elves, and Trolls.
The influence of the Celtic culture in the fantasy literature is significant. It provides solid roots to the genre. The Celtic culture is an obsession of mine. I thought it was time for me to research the Druids.
When thinking about fairies, with are often leaning toward the little tiny female entities with charming laughs and small dragonfly type of wings. We think about Tinkerbell and her friends; others imagine them appearing like children. However, where do they come from, what are the origins of Fays?
An Origin of Fay By Word
This is an origin of Middle Ages fays out of many. It does matter the spelling of the word: fae, fay, fey, fairy, it all means the same. The name itself first saw the light of day in early Dark Ages Times around the world. Other spellings consisting of faerie, fairie, fayrye, and feirie have their place in history.
However, the word faerie, adopted in Middle English, later became the fairy. The name itself meaning “enchanted” or anything related to charm. The word itself, borrowed from Old French, faerie, came from the same meaning “realm of the fays.”
We see them in our favorite novels and movies. While some imagine them slim, wise, and tall, others see them short, mean, and almost goblin looking. It doesn’t matter the source. The word elf means something to most of us.
The Scandinavian Origins And Other Mythologies
Where it all began, the Scandinavian origins of elves!
Before the Church grew throughout Europe, elves were already in popular beliefs. Furthermore, the elves were not only Norse mythology but also Germanic with similar attributes. Additionally, It even found its way into Celtic mythology as well.
The etymology of the word itself in German used to translate to “white being” in its old form. Alternatively, the context in which elves grew, depends mostly on what Christian people wrote regarding the elves.
History is an infinite source of ideas for authors and now, are becoming series that has people glued to their small screen. Netflix didn’t waste time and jumped on Bernard Cornwell’s work of The Saxon Stories and called it, The Last Kingdom.
The Summary of The Saxon Stories
The Last Kingdom a gothic historical story must start somewhere and here is the summary.
The Saxon Stories is a historical novel series written by Bernard Cornwell about the history of Anglo-Saxon England in the ninth and tenth centuries.
Not too long ago, a new fantasy series hit our small screen. The Witcher, based on the work of Andrzej Sapkowski, is now part of the Netflix family! From an obsessive fantasy fan, here are my thoughts.
The Witcher is a fantasy series of novels and short stories written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The series revolves around the titular “witcher”, Geralt of Rivia. Netflix Official The Witcher Trailer
People know that I am a pirate nerd because I do have a passion for history. Above all, a history that is uncertain and most likely not accurate because of the side it stood for, aka, pirates. Then, I discovered Black Sails.
The Official Summary of Black Sails
This summary is from Google, and other review sources give Black Sails a solid 8.2 out of 10 from IMDb, and 96% of Google Users liked it. The intoxicating effect of Black Sails after two years on me adds me to this list!
A prequel to the classic Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island, Black Sails is a pirate adventure that centers on the tales of Captain Flint, who has a reputation throughout the West Indies as being the most brilliant, most feared of all the Golden Age pirates.
SIX YEARS AGO, HENRY CAVILL STEPPED IN SUPERMAN’S BOOTS AND HIT THE BIG SCREEN. THE ANTICIPATION AND EXPECTATIONS OF FANS WERE HIGH. DC COMICS WOULD EITHER MAKE OR BREAK IT WITH THEIR REINCARNATION OF ONE TIMELESS AND MOST BELOVED SUPERHERO OF ALL TIME.
SIX YEARS AGO
A little more than two months ago, I wrote an entire article about Krypton and the impression we got of it from Man of Steel. The Kryptonian planet lacked a few pertinent details and overall evacuation planning. Looking back on the article, Man of Steel, are we missing something?
If we compare this 2013 movie, to all the others made previous to it, it is an improvement. Despite Christopher Reeve being the only Superman to me, Henry Cavill in appearance hit the mark of Superman’s looks.
Alright so this one is one of my personal top five list, and it gets that honor for a number of reasons. It is a beautiful medley of sweet and sorrow.
It has wonderful moments of joy that are portrayed with an amazing set of animation and fantastical story telling. It is definitely not what I had previously thought upon first glance and is one I am glad to have taken a second look at.
Upon first glance it appears to be an atypical pop anime. Girly themed and I am ashamed to say I almost passed it over for fear of weak story telling. Though the manga and the anime do have several differences it transitioned quite well to the animation stage.
Creative minds often don’t know what time off means. The wheel keeps spinning, and the world keeps on turning. If it stops, it often means the light went off. Creative minds don’t stop.
The World Is Not Enough
Letting go of toxic waste as an author is hard when reminiscing the past. Raised in a home where art became a priority to me was not easy. Standards were quite high and hard to reach.
Expectations were at a level where you needed a guy to crack a code to unlock a special weapon to get it. If you would ask my mother, she would probably say that it wasn’t at all like that, but in the head of a child, the story is often different and interpreted differently.
When you are a creative person, either an artist or author, reviews become the word to mouth. In other words, your bread and butter because it attracts people to your product. The bad news is that people don’t care.
The Reviews That Make
In a digital era with many online stores, the reviews can make or break someone’s hard work. People don’t go out as much now to buy books or music due to the ease of doing it online. So, how do you get recommendations? By reading the reviews on that so said website.
Amazon and iTunes are the big two of the online world. Their rankings in authors go in the millions. It is quite natural for an author to fall in the thousands and not make the top hundred.
If I say the name, Superman, we all recall the man from Krypton flying and lifting cars. Eighty-one years old and to this day, the Kryptonian still captivates our imagination. After numerous incarnation, Henry Cavill hit the big screen with the CGI cape. Here we are, six years later.
Man of Steel Summary
With the imminent destruction of Krypton, their home planet, Jor-El and his wife seek to preserve their race by sending their infant son to Earth. The child’s spacecraft lands at the farm of Jonathan and Martha Kent, who name him Clark and raise him as their son. Though his extraordinary abilities have led to the adult Clark living on the fringe of society, he finds he must become a hero to save those he loves from a dire threat. — Google
While it isn’t just authors suffering from the digital era of “who cares?” The indie community suffers great loss of interest from people due to the overload on paid advertisement. Would you believe me if I told you there’s a way to overcome money vs. free?
What Math Can Do
Since the explosion of social media, sharing became second nature. However, people forget that sharing is yes, caring but Liking or Pinning is just as important as well as a comment. Algorithms are not calculated only by views or share, but “Likes” and “Comments.” It is the reaction of people that defines the placement of an article or a post.
The Social Media Behind the Scenes is all automated by mathematical analytics and algorithms. That is why SEO becomes so essential. However, this article is not about techie stuff. It’s about what everyday people and the indie community can do to fight back against not only thieves but paid accounts, followers and ads.