Yesterday's prompt was hope. Isn't that a great starting point? For photos, for writing, for art... There are so many creative works based on 'hope'. Hope is a word gravid with promise. For a Christian, our hope rests in our Savior, the Messiah Yeshua. For those in other religions, or those without a religion, hope rests elsewhere. But hope is important to us all, I think.
A Bit of a Tangent
While I should've posted a photo yesterday, I didn't. I got distracted with other things. We're getting some new bookshelves from a good friend and I'm working to make room for them in our study/music room. (Sounds grand, doesn't it? It's not. But it's still my favorite room in our house.) My hope is that all my writing binders will stay close at hand, as well as the books and files I need for school. It would be lovely if our room was more efficient.
Hope In Writing
When writing, I think it's safe to say a character without any hope at all can be interesting and call to the softer parts of our hearts. But most characters have hope in something. I'll give you a run-down of the characters in Ripples and their current hopes. If you find any of it calling to you, try checking out the book (in a revised state, not its final edited state) on Wattpad. The link is on my home page or you can click here to read at the site.
Names of God - Otherwise known as "How The Heck Am I Going to Come Up With So Many Names?"
I read a lovely retelling of the Cinderella story several weeks ago, Chasing Cinders by Elizabeth D. Marie, in which she calls the deity 'Creator.' I toyed with the idea of keeping that for the name of my deity throughout the book, but honestly, with there being six clans who each have their own language, a change was required. So I dug and dug and researched a bit more. Then I visited Google Translate to translate some creation-like words and phrases to see how they sounded. And voila! Each clan has now has their own name for the single creator deity. There are other gods and goddesses worshiped by some of the clans but they don't come into play until later in the series.
I think I owe Mrs. Marie a big thank you. I had fun doing the research and creating the modifications. And all in all, I think the names I chose work pretty well. Here's the run-down listing the name (pronunciation for sticklers)/Clan/meaning searched for/language origin:
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Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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