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Monday, May 8, 2017

Hero Lost, Ink Ripples, Fairies, Being Thankful

Please welcome Elizabeth Seckman, a contributor to the new Insecure Writer's Support Group Anthology, Hero Lost!

Elizabeth is a multi-published author of women’s fiction and romance. The mother of four boys, five if you count their father, she needs all the fantasy girl time she can get. A graduate of Marshall University, she is a licensed social worker who spent years working with at-risk teens. She is a member of WV Writers Association and an active blogger.

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For the sake of her people, his queen sacrificed love for duty when she married the stern king of the highlands over the jovial intended of her youth. Their marriage brought peace and unity to the people for so long that the resulting complacency gave the idle king time to ponder—would his devoted queen be happier with her first love? Didn’t a woman whose life was spent in sacrifice deserve true love? In an attempt to do right by his loyal wife, the king consorts with a sorcerer and dabbles in dark magic.

The result is chaos and the possible destruction of himself, his queen, and their kingdom.

Why did they do that? 

Is it magic…

Throw a pinch of salt over your left shoulder to stop evil and its bad luck from sneaking up on you.

Knock on wood to wake up tree spirits who will share some luck or ward off some bad luck for you.

Cross your fingers. For Christians, any reminder of the cross is good luck, whether you’re crossing fingers with another as a bond or yourself for some divine intervention.

Chop off a rabbit’s foot. Catch a rabbit on the 13th day of the month in a cemetery and kill it for its left hind foot and all its bad luck reverses to good luck for you.

Wear red to ward off evil according to Chinese superstition. Evidently evil and bulls think alike.

Choose the #7 for luck. Its constant use in the Bible has to be a good omen. No to mention the 7th day is the day of rest and that’s pretty sweet.

Pick a four-leaf clover. The Celts believed a four-leaf clover allowed the owner to distinguish bad fairies, thus eliminating a lot of bad luck. The four leaves stand for faith, hope, love, and luck. If you own all of these, you’re lucky indeed!

Hang a horse shoe, ends up—if not your luck might run out. The story is that St. Dunstan nailed a horseshoe to the devil’s foot, thus scaring him away from horseshoes forever.

 …or maybe it’s not so much magic—perhaps it’s simple confirmation bias— a psychological term for the brain’s tendency to confirm theories that reinforce thinking. We all want to think we can increase our chances of good luck and eliminate as much bad as we can, so we create magical charms in order to empower our psyche then reinforce the belief in them every time we notice they work.

Hero Lost
Mysteries of Death and Life
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Can a lost hero find redemption?

What if Death himself wanted to die? Can deliverance be found on a bloody battlefield? Could the gift of silvering become a prison for those who possessed it? Will an ancient warrior be forever the caretaker of a house of mystery?

Delving into the depths of the tortured hero, twelve authors explore the realms of fantasy in this enthralling and thought-provoking collection. Featuring the talents of Jen Chandler, L. Nahay, Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth Seckman, Olga Godim, Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, Tyrean Martinson, and Sarah Foster.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these twelve tales will take you into the heart of heroes who have fallen from grace. Join the journey and discover a hero’s redemption!

Hero Lost Website

The idea of #InkRipples is to toss a word, idea, image, whatever into the inkwell and see what kind of ripples it makes. We provide the topics and will be blogging about them on the first Monday of the month. You can spread your own ripples by blogging about the topic any day of the month that fits your schedule, just be sure to include links back to KatieKai, and Mary.

This month's subject is FAIRY TALES. One of my favorite subjects.

I started out thinking I'd list my fairy tale books, but I have so many it soon became obvious I'd be at it far too long. Instead I'll share a few of my favorites.

Image result for a doorway to fairylandImage result for the world guide to gnomes, fairies, elves and other little peopleThe World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves and Other little People, by Thomas Keightley, first printed in 1878, my copy is from 1978 - the hundred year anniversary.

A Doorway to Fairyland, by Laurence Housman. My ancient copy has no print date, but is probably from around 1904. 

Little Brother Little Sister. I'm particularly fond of this collection of Grimm fairy tales because the illustrations are by Arthur Rackham. It dates from 1917.

I could go on with: 
Irish Fairy Tales, by James Stephens. 
Legends from Fairyland by Holme Lee. 
A Field Guild to the Little People by Nancy Arrowsmith and George Moorse. 
Myths and Folk-Lore of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin. 
Hero Tales of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin. 
Wonder-Tales from Russian by Jeremiah Curtin. 

Why all these books by Curtin? My husband's family was related to Jeremiah and the books were passed on to him. Jeremiah was an amazing linguist who knew over 70 languages and their dialects. He traveled all over the world collecting and translating stories from various peoples, including the Mongols and Seneca Indians. (We have those books too.)

I could go on and on, but I won't. Suffice it to say that somewhere in my childhood I was given strong infusions of fairy juice and liberally sprinkled with fairy dust which forever endeared me to their magic, mystery, and wonder.
Being Thankful
Today I'm thankful for... FAIRIES!
'Fairy Islands' from the book Elves and Fairies 1916 by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

What are you thankful for? Are you reading to going to soon read the Hero Lost anthology? Do you have a favorite fairy tale or book about fairies? Do you like fairies?


  1. That's amazing you have such old books. Store them in a cool, dry, and dark place.

    Elizabeth, cutting off a rabbit's foot is certainly not lucky for the bunny.

    1. They are in a cool dark place, but even so, the pages are brittle and yellowing as they weren't printed on acid-free paper... sigh.

  2. You can pass those books along to your grand day...

    When we were kids, if any of our older siblings came in after midnight, they would turn around and walk into the house as to ward off any evil spirits.

    1. If I had kids and grand kiddies to pass them on to, I would. As it is they aren't worth much as the books have been recovered, pictures colored (by me and others) and the pages are yellowed and brittle.

  3. Congrats on your story in the anthology, Elizabeth. Bish, I love fairies too. I don't have the books you mention, but have one or two older ones I used as references when I wrote fantasies.

    1. I have too many books on fairies and myths and monsters...

  4. Elizabeth, you pose a good question. Is it magic? Or just our minds? Bish, I love your fairy tale focus. I love fairy tales very much. Thumbelina was my favorite as a little girl. I am thankful for my kids.

    1. Ooooo, Thumbelina is a good one. I don't know if I can narrow down my favorites to just one.

  5. I'm not superstitious, so guess that's why none of those things work for me. All in the mind.

    1. I'm not superstitious either, but it's interesting, and humorous to learn about the various superstitions around the world. There were lots in the Caribbean.

  6. Whoa! Some of those superstition remedies are way beyond me. Kill a rabbit in a cemetery on the 13th and cut off its left foot? Maybe not this month.

    I have the anthology on my Kindle. Next step, stay awake beyond ten and read it! I keep missing Ink Ripples and I really enjoyed doing it, but the time is not there. :-(

  7. We lived in Ireland when our children were in school. Irish do believe in fairies and leprechauns. Old habits and beliefs die hard.

  8. I'm thankful for life and healing and possiblities!
    (I just got through three months of health issues, so I'm feeling energetic and able to tackle almost anything.)
    I love the Ink Ripples topic. I really like fairy tales that involve fairies in any way - I'm actually posting about Cinderella on Wednesday, although that's not my favorite. My favorite is Thumbelina.
    BTW - today I definitely didn't post a happy post or a fairy tale post so you may want to wait until Wednesday to stop by.

  9. Being thankful for faeries made me smile.

    Congrats to Elizabeth for her great contribution to Hero Lost. I loved the story.

  10. Hi Bish, I love fairies too, and I especially love the last image you shared. I’m thankful for interesting blogs like yours

  11. <3 Elizabeth. She rocks.

    I love fairies. I have a nice row of them in my office, and my granddaughters and I are making things to put in clay pot fairy gardens this summer.

  12. I just read Elizabeth's short story in Hero Lost and it is absolutely wonderful.

    I also love old books with their amazing illustrations. I have several from my father that have been passed down. Some date back to the 1800s.

    I don't read that many fairy tales, but the novel Faerie Tale by Raymond Feist is a favorite of mine. It's leans into the horror genre a bit.

  13. I don't think we ever lose those little bits of magic and mystery from our childhoods. I remember yearning to see fairies when I was a child - and I probably still do! :)

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    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  14. I never knew why they said to knock on wood. Fascinating!

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