Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Time on the World of Vimar


The time of Vimar, the planet on which the continent of Khalram stands, is calculated differently from that of Earth. Here is a little about it.






From early times, it was known that the planet Vimar took almost exactly three hundred and sixty days to travel around its sun, the people divided this into twelve months of thirty days each. This number, and the three hundred and sixty days in the year meant that the number six took on a significance, and so they further divided each month into five ‘weeks’ of six days each. This was called a ‘sixday’.

The months were unrelated to moon phases as the planet has two moons, Lyndor and Ullin, each with a different cycle, but the study of the moon phases became important as they were believed to indicate something of the future, both for individuals and the world as a whole.

The year was deemed to begin at the Vernal Equinox when life was beginning to spring anew, and each of the twelve months was named after one of the gods of Vimar. (See Appendix 2)  the first month of Grilldar was called after the god Grillon, god of nature.

The months are as follows:

Spring                            Remit of God               Ruling God

Grilldar                              Nature                           Grillon
Kassidar                             All                                 Kassilla
Zoldar                                Knowledge                      Zol

Summer

Candar                               Weather and Sea          Candello     
Sylissdar                            Life and Healing           Sylissa
Allendrindar                 Persuasion and deceit        Allandrina

Autumn

Pardar                               Agriculture                    Parador
Rothdar                             Mining and                     Roth
                                         metalworking
Bardar                                   War                           Barnat                       

Winter

Bramadar                     Marriage and the family    Bramara
Majordar                            Magic                          Majora
Khaldar                      Death and the underworld    Khalhera


Days used to begin at dawn whatever the season or place in the world, but eventually it was seen fit to begin them at the time of dawn at the Vernal Equinox in all parts of the world, which was the equivalent of 6 am on Earth. Each day was about the same length as that of Earth, and because of the importance of the number six and its multiples, each day was divided, as on Earth, into twenty four hours and hours into sixty minutes. Seconds not usually considered on the planet as timing to that accuracy was neither needed nor for most people possible. Thus the second hour of the day would be equivalent to 8 am on Earth. Noon on Earth corresponds to the sixth hour on Vimar etc.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A freebie

The Stones of Earth and Air is free for a limited time. From 14 th to 18 th September.

Don't miss this chance to get book 1 of Elemental Worlds.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A recipe from Viv's Family Recipes

I decided to do a different thing today as a change from my usual writing post. Here is a recipe from my recipe book, Viv's Family Recipes. It comprises, as the name suggests, recipes from my family and friends. Some are very old, dating back to 1909. You probably don't want to cook those, though, as they are rather stodgy and contain a lot of fat. They also take a lo-ong time to cook! Not what we like nowadays. Still, it's interesting to know the sort of things they ate then.

This recipe calls for 'sweet herbs'. I don't know what they are, but they seem to be very similar to Herbes de Provence if my taste remembers properly. I've substituted them and it seems to work.




Savoury Pancake filling

(Grandma’s recipe)


Ingredients


125g large open capped mushrooms, chopped

2 onions

2 tomatoes

½ x1 teaspoon of sweet herbs (I would guess that this is similar to Herbes de Provence, since you seem to be no longer able to get it sweet herbs. I have used Herbes de Provence quite successfully.)

Method


Fry the onion a little and add the mushrooms and tomatoes.

Continue cooking until all vegetables are done, and add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve hot on pancakes, rolled up. This makes an interesting first course or light lunch.



You can buy the book from Amazon if you want to find more recipes. It comes as both an ebook and a paperback.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Horselords 3



The raiding party moved ever westwards. the mountains the Horselords called The Barrier, retreated ever further away until they were just a blue haze on the horizon. Kimi looked longingly at them as she rode surrounded by Prowling Lynx warriors. Her home was at the foot of those mountains. Would she ever see it again? She prayed for a miracle, but the days passed and none arrived.

One evening, just as the men began to set up the camp, Kimi heard the sound of galloping hooves. She was inside her tent with a guard as they had put her tent up first. Not for any chivalrous reasons. Just that they thought she would be less likely to escape if she were safely in her tent with a guard.

Sounds of shouting came through the thin walls of the tent, followed by the noise of fighting. Horses whinneyed in fear, men shouted and the sound of metal on metal rang through the air. Kimi's guard was in the process of tying her up, but when he heard the sounds, he rushed out to help his friends, leaving her alone and free. She thought of trying to make a break, but the sounds of fighting were all around. She thought she might be safer in here than out there.

Then suddenly, all was silent. Kimi crept to the tent door and peeped out. Her captors were now the captives. They stood in a huddle, surrounded by other men. A few bodies lay on the ground, and several of the captives had sustained wounds.

I hope the chief's son is hurt, she thought, surprising herself at this thought. She had never been vindictive. But then, she had never been kidnapped and threatened with marriage to a violent man before.

One man walked round the group of captives. she listened to what he said.

'You dare to cross the lands of the Swooping Hawks? You will come with us to our chief. There you will be tried.'

Kimi tried to slip back into the tent, but the man saw her and came over.

Kimi shrank back. This man was fairly tall, around five foot eleven, with a proud bearing. He wore his dark hair long and tied with a bandana to keep it from his eyes.

It was not his height or bearing that made Kimi afraid, though. On his face was a tattoo. This tattoo was in the shape of a hawk with its wings spread over his forehead, head down his straight nose and talons on his cheeks.

'Who are you?' he asked her. 'I'm surprised they brought a woman on their raid. Even if they are Prowling Lynx '

'I...I'm not with them,' she stuttered.

He raised his eyebrows, making the hawk's wings seem to flutter.

'Then what are you doing here?'

Kimi swallowed. They raided my family's ranch and took our best horses. When we went to try to get them back, they captured me.' She took a deep breath to try to stop tears. 'They were going to make me marry their chief's son. He was cruel. He taunted and hit me.'

Now Kimi could no longer be brave, and tears began to fall. The young warrior strode out of the tent without looking back.

She heard the sounds of his feet striding towards the group of prisoners. Then she heard the young warrior's voice calling to them. He called a name, but no one replied. There was silence for a while, then she heard quiet voices before the sounds of someone being beaten.

Shortly, the young warrior returned.

'I taught him a lesson,' he said. 'Now we go to my father for him to judge them for trespassing and theft. Come.'

He left the tent before Kimi could reply, leaving her to follow.

When she caught up, he turned and said, 'You ride one of your horses. We go back to my people.'

'Why can't you take me to my people?' Kimi replied.

'We need to take these men back first. See my father then see what he says.'

Has Kimi fallen into the hands of another tribe? What will they do with her?

Find out on the first Tuesday of next month.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Apologies

I forgot to say who wrote Judas when I posted my review. I apologise. It is Roy Bright.

I have now updated the post to include his name. I also apologise to him!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Review of Judas. The Iscariot Warrior Series, by Roy Bright


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Judas Iscariot. A name reviled down the ages. It was thought he committed suicide when he realised the enormity of what he had done in betraying Jesus Christ, but his punishment is far worse.
God condemned him to walk the Earth forever, never able to die.

Now he has been given a task. He has to look after a small girl until she passes her seventh birthday. Just a few days. that's all. A simple task, you would think, but, of course, it's never that simple. This is a special girl. One who will prevent Lucifer from entering the world.

Lucifer actively seeks the child, sending his devils in disguise. Murder and meyhem ensue...

I am not saying any more about the plot of this book. I don't want to spoil it for you.

The character of Judas is well drawn. He is complex, as one might expect, having lived 2,000 years. The other characters are believable, too. There is the policeman who is forced to re-evaluate his religious beliefs when confronted with the evidence of his own eyes, and also the hooker dragged into the conflict, who shows courage she didn't know she had.

Finally, Charlotte, the little girl. She is very much like a typical six-year-old, except for the fact that the horrors she witnesses do not seem to faze her. Yes, she is afraid, but a normal child of her age would be traumatised. But then, she's not a normal child, is she?

The pace keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next event. At first, I thought I would not like the fact that it is written in the present tense, but as I got into the book, I realised it adds to the immediacy and tension of the story. It also helps wit flashbacks, which are written in the past. You know that this is a previous event.

One thing I would say as a negative, is that towards the end, in a part where the characters are all actively fighting, the author does do a bit of head-hopping, which can be disorientating. 

All in all, a good read,

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Fashions Mysterious to me.

I am probably an old person who does not understand the latest *or not so latest( fashions, but there are some that really confuse me. Here are a few below.

 Ripped jeans. What's that all about? I know I'm no longer in the first flush of my youth, but to me it looks scruffy. It also says you can't afford a new pair of jeans and are too lazy to mend your ripped ones. A friend's daughter went to visit her boyfriend's sister. After they had left, the sister's daughter said 'I like Auntie ...... It's a pity she's so poor.' The mother asked her what she meant and the child said, 'Well, her jeans are all ripped. she obviously can't afford a new pair.'
 Then there's the trousers hanging off the bottoms of young men. This seems to be passing, but I still see a few of them. they look as though they're little boys wearing their dad's trousers. I saw one young man whose trousers were so low that he had to walk as though he had severe problems in order to keep them up.
 Then there are tattoos. They are fashionable at the moment, largely, I suspect, because of the large numbers of footballers who sport them. The so-called 'sleeves' look, to me, like dirty arms. I often wonder what these tattoos will look like when the owners are no longer young and fit, and are becoming wrinkly and flabby.
 So many people, not only the young, wear clothing unsuitable to the weather. I've seen young girls out in strappy tops when, although it's been nominally summer, it's not been warm. In fact occasionally it's been cold and windy--temperatures below 15oC. Then there is the other end of the scale. People, often older people, wearing jackets and coats when it is above 30oC. I said not wonder some old fold die when it gets hot if they insist on wearing coats in the heat.

I'm sure I can think of other mysterious fashion quirks if I sat around thinking, but that will do for now.

Please leave a comment, either agreeing or disagreeing with me. And if you can explain why these things are attractive, all the better.