Take your Teddy Bear to a place outside and share a lunch there.
Wiki says that the teddy bear is a soft toy bear. Developed apparently simultaneously by toymakers Morris Michtom in the US and Richard Steiff in Germany in the early years of the 20th century, and named after President Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt, Jr., the teddy bear became an iconic children's toy, celebrated in story, song and film. This text has been taken from www.cute-calendar.com
They didn't have teddy bears in Ancient Egypt, but that's because bears weren't known until the time of the Roman occupation. Most of what we know about Ancient Egyptian children’s toys is seen in a few items left in tombs and found in the art. Children played sports and wrestled or played board games. They had leather bound string balls as rubber wasn’t used. Children had wheeled pull-along toys like children do today. Later ones featured horses.
There were little dolls like humans. Some of these toys were used by children but another category of dolls was created to serve the nobles in the afterlife. This was the shabti. The earliest shabti were slain servants buried with their king. After the second dynasty, the small clay or faince doll was created as a stand-in for a once living servant. These were believed to come to life in the tomb to serve the person buried there. They were considered magical.
In my WIP (work in progress) Book 4 of Children of Stone – Heart of the Lotus, a shabti the late King Menkaure owned began it’s life as a goddess idol that looked like the character Naibe-Ellit. He had become so infatuated with her that Count Hordjedtef arranged for her to be secretly taken from him.. The king, powerless under the spell his uncle had cast, secretly had a doll made to look like her. The king’s daughter Khentie has discovered it as she sorts the good for his burial chamber and wonders if Count Hordjedtef has put a curse on it.
Khentie shrugged, and when she knew he was out of earshot, murmured:
“Well, thank the gods that’s done.” She rose from her cushion to pull a basket from a group of four wax sealed containers which had been delivered to her last night. Items delivered to herself or to any high-ranking noble, were always sealed against treachery.
Only three of the four baskets were sealed. One had been opened by someone.
He didn’t. He wouldn’t dare! She froze as she picked out the shuffling step of the old man accompanied by his attendants and the sound of his canes tapping on the brick as they made their way across the courtyard. Hoping he wouldn’t see her, she crept out to the balcony, but Count Hordjedtef turned to look up at her, a smart twinkle in his eye.
Did he just wink? A spell? Khentie grabbed the sycamore amulet around her neck and rubbed the image. Goddess Hetahr. She felt an energy wave passing around her throat and hand as his glance turned away. He passed through the gate at the main entrance, to wait in the shade for his chair and bearers to arrive.
No. She felt her hand where the peculiar leather wrist brace he wore had touched it. It’s a serpent, a scorpion. A fever powder. He’s put something in that basket; painted dart poison on the handle. Her heart beat so fast that she grew nauseous.
Khentie put her head in her hand for a moment, then rushed to the corner of the room to fetch a privy bowl. When she had used it and calmed her fit of fright enough to appear partially composed, she emerged and asked a guard at the lower step to fetch Mya, then fled back to the basin. In a moment, she raised her eyes to see who entered and mopped her mouth.
“Your Majesty…” the girl bowed with wide startled eyes when the guard released her at the door. “How may I serve? Shall I get a physician, Your Majesty?”
“Oh. No, little one.” Khentie paused, hesitant because she had never asked the girl to potentially risk her life in the two years she had served her. She had been an ordinary princess then, and it had never seemed important to have unusual things checked or tasted by an attendant. “This basket was closed, but now it’s unsealed and I didn’t do it. I need…”
The girl instantly went to her knees. Her expression was one of hopelessness.
“I know, I know, Mya…” Khentie knelt and impulsively embraced the girl who was little more than a child. “Baby one, let us both pray to Goddess Selket against bites and stings.” she whispered and with trembling hands waved a simple gesture over the basket and their own throats.
That our throats stay open and do not tighten with a sting
That our skin does not swell or blister with a fiery bite.
Reassured, the girl took the privy basin, set it to one side and peeled back the disrupted lid.
“Oooh look!” she sighed. It’s Big King’s doll.” The girl sadly lifted another shabti doll and handed it to her mistress.
Khentie took it, but shrieked and dropped it into her lap. It was a white onyx statuette with a beautiful braided dark wig of real hair already in place. Its painted eyes were wide and golden and a necklace made of tiny lapis beads and pearls hung on its neck. It was an Ashera figure that looked so much like the Lady Naibe who had loved all the men in her life, without hesitation or motive. The moment she had touched the doll, it had seemed to relax in her hand, smile and even wink.
Khentie fell forward onto the heap of burial goods, caressing the little doll and weeping bitterly.
Last week we met Julie Whitley and learned of her writing and how she became a writer after having a successful career as a nurse. Today we'll meet her character Amia.
1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.
My name is Amia. My husband is the King of the Grue, but ever since he ascended the throne, there’s been only trouble.
2.Tell us where and when were you born.
I was born in my grandfather’s manor under Grey Mountain.
3. How would you describe yourself?
I am tallish, about six foot seven, short for a Grue, even a Grue woman.
4. Tell us about where you grew up.
Most of my childhood was spent at Grey Mountain. It was like living inside a snow globe made of stone. So beautiful that the memory makes my heart ache.
5. How old are you?
I am eighteen.
6. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
I was happy when I was at Grey Mountain, but when I had to go to the castle of the King, I was frightened all the time. I was married at 15 and had my son a year later. That was the happiest I have ever been in the castle.
7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
My grandfather’s legacy of diplomacy and fighter for peace was ingrained in me during my years in Grey Mountain. But when I was forced to move to the castle of the King, his Deputy, Worl scared me nearly to death. He’s a brutal, ugly man. I could tell from the start, his only goal was to take the throne for himself.
8. What do you value above all else in life?
I value my son and my husband, most. I would love to bring back the beauty I grew up with into the castle of the King. Also reopen the schools for the children. The last King and Worl have tried to drain anything of beauty out of the kingdom. Worl’s only idea of education is the sword.
9. What are you obsessed with?
I am obsessed with getting back to see my son. I was kidnapped and escaped when I heard Worl had his men searching for my son. If anything happens to my husband, Worl can only ascend the throne if my son is…is gone.
10.How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
I believe in art and education. These things will improve life for our people again.
11. Biggest fear?
That Worl will find me before I can get back to my son and husband.
12. What line will you never cross?
I will never take a life
13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
Marrying my husband and having our son was the best thing that ever happened to me. I don’t know what would have happened to me had he not chosen me to be his queen. My parents were both…dead. I had no one left to protect me. Then being kidnapped and not knowing if my husband and son were alive or dead has been the worst. Worl is a beast and his men are monsters.
14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
Having to flirt with my captor so that I could make my escape.
15. Biggest secret?
I am hiding that I am the queen from the lovely people who are trying to help me. I’m afraid that the knowledge would spread. And beyond these three people I don’t know who to trust.
16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
17. What is your current goal?
To avoid Worl’s men and find my way back safely to my husband’s castle and hold my son.
I read plenty of blogs and generally follow every author who has been a guest on my blog. It's what we indie authors should do. This morning I saw Doug Farren's blog. Dough is a Sci-Fi and Fantasy writer I've known for about two years. Today he wrote about character development. I've put an excerpt here:
The characters in a story should reflect the fact that society is not made up of people that are all alike. Even in a futuristic science fiction story like mine, people will be different. We all have varied personalities and each character in a story should be designed as a separate person different from all the others. Creating such characters is difficult because authors will be tempted to model many of their characters after themselves. Become an observer of people. Pick a public spot and just sit, watch, and listen to how the people around you behave. When you create a new character in your story, try to imagine how that character is different than all the others.
Collision Course is set in a future several decades from now. Humanity is actively interacting with several different species from multiple worlds. The character described above, is a Native American who is the captain of a starship. Even in the future, humans will remain a diverse people with many sub-cultures. Not everyone will be a white American. Your stories should include a diversity of characters from many cultures. But be careful! Don't rely on your culturally defined belief as to how a person from another culture would act. Seek out someone from that culture and talk to them. Open your mind to the fact that not everyone on this planet is like you.
Today I am also introducing Erin McIntyre Here's here interview!
1. Who are you as a person? (brief bio paragraph)
By day, I’m a lab manager in a pediatric cancer research lab. On the weekends, when I’m in writing mode, I hole myself away in the corner of the house and stare at my fish tank as I conjure up the next scene. When giving myself a break, I spend time in the garden, read a great adventure, or love on my dogs.
2. How long have you been a writer?
I’ve been writing seriously since 2010.
3. Are you Traditionally or Indie published? If not yet, what are you considering?
I’m a proud Indie author and don’t foresee following any other path.
4. What writers inspired you? Favorite Authors?
I grew up reading Piers Anthony. I have no doubt his Xanth series shaped my imagination and desire to create my own world for others to enjoy. I also love the Warrior series by Erin Hunter.
5. What is your book/series about (elevator speech or quick tweet post)
14 yr old Abby Fletcher must unravel the connection between a telepathic dog, ancient prophecy, and two devious faeries.
6. What is the setting and genre?
Book 1 of the Red King Trilogy, The Phantom of Faerie Mountain, is a lower YA fantasy/mystery that takes place in Scotland.
7. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Finlay and Rory are neck-and-neck as favorite character, but for the sake of choosing only one, I’ll have to go with Finlay. I mean, who doesn’t love a magical dog?
8. What character is most like you?
The protagonist, Abby, is undoubtedly most like me – stubborn with a spunky streak.
9. If you had a supernatural power, what would it be?
So many abilities to choose from, but I think I’d like to be able to heal people.
10.Would you say your book has a message or underlying theme? What is it?
When I created ‘Phantom,’ it wasn’t with the intention of weaving a message into it, but I think Abby and Rory both learn to believe in themselves.
11.How are you marketing your book?
In terms of marketing, I’ve tried a little of everything, with the main focus being the utilization of Social Media.
12. Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
I think it would be fascinating to meet the earliest traceable McIntyre in my father’s lineage - William McIntyre, a Scotsman thought to come from Ireland who settled in Maine around 1720.
13.A wonderful thing has happened! Hollywood wants to make a movie of your book! You get to pick the actors & actresses. You want________________for your lead characters. Were I to go with the big names, Sir Sean Connery, hands down, would give voice to my magical dog, Finlay. Elle Fanning would portray Abby, and perhaps Asa Butterfield as Rory MacKay. However, I think fresh actors would be more fitting for the story.
14.What music do you hear (what songs) remind you of your story?
Anything Celtic...or bagpipes.
15.What are you working on right now? I am taking a brief break before diving full force into the final chapter of the Red King Trilogy.
16.What future plans do you have in writing? My #1 goal right now is to finish my first trilogy. I do have thoughts of piggybacking a second trilogy directly from the first, but, baby steps.
17.What links or website do you have? List them below.
Book 1, The Phantom of Faerie Mountain: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WPZZ8F0
Book 2, The Secret of Berry Brae Circle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XDFDCK8
Twitter: https://twitter.com/finlayforever Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsGWWIr2-xU
A telepathic dog. An ancient prophecy. Two devious faeries. 14 yr old Abby Fletcher must unravel their connection when she is thrown into a world of unknowns after receiving a mysterious message from a frightening beast: The Red King must set me free. Determined to discover the meaning of this puzzling phrase, Abby sets off to explore a nearby Scottish mountainside in search of clues. What Abby doesn't realize, however, is that it's not a matter of where she will find her answers but when. Whisked back to the early 14th century, Abby must find the courage to solve the mystery of the Red King and save not only herself but a group of powerless captives wrapped up in a faerie plot.
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