Wednesday, April 4, 2018

ISWG & A-Z Challenge: D is for Sea Dragons

Today I'm posting for IWSG & also the A-Z Challenge. Now that Spring Break and Easter are in the past, I'm back into work-mode which for me is fantastic.

Before I begin with my IWSG insecurity, I'd like to recognize it's founder, Alex J. Cavanaugh and this month's helpers or co-hosts Olga Godim,Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan! Thanks, guys!

To learn more about the IWSG program and how it can help your insecurities, visit the website here.

IWSG April

April 4 question - When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

Guilt is an effective tool to push me. I talk to myself incessantly and give myself a guilt trip. I guess I should do something a bit more positive, but alas no. Whatever works, right? Another thing I do which may sound crazy, but I often have my characters talk to me. It's pretty annoying sometimes and usually stops when I'm done writing the story. Does anyone else have this problem?

A-Z Challenge: D is for Sea Dragons

The AtoZ Challenge continues with the letter D! My theme is Under the Sea Myths & Legends and I'm featuring another sea creature. These marvelous beasts are known to fly, breathe fire and massacre fictional worlds. This time, however, they hang out in the sea. My sea monster myth is....

Sea Dragon

Also known as the Sea Serpent or from Norse Mythology, Jörmungandr, this creature is in short...awesome.  Now many people may think about the Loch Ness Monster, but we're way past that. The legend of Jörmungandr is beyond cool. This sea dragon is said to be one of Loki's three children and is pure evil. He's massive with snake-like skin mixed with dragon scales, wings, fins and barbed tale. I didn't see anything that mentioned fire-breathing but with the submerged mostly in water bit, fire might not be feasible.

Are sea dragons a myth or real? Well, there have been centureis of stories about dragons in general, some of which mention sea dragons, like Norse Mythology. Probably the closest evidence in real life of a sea dragon is a Ichthyosaur  or Plesiosauria, which lived over 200 million years ago. Were they as exciting as the sea dragon depicted below? Definiely not as cool, but still monsterous.

Do you think sea dragons are real? The bodies of water on earth are so enormous, it's like their a whole other planet. And frankly, quite possible.

Mina B.


Renee Scattergood said...

I definitely wouldn't recommend guilt as a motivational tool. I would suggest finding something that sparks your creativity and makes you want to write. That way it will be more positive.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well, if it works...
Who knows what sailors used to see that they thought were dragons.

Tizzy Brown said...

I love the idea of sea dragons. I guess whales or even large eels could look quiet dragon-like in the murky waters of the deep.