I have no idea how that darn yellow bead snuck in there.
First, the progress on Seeds of Blood. The scene I’m working on has not yet been entirely licked, but I’m down to one linking bit to write. In the process that section of the draft has gone from 10 pages in 10-point (that’s how I print it to edit, seems to work) to twenty-three pages.
…It’s a heck of a contest, though. Hee.
And every last bit of it is rooted in folklore and mythology. Everything. From the terms, to the plants, to the magic. Every. Last. Bit.
(Yes, even Myrrh’s enchantment. Ancient Egyptian magic commanding the world and even the gods by the use of the proper words is a thing in that folklore!)
That’s part of what I’m trying to do in the Net ‘verse. My story-bunnies rose in screaming revolt against Hollywood sparkly/angsty vampires so often on the shelves in favor of the nasty, nasty possessed corpses they generally are in folklore, and I am sticking to that for the universe. So the way people fight things in folklore is what will work. At least most of the time.
Second, the earrings. Someone asked if I could do a pair in black and white. I’m still trying to get my hands on some good blacks that don’t make me grouch – why is there no silver-lined black? – but here’s a pair in grayscales!