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♦ What You'll Find. Single Fantasy book reviews, funny author and reader interviews, SFF lists, (blogs, websites, authors), articles, a fledgling discussion forum and experiments in the art of blog promotion.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Fun Friday 24 ~ Create A Fantasy Creature for my Theme Park Zoo.

Hi! It is another Friday with another creative question to play with!

So here is the usual recap before we move on to the fun stuff. I know most people just skim or skip over this part but this time there is some info of note so please scan a bit slower!
There is a new FORUM! It is an empty, lonely place that needs some company. I had a forum once before and it was a fun lively place once it got started. Takes a while. Forums grow slowly but eventually become an invaluable resource. I envision a place of sharing and discussions. A place where we can dig deeply into books without fear of revealing spoilers. Something that must be avoided in regular comments. So come, see, explore and post! Lets get this thing going.
Now on to the Question! 

How good are your creative skills? My Epic Fantasy Zoo is empty! Help!

If you remember, a few weeks ago I started a virtual Epic Fantasy theme park. But no Theme Park is worth a darn without a zoo! And not just any zoo mind you. This zoo has to have unique and wonderful, you might even say fantastical, creatures of all kinds.

This is where you dear reader can help. I want you to rush off to the laboratory, put on your mad scientist hat, take a crash course in genetics and create some critters! Make something that is uniquely yours. Combine animals, use colors, heck, use glitter if you want. Make it mean and ugly or cute and cuddly. It is your critter! Do whatever you want. Oh and don't forget to name it too!

I haven't made mine yet -- been too busy -- but I will. Watch the comments for it once I get caught up. Oh and if you are an artist type and want to draw your critter, let me know and we'll see about getting it added to the post.

So go forth and create! 

Don't like this question? Look here "Fun Fridays" and see if there is one you do like! Comments are always welcome, even on older posts.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday Trivia #1 ~ Mother Nature Proves That Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Hi! It is me again. With a new idea designed to amaze and amuse the masses! 

I was doing some browsing, looking for post ideas and I ran across this cute little critter. Now as we all know, I am a diehard fantasy fan and this is a fantasy blog. So the question I can hear you asking is something along the lines of "Has Mull truly lost her mind this time?"

Well the short answer is that I lost it years ago. I let it wander one day and it never came back. However there is a legitimate reason why I wanted to share this fantastic critter. 

Kinkajous, Kinkajou Pictures, Kinkajou Facts - National Geographic
(Read more here)
Kinkajous, Kinkajou Pictures, Kinkajou Facts - National Geographic

Would you believe that this adorable raccoon relative can turn its feet around backwards! Seriously, it can. This allows it to run up or down tree trunks and branches without turning around. And if that wasn't strange enough, it has a prehensile tail large enough to use as a blanket plus a tongue long enough to sip nectar from the deepest flowers, snag termites from their mounds and raid honey from beehives. This odd critter is part raccoon - monkey - anteater - hummingbird and... bear. 

Now if this doesn't prove that truth is stranger than fantasy.... I don't know what does!

Oh and as an added bonus, this cute little guy has given me a fun idea for a friday post. Awesome how that all worked out.

Now, on a slightly more serious note. I keep running across weird and wonderful facts in my web travels. Not all are directly related to fantasy but they are often fantastic, odd, interesting, or just plain weird. Stuff I really want to share. Besides, you never know when one of these strange discoveries might inspire the next great fantasy novel!

So what ya think? Would you enjoy reading some fantastical facts and trivia ever so often?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weekly Quote 16 ~ Dean Koontz

“Never leave a friend behind.

Friends are all we have to get us through this life--

and they are the only things from this world

that we could hope to see in the next.” 

 ― Dean Koontz, Fear Nothing --

Fear Nothing Book Quote by Dean Koontz ~ Artistic Elements Added by Mulluane

About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is Dean Koontz's. The design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!

Usage: Non-Commercial Fair Use is permitted. The following restrictions apply: Please do not remove or mask the watermark url. Do not sell, print or claim this work as your own and when sharing, pinning, reblogging or posting, a direct link to this post is appreciated. Thanks!

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