There Aren’t Enough Dragons In The World …by Susan Lute
I think everyone knows, according to the Chinese calendar, this is the year of the dragon. What many of you don’t know is…I LOVE dragons. The benevolent ones, not the ones that roast you, then eat you for a mid-day snack.
Dragon lore is some of the oldest in the world. I’m intrigued by history, but not so much by research. Yet I will go to the ends of the earth to uncover another morsel about our fire-breathing friends. Most dragons are reputed to be good-humored. According to some, they like to be the center of attention, and are easily flattered (okay, this sounds like me, but I’m a Leo, not a draco). Dragons are fearless. The Wales national flag flies a red dragon. The Arthurian legends are littered with them. Dragons are legendary.
Did you know there’s such a thing as dragonology? Children can grow up to be dragonologists. There are many kinds of dragons, but my favorites are the Chinese lung, and the Phoenix. They hoard treasure. Can be a form of transportation, if you bribe them properly. They are mystifying and full of magic.
This is just one of the fascinating journeys a writer takes when overtaken by an idea that becomes the basis for a story, or a string of stories. Where does reality end, and imagination begin? I don’t know if any of us know the answer to that. But what is left of dragons in our collective memories are depicted in paintings by artists like Ciruelo, and writers, Anne McCaffrey, Dragonriders Of Pern, and Katie MacAlister, Novels Of The Silver Dragons.
There is no end to a writer’s (or artist’s) imagination. Do you know something about dragons I don’t? What is your favorite dragon novel? And if you’ve never read a dragon book, tell us about your favorite fantasy creature.
Within a week or two, my days as your commuting writer will end. I’ll settle into my home office, and work from there. The cool thing is I’ll also get to write more. Before the end of the year I hope you’ll join me on a new journey as I publish a new series outside of my usual contemporary romance. Hoist your cups to paranormal fantasy, and let the countdown begin.
PS. The pics are complements of Darla Luke.
Posted on July 16, 2012, in General and tagged Anne McCaffrey, Ciruelo, dragon pictures, dragonologists, dragonology, Dragonriders of Pern, dragons, journey, Katie MacAlister, Novels of the Silver Dragons, paintings, See Jane Publish, Susan Lute, writers, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.