You can now access my author website directly from ConcealedRealms.com, as it is officially my domain!
Endow is currently featured on whizbuzzbooks.com and at allauthor.com
I had a blast participating in an author interview with Literary Titan after they reviewed my debut novel Rise. You can access the interview here: https://literarytitan.com and the October 2020 Literary Titan awards here: literary-titan-book-awards
In October we had an amazing time at Sci-Fi Family Day | Discovery World!
The Milwaukee Comic Con had to be postponed with short notice, but we are looking forward to participating when they are able to reschedule. Mightyconshows.com
Added event – Raptor Con
Reduced the Ebook price of Rise down to $2.99 and Lost to $4.99. The change has taken effect on Amazon and is scheduled to take effect in other markets on the 6th. This reduction is for the Ebook versions of Lost and Rise only.
readersfavorite.com will have all three of my available books listed as prizes in the monthly book giveaway. If you are interested in winning some amazing books by great authors you can check out the monthly giveaway here: book giveaway /Rise or/and here: book-giveaway/lost and here: book-giveaway/endow
Upcoming Event Reminders:
We will be participating in Quad Con on December 6th! This show takes place in Burlington, IA at the Pzazz Event Center. To learn more about the Quad Con shows visit: quadcitycon.com
We are scheduled to participate at Raptor Con on December 12th and 13th. This event takes place in Evansville Indiana. To learn more visit: www.RaptorCon.com
Concealed Realms will be at Planet Funk Con! This event is taking place from June 25th -27th at The Rivercenter in Davenport, IA. To learn more visit: planetfunkcon.com
(Events that were canceled outright are not included below- awaiting new dates for these 2020 events)
Concealed Realms will be participating in the Dupage Mighty Con. This event takes place at the Dupage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, IL on Saturday May 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Concealed Realms will be participating in Porter County Comic Con. The Porter County Mighty Con event takes place Saturday, June 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso, IN. We will be returning to The Madison Comic Con! This event takes place Sunday, July 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Monona Terrace Exhibit Hall, 1 John Nolan Drive, Madison WI. Concealed Realms will be at the ST. Louis Mighty Con! This Mighty Con event will take place July 18th and July 19th at the St. Charles Convention Center. We will be participating in Oddmall: Hallowondrous on October 16-17, 2020. The event takes place at Lakewood Masonic Temple – 15300 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, Ohio 44107. We will be participating in The Milwaukee Comic Con! This MightyCon event takes place at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds Products Pavillion located at 640 S 84th St., West Allis, WI 53214 on ( September 12th) October 10th. Concealed Realms will be at Oddmall: Chrishanukwanzmadan, December 4-6, 2020. The event takes place at the Cultural Center for the Arts – 1001 Market Avenue, Canton OH 44702.
“The birds will wing from the weather,
While I stand, still as the harvest,
With the sound of the fall in the air.”
– Carolyn Kizer
“I guess it’s something about the air. Fall air always smells like possibility.”
– Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
“Just as a painter needs light in order to put the finishing touches to his picture, so I need an inner light, which I feel I never have enough of in the autumn.”
– Leo Tolstoy
“Such days of autumnal decline hold a strange mystery which adds to the gravity of all our moods.”
– Charles Nodier, Smarra & Trilby
“Night, which in Autumn seems to fall from the sky so suddenly, chilled us…” – Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly, The Crimson Curtain
“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it,
the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”
– Andrew Wyeth
“The wind that makes music in November corn is in a hurry. The stalks hum,
the loose husks whisk skyward in half-playing swirls, and the wind hurries on….
A tree tries to argue, bare limbs waving, but there is no detaining the wind.”
– Aldo Leopold
“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.”
– Joe L. Wheeler
“Autumn is marching on: even the scarecrows are wearing dead leaves.”
– Otsuyu Nakagawa
“Autumn! The greatest show of all times!”
– Mehmet Murat ildan
Definition of Season:
Noun “one of the four periods of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter), beginning astronomically at an equinox or solstice, but geographically at different dates in different climates.”– www.dictionary.com
Noun “a period of the year characterized by or associated with a particular activity or phenomenon“– merriamwebster.com
Season Mythology and Weather Lore
Throughout history different cultures have used myths and lore to bring meaning and understanding to that which they could not easily explain. The changing seasons and the often unpredictable weather were no exception.
In this post I will share a Greek myth used to explain the changing seasons, as well as some lore based on peoples observations of the world around them that have been passed down in order to help predict the changing weather.
In Greek mythology, the legend of how the four seasons came to be, originates with Demeter, the goddess of agriculture. I have seen a few slight variations of this story, although the basic tale remains the same.
In the story, it is said that Demeter would often come down from Mount Olympus in order to check on the progress of the crops on the earth. When she did she would bring her daughter, Persephone with her, because she loved her so much that she couldn’t bear being separated from her.
On one of these trips, Hades caught a glimpse of Persephone as she was in a field picking flowers. Being the ruler of the underworld, he was lonely, and he was constantly surrounded by images of death.
The fact that Persephone was very beautiful and full of life, was especially appealing to him. So, when Persephone strayed from her mother’s side, he used the opportunity to kidnap her and take her to the underworld, where he forced her to become his queen.
Not knowing what fate had befallen her missing daughter, Demeter became inconsolable and wandered the earth for days before someone told her what had happened. Depression morphed into anger and she allowed all the crops to fail and the earth to become barren.
When people started dying out of hunger, Zeus( the king of the gods and Persephone’s father) stepped in. After many unsuccessful attempts to try to persuade Demeter to return to her duties, Zeus ordered Persephone to be returned to her mother.
However, Hades had tricked Persephone into eating several pomegranate seeds while she was in the underworld, and it was the rule of the Fates that anyone who consumed food or drink in the Underworld was doomed to spend eternity there.
As a solution to this dilemma a comprise was devised. Since Persephone had eaten multiple pomegranate seeds, she had to visit Hades every year for a few months in order to survive.
These are said to be the winter months, during which Demeter mourns the absence of her daughter and allows the earth becomes infertile. When Persephone is returned to her mother, the earth flourishes and the crops grow once again.
Myth Vs. Weather Lore
Having a reason for the changing seasons was only part of the battle. Farmers, fisherman , sailors, and hunters needed a way to predict just how mild or harsh these changes would be. Their lives very often depended on it. So, they looked for signs in nature. The clouds, animals, and plants gave them clues as what to expect from the weather.
These folk predictions, sayings, and superstitions based on observation, have been passed down through generations, in an attempt to estimate coming changes. Some of these ancient weather observations have truth at their core and are supported by modern science, while others seem to be no more than fun poems.
Ten common examples of weather lore:
(1) As high as the weeds grow,
So will the bank of snow.
(2) Evening red and morning gray speed the traveler on his way. Evening gray and morning red bring down rain or snow upon his head.
(3) Onion skins very thin,
Mild Winter coming in;
Onion skins thick and tough,
Coming Winter cold and rough.
(4) When a cow tries to scratch her ear it means a shower is very near.
(5) Yellow streaks in sunset sky, wind and daylong rain is nigh.
(6) Rainbow in the morning, shepherds take warning; rainbow at night, shepherds’ delight.
(7) Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in morning, sailors heed warning.
(8) Mushrooms galore, much snow in store. No mushrooms at all, no snow will fall.
(9) “Rain from the east, two day wet at least.”
(10)“Holly berries shining red mean a long winter, ‘tis said.”
(4) Although I couldn’t track down the science behind this particular saying, animal behavior has long been linked to changes in weather. The thickness of their coats, amount of body fat, where they hide their food caches, and how they build their winter homes have also all been used to predict weather.
The clouds and the color of the sky can be a good indicator of things to come. (5) Cirrus clouds look like “yellow streaks” at sunset and they tell of the approach of a storm. (6) Since clouds typically move from west to east in the middle latitudes, if you see a rainbow, you must be facing to the west, with the sun behind you in the east. This means that clouds and showers will move eastward and it will probably rain soon. But if you see a rainbow in the evening, you must be facing eastward with the sun behind you in the west, towards the rain shower. This implies that the showers will be clearing. (2) and (7) When we see a red sky at sunset, this usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west, meaning that good weather will follow. A red sky in the morning can be caused by the dawn light bouncing off cirrus ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. This can signal poor incoming weather.
(1), (8), and (10) Plants were often used as weather predictors. They react to changes in temperature and moisture. For example, an increased growth of mushrooms, moss and lichens indicates moist weather and have you ever seen how oak and maple leaves tend to curl in high humidity? The petals of flowers can also act in a similar way, with wide open blooms indicating fine weather and shut petals predicting rain and bad weather. (3) Likewise, it is said that onion skins will be thinner due to lack of moisture.
The study of weather folklore that has been passed down through speech and writing , is known as paroemieology. Based mostly in four season zones, but found around the world, there are countless similar sayings regarding, plants, animals, and the sky’s appearance. These signs from nature were used to predict the changes ahead and helped our ancestors to determine how harsh or mild the season to come would be with at least some success, long before the use satellites and radar.