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My father is home.

It has been a year, but he was finally released.  He and my mother went out to celebrate with friends at their favorite haunt of Dunkin Donuts.  He still must watch his weight, but he’ll allow himself the coffee, the donut, for the celebration of freedom.  Diet and exercise are not enough to survive diabetes.  You need friendship and joy, and coffee.

He calls me at eleven at night, my time.  There are quiet hours and Continue reading

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3: The Chase

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EXT. TISHINA – SAME TIME

THE CASTLETOWN

Koschei’s horse runs on the air, gaining speed and height.

Ivan scrambles and falls and rises and sprints, down a long street towards a gate.

Martin pulls a horse from a stable.  SERVANTS help SOLDIERS around him. 

He sees Ivan cross the gate.

 

MARTIN

Ivan!  Get back here, you oaf!

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2: All the Queen’s Sons

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EXT. TISHINA – DAY

An idyllic kingdom of fields and rolling meadows, complete with A CASTLE.

 

EXT. / INT. TISHINA CASTLE – DAY

A BANQUET HALL

A royal birthday party with GUESTS and feasting.  GUARDS (ND) lounge at their posts. 

ATTENDANTS (ND) move about.  One pours oil in a lamp from a flask.  Another feeds wood to a brazier.

Queen MORYA (60s) (pronounced “Mor-ya”) and King SYMON (70s) are a kindly, attractive couple who sit side-by-side on thrones.  They are warm to both guests and attendants.  They wear matching rings and shows signs of dark hair amid more gray.

THREE MEN stand in front of the thrones.  The last one shuffles his feet nervously. Continue reading

1: The Princess’s Dilemma

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 EXT. KHAZARIM – DAY (ONCE UPON A TIME)

KHAZARIM

Past green meadows and blue mountains lies Khazarim, a kingdom riddled from end to end with smoldering villages and ashen fields.  And bones.  

A lone RIDER sits astride a monstrous horse.  He wears a black cloak with silver Glagolitic “runes,” and his face is hidden by a hood.   Continue reading

Names: Loren

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LOREN

from “Lorenz,” from “Laurence,” meaning “from the town of laurels.”

Regardless of the meaning, I like the name “Loren” because of the sound.

Loren” is generally a man’s name, and it has a subtly different pronunciation from the girl’s name spelled “Lauren,” so this catches the ear first.  It hints, “This person is different.”

Furthermore, this pronunciation annunciates “lore,” as in “ancient knowledge passed on by word of mouth,” so automatically you get this image of a person who’s different, knows things, and is connected to the past—maybe even to the future, if he has a student.  This makes him feel automatically older before you know his age.

Even further (and I learned this more recently), if you mispronounce the name “Loren,” emphasizing “ren,” over “lore,” you get the name of a bird, a wren.  A common European species of wren is called a “kinglet.”   According to a folk story, a race was held to see which bird would be king.  This clever little wren defeated the eagle by hiding in its wings.  The “kinglet” wears a crown of yellow feathers.  A wren is also known for complex songs, including duets, and for keeping busy, foraging even in dark caves.  This further supports the idea of someone intelligent and fastidious, adding a sense of activity you wouldn’t necessarily expect of an elderly wise man (or wise woman).  It also puts some nobility and cleverness to the mix.

Potential persons for a “Loren” character:

  • a scholar
  • a wizard
  • a historian
  • a guide
  • a librarian
  • a wise king