Ultimate Blog Challenge: Day 18: Of Dragons and Horses

 

So I decided to go with the prompt for today: Childhood Dreams

Would you believe that with all my talks of dragons over the last seventeen days that I did not come to my acquaintance with them until adulthood.  I knew of dragons of course. I remember listening to the song; Puff the Magic Dragon on my little record player hundreds of times. One thing that did attract my attention was horses (it seems that a good many people shared this fascination with me). I was all about horses. I loved horse books and my favorite author was Marguerite Henry and her tales of the Chincoteague ponies, Justin Morgan Had a Horse, and of course Black Gold. I would read these books over and over again.

I begged my father to get us a pony until he finally relented and got us one. It was then that I realized I was fascinated with the idea of owning a horse but not so much with actually owning a horse. Bobby, the pony was a lot of work that I didn’t so much enjoy.

So after several years of not taking care of the pony my dad finally gave him away. I can only hope it was to a child who would love and care for him more than I did.

So another one of my passions was writing. Even as a young child I remember sitting at the dining room table and pretending I owned a greeting card company where I would come up with little sayings to put inside the cards. Around Middle school time I began to write more. I took a creative writing class and even thought about being a journalist only after I was disabused of the desire to be a nurse.

Ah yes, I had many dreams as a child, not many of them came to fruition as I learned the facts about each of my dreams, like nursing involved blood and icky stuff that I didn’t think I could handle. I saw the movie Jaws when it was released and had nightmares as well as fearing going to sleep. It was then that I decided that nursing was not something I wanted to pursue, even though it had been a dream of mine for several years. Once again I think it was the pamphlets about nursing schools and the cute little white caps that nurses got to wear that was the appeal instead of the actual nursing.

Of course when I met my husband while still in high school and fell in love most of my dreams were put aside for the thought of being married to him and raising a family. It wasn’t until we were many years into our marriage that I took up my writing again and that even came after another of what I thought had been a childhood dream was quashed. Still no dragons entered my life.

It wasn’t until about sixteen years ago that the first of my dragons came on the scene. The first one Tatsu has turned out to be not such a nice dragon, but not long after Myrria came along and my fascination with dragons blossomed.

When I think about the sense of wonder and the attitude that comes with it, I think with my dragons and my writing I have been able to resurrect some of those feelings. My books are a testament to that wonder. I am ecstatic that I have been able to return to those childhood dreams and make them a part of my adulthood.

And I still love horses and like to ride, but having one to own is not a desire. Someone else can do the owning. Nursing is definitely no longer a dream, but I have spent thirty nine years nursing and nurturing my children and my grandchildren. So even though I don’t have the cute cap (which I don’t think many nurses wear nowadays) nursing is another dream that came true, just not in the way I first thought it would.

In my humble opinion those childhood dreams that we all have are the fuel that warms our adult lives and even though they may not appear to come true, in some form or another they do come to fruition.

So don’t ignore those horses and dragons, those greeting card games or even the nursing dreams. Instead encourage them, feed them, let them grow, because you never know what they will blossom into.

Ultimate Blog Challenge: Day 17: Lost Dragons

 

Prompt: Write about the person dispatched to find the last, lost dragon.

Yesterday I talked about the Earth dragons and the Ramajadin dragons. If you remember I mentioned that the Earth dragons because of human interference have lost their ability to communicate with humans and the Creator. There are a few who still have that spark and the dragons from Ramajadin have come to Earth to find those dragons.  Adraya, Myrria’s twin sister has been on Earth, while Myrria continued her work on Ramajadin. She  is trying to locate the dragons with the spark so when Myrria and the others arrive they can fan the fire to create a bonfire for the Creator. Adraya has made no human connections, so that is one of the jobs that Myrria will pursue when she arrives.

Naftili and Chana, two Samaritan children, that Alorn rescues from Roman persecution become the humans, who will aid in finding the other dragons and establishing the Dragon Knights, a group of dragons and humans that are disciples of God here to protect and spread the Word of God.  With the help of a Roman centurion, and two dragons; Alorn, of Ramajadin and, Sebastian of Earth, Naftili will be dispatched to find the dragons.

Although Alorn can sense a dragon that might have the spark, Sebastian and Naftili being from Earth are better able to communicate with any dragons that may be found.

Naftili goes through a wide range of emotions as he sets out on this mission. The first and most prominent is his jealousy of his sister, Chana. First she is a woman and appears to be receiving a higher rank than him in the Dragon Knights. Second he is sent off with the Roman Centurion whom he doesn’t trust because he is a Roman.  Naftili is an angry young man who will be lured by the evil dragons who have come to Earth with the same purpose as Myrria and the others, that is to find dragons and humans to bend to their will. So a frustrated Naftili will be tempted by Tatsu and Dryas to leave his sister and the Dragon Knights to throw his hat in with the evil ones.

 

Writing these recent posts has helped me decide on one of my goals for 2018. The goals because of this challenge have morphed from the original ones. My main goal for this year is now to finish writing the story that I have been describing in this post. Originally I thought I was working on a sequel to the Twelve Pillars trilogy, but doing these posts and taking an online course from Yale University about the history of Christianity has reignited my spark for this series of books that have been in the works for a couple of years. I thought the characters from Twelve Pillars were calling for a sequel, but when I sat down to work on it the story was just beyond my reach. So I have decided to set it aside for a while and focus on the Disciples series. I am sure that one day I will return to the Twelve Pillars sequel, but I need to take this time and redirect my focus. And the dragons will still be a part of the story, because if you have read any of my posts this last seventeen days you will realize that the dragons are the one unifying element that ties both series’s together. It seems as if the dragons will be part of my life for a long time to come.