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How did Discord get her name?

Long before I began writing, and back when I still watched TV, I was a big fan of both the Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys TV shows.

By the way, I was the kid in 8th grade who carried around this large, fully illustrated book about Greek gods and heroes. Not only carried it around, but read it over and over again at every opportunity. I was destined to be a fan of both shows! 🙂

Anyway, TV being what it was, the writers created a couple of sidekicks for Ares, God of War, and they were Discord and Strife, who provided some good comic relief as well as a few serious moments.

In reality, I knew those two weren’t “real” Greek gods, that there was an actual Greek god or goddess who held domain over discord and strife. With nearly 25 years between my ownership of that book (the title of which I can’t even remember!) and my need for a character name while planning Arcane Solutions for NaNoWriMo 2009, I went a Googling to refresh my memory.

Eris was the name of the goddess of chaos, discord, and strife. Great name, but not one I wanted to saddle this character with.

After all, this character was a young woman who’d dealt with quite a bit of chaos in her life, and would go on to draw more chaos, discord, and strife to her while trying to make sense of not only what happened to her, but of the new world she found herself living in.

I picked “Discord”, but being me, she needed first, middle, and last names, and just “Discord” didn’t go with many of the middle names I tried. Discord went great with “Jones” however, so I knew that would be her last name.

I finally settled on “Discordia” because I liked the way it sounded and it works with my choice for her middle name: Discordia Angel Jones, aka Cordi or Discord to her friends, aka Miss Jones to nearly everyone else.

If you ever wondered how Discord got her name, now you know.

But wait, there’s more!

For some random reason, when I sat down at my desk today, I decided to Google “Discordia” and hello!

A Wikipedia article came up first, informing me that “Discordianism” is the name of the religion that worships Eris…who is also known as “Discordia.”

0_o

Not something any of the more Greek myth/gods-focused sites I’d checked ever mentioned, possibly because Eris is more of a minor player in the Greek pantheon than say, Zeus or Ares or Hera.

Or maybe because it never occurred to me to search for the names of each Greek gods’ religion. 🙂

Serendipity in action, folks.

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What can you tell me about gargoyles?

An update on Save the Last Vamp for Me.

It’s slow going today, though I have broken 12k, because I’m having to add to the series bible as I write.

Gargoyles appearing was a surprise. 🙂

 

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Animals

Guess you folks have figured out that I’m a big animal lover by now. It’s one of the reasons I like shifter type characters. 🙂

Due to some involvement with our local Friends of the Shelter program (I’ve set up the FB page, etc, and when needed, run dogs to the vet for their spay/neuters, stuff like that, or I take care of feeding my friend’s animals so that she can do the adoption events and whatnot), we have a pack of eight dogs. All of them are rescues of some sort.

Caesar and Seal were born here, but their mom was a stray we took in. They’re One-of-a-Kinds (I like that better than “mutts”).

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Miss Toto, who is no longer with us, was taken into the vet clinic to be put down because she was “old”, and thanks to the good folks at the clinic and my friend’s daughter, eventually ended up spending another two years with us. She was a Shih Tzu, and awfully forgiving of the terrible haircuts I gave her.

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Blaze, my Chihuahulhu, we adopted from the pound. He was a Christmas puppy the new owner decided to surrender to the pound not long after Christmas. He’s a long-haired black Chihuahua.

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Julie, a Rat Terrier, was found walking down the side of the highway by a Good Samaritan who took her to the vet clinic. She was grossly obese, but the folks there put her on a diet and she lost a LOT of weight. We’d planned to foster her as part of the program, and have ended up keeping her.

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I found Chupi in the street (actually, I nearly ran over him because he was trying to eat something smushed in the street). He’s a Chihuahua mix with a bobbed tail, and he was in the worst shape. Most of his hair gone, terribly infested with ticks, and just a bag of bones. He’s come a long way, but he’s not adoptable due to a tendency to bite out of the blue. So he’s here for good too.

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Papi, a short-haired Chihuahua, was also a street dog, who showed up in our yard one day. House Hunney brought him in. After a couple of dashes out to look for his family, Papi decided he wanted to be our daughter’s dog. He’s pretty awesome, has an underbite and will “smile” when he wants you to pick him up.

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Zeus came next. He’s a teacup Chihuahua, under 4 lbs, and yes, the inspiration for Speck (and Princess) from Something to Curse About. I found him while out delivering papers one day, all by his little lonesome. No one claimed him, and House Hunney always wanted a tiny dog, so he was a keeper. That thing Princess does in the yard? Zeus does that in the living room nearly every day. It’s hilarious.

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Last, but not least, is my big puppy, Ares. His purebred Border Collie mother had a mad affair with an Anatolian Shepherd, and the owner wasn’t pleased. She basically took her in for a doggy abortion, but the pups were close to full-term. My friend’s daughter took the pups home, and we ended up taking two of them to bottle feed. Both survived, and his sister, Athena, went to a super nice lady in New Mexico, but we kept Ares. He’s just over a year old now, and nearly 80 lbs. Zeus is his bestest friend. 🙂

He should look pretty familiar to readers of Something to Curse About too. 😉

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We also have two horses, a palomino Appy (She’s a QH with spots) named Shug, short for Sugar, and a blue roan Appy (a “real” one) named Solo.

Now you know why there are often animals in my stories! 🙂

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