Thursday, June 10, 2010

Blogiversary? Already?

Has it really been an entire since my first post? A year spent spewing forth my own special brand of writing madness? A whole year that I've been fending off the demons that try to plague my writing? *checks calendar* Yeah. Wow.

Happy Birthday, Blog. You look great for your age.

Just wanted to write a quick thank-you post to everyone who's been listening to my inane ramblings over the past year. Your comments have definitely helped me gain a greater understanding of my own writing process, which is something I can never hope to repay. Thanks again, y'all!

Okay, I'm getting all sappy, so I'll switch gears.

With hurricane season coming, and a massive rewrite for Evangeline pending, my posts are probably going to get even nuttier. You have been warned. ;) But until that time, I'll leave you with one last coherent post.

A lot of people have asked me why I named the blog The Lesser Key. I wanted something that would reflect the kinds of stories I write, which are usually based on some esoteric true story or myth. The Lesser Key of Solomon is a 17th century book on demonology. It's the kind of reference I go to in order to flesh out the details of my worlds.

I find inspiration in all sorts of old books, but this is the best one for demon names—minus the weird ranks like "prince" or "president". For the demon names in Evangeline, I smashed part of one demon name with another to make it sound properly demonic.

I've also drawn on local legends to make Evangeline even spookier, like the tale of the cruel Delphine LaLaurie and the French Quarter mansion she lived in.

The truth of this story is shrouded in mystery and is probably one of the earliest "urban legends" because of the way the facts were distorted over the years through rumors and in order to entice people to come to the most haunted city in America.

Come back next week to see me complain about the heat index and how it's probably going to wind up costing us 100bucks in gas alone to evacuate if we need to this summer. But I still wouldn't live anywhere else.

And be sure to check out my fledgling blog devoted to all things Evangeline!

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