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Random Thoughts On Flying Elephants, Winged Horses, and Reindeer


I’ve always had a thing about flying. As a child I cheered for Dumbo, who proved he didn’t need anyone else’s approval or even a magic feather to soar. You see, Dumbo was a little different. His ears were too big. This made him an object of ridicule but he silenced his tormenters in the end by believing in himself, just the way he was. That’s a struggle I understand, gut level, and a path I’ve trod.

How I longed as a child to soar with Peter Pan to a land of strange and wonderful adventures where children didn’t have to grow up. Looking back as an adult with grown-up responsibilities, I sometimes wonder if Peter wasn’t on to something. There will always be a part of me that holds out for Neverland.

Oh, to ride Pegasus as he unfurled his wings across the sky! The haze of centuries gone by only added to the appeal of this bearer of thunder and lightning who had only to strike a hoof to the ground to create a spring from which ran poetry.

Perhaps with such influences on my younger self, it was inevitable I would become an epic fantasy novelist. It just naturally followed that winged horses would fly through the pages of DawnSinger, my debut novel and first in the Tales of Faeraven trilogy. In the world of Elderland wingabeasts run wild in the Maegrad Paesad, or Impenetrable Mountains. Only a very few have been captured to bond with the guardians who are privileged to ride them. It takes balance and skill to remain on one while in the air. Wingabeasts are well trained and will hold position even in great peril.

If winged horses are awesome, reindeer are even more so, for they fly without wings. My early fascination with reindeer should come as no surprise. How could I not admire these graceful creatures s they charged through the wintry night with jaunty bells jingling? At least in my imagination, and in Clement Clark Moore’s “T’was the Night Before Christmas” poem, reindeer circled the earth pulling a sleigh weighted by presents and a right jolly old elf. Each Christmas Eve, long after I should have been asleep, I laid in bed with ears straining for the tap of prancing hooves on the roof. The fact that I never heard them did not make the reindeer any less real. They were magical, you see, born of sugar-coated dreams and sprinkled with pixie dust. Just like Christmas.

In honor of Christmas, I’m giving away a free digital copy of DawnSinger (winner’s choice of ebook format). Leave a comment to this post to enter.

I have an additional giveaway going at my website worth over $50. Enter to win a free download of My Memories Scrapbooking Software Suite and an autographed copy of DawnSinger. Upon request, I will provide the winner a printable certificate for the software and novel for gift-giving purposes. Or keep the software to help you more easily save those Christmas memories. That way, you’ll have more time to curl up and read DawnSinger! Here’s the link to enter: http://janalynvoigt.com/giveaway/.

About the Author:
Janalyn Voigt's father instilled in her a love of literature at an early age by classic novels as bedtime stories. Janalyn soon began creating my own stories, and eventually wrote them down. When she was 12, a teacher noticed her storytelling ability. His encouragement helped Janalyn to later become a published novelist. Janalyn Voigt's unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of beauty and danger for readers. Beginning with DawnSinger, her epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, carries the reader into a land only imagined in dreams. At her Creative Worlds blog, Janalyn offers detail from her research, travel journals, author journals, and updates about her books.

16 comments:

  1. Think we need to have imagination and use it. Book sounds interesting . Thanks for the chance to win.
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. That's so true. Imagination colors what might otherwise be a gray world. Thanks for your interest in my book.

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  2. Thanks Janalyn, I have a copy of your book already and look forward to reading it soon. You made me think about what it must have been to fly on that beast in the Never Ending story or the dragon in How to train your dragon. Frightening and exhilarating at the same time.

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    1. I've wondered since seeing the movie what it would be like to fly on the luck dragon in the Never Ending Story. I'm not familiar with the other movie, but it sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy reading DawnSinger, Steve.

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  3. Hi Janalyn, I have to think that everybody has dreamed of flying at one time or another. I used to dream that if I spun around really fast with my arms extended, I'd lift off. Lol! I'd love to win a digital of DawnSinger. Such a cool looking cover! Sign me up.
    God Bless~

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  4. I've had that same dream, Naomi. LOL! Thanks for entering the drawing.

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  5. My dreams have always been about swimming. I have never understood it! My husband says he dreams of flying and most people I chat with say they dream of flying...but most of my weird dreams I am in water...lol Thanks for sharing today and I hope you have a wonderful holiday! debbifarmer@yahoo.com

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  6. I would love to fly. It would be so freeing.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. I agree, although it could be dizzying as well. Flying takes concentration, I'm sure.

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  7. I used to have dreams of flying - not on a magical creature, just me flying around. I'd love to ride Pegasus, though! Without imagination, life just wouldn't be worth living.

    Blessings always,
    Tammy
    mail(underscore)tammydoherty at charter dot net

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  8. Wouldn't that be wonderful? That's why I wrote about winged horses. Many of my readers say they feel like they get to fly on a winged horse! I agree. Imagination makes life worthwhile.

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  9. Winged horses does sound awesome! That's what I love about fantasy, unique creatures :)
    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Me, too, and I've dreamed of flying on a winged horse since I was small.

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  11. I'm pleased to announce that Naomi Musch won my free digital copy of DawnSinger.

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