Working on Hamilton, but other book Ideas keep filling up my head (I have been fooled by you before head!!) I will not leave this book and drift to another…but I will make notes.
**Alderdeeen Elves: Elves all have within their culture many different sub-cultures depending on what tribe they are from: Ice/Fire/Earth/Shadow/Light etc. Therefore some of their cultural practices are different (similar to the difference between different countries or states within those countries. Just like Humans, they are all Elf, but they can, and do, have vastly different religions, practices, and holidays.
Despite these differences, there are some few things that are the same for all elves across the board. Keeping the secret of their peoples location a secret is one of them.
Another, is in the practice of growing their hair long. Elves have a connection to their magic and their people with their hair. They braid it intricately: one braid for each member of their family. When a member of their family dies, they wrap the hair, in red, to signify the blood they have lost. They keep this cloth in their braid until it falls off, signifying they are healed. In the case of a family member being taken from them by murder they cut off the braid to show their extreme grief. This is to show they refuse to grieve until their death is laid to rest. They will only then let the braid re-grow and wrap it in blue cloth, to show they are now at peace, and can heal. It is a mark of their spirituality to have this blue cloth tied where a red cloth would have been. When the blue cloth falls out they can then move on. They do not reproduce the braid that was lost, even if they have healed, instead it is treated as if the braid has been integrated into the whole, marked only by a bead that is threaded into the whole to signify the loved one. The bead is usually crafted specifically for the memory of that person and can be quite unique and personal in nature. Asking an elf about his bead is an invitation to hear stories, one should never ask unless they truly want to hear about the loved one being discussed. Generally one provides refreshment for the elf as a token of their wish to hear a story. Stories of this sort can last all night long at a gathering, as each elf shows his respect by asking for a story. The ultimate compliment one can pay an elf, is to say “Ashnasalatah” as you pass. This indicates that you saw their beads and give respect (Generally done when a person wishes to show respect, but cannot take the time to request a story) The word means “I have seen your love and honor your dead.” Sometimes one adds “Tishka” to the end, if the family lost is known to you. This means “Your do your beads honor” which of course is a compliment on what type of person you have become.
When an Elf marries, he/she adds their mate into their braid. Mate is the main braid and will be the braid that is thickest and longest, down the center of their back signifying they are the most important person in his/her world. They will add in smaller braids to signify the birth of each child, if they are so blessed. Since having children is extremely rare, adding a braid is cause for great celebration and feasting.
During the stories of The Shadow and The Hand, we will notice that Quinn’s hair being completely cut off, is a sign that he refuses to rest until his family is avenged for their deaths. In a very emotional scene, his brother confronts Quinn and points out that he cut off ALL his hair, even though he has a brother who lives. This is something that Quinn did not realize brought his brother extreme pain. Quill points out that he did not die, so why does Quinn cut him out (and he means this quite literally).
The reader will be aware of, but not told, that the braid Quill wears is for his brother.Quill keeps his main braid intact, but has evidence of three braids that he keeps cut, these are the braids of his father and mother and sister. The only evidence of their presence, are three beads where the braids were cut away, a remembrance token.
The Ubiquitous Tome:
This is an idea for another book. A girl finds a dusty Tome in a shop. It is completely blank inside, but very very old. She takes it home and decides to use it as a journal. She writes an entry and then…someone responds back. They begin conversing and eventually it becomes clear that they are not from the same place…or world.
The idea for this book is the word Ubiquitous. It means: present, appearing, or found everywhere. The idea is that, the two teens begin talking through the journals, but, fail to consider that if two journals exist, why not more? While they are conversing, who else is reading?
This book idea is about being aware that while you are observing, you are also being observed. That what you know, may not be all there is to learn.
I really like the idea of a series with these two teens discovering new worlds and people who live within those worlds.
(The Secret that is not really a secret but is nonetheless overlooked.)
The word Ubiquitous means that there are many Tomes. In fact, one for each world. Since the number of worlds that exist in the universe could be infinite, so too can the number of available Tomes.
The Tomes cannot be destroyed. They cannot be denied. They cannot be trusted.
There. I can go back to Hamilton now.