What’s In A Name?

Magic. If that name is Avalon.

Avalon was first mentioned in the histories of King Arthur written by  Geoffrey of Monmouth around 1136. In old Welsh it translates loosely to “Island of Apple Trees”. According to Geoffrey’s writing it is where Arthur’s famous sword, Excalibur was forged and is where Arthur went to recover from battle wounds received during the Battle of Camlann.

My love of all things Wales and Welsh is a gift from my Mother’s family. My Nanny and her brothers, my Great Gran and her family were all a big part of my growing up. I discovered the tales of King Arthur at an early age and was captivated. Something about that time frame struck such a deep chord with me and being just a little fey, the imaginings came easily.

I first wrote about Avalon as I see it and the meaning it holds for me in my very early teens. Small fictions and poems, daydreams about what love might mean in time. It wasn’t so much an actual place, although I do see it as beautiful green fields, with pretty creeks and cerulean skies. It was as much a state of mind and being I wanted to be in. That magical place, Avalon.

I shared it long ago with a beautiful boy who made me see a little something magic in me at a time when my life felt like it was not worth living. He turned me around from a black place and helped me see there were other possibilities, ones I’d lost sight of. Avalon was in his soul, though I don’t think I really knew it then, only felt it as I penned that magical place-name in a letter to him at his university.

Avalon is still magic for me. It’s name evokes love, and hope; possibilities and happy endings. I can’t ever be sullied by lies or attacks. The magic in that name cannot be stolen from me. It has always been mine in this context and I keep it close to my heart just by hearing it whispered in my thoughts… Avalon.

~ kei
17 March 2014


For the Weekly Writing Challenge: Power of Names, 17 March 2014:

We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end we’re all storytellers. Writing Challenges help you push your writing boundaries and explore new ideas, subjects, and styles.

To participate, read the challenge instructions and write at least one post in response. Tag your post with DPchallenge and include a link to this post to generate a pingback. Make sure your post has been specifically published in response to this challenge. We might just highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed on Fridays, or in our quarterly newsletter.

You can get out of a bargain with Rumpelstiltskin if you know his true name. Names can give you access that others don’t have. Literature and fairy tales are obsessed with the power names can have over people and objects. This week, we’re asking you to take a look at what names mean to you.

St. Hallmark Day Doth Approach

Some Tongue In Cheek Deep Thought for the Weekly Writing Challenge: My Funny Valentine?

It’s not that I dislike the true spirit of Valentine’s day per se or don’t like heartfelt good wishes…
I am all over the for realz feelz.

I worked in a Hallmark card shop years ago and seeing hulking brave men reduced to quivering jello, throwing their credit cards through the crack as we closed the doors and hearing the pathetic whimper of “I forgot it was Valentine’s Day, SHE’s gonna kill me, I’ll take ANYTHING”!! Let’s say, I was left to question the authenticity of the sentiment from a dude who gave a gift while looking like a deer in the headlights and to wonder a LOT about how smart, independent women turn into Femzilla unless placated with these burnt offerings on a certain day. I’ve heard talk in the lunch room about how THAT ring is expected or how there better be a rose petal trail to the candle lit, chocolate festooned boudoir… Yes Shirley. Your 60-year-old, hard-working plumber significant other will be all over that one!

It's the thought that counts

It’s the thought that counts

Well, lets just say if you’re gonna give me gas station flowers and a Happy Birthday  Valentines day card. Please. Don’t bother. Now, if you want to bring home Chinese and give me a back rub on April 29th or October 12th, for no damn reason at all, THAT’s meaningful.
Just sayin’…

St Hallmark Valentine

The legend of how the first written valentine originated is a lovely one. The soon to be martyred Valentine, wrote a letter to his jailer’s daughter, signing it as “your Valentine”. She planted a flowering almond tree beside his grave in his memory and it has come to represent abiding love and friendship. The heartfelt sentiment of the day is wonderful!

Poetry For The Eyes, A Valentine for the soul...

Poetry For The Eyes, A Valentine for the soul…

And so, in the spirit of the fast-approaching day, what is your favourite “You’re My Sweet Pookie Bear” song and your favourite “Bugger Off You Jerk” song? Feel free to comment or post a link to your favourite I love you or I hate you tune.

A few I can think of are: “Make Me Do Anything You Want” by Helix – of course, the Ballerina and the Bad Boy (yes, the original is epic too) – and “I’m On Fire For You Baby” by April Wine are tied for the gooshy sentimental hits. “Rearranged” by Limp Bizkit, “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon (and the video is funny! Gotta watch it) and “She Hates Me” by Puddle Of Mudd” are tied for my “go play in the traffic” selections. I grew up in a musical household, so this list could be endless!

So. Take THAT St. Hallmark. Music is a gift for everyone and has less calories than chocolate!