It is five o’clock here in England and my daily featured spot is empty again. I feel unwanted, abandoned, bereft… Here I am, all ready to welcome guests, and not a guest in sight! I could just sigh and reblog a post I have enjoyed, or I can use the space to offer it to you. I already have the regular Be My Guest and the Elusive Realities series detailed below, but what if I asked for something else?
I love learning about different times and places, especially the kind of lore that seldom makes it into books. The blogosphere has no nationality and encompasses the whole world… what better place to learn?
How did your granny predict the weather? What did your great uncle Albert tell you about the little green men he saw in the woods that night? What strange creature stalks the woods in your area?
So many of these old stories are slipping away for want of being recorded. Little bits of folklore and folk magic… like trying to peel an apple into a single spiral of skin which, when thrown over the shoulder would tell you the initial of the man you would marry. Or collecting the seeds from the undersides of fern fronds on Midsummer’s Eve in order to see the Fairies.
There are legendary creatures like the Barghest, the great black dog with flaming eyes the size of saucers into which you could not look and live… unless you kept running water between you and the beast.
There are standing stones that walk… like ‘the lost stone of Chat’ that we have been hunting for years now… though most only wander to a local holy well or stream for a bit of refreshment at the full moon.
There are old stories that are handed down, little known outside their place of origin, like the black hole beneath Kirkstall Abbey, and others half forgotten, like the macabre tale of the Hand of Glory.
I am not looking for fiction with this feature, but for genuine bits of folklore, old wives tales, folk magic and local legends. Why not share what you know and preserve it for the future?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put ‘Living Lore’ in the subject line. All I need is your article, bio and links, along with any of your own images you would like me to include and I’ll do the rest.
You can still be my guest in the two other categories…
Be my guest! – Do you have a story to share? A book to promote? Need more exposure?
Would you like to write a guest post and be featured on this blog?If you are a writer, artist or photographer…If you have a poem, story or memoirs to share… If you have a book to promote, a character to introduce, an exhibition or event to publicise… If you have advice for writers, artists or bloggers… why not be my guest?
I am also hoping that more people will share their true experiences with those elusive realities that hover on the edge of perception.
You can find a list HERE of all the contributions so far to this series.
If you have had a strange experience or encounter that you would like to share, please get in touch.
I am not looking for sensationalism or fictional tales… but in light of the response to some recent posts, I think it would be both useful and reassuring to others to realise that none of us are alone in these strange encounters and experiences and perhaps we can open discussion on what they may be or may mean.
If you would like to share your story but prefer to remain anonymous, we can discuss that too. If you would like to share your beliefs and opinions on the nature of these experiences, I would be happy to talk about a guest post. Through sharing with respect we may learn to understand our world and each other a little better.
If you would like to be my guest on the Echo, please read the guidelines found HERE or email me at email@example.com
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