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8 Edo Period Arts for Storytelling

I am absolutely obsessedΒ with ink scrolls from the Edo Period. I also love the glassblowing and pottery from this time.

I ❀ all the Edo Period arts, really.

I’m not sure how I want to utilize these pieces yet, but below, I’ve listed 10 inspirational Edo Period works, which I later plan to use in my short stories, novellas, and CYOAs, as opportunities present themselves.

Listing πŸ”ΈΒ 8 Edo Art History ❀s

I limited my search to The Met just because, if I let myself fall into the Internet, this list could have stretched to 100s of artifacts…

  1. Pair of hanging ink scrolls of cranes, which I already mentioned in my pararomance novella mss by Nagasawa Rosetsu
  2. This is what my 20g-tank platies imagine in their dreams also by Rosetsu
  3. The tree of life, when I finally write that tree of life novella also by Rosetsu
  4. A toddler wearing this mask inscribed by Myōchin Muneakira
  5. Ceremonial arrowheads, and the story of the artist who made them, Ometada Motoshige, died 1675, the arrowhead dated 1645β€”and this one, too: double rainbow, what does it mean?
  6. Sword guard, a.k.a. Nora’s magical shield attributed to the Hirata School
  7. Okimono in the form of a raven, which is really from the 18th century
  8. The Poetry of Nature: Edo Paintings, which could be translated into Poetry of Nature: Prose Poems, treating each painting like a visual text in need of an interpreter into 21st century lyrical prose; or I could translate the paintings into neon inks, like the ones I snapshot in this post’s featured image.

I really ought to write a tabletop RPG that focuses on magical items. I might even be able to get crowd funding if I take pictures of the enormous woodblock prints I already made for a tabletop RPG world map.

Listening to Now πŸ”· Relax,Β Darn it, Relax

Quote Response πŸ’« Magical Dust

…dust is orbiting in a highly irregular, elliptical orbit, like a comet; in fact, the researchers wrote, it might even be a broken-up comet. This hypothesis matches the star’s dimming patterns if you assume that whatever broke up the comet hit it with enough force to “kick” its tail forward. If the particles in the tail are large enough, they could maintain that backward-comet orientation even against the electromagnetic forces of the star, the researchers wrote.

The latest dimming event started with a slow decline and ended with a rapid increase in brightness, Boyajian and her team wrote on their blog. Dust from a backward comet tail and then larger chunks from the broken-up body would explain that uneven pattern.

For some reason, the visual of magical, post-comet dust orbiting elliptically around a massive star is really, really soothing. Here’s the article if you wanted to see this visual in your head more yourself.Β 


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Kourtnie McKenzie holds an MFA (Fiction) from Fresno State and a BA in English (Literature Studies) from Cal State Fullerton. When she isn't writing novellas, she's moonlighting as a professor at Fresno City College and College of the Sequoias. To read more of her writing, visit en.gravatar.com/kourtnie.

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