The First Guitar in the US

St. Augustine holds the moniker of ‘America’s Oldest City,’ but this statement lacks the specifics to make for actual truth. Pensacola was settled by the Spanish before Menendez founded St. Augustine and Fort Caroline in Duval County was settled by French Huguenots before St. Augustine and Puerto Rico’s status as an US territory muddles things up further. My Native American ancestors obviously came way before The Europeans, so St. Augustine is just the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the continental United States. Saying the first guitar in the US came from St. Augustine–is technically untrue for many reasons but let’s forget the specifics and just consider Florida the home of the first American guitar.

Wikipedia says, “In Spain, Portugal, and Italy the vihuela was in common use by the late 15th through to the late 16th centuries.” The vihuela branched off from lutes and these instruments branched off into violins, guitars, and other instruments. A vihuela looks like a guitar and being the father of the guitar–they fall in the guitar family. Florida was settled in this period of time in which the instrument was popular, so St. Augustine certainly had vihuela players amongst its colonists.

Good historical movies don’t come along very often, so a film depicting the early Florida history may never happen but I can hope. The next book I publish has the recipe for interesting movie because the history can be handed out in small doses due to my use of genetic memory–a much better and more historically true version of Assassin’s Creed. My novel is comedic which differs from Assassin’s Creed, but the video game movie uses the same–genetic memory devise.

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The Goddess of Seeds

If you’ve ever eaten a pomegranate  you know they have bunches of seeds and the pomegranate is a symbol of Persephone. Demeter the mother of Persephone would also fit. Maize/corn goddesses in the America fall into this category for the same reason. Chicomecōātl for the  Aztecs. Cherokees have Selu. Iyatiku is the corn goddess of the Keresan Puebloes. Flowers, fruits, and various types of vegetation come from seeds, but I doubt any would rank higher than the types above,

Debbie Harry, Fluffer

Debbie Harry, the lead singer of Blondie, made an appearance in Fluffer. From the picture, you can surmise the fluffer refers to a gay male. My novels often feature allusions, and my blog is a method of tracking these allusions. Debbie Harry was born in Florida, and Florida is a main theme of my novels. Legally, I can use titles in my novels, and I hope I edited out non-titles.  Call Me is one title which I use; which, comes from her time with Blondie.

Harry was adopted and left the state soon after, but it seems likely her parents had a connection to Florida. My heavy use of Johnny Depp occurs because he had a solid connection to Florida and his Huguenot heritage as fits because many of the French who tried too colonize Florida came, from Dieppe, the source of Depp’s name. Knowing Harry’s heritage could have given another useful coincidence. One site says her original surname, Tremble, may be a derivative  Turnbull, and Andrew Turnbull founded New Smyrna, of British Florida is mentioned in my novel, but he’s a villain, so she probably wouldn’t be proud of the connection. The name Turnbull actually means ‘turn bull’ such as in bullfighting and bull handling, in general. I may add a Harry mention, int the Turnbull chapter, if it looks easy enough to do.

John F. Kennedy and the Scorched Earth Policy

I hate both political parties, but the White elitists in the Dem-wit party tend to grind my nerves. Kennedy the man of Camelot, authorized Agent Orange in Vietnam, a chicken-shit move. Agent Orange falls under the Scorched Earth Policy which is now banned by the Geneva Convention in 1977. President Lincoln used it on his fellow Americans in the Civil War and for some idiotic reason is considered a great President. Yes, slavery needed to end, but President Polk was probably right and technology would have ended slavery and considering the North created the ghetto by having a war, a decade longer of slavery may have been worth it. President Madison also used it in the Patriot War which affected Florida. But back to Kennedy, let’s burn Camelot because the Kennedy family doesn’t deserve the praise. The patriarch of the family, Joe Kennedy, scorched earth his daughter Rose by giving her a lobotomy. Senator Ted Kennedy, the probable murderer. William Kennedy Smith who has multiple rape accusations. John F. Kennedy makes Clinton’s sexual exploits seem tame, the mafia probably had him tied around their little fingers due to his use of prostitutes. I’m sure there’s more, but that’s what came to mind.

Only a dimwit would be proud of being a Democrat, considering the Kennedy family built the modern version of the party. I’m a registered Independent, and that’s my vote in every election.

Two Scientists and a Dwarf

The above title sort of rips off ‘Two and Hall Men,’ so ‘Tycho‘ would be my alternate title. This is a guaranteed hit series with adequate casting and good writers. Tycho Brahe, an eccentric astronomer, is one of the most interesting and funny guys in history and Johannes Kepler is a famous scientist/mathematician. The two worked together for a short time, but I would fudge facts and have them working together longer. Jepp is a dwarf who lived with Tycho Brahe, in the series, he would be a conman/psychic.

Netflix, Disney, or anyone else who wants a hit series–please give me a little credit and a small amount of money for this brilliant idea. Think of the Big Bang Theory of an alternate age. Tycho Brahe even adds some action hero to the story. He lost is nose in a sword fight and had a bronze one made to cover it up. People have done his biography, but it probably could use a modern version. Brahe is one of the genetic ghosts in my novel, ‘Faction’s of a dWARf.’ A dwarf possessed by Brahe is just a funny thing to imagine.

Peter Dinklage could probably get a movie done, if he pulled some strings. The facts would need a dab of artistic licence, but there are a lot of true facts to play with.

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Imperfect Gods

Most of the Greek gods of Mount Olympus looked like Greek gods, except Hephaestus and possibly Dionysus. In one myth, Hera threw baby Hephaestus off the mountain and left the god crippled. One theory, about the blacksmith god, says the god’s ailment reflects the afflictions dealt to bronze age blacksmith’s who used arsenic. Hephaestus also has some ties to Ptah, the Egyptian god, who is considered a dwarf. Egyptians had the popular dwarf god, Bes, and his lesser known other half, Beset.

The Norse gods often sacrifice a body part, but the loss often comes with significant gain. Odin loses an eye, but the loss gave him the ability to see all. Tyr, the Norse god of war and justice, sacrifices his arm when he binds Fenrir. Heimdall,the guardian, has only one ear.

There are several drunken gods and this is why I said he may not look like a Greek god, he likely staggers. Enki, the Sumerian god of creation, drank too much and Inanna seduced him. Obatala, an African deity who was brought to Latin America, is another drunken creator god, and his drunkenness led to people being born with deformities; which, led him to be the protector of those afflicted with deformity.

Attis, Uranus, Adonis, Dionysus, Set, Osiris, and most likely others lose their testicles or their penis; which, probably is metaphorical for seeding the earth.

Hiruko, a Japanese god of fishermen and one of the 7 gods of luck, is another dwarf.

Wikipedia says Xolotl was the Aztec god of fire and lightning. He was also god of twins, monsters, misfortune, sickness, and deformities. Xolotl is a dog, and I’m not going to list all the animal-styled deities, but he seem appropriate because of his link to monstrosities.

Here’s a quote from Wikipedia about another god of deformity, who may or may not be deformed: In Māori mythology, Punga is a supernatural being, the ancestor of sharks, lizards, rays, and all deformed, ugly things. All ugly and strange animals are Punga’s children. Hence the saying Te aitanga a Punga (the offspring of Punga) used to describe an ugly person.

Yoruba’s Lord of the Earth is said to be a leper who walks on crutches, but heals all, even impoverishment.

Papa Legba, from Haitian Vodou, like many tricksters sometimes limps.

Hawaii has 2 hunchbacks Kane-Hekili, spirit of the thunder and Ke-ō-ahi-kama-kaua, the spirit of lava fountains.

Southwestern Native Americans also have a hunchbacked deity–Kokopeli, the fertility deity, who plays the flute.

Tezcatlipoca used his foot as bait and Cipactli ( a monstrous crocodile) ate it.

Various deities related to the Cabeiri are dwarfs and Norse have many dwarves.

Sedna, the Inuit sea-goddess, lost her fingers which became seals and whales.

Priapus has a monstrous penis, so he may fit on this list.

I’m sure there are more, but that’s all for now.

James Bond and Gibsonton, Florida

James Bond Gibson Jr. gave name to Gibsonton, Florida. Many circus folk made a home in this small town. The super-spy also has ties to people we call freaks, Nick Nack, the dwarf, played by Herve Villechaize in The Man with Golden Gun, Jaws, the giant with jagged-steel teeth. Ian Fleming used Florida as a setting parts of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die.

Plus:

Thunderball(1965) filmed in Florida

Mooraker(1979) filmed parts at Silver Springs, Florida, and there is the Space Coast connection.

Licence to Kill(1985) was partially filmed in the Keys

Cutting the Crap out of my Novel

The first book that I wrote is the second in the series and being the first made it the worst–I needed to cut the crap. Hopefully, I will publish in October. On chapter held a bunch of trivia, but it was too difficult to follow, so I made some serious cuts and may make more. Losing the trivia sucks, but it seemed necessary.

Broken Tongue

Speech problems, as a child, caused social difficulties which still linger. I wish to understand the original problem, but can’t fully reconstruct the original problem. For certain, I didn’t handle the ‘s’ in words such as snake, smoke, and smile. People have laughed at my pronunciation of ‘oil’, but I suspect I just use the ‘ol’ as in ‘control’ rather than emphasizing the ‘oi.’

My mom said I was a quiet baby and was intelligible until age 5. Childhood apraxia of speech is my best guess at the original problem, but it is just a guess. The Native American side of the family seems to be the problem because my granddad and his sons failed to speak clearly, and granddad’s grandmother was Native American. I’ve always known about my grandmother’s Spanish ancestry, but I didn’t realize my Native American side had Spanish ties, until I learned my  great-great grandmother’s full name; and now I suspect she came from one of the original tribes of Florida–Seminoles are foreigners. With such an extremely unique heritage, it is nearly impossible to know whether my tribe had issues. Lookup the Timucua Language and you will see the term ‘language isoloate’ meaning it has no known connection to other languages.

The Timucua language has 14 consonants; while the English language has 24. Timucua uses fewer consonant clusters than other languages and ‘sn’ as in snake is a consonant cluster and the difference in vowel usage is even greater–the ‘oy’ as in boy, is not used in the Timucua language.  As natives, my family has always had to adapt to invaders, but there are struggles to adapt and speech may be a struggle inherent to my tribe. Tribes in northern North America have a note problem with stuttering, so my tribe may have different problem. I’ll never get answers to my questions because I’m uniquely native in a land where everyone not related to me–comes from somewhere else.

The Karpoi– The Seeds of Creation

Language is flexible, so fruit doesn’t always mean a ‘sweet treat to eat.’ One phrase(an idiom), fruits of labor means rewards we receive for work done. Translate fruit into Greek and you arrive a karpos. Our vocabulary often comes from the gods, the word chlorophyll comes from the Chloris, the Greek goddess and karpos came from the Karpoi, Greek deities who brought forth the fruit of the earth which may or may-not be actual fruit. Minerals such as iron are fruit of the earth. The Kabeiroi(the Cabeiri) are craftsmen deities(iron-workers) who shape the fruits of the earth. the similarity between Karpoi and Kabeiroi comes from flexible vocabulary. Mythical Little People often slip in and create mischief or objects then slip back out without being seen. Santa’s elves are creator deities.

Mythology is a confusing mess, so it’s fitting that the most ancient of myths contains a foundation decree, known as the Mes–a mess without an ‘s’. The cult, in my novels, is the Cabeiri and a dwarf is their leader. The Cabeiri of Greece are similar to the Phoenician Patakoi, who are related to the Egyptian Ptah–and all fall into the category of mythical Little People.