Cowford and Bosporus

Bosporus is where Io from Greek mythology crossed after she was transformed into a cow; thus, Bosporus is the Cowford (cow passage) of Istanbul. Jacksonville, Florida, was once named Cowford because this was where cattlemen crossed the St. Johns River. I make allusions in my novels and in the second book this allusion makes an appearance. People may not be able to figure out what I’m alluding to, so I wrote this post. In the tale, Zeus hides Io from Hera by transforming the girl into a cow, but Hera knows and sends Argus, a giant with 100 eyes to keep Zeus from making a booty-call, so Zeus sends Hermes to distract the watchful giant, but Hera sees all and sends a gadfly to pester Io; thus, Io runs away and crosses Bosporus and arrives at Mt. Caucasus where Prometheus is chained up; the Titan tells her she will be transformed back and give birth to greatest of all heroes; in the end Zeus finally gets his booty-call and Io gives birth to Hercules.

Argus, who was slain by Hermes, is not forgotten; Hera commemorates his 100 eyes through the peacock’s tail.


Strippers in Florida Fiction and Non-Fiction

Florida probably holds the most strip clubs and certainly the most books featuring strippers. Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen is the most famous of these books, Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey probably ranks second. Garden of Last days by Andre Dubus III has probably comes in third. Naked in Garden Hills by Harry Crews began the trend. Troika by Adam Pelzman is a modern love story. The Miracle Strip by Nancy Bartholomew is the first book in a mystery series featuring a Florida stripper. Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard is a non-fiction collection of essays; in which, the first features a stripper, if I’m not mistaken. Strip City by Lily Burana is a autobiography.

Factions of a Dwarf by M. Brace DeFreak is my book about a female dwarf and a fertility cult which operates an adult entertainment network. A genetic memory drug is prime element; through which, the reader can explore Florida history and trivia. A dwarf, who came with the Pedro Menendez and his conquistadors, inspired my use of a dwarf; and the fact that many circus performers settled in Gibsonton, Florida. Florida is indirectly named after Flora, the Roman goddess–thus the fertility cult seemed fitting. Ghosts conjured by drug provides much of the humor.

The Goddess Who Gives Florida, Her Name

Catholics named Florida, but the name originates with Flora, the Roman goddess of spring and the flowers who decorate her season. Pagan gods are forever threaded into language, so Christianity and other religions can’t separate from more ancient days.  Juan Ponce de León named the land, he came to, La Florida because he landed in the season of Pascua Florida (“Flowery Easter”). The abundance of flora gave further reason for the name.

Flora has another tie to Florida–Flora Disney, Walt’s mother. This tidbit of trivia is alluded to in my second novel. I created a character named Flora Holder, an ancestor of the male main characters of my novels. The last name, Holder, comes from my ancestry, but I used Flora as a first name to commemorate the goddess. My Native American ancestry comes from the Holder side of my family, so I Flora Holder is my goddess.

From Conch to Launch

Native Americans  used shells for various purpose. Large shells such as whelks and conch were very popular. With 100% certainty, my Injun ancestor used these shells and would have used these shells for centuries more, if not for my Spanish and other European ancestors. Floridian and other Southeastern cultures lack much access to metals add it’s impossible to advance to the Bronze/Iron age without the availability of metal. Advancement comes from need and my ancestors had abundant seafood and hunting game, so they were highly content. The used fire to shape their  canoes and had materials to cover their basic needs, but my European bloodline rocketed Florida into the Space Age.

A main character in my third book will be a poet and, ‘From Conch to Launch’ will be the name of his poem. I love allusions and allusions turn poems into puzzles and the puzzle in this poem will hold the secret to a genetic memory drug. My Injun ancestors measured their age by lunar cycles, so a genetic memory drug would multiply the number of moons seen; thus, the Fountain of Youth may have come from mistranslation of Fountain of Many Moons. The fertility cult in novel wants to improve their genetic memory drug, so they want the secret recipe hidden inside the poem.

Documents show my Spanish ancestors were in Florida before the Pilgrims reach Plymouth Rock, and my Native American ancestors are likely the most Floridian of all; thus, I gave characters in my novels an ancestry which matches my own. ‘From Conch to Launch’ inspired my novels; though, I hadn’t came up with the phrase, yet. Two years ago, I coined the phrase, and more recently came up with the poem part. Most likely, I will write individual lines; rather than, compose a complete poem; which may be too daunting of a task. Individual lines will work for the novel because the cult will be examining individual lines. Creating the poem’s puzzle will be challenging, but hopefully it will be interesting.

Who is the Cacica of my Tribe?

Cacica refers to the female leader of a Timucua village, according to Father Pareja who developed a written language for the Timucua.

Cacique is term for males and I most likely am one; since I’m most likely member of the tribe, in my village. Children of my great-great grandmother are the only ones eligible. My Native American ancestor had a Spanish name which hints, she spawned from the Spanish mission system which operated in Florida. I can’t say for sure which tribe, but the Timucua seems the most likely and the Apalachee come in second.

In 1824, only three men and their families lived in the abandoned village; the Osteen brothers and old man Edwards. My ancestor’s surname was Osteen, but her Spanish given names were names a Spanish Indian or a Black woman would likely have and family features rule favor Injuns. Seminoles such as Billy Powell (Osceola) American sounding names. The Osteen name came from one of the two brothers because she was a daughter or the name was adopted for some unknown reason. Only her the Spanish, in her given names offers proof of tribe. Granddad hated his grandmother and her ancestry due to claims of abuse. If he was Seminole, he would likely know it, but there is reason why he didn’t know which Spanish Indian tribe–the Seminoles wiped them out.

Experts say my tribe is extinct, but I believe my great-great grandmother and her decedents make up the tribe; thus, she would have inherited the title of Cacica. When she died, one of her children would have taken the leadership role. My great grandfather would have been eligible, but I doubt she him due to his drinking problem and the fact he dumped kids on her after his wife died. Who takes the title is in question because I haven’t tracked down my more distant family; I only know where my aunts, uncles, and my first cousins live. Timucua leadership passed down by the maternal and in honor of my great-great grandma, women should keep the role.

Hernando De Soto ran into a cacica, if I remember correctly and Wikipedia names another, in the quote below which notes the numbers baptized:

Pareja achieved some success with the Saturiwa; in 1602 he had 500 Christians within his custodio.[5] Nearly that number were confirmed during a visit in 1606 by Bishop Altamirano, including Cacica Maria and five of her subordinate caciques from the area.[6]

The quote and other info can be found at this link

Injuns or Injians or Amerindian?

Injuns was deemed offensive because it made fun of Native American pronunciation of ‘Indian,’ but Native Americans didn’t confuse themselves with Indians of India, so I suggest we use Injuns and just forgive the foul-ups. The Spanish Injuns of Florida differ from Native Americans of the US and ‘Spanish Native Americans of Florida’ is cumbersome.

I suggested we use the Injian with a ‘j’ in a prior post due to the derogatory nature of the corrupted spelling and pronunciation. My Native American ancestor came from Florida and had a Spanish name which  indicates she spawned the Spanish  Missionary system which operated in an earlier era of Florida. My grandfather and a younger version of me had speech  problems, so Injuns was our likely  pronunciation. I believe probably indicates my grandfather’s grandmother came from the Timucua tribe; which, the Seminoles helped wipe out. Great-great grandma could have been the last of Timucuans and thereby the chieftess of the tribe consisting of her descendants.

Seminoles had American names; Osceola was Billy Powell; thus illustrating why I prefer using Spanish Injuns for members of tribes in Spanish Florida. Search-engine coders could create the shift to Injuns and I implore them to–on behalf of my people.

Bringing Back Six Gun Territory

Six Gun Territory was a Western style theme park in Silver Springs, Florida. Stunt men performed shootouts and fall from roofs of the fake town. They may have a yearly reunion, but this post is about a fictional universe. The cult, in my novel, normally take part in sexual entertainment, but I plan for them to branch out. A Western\steampunk version of Medieval Times with  paintball park added to the mix. The addition of steampunk designs helps adds some spice to the idea. Of course, the saloon would serve as the central attraction. I believe the idea is economically feasible for the real world, but I only need to worry about a fictional world,

The pic comes form Wikipedia with the following details:

Description: English: Tourists at defunct Six Gun Territory, western themed amusement park in Silver Springs, near Ocala, Florida (closed 1984)
Date circa 1967
Source Father of JGKlein, used with permission
Author Father of JGKlein, used with permission

Low Chaparral

The High Chaparral was TV series; in which, the White American married into a Spanish-American family, but few know Florida held a similar but gender reversed family–my family. Leif Erickson‘s character married the Hispanic beauty played by Linda Cristal.In my family a Hispanic male married a Southern belle. Native American problems occurred in the TV series and in real life and in my family’s case married into a Native American family. Florida is lowlands; hence, I named this post Low Chaparral. My ancestor is listed in the first chapter of books pertaining to cattleman history, in Florida and the US, in general.

St. Augustine is the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement within the borders of the continental United States and thus, the first with cattle and horses. I can’t help but wonder how many horses come from a bloodline which my family owned; probably a whole lot; the same can be said about Cracker cattle. My family single single-handedly kept the colony fed, at times of scarcity.

The actor, Leif Erickson, lived in Florida and died here. I may allude to him in my third novel, id I find a chance.

The Goldsboro on the Flora-Bamma line

I feature Florida trivia in my novels and the singer, Bobby Goldsboro, finds himself in chapter one of the second book. Goldsboro was born in Florida and grew up a handful of miles away on the other side of the Florida-Alabama border. Bobby Goldsboro’s biggest hit was, Honey, which is also the name of my novel’s main characters. The second book in the series still contains flaws, but I’m hoping to finish editing this year, while continuing writing the third novel. My next few posts will probably be about the third novel, in which, I’ve wrote five chapters.