Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment
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Inspiration for writing young adult eco-fantasy fiction. We tap into mythology, environment and the adventure!
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China Mieville's 'Railsea': 'Moby-Dick' Remixed : NPR

China Mieville's 'Railsea': 'Moby-Dick' Remixed : NPR | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it
The new novel reimagines Moby-Dick in a future where the oceans have become barren wastelands teeming with fantastical carnivores, and crisscrossed by a network of railroads.
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Sudden Oak Death

Sudden Oak Death | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it
Warmer and wetter weather is good for tree diseases, which is bad news for trees

 

Climate change is likely to wreak havoc on California’s forests. Extreme weather, wildfires and insect outbreaks will all take a toll. Add to those another looming threat: disease. Forest diseases like Sudden Oak Death, which has infected trees in 14 counties in the state, stand to benefit from the effects of climate change, to the detriment, obviously, of the trees.

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Seven Devils by Florence and The Machine

Seven Devils by Florence and The Machine | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it

Game of Thrones gets kudos for mixing the powerful 'Seven Devils' from Florence and The Machine with their clan-battle theme, but superimpose the Seven Sins onto the music and you get the theme music for Ælemental.

 

"Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in my house
See they were there when I woke up this morning
I'll be dead before the day is done"

 

Season 2 Trailer: Seven Devils

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SlashTHREE - A New Memory

SlashTHREE - A New Memory | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it

As their home is destroyed by an evil spirit, these two forest dwellers are left with a burning memory of what they once had. I really love the outcome of this. I started working on it 3 days ago and spent about 3 hours per day.

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Marcel Claxton's comment, April 2, 2012 5:58 AM
If ever they make models of scenes in Ælemental, this could be one of them. Epic trees being lit on fire in a bizarre 'bonsai' tree with faeries jumping to safety...
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How to design an anime character | Digital Artist

How to design an anime character | Digital Artist | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it
Discover how to design an anime character so that it can be animated in 2D or 3D...

 

What elements make a design good for animation? It needs to be simple and repeatable so you don’t have to spend a long time drawing each frame.

 

It needs to be recognisable too, so your audience can instantly distinguish your character from scene to scene while understanding them.

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Marcel Claxton's comment, March 29, 2012 7:33 AM
This is what I keep on procrastinating about: I need to get my charcaters for Ælemental 'modeled' so I can start drawing them for chapter illustrations.
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Tree Bookcase by Roberto Corazza

Tree Bookcase by Roberto Corazza | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it

A tree of books. Something fascinates me about trees and books and their symbiotic relationship. After all, a tree gives birth to books, whereas books can tell you stories about how to protect and care about trees. Otherwise this bookshelf unit just looks cool.


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The Birthday Party by *MorriganAixa on deviantART

The Birthday Party by *MorriganAixa on deviantART | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it
Is she hunting for mushrooms? The girl? The fairies?

 

This image perfectly illustrates the 'hidden'-ness of the Ælemental world, combining frivolous wonder with dark foreboding backdrops. Perfect in concept

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WOODFoRDi@N GREML|NS

WOODFoRDi@N GREML|NS | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it

Hour reeten acount of big mishun Up The Farr North as we serch four a good Rokit Launchy Place!...Sorry about hour eenglish. Were lerning!

 

The Gremlins ‘Potato Machine Routine’ as performed at Woodford Folk Festival 2011/12. Enjoy.

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Seeds of Awareness (Video) - Anapana Meditation for Children and Teens

Seeds of Awareness (Video) - Anapana Meditation for Children and Teens | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it

Meditation for Young Minds... what if this were taught in every school?!


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Fabulous Natural Home – DesignSwan.com

Fabulous Natural Home – DesignSwan.com | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it
Daylight, highlighted textures, fully open to the outside.This dream house created by Fernanda Marques escaping from urban frenzy, is truly one with nature.
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Gallery collection of crazy weird architecture pics | Amazing Data

Gallery collection of crazy weird architecture pics | Amazing Data | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it
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Marcel Claxton's comment, March 18, 2012 7:47 AM
When I see this building I think of Ygdrassil, the viking Tree of Life.
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The giant radish by ~cristianci on deviantART

The giant radish by ~cristianci on deviantART | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it
'The giant radish" is a romanian folktale about a traditional countryside family. One day harvesting the radish crops the old man discovered something a...
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Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem

Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it
A group of students and professors from Yale University have found a fungi in the Amazon rainforest that can degrade and utilize the common plastic polyurethane.
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Creativity and Food

Creativity and Food | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it
Heather Sitarzewski says: I decided this past summer that I wanted to make a fun bento every day for my son’s lunches this school year.
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Florence And The Machine - Seven Devils

Listen to Florence And The Machine - Seven Devils by Sandra Chwal | Create, record and share the sounds you create anywhere to friends, family and the world with SoundCloud, the world's largest community of sound creators.
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SlashTHREE - 'Snow Queen'

SlashTHREE - 'Snow Queen' | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it

“A little boy, Kay, and a little girl, Gerda, live next door to each other in the garrets of buildings with adjoining roofs in a large city. Kay's grandmother tells the children about the Snow Queen, who is ruler over the snowflakes, that look like bees — that is why they are called "snow bees." As bees have a queen, so do the snow bees, and she is seen where the snowflakes cluster the most. Looking out of his frosted window, Kay, one winter, sees the Snow Queen, who beckons him to come with her. ”

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Much better than my 'Snow Queen'...
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Rainbow 'Food' Art | Facebook

Rainbow 'Food' Art | Facebook | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it

JellO-Shots....... Cut an Orange (or lemon or lime) in HALF and gut it. Mix the jello shot (1 cup hot water, box jello, 1 cup various liquors), stir till disolved, then add the jello mix to the half shell and refrig for 3 hours or more. Once solid, slice and serve!

 

One has to congratulate the creative artist who turned something dour and ugly (fake food) into something wonderous and beautiful.

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Jolts across desert as earthquake strikes central Australia

Jolts across desert as earthquake strikes central Australia | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it
Australia has been hit by its biggest earthquake in 15 years, seismologists said Saturday, rattling a remote part of the desert with local Aboriginals reporting strong shaking but no major damage.
The 6.1-magnitude earthquake had its epicentre near Ernabella, in the middle of Australia, at a shallow depth of three kilometres (1.8 miles), Geoscience Australia said.
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Marcel Claxton's comment, March 24, 2012 2:35 AM
The reason I include this is the same as I would have included the volcano eruption of Iceland a couple of years ago. When some natural event/disaster like this occurs it gives momentum to my Ælemental world. Already I have a monster erupting from the Icelandic volcano. This earthquake heralds the arrival of a character in Book 1 who has a major impact in Book 4 down the line.
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Texas Drought Cost $2 Billion More Than Previously Thought

Texas Drought Cost $2 Billion More Than Previously Thought | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it
HOUSTON -- Agriculture officials say losses from Texas' historic drought are more than $2 billion more than previously thought. The Texas AgriLife Extension Service now estimates crop and livestock losses at $7.62 billion for 2011.
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Demons by SnowSkadi on deviantART

Demons by SnowSkadi on deviantART | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it

It's a brittle border for a YA novelist to find art that conceptualizes the world he/she is creating. SnowSkadi has great visual flair in designing djinni like characters, which appeal to me do to their alien-like play of the elements. Yet, the trick is to make them accessible enough for the young audience of Ælemental.

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The Vertical Forest - The Awesomer

The Vertical Forest - The Awesomer | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it
Many architects have proposed towering urban buildings rich with greenery, but this one is actually under construction, and will add 10,000 square meters of plants to Milan, Italy's skyline.
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Marcel Claxton's comment, March 22, 2012 6:08 AM
Is i the modern reincarnation of the hanging gardens of Babylon? Very funky indeed.
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Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman Full Trailer 2. After a first sneak peek to this new video, here's at last the full and HD new Trailer for the upcoming Rupert Sa...
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Top 10 Underrated Fantasy Stories After 1937

Top 10 Underrated Fantasy Stories After 1937 | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it

These are the stories that are never mentioned as the greats of modern fantasy, in spite of often surpassing the quality of their contemporaries. These are under appreciated, under-read or simply unknown pieces of fantasy literature. These are my top ten underrated fantasy stories (or series) published after J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”.

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Greenland ice melt seen at lower temperatures: study

Greenland ice melt seen at lower temperatures: study | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - The complete melt of the Greenland ice sheet could occur at lower global temperatures than previously thought, a study in the journal Nature Climate Change showed on Sunday, increasing...
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Marcel Claxton's comment, March 18, 2012 7:35 AM
Part of the reason why I show this article has to do with my cross-over topic fantasy. You see, the idea is to tie fantastical origins to environmental problems, so the whole climate change aspect doesn't become to dry of a topic to discuss within the Ælemental series. In this case a dragon might be the cause of the ice melting in Greenland.
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Poetree: A Funeral Urn That Lets You Plant A Tree From Ashes

Poetree: A Funeral Urn That Lets You Plant A Tree From Ashes | Ælemental: Fiction, Fantasy and Environment | Scoop.it
Though conventional 'deathcare' is hardly green, thanks to the use of embalming chemicals, concrete vaults and non-biodegradable caskets, burials are getting greener each year with various eco-friendly options and smarter (Poetree: A Funeral Urn That...

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Marcel Claxton's comment, March 14, 2012 3:38 AM
I find this fascinating from the paradigm POV. It changes how we look at death as this final stage, which its not. Life comes from death in an eternal cycle and nothing says that more beautiful than a tree growing from the ashes of a loved one. Something I'll definitely be using in Ælemental.