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"Camilla: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
Stranger: I wear no mask."
- Robert W. Chambers, The King in Yellow

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

The Language of Scents

Blaze Publishing, Jennifer Malone Wright and I are throwing a party for the official Digging in the Stars Cover Reveal January 11 and 12, 2017! It will take place on Facebook so you can join in the celebration from anywhere on Earth (or anywhere in the Milky Way, or any other galaxy with an internet connection): 

There will be all kinds of entertaining games, quizzes, giveaways and guest hosts, as well as some exclusive details about the characters and world of Digging in the Stars. It’s going to be almost as enlightening as a trip to planet Thror, only without the mind-numbing spaceship journey and occasional asteroid collisions.

Prizes will be involved and I want all of my guests and fellow Stardiggers to have a chance at winning. I’ll be sharing some hints, tips and resources on this blog to help you on this journey. Do your homework and you won’t leave the party empty-handed!

Clue #1: The culture of ancient Thror was profoundly “scentient” - that means scents, smells, fragrances, perfumes, essences, odors, aromas, and miscellaneous redolences played an immense role in the way Throrians viewed their world and expressed themselves. Scents were the main method for constructing one’s identity; they could be used to convey moods, show feelings, make specific statements, seal agreements, issue commands, connect with one another, celebrate special occasions and create atmosphere. The following diagram represents only a small fraction of the vast range of ingredients used by the Throrians to brew their scents, along with some examples of scent burners, vials, scent-bearing jewelry, and other important scent-related equipment. The shapes, colors and textures of scent vials always corresponded with the purpose and meaning of the substance contained within.
In preparation for the party, think about some of your favorite scents. What are they made of? What do you think they say about you? What do they mean to you? What do you keep them in and/or how do you disburse them? Join the party to find out what your personal scent signature would be on Thror!

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