Here Be Dragons

Jamey wrote a post on unicorns Sunday, so I am doing one on dragons as one of the things we have in common is a love of  fantasy  (even those stories that don’t include dragons or unicorns such as Nathan Lowell’s Tanyth Fairport Adventures) and whimsy.

I have long loved dragons and am grateful to the authors and artists who make them come alive for us.
I have long loved dragons and am grateful to the authors and artists who make them come alive for us.


Dragonriders of Pern

I love Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series.  My favorite in the series is All the Weyrs of Pern.   I have listened to the audiobook so many times that I know chunks of it almost by heart.


Dragon Fanfic

Jamey is an avid fanfic reader.   A few years ago, he introduced me to one that he thought I would enjoy as it combined the dragons of Anne McCaffrey’s Pern universe with characters from Harry Potter.      We followed the installments for as long as they were written but sadly the author died.

Since then I have had an eye out for another dragon series to follow.   If you are wondering why it took me so long to find one, given how much fiction about dragon exists, it is because I prefer my fantasy to be g-rated, no more than pg, with little to no violence and some humor.   Equally important is that the dragons be recognizable individuals with human friends that they can communicate with.   Once you restrict it that much, it is not quite as easy.


Beaufort Scales

I am thankful to say that I recently found a writer whose dragon stories meet those qualifications:  Kim M. Watt and her tales of  Beaufort Scales.    It was pure serendipity that I stumbled upon her site where her banner caught my attention immediately:  “Here be dragons. And cats, and other stuff.”

Her site includes

  • an introduction to Beaufort Scales page which includes a list of links to everything she has written about him so far
  • 3 short stories about him
  • a 5 part cozy about him

If you enjoy the type of dragon stories that I do, I encourage you to check out Kim Watt’s Beaufort Scales.    I have read everything she has written about him thus far and am looking forward to future installments in the series.

If you find you enjoy her stories, ramble around on her site for a bit and you will find plenty of links to her other stories.


Here Be Dragons

I have long loved the phrase “Here be dragons” (or “Here there be dragons”) that was supposedly written on uncharted areas of old European maps to depict unknown dangers.    I usually love to learn new things but was sad to find out that is one of those things that everybody knows but is not completely true. Nonetheless, I still get pleasure from the phrase.


Today's gratitude goes to
  • Anne McCaffrey for the many, many hours of pleasure her writings have given to me
  • to Bobmin for Beneath Sovereign Skies (the Pern/Potter fanfic crossover)
  • to Kim Watt for Beaufort Scales
  • and to the folks at MapHist, the Map History Forum, for setting me straight on the history of the phrase “here be dragons.”

If you love dragons, do you have a favorite author/series that you would like to recommend?


2 thoughts on “Here Be Dragons”

  1. Thank you so much for the lovely shout-out! I’m so glad you enjoy the Beaufort stories – they’re so much fun to write, and he’s one of those characters that I think will be having adventures for an awfully long time (dragons do have terribly long lives, and meeting the Toot Hansell WI has certainly given him renewed enthusiasm for the modern world).

    It’s always nice to see there are other people out there who don’t necessarily need death and destruction in their dragon tales – I’ll be following to see what else you discover!

    1. Thank you for giving me something new to look forward to (more Beaufort stories). I enjoy the way you are fleshing out the dragons’ characters a bit more with each story and that you didn’t overdo it with DI Adams and end up making her look like a caricature instead of a human being.

      Thank you also for the follow. With very rare exceptions, either Jamey or I do post daily on what we are grateful for that particular day. It will often, but not always, involve something our cats have done as they play a very central part in our lives. I don’t know if you have looked at any other posts on our site but I know of your interest in cats, so if you have not seen it, tells the story of the lives of our two cats in pictures. If you wish to check it out, it might give you a useful bit of background as I write more about them going forward.

      I’ll wander around more on your site in the next few days and check out your Tall Tales.

      Thanks again, Doreen.

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