For my 2016 A to Z Challenge, I’m sharing three facts for each letter. The genres I write and love to read are mostly science fiction and high or epic fantasy. In fantasy, there is often magic associated with crystals or metals. They also used herbs both for medicine and for magical spells. Each day I will post a short description of an herb or a mineral you might find in medieval or fantasy writings. For the record, most of the herbal remedies I’ve investigated are not recommended by the FDA. Many are actually poisonous and dangerous. As tribute to my second love, I will post a scientific fact that may deal with physics, biology or health science. And because another name for a writer is wordsmith, each day I’ll share a strange word that I would probably never use in my writing, but that amuse me in some way. So enjoy my trio of quick facts.
Anise: used for flavoring and also for treating coughs.
Argon: an inert noble gas used in shielding for industry uses, fluorescent lights and document preservation.
Agathokakological: composed of good and evil, like most people.
Don't forget to visit the IWSG site where we'll be posting a writer's resource for every letter of the challenge.
"Comment is free, but facts are sacred." C.P. Scott