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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Contest: Need Help, Clover Nobility Stuff

Way back in HeartMate I set up that a newly risen person (or Family) from commoner to noble had to do a few things.

Here's the passage: A stack of papyrus at least fifteen centimeters thick sat there. She pulled them out in bundles, and found them to be forms: "Biography for the NobleCouncil," "Verification of Life Papyrus," "Application for Noble Name, Coat-of-Arms, Motto, Heraldry." Finally there was a red-bound book, Responsibilities of a Head of a GrandHouse, Laws, Rules, and Regulations Pertaining to the Nobility (Examination Upon Completion).

Now, I have an idea for the main element of the heraldry/coat-of-arms. Four four-leaf-clovers attached at the stem, cross-like (and if I'd ever mastered my new graphics program I'd show you, but I still haven't). Uncle Pink Clover, the head of the household won on that one. I'm thinking that Mitchella is going to hold the line at a simple coat of arms, like the clover-cross on a silver shield.

I need a motto: Always a Lucky Clover around when you need one. Or, Always In Clover, or something. Since I didn't really care too much for the ones above, I'm opening it up.

Prize: The ARC of Noble Heart (one story) after it's done and POLISHED. This will not be a Beta read -- unless you want a beta read, but it's either/or. Right now this is the longest of the stories in the collection, and I anticipate it to remain that way.

Additional Contest: Anyone who DOES love playing with graphics, can give me a coat of arms and/or heraldry with the Clover cross and will also get the above story.

Thank you.


Blogger Diane P said...

Does it have to have clover in it?
How about:

Usus promptos facit.
Practice makes ready.
Since the Clovers were such hard workers, I'd think they would need something about work.

I didn't see anything clever with clover in it.
Clever is a clover.

12:07 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Clever as a Clover? Very nice.
Practice Makes Ready, Also good.

Thanks, first ENTRY! Yay, Diane!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Mikaela said...

Well. I think this suits the Clovers: Nothing can stop us! :)

Regarding the coat of Arms, this link might help:


12:19 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

How about a slightly longer one - "Luck may take you far, but hard work takes you farther"

1:09 PM  
Blogger azteclady said...

Don't I wish I could do something like this! Alas, I suck at both design and writing.

Still, can't resist, so here's mine:

In a field of many, each is unique.

(Mostly because I think it would be easy for many Nobles to dismiss the Clovers as all similar to each other, yet we have seen that's not the case)

Or, more directly to the whole ascending to nobility: We make our luck.

2:49 PM  
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3:47 PM  
Anonymous Gina G said...

"A Heart Wrapped In Clover" or
"A Heart Wrapped In Clover Is Always In Bloom"
but I think I like
"A Heart Wrapped In Clover Blossoms"
That was fun!
Good Luck!
On the Coat Of Arms
"Quartfolium Feliciter" - Luck of the Clovers.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Oops - I was attempting to post a link to a picture of my clover coat of arms but I don't think it worked - sorry! Thishould work, its on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/43130846@N06/5431632453/in/photostream/

3:55 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

In a slightly more random and esoteric way how about "When the clover blooms then the bees grow busy"!?

4:01 PM  
Blogger booksNyarn said...

The old idiom "to live in clover" is to prosper, and I could see how that may have been brought over in some way. So, I will throw out "Live, Prosper, Clover", or "Vivo, Prospicio, Clover" if we go a Latin route. :)

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question, can you tell up what his flair is or what direction it went? That would help with the coat of arms & maybe even the motto. How about Clovers Prosper?

Cindy R

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Not that Sue said...

This will prove why I'm a reader, not an author... :)

Rolling over in the Clovers

Referencing the song of course, because the Clovers are so abundant in producing children!

2:00 AM  
Anonymous Valerie Oakley said...

Since they are being elevated from Commoners how about: As common as a four leafed Clover.

Which aren't common at all as anyone who has ever sat in a field looking for them can tell, LOL.
Prolific like Clover in the wild.
Since the size of their family is one of their main claims to fame.

Valerie Oakley

11:55 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

What about the old adage "Happy as a cow in Clover" but maybe instead say "Happy as a Fam in Clover"? (Although I assume there ARE cows on Celta?)

12:37 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

I'll give this a try.

Prosperous and abundant a family who lives in Clover.

From thefreedictionary.com
in clover- living a carefree life of ease, comfort, or prosperity.
[Middle English, from Old English clfre.] And noted by booksNyarn in a previous post.

Everyone has come up with a nice motto. Azteclady's is my favorite. Good luck all!

7:52 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Thanks, these are wonderful. I actually took a day off today, so plan on finishing the story this weekend. The contest is open until...um...page proofs, probably. Or at least until the end of the month.

Walker was a teacher (yes, I know, not terribly alpha). Now he's the head of the Family. Anyway, his Flair is for people, diplomacy, rather. And anything else would be a spoiler.

Thanks again,

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coming Up Clovers.
Clovers One & All.


I am not very good at this.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Tannun said...

Heart Bound by Duty, Heart Free as Clover

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love to read all the suggestions!
Found this link with lating proverbs http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Latin_proverbs

and here are a few samples that might apply:
•Audaces fortuna iuvat Translation: "Fortune favors the brave."(Virgil, Aeneid 10,284)
Bene qui latuit bene vixit
Translation: "He lives well who lives unnoticed" (favorite for me!)
Ovid, Tristia, III.iv.25
•Cedo nulli
Translation: "I yield to no one."
•Cura Omnia Potest
Translation: "Determination is omnipotent."

Looking forward to the results. Thanks for the fun

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he is a teacher this one might be for him:
Sapientia est potentia. Translation: "Wisdom is power."

Qui audet vincit. Translation: "Who dares wins"

The second I couldn't resist!

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Valerie Oakley said...

I keep hearing the Musketeer Pledge, (All for one and One for All.) But for the Clover Clan I would change it to "All for Family and Family for All."
Because they are so accepting of everyone.

Valerie Oakley

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Bbasney said...

Here is my 1st submission for the Clover Coat of Arms!


I hope Uncle Pink approves!

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Bbasney said...

Here is my 2nd Coat of Arms. I had SO much fun with this one!


9:10 PM  
Blogger Silver Phoenix said...

If we're going for Latin, how about "Spes , fides , diligo , fortuna" which means hope, faith, love and luck--the meaning of the four leaves on a four leaf clover.

Properly, 'diligo' means to esteem or prize, but it can also mean love in the way you love a thing. If you prefer the romantic term, I believe that is 'amor', or there is 'dilectio', which is less passionate, and more...esteem, love, caring for someone. Probably more a family level sort.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Elaine McCarthy said...

Hi, Robin... remember your roomie from LRWA in 2009? My thought for the motto is "Sors ut paratus"... Latin for "Fortune to the Prepared." I got the translation at this site: http://www.stars21.com/translator/english_to_latin.html, in case you feel it needs adjustment. Would love to be a beta reader for you if you need another; I'm sure you have your regulars already! All the best... Elaine McCarthy

8:28 AM  
Blogger Serena said...

Grow Your Luck from the Ground Up


In Clover Blossoms Love and Honor

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Jocelyn Modo said...

Hi Robin,

I picture the Clover's choosing something straightforward (like they are). What about something like:

The Lady’s luck upon us all
We flourish in the clover
A Clover's luck
Clover will over
Luck and labor
Fortune by the Lady's favor
Let fortune favor
Let luck flourish
Fortitude and fortune
Work is the attendant of luck
Work wins luck

Thanks for letting me play with your motto!

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Nia said...

I'm no graphic designer either, but I am envisioning the four clovers with their stems twisting into a Celtic knot. As for the motto, I'm hard pressed to come up with anything better than the wonderful suggestions already posted here ... I think Silver Phoenix's is my fave though.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I'd change one of Serena's around a bit: Love and hope blossom in Clover

2:26 PM  
Blogger Kallie said...

For a family moto I would go with: Work hard, play harder and trust in the luck of a Clover.
Every clover can have their individual moto which is a variation of the above.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Kallie said...

Work hard, play harder and trust in the luck of a Clover.

The above could be the family moto. Each Clover can have their own Moto based on the above. For Trish I would go with
Work hard, play harder, celebrate love with a song and trust in the luck of a Clover.

7:29 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Thanks again, all!


10:30 PM  

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