I've finally started my edit for Paranormalcy. I realized I was overthinking things, and once I got started, sure enough everything has been falling into place. Rock on.
I've also been researching more legendary and paranormal creatures. I figured I was a little thin on references, and wanted to find some fun, different things to throw in. Here are a couple of my favorites:
The Chinese Fenghuang, a rooster-swallow-fowl-snake-goose-tortoise-stag-fish-hybrid. Can you imagine what went into the breeding process for that one?? What a mess. Still, it would be kind of fun. "My eyes opened in amazement. I'd never seen anything like this creature. It was some sort of rooster-swallow-fowl-snake-goose-tortoise-stag-fish-hybrid." If nothing else, including the fenghuang would certainly boost my word count.
Then there's the Colombian Pollo Malingo. It's a man-eating chicken spirit. No, no, not a chicken-eating man spirit--a man-eating CHICKEN spirit! How cool is that? I think I'm going to start scaring my children with horrible tales of chicken spirits coming to eat them in the night. They'll never be able to watch the Muppets again--Camille would become a thing of terror.
Also, no one beats the Japanese for ghosts and spirits. Their afterlife is populated with very, very strange things. Everything from spirits who count plates, to spirits who pull on your sleeves, to kettle spirits. Just what a kettle spirit is, I don't know, but I'm pretty sure I'm staying away from Japan, as I'm especially terrified of the makura-gaeshi, a spirit that MOVES YOUR PILLOWS!
I know, the horrors. The horrors.
I think I'm going to go make sure my pillows are right where I left them...