One of the first things to do is figure out how they fly. There are tons of different kinds of flight in the real world and in the superhuman world. For the sake of this response let’s assume that it is the Superman-esque gravity defying flight. A good way to describe anything is to go through the five senses. What does it feel like? What does s/he see? Does it smell different in the air? By going through those senses you have a good basis for the description. Another thing to do is look at it from an outside POV. What does it look like? Does s/he just rise into the air? Does a gust of wind pick them up and carry them away? Do they seem in control of the power? All these questions will help you figure out what the important details are, and in turn help you figure out how to describe it.
"Everything but" means the word after isn’t true. He was everything but hungry means he was tired, happy, etc. but he wasn’t hungry. But is a conjunction that shows opposing or different ideas. He was everything, but he wasn’t_________. So in short "Everything but" means the character isn’t whatever the word coming after is.
b-chasing-butterflies said: "Flipped" by Wendelin Van Draanen is a spectacular example of 2 POVs. Bryce and Juli often tell about some of the same moments, so you can see how vastly their understanding of a moment differs.
clockworkdelirium said: Another good book that switches POV is Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I highly recommend it.
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A good way to let a reader know that something is happening is to describe the action. In stead of saying “I woke up” try saying “I opened my eyes, and sat up, taking a moment to let my eyes focus in the darkness of dawn.” That’s a bit poetic and fancy, but you get the idea. That’s also a good tip for anything. Don’t just explain that the character did anything. Instead describe what the character is doing.
Non-popular mythological creatures can be hard to find. One place to look is in mythology that isn’t widely used: Maori, Native American, Hindu, Aztec, etc. Another place to look is monster manuals. RPG’s like D&D and Pathfinder collect monsters and NPC’s from all across religions and folklores. There’s a good chance there are some awesome rideable monsters or demons or whatever in there. And if there aren’t you can always modify one of them to be rideable.
I don’t know about the post for specifically Indian names, but I use the website here for naming all characters. You can search by name meaning, name or origin or all three. It’s infinitely useful.
One way to do this is to use a god system that isn’t very well known. Something like Chinese, Native American or Hindu gods and goddesses might help. You could also just hint at powers and never outright mention that they have them. Like feeling a bit stronger when submerged in water. Or jumping abnormally high when scared. Hinting at powers and having the main character not understand what is going on helps keep it vague. The bottom line is, like you said, everyone’s knowledge of mythology is different. There will be someone out there who can guess what’s going on, but that’s no reason not to make it fun for those who can’t. I would suggest reading Anansi Boys or American Gods by Neil Gaiman. He does an awesome job of keeping these things a secret, and making the story fun.
It isn’t appropriation as long as you make sure to do plenty of research and get the characterization right. Appropriation is only if a cultural element is adopted by someone of a different culture without any of its original significance. So as long as you yourself or your characters are not trying to be some watered down version of a geisha you should be ok. Again, just make sure to do plenty of background research and get the geisha character right. As long as the character is a legitimate geisha and not some weird facsimile it should be alright.
Asia is a pretty big continent, what is true for some places won’t be true for the rest. Your best bet is to decide what country it is set in and the area of that country- then do your research.
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