I am in the throes of NaNoWriMo which is the madness of trying to write a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November. I hit 15,000 words last night and this story is rocking on at a crazy pace. It’s called Rex, the Ex and the Hex. It’s the tale of poor Rex Davis who gets hexed by his last girlfriend. He can’t seem to find anyone to date and turns to various people to try to help him, including a Tarot card reader, a witch on Halloween at midnight and a witch doctor who says he’s from Africa but sounds more like he’s from West Virginia.
Rex will soon be visiting a Haruspex and I was sure that a lot of the followers of this blog wouldn’t know what that is since I didn’t know the technical term until I looked it up. Of course, a lot of you may know way more than me. I learned about these folks back when I studied Latin and ancient Rome but had forgotten what they were called.
Without further ado, a haruspex (plural haruspices) is someone who practices divination by inspecting the entrails of sacrificed animals such as sheep or poultry (don’t worry, no lambs or chickens will be harmed in my story). This practice came from the Etruscans and I thought it would be fun to have my character encounter one.