Posted by: Author | November 7, 2014

Friday Facts- November 7, 2014- Haruspices

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.

Try to work this fact into conversation this week. I dare you. 65301067



  1. Good Lord, Rex is in for a time of it, isn’t he? Lol a bunch. Love the title of the NaNo story (and good luck!) and the fun premise. Haruspices I can do without. Yuch! However, in the context of your story, and with your sense of humor, I’m betting it will be hilarious.

    • Laurie- this story is a hoot. I can’t stop laughing at this guy. He’s in soooo much trouble and it keeps getting worse. LOL> I am having an absolute blast with this story.

      Thanks for the lovely compliment about my sense of humor. This one is full of fun and I’ve been making myself laugh for sure. Rex is cheaper than therapy.

  2. Yikes I think I’ll pass on using that word in a sentence. You’ve done well with NaNo and I’m betting this one with Rex will be another winner.

    • LOL Lavada. It would be hard to use in a sentence. Dropping that into casual conversation could get you arrested. LOL Thanks for the good wishes. Even if this story is awful, I’m having a blast.

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