Author has written 3 stories for Greek Mythology.
Hello all! I suppose this is the place where I'm expected to introduce myself, so here goes:
Greek mythology has held my interest since I was first given D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths at the age of eight.(Much thanks to my aunt!) It's only been downhill from there.
As a child I most closely identified with Persephone. I'm not sure why. There are probably issues there that will be delved into more deeply in therapy at some point. My best friend and I invented a game where we played as goddesses at recess and lunch (she would be Athena, I would be Persephone. We had a "forest" at our school with a lot of redwood trees, and each one we designated as a temple to a particular deity. Half the forest was earth, half was the Underworld. It was fun.) As I was very young, I was only exposed to the basic myth that pretty much everyone has heard of: Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and tricked into staying. (And yes, she was still my favorite. It's kind of scary to think about). So that was the myth I firmly believed in up till about seventh grade.
That was when I found a wonderful book that introduced me to a different aspect of the myth. In this one, Persephone was not an abducted child, but rather a woman who chose to go to the Underworld because she loved Hades and could see that he and his kingdom needed her. I am aware of all the facts of how marriage was considered a kind of kidnapping by the ancient Greeks, how the word rape can be misinterpreted, and how it must have been mighty tempting to Ovid and Homer and all those men to turn the myth into one of feminine submission in order to keep their women secluded and powerless.
I don't think we will ever really know the original myth, or, for that matter, what really happened between Hades and Persephone. I do believe in the Greek gods and goddesses and I don't want to offend any of them. With all due respect to the Olympian and Chthonian immortals, I write my own (imagined) version. It's fiction.I like towrite it. I truly don't believe I'm hurting anyone. If I am wrong, I will certainly pay for it in the Underworld when my life is over.
I would like to apologize here for any immortals I may offend in my stories. They are not intended to be a true representation of the god/goddess. This is especially addressed to Demeter, who may come off as a bit of a witch in "Lost Goddess".
Remember, this is all in fun!
I read pretty much any and all Greek mythology stories, although I think some are utter crap. I also read musical stories (mostly Phantom of the Opera related) (Quelle suprise, right?) and some Harry Potter. Also have recently gotten into RHPS (polite euphemism for I am completely obsessed and it is the BEST MOVIE EVER.)
And I have 12 people living in my head.
Regarding my writings:
"Lost Goddess": Don't give up on it, because I haven't. I'm having a bit of trouble with it, though, so (as you may have noticed) updates are infrequent.
7/10/09: Damn. You know when you ignore a story for two years, and then all of a sudden something brings you back to your old account and you read the story and then you kind of want to finish it? Yeah, that's what just happened to me. I've been writing in a different fandom recently and have completely stopped my greek myth obsession. But I feel bad about leaving work unfinished. And I started a new chapter tonight. It's hard to pick up writing this story again: first of all, I'm not sure where I was going with it, secondly, it's been two freaking years and my style has changed a little, thirdly, I'm obsessed with something entirely different and the characters are so opposite from each other that it's going to be a real challenge to switch back to Persephone. She sounds so young! I'm gonna try. Wish me luck!
"A Scent of Mint": A one-shot thus far. May be continued with Menthe's or Hades' points of view if I find the time/inspiration.
"Perséphone": I'm not sure what made me want to start writing poems in French. I do not claim in any way to be fluent/grammatically correct in all cases - this is only my fifth year taking the language, and some verb tenses were written to make the poem rhyme. If any of my vocabulary in this poem was completely wrong, feel free to inform me - I welcome the correction.
Finding reviews in my mailbox really brightens up my day! I appreciate the time that readers take to peruse my stories and even more so when they care enough to critique or compliment one. Reviews also tend to get my creative-ness flowing, so keep it up!