Mythos Monday: Creation Stories

There is perhaps no more fundamental myth than that of creation.  Where did we come from?  How did this all get started?

Most of us are familiar with the mainstream theories of Creation and Evolution.  And, if you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you’ve probably bumped into the Ancient Astronaut theory a time or two.  But there are many more creation myths out there.  Let’s visit a couple of them.

There are various versions, but in general the Samoan creation myth involves a bird named Tuli.  Tuli was actually the son of a god and he took on the form of a bird to have a bit of fun flying about.  Tuli flew down to the ocean but he couldn’t find anywhere to land.  So, he flew back to his dad and asked for some land.  The god threw down a stone into the ocean and there was land.  There followed various back and forth between father and son (Tuli didn’t want just land, he wanted growing things and people) which resulted in grass growing on the land and Tuli discovering a couple of grubs which he formed into humans.  So, basically, we’re descended from worms.

In the Aztec creation myth, the goddess Coatlique (the earth mother) was stabbed in the stomach with an obsidian knife which impregnated her (some knife!) so that she gave birth to the moon and stars.  Now a goddess was only supposed to get pregnant and give birth once, but Coatlique got preggers again which resulted in her first children trying to kill her.  Before they could succeed, she gave birth to a fire god who murdered his brothers and sisters and spread their body parts around the universe.  So, the world was born in chaos and violence.

Do you know any interesting creation myths?

Fantastical Friday: Man vs. Donut,

I’ve come to the conclusion that one should never watch television when hungry.  The other night I was catching up on the latest episode of Grimm and one of the characters whipped out a big pink box of …

VOODOO DONUTS!

Now this is just EVIL on the part of the director.  Because here I am thousands of miles away from my hometown and now I am CRAVING Voodoo Donuts.

For those of you who have NO idea what I’m talking about, check out this little clip from Man vs. Food.  The whole thing is about places in Portland, but at 6 minutes 35 seconds, you’ll find donut gold.

Can you guess where I’m headed straight off the plane?

Someone posted this in one of the writers groups I belong to and I nearly wet myself laughing.  Naturally I wanted to share that wet feeling with you all so here it is … Russian Unicorn:

No Russian Unicorns were harmed in the making of this video.

And because one can never have too much good advice when it comes to relationships, here’s some gold from the Mad Black Woman herself, Madea.

All I can say is that I couldn’t agree more!  Take it from someone who knows.

Hate to love ya and leave ya, but this current WIP isn’t going to write itself.  Just a few chapters left to go!  So, have a fabulous weekend and I’ll see ya on the flip side.

Writer Wednesday: The Magical Misperception of Meridian

Today I’d like to welcome to my blog a very special guest, author S.G. Rogers.  S.G. has a new book out this month called The Magical Misperception of Meridian.  Now that’s the kind of title that has my interest all kinds of piqued!  So, I sat down with S.G. (virtually speaking) and asked her a few nosy questions.

Can you tell us more about the new book?  Where you got the idea for it?

The inspiration for The Magical Misperception of Meridian stems from an episode in my childhood when I was having a pretend violin concert.  We’d just moved in to our apartment and I hadn’t met anyone yet. To my delight, my next-door neighbor, a boy named Tracy, jumped into the game and played along.  In my story, Jona first meets Lee when he’s playing a pretend game of fighting off highwaymen. Although Lee has no idea Jona is a girl (she dresses like a boy and wears her braids stuffed under a cap) they vanquish their foes together. This encounter sets the stage for their future relationship. The Dickens novel, Great Expectations, was also a big influence. Like Pip, Jona is lifted from her ordinary life and thrust into a society she could not have dreamed existed.

Your novels tend to be about magic and the paranormal. Have you always been drawn to the supernatural?

My imagination has always run wild.  Although I have written things outside the speculative fiction genres, I always think magic and fantasy makes things more fun!

I couldn’t agree more!  If you had to choose just one superpower, what would it be? 

Teleportation would definitely be at the top of my list.  I’d love to pop over to Paris for lunch and be back in time for an afternoon’s writing session.

Haha!  That’s exactly what I would have said.  I love new places, but hate the time and travel getting there.  They really need to get cracking on personal teleportation devices. ;-)

And the most important question of all, what are your thoughts on dragons? ;-)

Dragons show up frequently in my stories…almost always as the good guys!  Perhaps it was the influence of McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern, but I’ve never envisioned dragons as anything other than loyal, friendly creatures.  I picture them as a cross between a horse and a cat or dog…magnificent to look at, but playful too.  Jon Hansen, of my Ydenseries, is a member of the Dragon Clan of Yden.  Dragon Clan wizards are known for being noble.

Love it!  A girl after my own heart.  I’m a bit of a Pern fan myself. :-)

Thanks to S.G. Rogers for stopping by today.  

Blurb: 

Railing against convention in the kingdom of Meridian, Jona thinks a girl should be able to wear trousers, fight like a boy when necessary, and marry whomever she pleases.  She happens upon the queen’s nephew, Lee, who stammers and cannot speak to girls at all…that is, until he meets Jona.

When the queen hires Jona to help her nephew acquire proper social graces, Jona experiences a blissful summer of pure enchantment.  Jona and Lee learn to dance, perfect the art of polite conversation, and discover which fork to use at the dinner table.  Although they become best friends, Queen Gaia considers Jona a mere servant.  At summer’s end, Jona’s job in Meridian is done.

Lee and Jona keep in contact through a set of magical mailboxes given to Lee by the Wizard Farland. When the friends are finally reunited after ten years, their budding romance is torn asunder by an edict from the queen.   Against impossible odds, Jona and Lee will fight for an uncertain future.  But unspoken secrets and mysteries long in the making have yet to be revealed.

Will true love be denied…or can the differences between commoners and royalty be shown to be just a matter of magical misperception?

Pick up your copy of The Magical Misperception of Meridian here.

And you can find out more about S.G. Rogers and her books here:

Blog: www.childofyden.com

FB: http://www.facebook.com/SuzanneGRogers

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/suzannegrogers

 

Mythos Monday: Grimm

Last night I finally saw the first episode of Grimm.  I have no idea how long it’s been out in the States.  Heck, with my luck it’s probably had three seasons and been cancelled already (Okay, I exaggerate.  It premiered back in October). But goodness, I hope not.  ‘Cause frankly, it tickled my yummy spot.

First off, Grimm stars the rather tasty David Giuntoli as Nick, a descendant of the Brothers Grimm.  You know, the authors of such fabulous fables as Little Red Riding Hood and The Frog Prince.  

Except the Brothers Grimm weren’t really creating fairy tales.  Oh, no, they were recording history and issuing warnings for the future.  Because the monsters in the fairy tales?  They’re real.  And only the Grimms can see them.

Ya’ll know how I love things that go bump in the night.  Grimm is definitely full of those.  On the outside they look just like us, but on the inside?  Well, they eat little girls for dinner.  Among other things.

Naturally this means that poor Nick, as one of the last of the Grimms (and therefor one of the few people on the planet who can see these creatures as they really are), has a big old target painted on his back.  One minute he’s an ordinary cop, and the next he’s a creature slayer getting beat up left and right by the big bad.  Now that’s a bad day.

Best of all, the show takes place (and is filmed) in a place Morgan Bailey and I know very well, indeed.  Our hometown of Portland, Oregon.  And, boy, does it make me homesick.

So if your fancy, like mine, is tickled by the supernatural, the fantastical, the dark and mysterious (not to mention the eye candy), check out Grimm.  You’ll thank me later.

Survival Saturday: Bleach Blond

In the apocalypse, bleach is your friend.  Think I’m wrong?

Bleach is quite possibly the best germ killer on the planet.  When the rest of the world is dying slow, agonizing deaths from some hideous disease, smearing their germs all over the place, you’re going to be glad for that gallon of bleach.

Best of all?  It’s environmentally friendly.

Fantastical Friday: Betty White, Garth Vader, and Still More Zombies

We all want to live long and happy lives, right?  I mean, I sure do.  I’ve got a bajillion books to write so I gotta live to at LEAST 120!  And who better to give advice on a long and happy life than the fabulous Betty White!

Those are some real gems.  Hope you took notes.

A friend of mine sent me this photo which made me laugh hysterically.  We’re talking squee your pants funny.

This dude totally reminds me of the character Garth Vader from PJ Jones’s Driving Me Nuts!  He’s even got the hood thing going on.  All he needs is a light saber.

Author Danielle Blanchard was over at Lizzy Ford’s blog this week talking about whether or not women can enjoy zombie books just as much as the guys.  Check it out, it’s a great read.  And I agree, there is room for a kinder, gentler zombie tale.  AND women like to get their scare on just as much as the guys do.

I’m pretty psyched because her new novel, Beginnings, is finally out.  And, you guessed it, here there be zombies!

Danielle will be on my blog in a couple of week answering some deep and probing questions.  Like what her favorite flavor of ice cream is and what she’d do if she was abducted by aliens.

Another great new book out this coming week is S.G. Rogers’s magically delicious The Magical Misperception of Meridian.  She’ll be by next Wednesday to talk about her book, her favorite super power, and her deep and abiding feelings about … dragons.

Because, as you know, EVERYTHING is better with dragons. ;-)

Tomorrow I’m off to Central London for a girls’ day out with the REAL Kabita Jones.  We’re going shopping, wreaking havoc, and eating Thai food. If you’re ever in London you must try Busaba Eathai.  The food is amazing and extremely reasonable.  Well, for London, anyway. :-)  I’ll try to remember the camera so I can share the adventure with you.  You never know what I’ll get up to down in London town.

What are you up to this weekend?  Anything exciting on the menu?

And with that, my friends, I shall bid thee adieu.  Have a fabulously fantastical Friday and I’ll see you on the flip side!

Writer Wednesday: From Foreign Climes

I’ve been promising my friend and fellow writer, Red Tash, to explain one day how I, an Oregonian, ended up living in London, England.  So, before curiosity drives her to do something drastic, I will tell the tale.  It’s honestly not that exciting.  But here goes …

I moved to London for a boy.  You might say I moved for Love.  And it would be true.  But unfortunately it didn’t work out, as these things are sometime wont to do.  Or not do.

It was a really painful time for me.  Unceremoniously dumped for another woman by a man who had professed to love me.  Stuck in a foreign country where I knew no one.  And all this within a short two years after escaping from an abusive marriage, the scars still fresh on my soul.  It would send anyone screaming back home.

And what an adventure it has been!  I have seen and experienced more of the world than I could have ever imagined.  I have discovered so many wonderful things, but the most wonderful of all is that I have rediscovered myself.But there is wanderlust in my blood.  A small dose, anyway, and I decided to look upon this as a Grand Adventure.

After nearly six years in this wonderful, vibrant city, I’m moving back home.   I miss my town.  I miss my family.  I miss the lifestyle.  But I’m moving back stronger, more confident, more sure of myself.  I’m coming back changed.  And I’m excited to start a new life in the city of my birth. 

Living abroad changes you.  It changes how you see the world.  It changes how you see yourself.  If you’re a writer, it even changes your writing.  So much of my life here has made its way into my writing, into my soul.

They say that when you hit rock bottom you’ve got two ways to go: Straight up and sideways.  Me, I chose straight up.