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Goddess Becomes Evil

Franz Stuck, Sin

I’m coming into the home stretch of my Young Adult, which after wrangling for longer than I care to admit, I like. After it’s done I get to revisit Selah’s favorite, an unnamed multicultural contemp set in Brazil, which will be published by Parker Publishing next year. I have to admit, it’s a favorite of mine, too and I’m looking forward to arguing with Selah which is where we left off (how loyal must Olivia be to her brother-remember?).

But all of this stops the research for my next ms, and I have to say, this research in particular is mightily seductive, mostly because this book is a long time coming. 22 years I’ve been cradling this one like the most precious seed, learning about the subject, building my world, creating arcs and plots.

It’s funny how some stories you simply write, like yanking a thought out of the air, and other stories you’re pulling in all that you are and know to write them. You realize writing them has been an unconscious journey, and your personal wanderings become knowledge you needed to have brought. Just like a woman who’s waited 9 months to give birth and knows it’s time, now, after all these years of knowing it WASN’T, time-I’m ready. And very excited. It’s a deep excitement and frantic all at once. I want to explode it all over the pages, and yet I want to meticulously craft it as well. It has epic possibilities, this world can last and I haven’t even tapped it’s potential with the first book.

One of the paths I’m researching is Goddess. And it has come about by my own personal wanderings, adding to the threads of plot seamlessly, making me know that this was something I needed to discover. Right now I’m reading GODDESS: MYTHS OF THE FEMALE DIVINE by David Leeming and Jake Page. This is a toe dip in the pool, I know. I have in my huge canvas library bag all of the Joseph Campbell’s I could get my mitts on, and then another 25 (so it seems) books about Goddess. As I go through them I’ll blog about the great ones, I’m sure.

The most interesting aspect is coming from a Christian perspective and noting (so far) that the Hebrew Yahweh’s gender never was up for any gender interpretations. An aside: I left the institutional church because of it’s never ending need of $$ and building projects, and because I didn’t want my daughters learning the absolute submission that was being preached.

I’ve read 3/4 of GODDESS now, and I’m to the part where the authors are telling the stories of when Goddess starts to be undermined in myth. Pandora, once Gaia, now is forced by Zeus to unleash ills that he’d collected instead, becoming the source of all human affliction instead of the giver of abundance.

I remember reading most of by Husain Haddawy and realizing that in every story women were deceitful and treacherous (I stopped halfway, disgusted). I, ignorantly, never realized that most myths were the same- sublimating women- and how can people raised on such Archtypes be any different? 

Knowing what I do about romance, I can see why it’s so popular, and so needed. It’s a reclaiming. It goes beyond feminisim to strike at the root of patriarchy, all the way back to the storytelling. 

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Bees~

Yes, I’m posting. Get over it. 

We’ve found a house that I love, moreso, I love the acreage. Five of them. Now, that’s not a
lot, but it’s enough right now to make some of my long held dreams come true. Like keeping bees. 

The NJ Department of Agriculture (which Corzine is trying to shut down – *insert bad name for Corzine here*) has a program where if you take their bee classes, you can get $300 worth of bee keeping supplies, but I missed this years. I was pissed, but I’ve set myself up with the e-mail alerts for next year’s classes-if there IS a next year for the department. *another nasty name for Corzine*

Anyway, if you’ve been up on the news you know that bee colonies are being devastated by CCD (colony colapse disorder) and so far they’ve been unable to find out what was causing the deaths of so many bees.*

But at last they seem to be making some headway, and can I say I’m not so surprised?

Hackenberg, 58, trucks his bees around the country for pollination — from oranges in Florida to blueberries in Maine. He was the first beekeeper to report the disorder to Penn State researchers last fall, having lost nearly 75 percent of his 3,200 colonies.

He said he is convinced pesticides, and in particular a kind of pesticide called neonicotinoids, were harming his bees.

What I don’t understand is why didn’t they go all Numb3rs on this? Map it out, pinpoint collapses, and get the pesticides that all of the farmers are using. Start cross referencing. This is serious. And when the farmers who use that crap can’t get any bees, maybe they’ll start going organic. A girl can dream…

*Fireflies and Salamanders are getting rare, too.

 

Friday Night Video

I don’t know about you, but I totally identified with Joon. And I LOVE this song.

 

Wine and song~

Blame Tate~

Tate made me do it

You’re feeling: anxious

To your left: a printer with a plate on top holding mostly eaten bagel and cream cheese (Fia’s). A hair band, a tiny clippy and a nerf dart.

On your mind: Writing. Or more precisely Not Writing.

Last meal included: Meal or snack? Meal was eggs and rye toast. Snack was a cherry yogurt.

You sometimes find it hard to: Believe.

The weather: Cool and sunny.

Something you have a collection of: China plates. Wedgewood and ironstone. Books, papers, pens. Fabric/patterns.

A smell that cheers you up: My roses and peonies. Moist earth.

A smell that can ruin your mood: Sour Milk

How long since you last shaved: This morning. Don’t be impressed it’s selective.

The current state of your hair: Short and dry.

The largest item on your desk/workspace (not computer): Printer.

Your skill with chopsticks: Does stabbing count? Actually I’m pretty good. Still room for improvement though.

Which section you head for first in a bookstore: History/Romance

Something you’re craving: Something cheezy. Where’s the Hitchhiker’s Guide food machine when you need it?

Your general thoughts on the presidential race: I’m SICK of it all. I could care LESS about McCain’s health records, I’m tired of Obama and Hilary. I was really hoping Jesse Ventura was going to announce his presidency on King last night just to shake things up.

How many times have you been hospitalized this year: ER trip-for a perforated eardrum and strep.

Favorite place to go for a quiet moment: Quiet? What’s that? probably I’d lock myself in the car.

You’ve always secretly thought you’d be a good: Spider Monkey Handler

Something that freaks you out a little: Precipes

Something you’ve eaten too much of lately: Olives. But really, CAN a person eat too many olives?

You have never: Spelunked. Maybe I’ve Lunked though and never knew it.

You never want to: Dangle myself over the Eiffle tower upside down on a plane. Or walk across the chasm of two skyscrapers on a tightrope.

Tagging – Jax, Kristen, Feisty

These made me laugh~

Male or Female? You might not have known this,but a lot of non-living objects are actually either male or female. Here are some examples:

FREEZER BAGS: They are male, because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.

 

PHOTOCOPIERS: These are female, because once turned off; it takes a while to warm them up again.

They are an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed, but can also wreak havoc if you push the wrong Buttons.

 

TIRES: Tires are male, because they go bald easily and are often over inflated

 

HOT AIR BALLOONS: Also a male object, because to get them to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under their butt.

 

SPONGES: These are female, because they are soft, squeezable and retain water.

 

WEB PAGES: 
Female, because they’re constantly being looked at and frequently getting hit on.

 

TRAINS: Definitely male, because they always use the same old lines for picking up people.

 

EGG TIMERS: Egg timers are female because, over time, all the weight shifts to the bottom.

 

HAMMERS: Male,because in the last 5000 years, they’ve hardly changed at all, and are occasionally handy to have around.

 

THE REMOTE CONTROL: Female. Ha! You probably thought it would be male, but consider this: It easily gives a man pleasure, he’d be lost without it, and while he doesn’t always know which buttons to push, he just keeps trying