That may or may not be true, but it certainly feels that way. What follows after the fold is the beginning of my rewrite of the Perseus myth. I’m sure quite a few know it, but you don’t know who it is or what it’s about because the story itself lacks any real identity. Theseus is largely the same way but that’s more to do with the fact that Minos is such an iconic setting and Theseus is not a really iconic hero. He’s no Herakles, Jason, Leonidas, Hector, Achilles, Odyssius, etc.

Here’s the short version of Perseus, though;

Perseus was the son of Zeus and Danae. Danae’s father, King Acrisius, set Danae and her son adrift on the sea because of a prophecy that Perseus would kill him. The two were taken in by Polydectes, the king of Seriphus. Polydectes later conceived a passion for Danae, but was unable to force his attentions on her because Perseus had grown into a redoubtable protector. To get rid of Perseus, Polydectes sent him on a quest to bring back the head of the Gorgon Medusa, a snake-haired maiden who turned all who saw her into stone.Perseus

Perseus accomplished his quest with the help of Hermes and Athena. He went first to the Gorgons‘ sisters, the Graeae, who had only one eye and one tooth which they shared among themselves. Perseus took the eye and the tooth, and agreed to give them back only if the Graeae helped him in his quest. They helped him acquire a pair of winged sandals, a wallet or satchel, and the cap of Hades; the sandals enabled him to fly, the satchel was to carry the Gorgon’s head, and the cap conferred invisibility on its wearer. Wearing the cap, he approached Medusa, looking only at her reflection in his shield, and cut off her head.

As he flew back over Africa on his way home, he encountered Atlas; in the course of a struggle, he used the Gorgon’s head to turn Atlas to stone (thereby forming the Atlas Mountains). He also dripped blood from the head onto the sands of the African desert, giving birth to the deadly vipers of that region. Later in the journey he saw the maiden Andromeda chained naked to a rock by the sea as a sacrifice to a sea monster. He fell in love with her and bargained with her father, Cepheus, for her hand in marriage if he killed the monster. He succeeded in slaying the beast, but at the wedding feast Phineus, a jilted suitor of Andromeda, angrily demanded the bride. In the battle which followed, Perseus used Medusa’s head to turn Phineus and his followers into stone.

When he returned to Seriphus, he found that Polydectes was still persecuting Danae. He used the Gorgon’s head once again, and turned Polydectes to stone. He then gave the sandals, satchel and cap to Hermes; he gave the Gorgon’s head to Athene, who emblazoned it upon the aegis which protected her in battle. Finally he returned to Acrisius’ kingdom, where he fulfilled the prophecy by accidentally killed the king while throwing the discus.

Thank you Encyclopedia Mythica

So, at some point for some reason I decided this was a good thing to rewrite as a short story. This is the most convoluted story I’ve ever read and it’s turning into the most convoluted fantasy piece I’ve ever designed. Tomorrow I’ll probably post my framework, the kind of short blow by blow I’ve developed, so you can see it. Today it’s just the opening.

The name of the story, though, is something I’m kind of proud of. I’m going for a kind of Conan vibe, before the advent of history when the world was still young, still shrouded in myth, and still full of things that were yet to be forgotten.

This is the story of The First, and Forgotten, Hero. The story of Farla, the last princess of Atlantis, and her adventures with the poets Homer and Taliesin.

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More Work in Progress

February 20, 2012

So I don’t have anything more to post that’s anywhere near completehowever, I do have some more work in progress. This is for another myth rewrite that I’m still working on designing. And I believe this is just the opening. The voice is going to be much different in the rest of the story. ‘Cause I love confusing my readers, you see.

Had a great day for visits yesterday, almost 50. The most I’ve ever had! On a Sunday! And a great comment from M about my writing and what I can do to improve it, all things I plan on keeping in mind while I edit and go through my work again. As well as writing new things.

A few things; still trying to get covers together to start putting stuff up on ebook markets (and now that I need to do some more editing passes, it’ll be easier to pass that time). I do have the blog here syndicated on the Kindle now, though. If you search for The Writing Engine under blogs you’ll find it. Searching for it lead me to find out that I accidentally used the name of a book about writing, as well, which makes me kind of sad. I may consider changing the name here to be less…the same. So if you have any writing-oriented steampunk style suggestions, let me know!

In the mean time, enjoy the beginning of The First and Forgotten Hero.

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Another of my rewrite pieces, something I rather enjoy. Probably also needs a decent amount of editing.

Try to guess what myth I’m retelling. I think it’s pretty obvious but it’s a fun one.

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The Lonely Mechanist

January 5, 2012

This is a piece I’m rather proud of. It’s a but autobiographical and it’s inspired by a myth, but I think it’s rather beautiful in its own way.

This is Pygmalion.

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