So, I promised a blog post this week, and here it is. Unfortunately, it’s not the one I was hoping for — namely, a blog on the panel topic, “Mythology as the Basis for Speculative Fiction.”
It’s already a week and several days late, and it really isn’t moving as well as I was hoping. I have a lot of things to say on the topic, but my views seem… disconnected, somehow. I’m having trouble finding ways to transition from point to point.
If these posts on the panel topics were REAL panels, there would be no issue. I’d be led by a moderator through his questions. Or if I were the moderator, I would be asking different questions — ones which regular followers of this blog would have already heard my answers to several times.
I mean, if you don’t know (for example) that, when confronted by an editor who insisted that Elves and Dwarves and Dragons were played out, I drew from the mythologies of Japan, Finland, aboriginal Australia, Inuit, and Shetland Island folklore to fill out a replacement set of mythological creatures (Kitsune and Wulvers and Bunyips, among others) as I constructed the world for The Kitsune Stratagem, then you haven’t been reading here very long — I’ve certainly mentioned it often enough. In front of a new audience like a convention panel, however, I could expound on that and, for them, it would be fresh material.
Again, though, I still had a number of points to discuss; things on mythological allegory, things on the different types of Elf you can find in mythology (High Elves from the Norse, brownie-like Elves from Wales and Elizabethan England, etc.), a discussion of the different mythologies that were brought together for Tolkien (he drew from Norman, Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Arthurian myths, among others, while putting together what he considered a “British” mythology. Finally, I wanted to talk about how the fiction popular in modern geek culture was re-interpreting or forming mythologies of its own, citing fiction like Dragonball, Superman, and Star Wars in the process.
But… none of those points seemed to fit together. I’m not happy with what I have, either in the structure or in the depth of my content. I’ve been working on it for two weeks, and it’s not worth posting. It’s been distracting me from my other writing projects, and it’s already too late to start a different blog to be ready Sunday.
So… this is it for a blog this week, no blog will be available next week, and if I do continue this series I’ll be skipping this panel and moving on to “Using Tropes to Tell Stories.”
Finally, some business: I just learned that the current ebook price of the new anthology I’m in, Worlds Enough: Fantastic Defenders, is a special introductory price. It’s expected to go up THIS THURSDAY, first to a (still discounted) $3.99 and ultimately up to $4.99 in another few weeks’ time. So, if you haven’t bought it yet, NOW is the time to get your ebook copy. (Or you could go ahead and get it in print, but any discounts of that will be Amazon’s call)