I’m currently revising the XIII series, which is incredibly long and at times frustrating, but luckily, I’m ahead of schedule. Because the series has a basis in Greek mythology, that is what I am currently researching, with the use of this classic nonfiction work:
I never thought I’d enjoy researching for a novel, but strangely enough, I like it. It’s interesting how the morals and lessons behind the Greek myths still hold true (and are entertaining) today. Greek mythology is a little like a soap opera or reality TV. You’ve got incest, rape, jealous rivalries, people being turned into trees and livestock… pretty awesome.
What is intriguing to me is how we, as humans, are all storytellers. Mythical figures like Odysseus, Hercules, and Agamemnon were more than likely based on real people, but because so little is known about them, myths have sprung up about their heroism (and lack of it). Because we’re human, we tend to “fill in the blanks” of what we don’t know. It’s like with the legends of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Those fictional characters have a basis in reality, but are not physically real.
Everything originates from something. As the biblical book of Ecclesiastes says, “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.” (1:9) It might sound pessimistic, but it’s the truth. What makes human beings creative is what amazing things we can do with what already exists.