Launch of XIII

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you might remember me whining about something called XIII. Well, after much anxiety, deliberation, hemming, hawing, and whatnot, some of it is finally available for your reading pleasure (or displeasure) at xiiifiction.wordpress.com. More will be posted as time goes on, but because I’m a normal human being with other commitments, it’s not a priority. Hence, there is no set posting schedule, but I will update this blog on the 13th of every month with links to whatever I’ve posted on the XIII blog (and if I’ve posted nothing, I will say that, too).

XIII is an unnecessarily long mythic fantasy soap opera. The closest thing it can be compared to is Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, which should give you a clue about how awful it is. You’ve been warned. For background, if you’re crazy enough to take interest, at the bottom of this post is a list of previous posts on this blog in which I discuss (or rant about) XIII. Some may include spoilers. I honestly can’t remember which ones do or don’t.

I’m not posting XIII directly on this blog because it’s not entirely my creation (to make a very long story short), and I never intended to share a super-long piece of fiction here. (THE ARCHIVES is only about 36,000 words, so it doesn’t count as “long.”) I also want to keep this blog the way it’s always been, which is primarily a way for me to share my thoughts on whatever random topics happen to be in my head at the moment.

Anyway, if you are so inclined, feel free to follow XIII at xiiifiction.wordpress.com. Thank you always for liking, commenting, following, and reading.

Myths and Reality

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.