I wrote my book first, but I knew it still had problems. They say you publish when you tire of rewriting. Dizzy describes my state more than tired. What I wrote most likely differs from what I think I wrote. Rewriting creates holes. My INFP personality helps with the creative part of being a writer, but it hinders me in other aspects. The blog helps me gather my thoughts. I stopped looking at my writing and the posts come from memory about what I wrote and what I hope to add.
One character never properly developed and blogging helped me figure out the fix. You often learn while you teach and my blog is a disorganized lesson plan on how to understand my book. Obscure figures from history and mythology force me to highlight memorable aspects of gods like Enki. I’m certain others will see why I call Enki, a geyser god, but only an obscure comic book beat me to the term.
My book began as a fluffy Florida version of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. It needed a second story line to drive the tension. A cult appeared. Things got more complex. Ancient mystery cults took over my research and my second story-line. My original story-line takes place in the spirit guided dream world; in which, many cultures make claim to use. The banter between my intellectual spirit guide and my oaf self keeps the original tone and the cult duplicates the hapless hero style in my other story-line. Tricksters often play the oaf and every writer is a trickster. I thought about using a misogynist persona on my blog, but it felt more tiresome than fun. I didn’t realize I had such Feminist angst, but research helped me see why they seem bipolar.
The bottom image comes from D. W. Griffith’s silent film, Intolerance. I didn’t know about the film until recently, but I see many similarities and more Kismet. Tod Browning helped write the script and he made the movie, Freaks.
To Books at Middlemay Farm: Your farm life would work well when paralleled to the past. Morphine delirium would play interesting tricks on a writer’s mind, who often lives in the past. I’m not kidding about the Kismet on seeing your blog post on Camille Paglia. First I saw it on my news reader then your post then I found her again looking up female scientists. Three times in less than two days. Kismet and Dis has followed me around for a while. Sounds too much like a bad omen considering where Dante places Dis. It once had positive connotations, so there may be hope. You did a post on a Lincoln conspirator and I had already seen the picture and thought the same thing. We both plow through old pics, so no surprise. Old time celebrities are great. Look up Natalie Barney and Renee Vivien 1876. I agree about your point on Native Americans.