Hapless Heroes Never Learn


I show two examples of the “hapless hero” archetype. Most main characters need to show emotional growth, but not so with the hapless hero. You can give this type character a change in character, if you plan to never use him again. What good is a bumbling fool, if he no longer bumbles?

I use this type character and I realized a parody of baptism scene can work but not a baptism due to a new path in life. John Kennedy Toole uses Fortuna in his novel, Confederacy of Dunces, as do I. All fools dance to Fortuna’s tune. Don Quixote depicts an era I’m interested in and Miguel de Cervantes satires much the same things I do.

The Nemesis of Satan

Statue_of_Lady_Justice_in_Frankfurt Roman blindfolded Fortuna (fate) with Hellenistic Greek Tyche (luck) and sword-carrying Nemesis (vengeance)-horz

The bible says pride caused Satan’s fall. In Greek mythology, Nemesis takes vengeance on pride. I show Lady Justice, but this blindfolded goddess came from the joint attributes of Tyche (Fortuna) and Nemesis. Maybe my mind ran some old info up when I decided to use this goddess (in my present chapter under rewrite) or it was blind luck. Reasoning did come in play because pride is only bad in excess; pride sits on scales..

Sons of Nemesis, Castor and Pollux, have ties to the saints, Peter and Paul. Some myths call Leda, the mother. Zeus, as a swan, did the fatherly deed. Helen of Troy is the ugly duckling born from this union, she also factors in my book. Of course, the Cabeiri play a larger role and the twins, turned constellation (Gemini) seem to have links to my little Mystery Cultists. What a tangled web – me weave (I write fiction and the game is to deceive even though I most often keep to the truth).

Why isn’t Lady Justice a comic book character?

Gustave Doré’s illustration of Satan’s fall (right) from John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Frankfurt’s statue of Lady Justice from Wikimedia (author: Retouched)

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The Cabaret of Coincidence


I like coincidence. Animerotics: A Forbidden Cabaret by David Delamare came up when I searched for the wheel of death. I wanted an interesting pic to depict Fortuna and his erotic twins in a knife throwing act came up. The word, “Cabaret,” forms the coincidence. I write about the Cabeiri and the word, “Cabaret,” from these figures from myth. They don’t directly link to mermaids and faeries, but they do when you look at our totally separate work. If you somehow find this post before you find his work, you may enjoy his work. He interests me. I wish I had the money to have him illustrate my work. I try to stick with long dead artists when I post on this blog and I skipped posting the twins picture due to uncertainty about copyright law. I hate wasting people’s time in asking for a low resolution image for my little seen blog. Cover art advertises for the work they adorn, so I’m just giving praise to their work and doing wishful thinking.

The Wheel of Depp


What are the odds? Two women with past relationships with Johnny Depp have posed as target girls in knife throwing acts. Vanessa Paradis, Depp’s baby momma, played a target girl in Girl on the Bridge. Kate Moss posed on the “wheel of death,” for the photographer team of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, in the April 2006 issue of W magazine. Destiny and Kismet indeed, Mr. Depp. I wanted an interesting image to Fortuna and her wheel of fate. The artistic representation of Fortuna’s wheel seemed surprisingly thin, so I searched for Death’s wheel and I had a better spin. Depp represents Florida and I can justify (to myself) the use of these ladies in my allusions. I still need to add the allusions, but I have some ideas.