A Step Forward

To me, this post marks a little milestone in my illustrious blog. This will be my fiftieth post and I hope to make the occasion something a little special. I note this as a milestone because it is the longest period of time with writing on a daily routine for me. It comes as a small bit of personal therapy to share bits of myself. I have recovered a lot from this and hope to continue. So, in honor of number fifty, here are some thoughts that I pulled from my files.

Each of us has a manner of philosophy when it comes to the different social issues that are swirling around the media coverage. In the past, during the present, and suggested in our dreams of the future, we have our idea of a utopian world. Some might see that the world would be at peace if cultural or religious beliefs did not get in the way of logical thoughts. This might lead a few minds to believe that if we were able to forget some of the differences that we have with each other, then we might have a chance to settle our squabbles over wealth, power, and resources.  However, what kind of a world would we have if everyone was forced to think the same?

This brought me to the idea that the human race has a strong root in the concept of conflict. It is just as strong as the need we have for stability and order. It is this very opposition of world views that fuels the events of the world and the stories of our cultures. In a fictional story, there is a need for the protagonist to move the world around from static order to healing change or from destructive chaos to stable order. The characters in the story work from these diametrically opposing views in their own ways.

It was this ideal that helped me come to the general thought of a novel that I am working on. In it, I was to shake up some of the classical myths such as Zeus reigning on high. I have been a student of these very stories. In recent times, I have watched movies and read books to compare my thoughts.  Most of them present the struggle of the Olympians facing off or being helped to battle against the imprisoned Titans.  In some, the Titans are attempting to escape and use someone to help. Others, the Olympians are simply trying to stay important to the mortals, so they do not become obsolete. In the end, the mortals find immortality as a hero to help the Olympians retain their powers.

So, here is my idea. From the collections of myths and epic poems, the ancient Hellenes were able to pass along a connection story of heroes called the Trojan Cycle. It is this thread of myths and legends that we are able to see the Trojan War and its heroes play out. By the end, we have come to understand the rage of Achilles, the authority of Agamemnon, and the cleverness of Odysseus. Their names live on and the Olympians continue to keep their place.  To the Romans, who inherited this legacy, the story continues into their world with the travels of Anchises and Aeneas.  Each tales is a struggle of the healing change against the static world except Aeneas.  He is presented at the foundation of Rome and its evolution into imperial order. My thought was what would happen if something through this cycle in a different way.

As it begins with a Titan confessing his knowledge to Zeus about the son of Thetis, I thought that it would be an incredible tale to have Zeus ignore the prediction and take Thetis for himself.  This simple turn would bring some great adventures and lead to a climatic conflict with all the races of classical mythology. I have constructed the characters and the outline. I hope to present some excerpts here and hope that everyone enjoys.

My thanks to all that have made this blog a success so far and I will continue to offer more.

crudus animus

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About I Write Irate

For me, this is a personal exploration into a part of me that has been silent for years. It is an opinion. It is an expression. It is who I am. The revelations will come and the patient reader will enjoy the craft displayed. I offer a challenge: Read this and you will come to understand a voice that speaks to the heart of the issue. It can reveal a compassion that some have left behind. Enjoy.

8 responses to “A Step Forward”

  1. Alex Jones says :

    Congrats on your 50-post milestone. Keep your passion flowing.

    Conflict (strife as Heraclitus calls it) is an integral part of the universe. Without conflict there would be no change, no growth, no motion. Heraclitus says “Strife is Justice” which means through conflict things come to exist (become).

  2. Tafacory says :

    I believe you’ve struck something here. Conflict is as necessary as stability and order. I hope you will post excerpts of your novel. I know that I would enjoy reading it. All the best.

    P.S. Have you seen The Immortals? If so, what were your thoughts on it?

    • I Write Irate says :

      That is one film that I need to watch a second time. My first time was during a bit of distraction, so I missed some of the plot. I did catch the names and some of the plot. Once I have watched it, I will likely post more on it.

      I will be posting a bit of excerpt soon as I edit it. I have not been pleased with the flow, but once I am, I will share. thanks.

  3. artzent says :

    Congratulations on your milestone and I am looking forward to more post from you.

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