Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.
I decided to start with a myth many of us are very familiar with: Arthurian Legends.
Although many believe the character of King Arthur is inspired by a real Roman-British king who beat back the Saxons, the stories are pure myth. But it's an enduring one. The images of kings and queens, knights and quests, chivalry and duty...they all come from Arthurian Legends.
The first official story of Arthur goes back to the 1100s by Geoffrey of Monmouth's "The History of the Kings of England." Here, the book traces its roots all the way back to Aeneas, Prince of Troy. Later, we have Sir Thomas Mallory's version "LeMorte de Arthur."
Mallory's version was the first real effort of bringing together all the various British and Celtic
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Arthurian Legends continue to endure and inspire. From Disney cartoons (The Sword in the Stone), to musicals (Camelot), and other books and movies (Merlin, Mists of Avalon, and even Star Wars), it seems we still can't get enough of these stories.
Insecure Writer's Support Group for April
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
I know you're all sick of me talking about book sales, but I've reached a new milestone.
For thirty days straight, I sold ZERO books. Nada. Nothing. Zip.
My sales have been slowing down, especially since I haven't really invested in any kind of marketing, but I at least sell 3-5 a month at the very least. But no sales for an entire month?
What's keeping me going is knowing that I've got some big events coming up. I have some big events/cons coming up this year. I tend to do well at these kinds of venues, as my audience attends these conventions. Interestingly, the people who dress up all steampunkfied DON"T buy my books. I know. Weird.
My third book in my steampunk series, The Mechanica Wars, will hopefully be out in time for all of these big events in May, although it seems my audience is dwindling.
Oh well. I'll just have to keep trying and then reevaluate my second full year being on this crazy writing/publishing journey.