NaNo Day #19: Storm’s a’Brewing…

19 11 2015

Weather.: Wind. Cold. Snow imminent. November in its best beat down mode.

Finding that using the “Holes in History” method of research is yielding a lot of helpful info. I’m a fan of mythology, all kinds. I love the richness of the stories and the creativity that was  involved in the creation of gods and their interactions. The concepts of evil and good, and how they vary depending on the culture that is involved. Some deities and their nemeses have complicated concepts of what is moral and what is caprice and what is destructive.

I love the second tier of supernatural elements as well: the demons, the angels, the good and bad support spirits, the way animals and nature are integrated into the very characteristics and personalities of the elementals.

Such a rich tapestry of characters to draw from, and also, so many little loopholes in factual history to exploit, to pull the ribbons of myths through and tie little bows. I can create origin stories from the spaces in the timelines, in the gaps in the histories, in the missing elements of archaeology and biology and texts. Statuary without explanation can be woven into a story-line, as can unknown figures in carvings and paintings and mosaics.

I  love using actual artifacts and those question marks as the foundation of a story, or the backstory of a character.

Weirdly enough, I don’t have as much fun with warping actual facts or giving documented timelines a tweak. As much as I love Sleepy Hollow‘s fantastic twisting of Revolutionary War facts and participants, I’m not as enamored of doing the same in my stories. I’d rather work in the backdrop, in the sidelines. A better example would be what Tom Stoppard did with “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead“, taking side characters, who only spoke Shakespeare’ lines when they were interacting with the other characters from Hamlet. Left on their own, they engaged in existential and absurdest exchanges that turned the whole of the story into something else entirely. (It’s one of my favorite plays, if only for the line,”England? It’s a conspiracy by cartographers.” )

So, my latest pastiche of story and myth and sort of history, with an icing of vampires, werewolves and ancient gods, oh my! managed an additional 1872 words today.

So my new total?
Friday tomorrow, and back in the word mines. This weekend is looking shite, weatherwise, with our first real snowfall for the year. Living lakeside can be a crapshoot with the weather, so we’ll see.

Till tomorrow!



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