I’ll try to be as contained as possible with this announcement: I FINISHED LACERATIONS IN THE DIRT!
Before you get too excited, it isn’t ready to be unveiled to the world, it needs some heavy editing, but it is much closer! You can find a rough excerpt of the first bit here.
More interestingly, I’ve done more preliminary work on my other story:
It’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to post anything or get much work done. So please allow this post to mark my official return to the wonderful world of the Mayans and Mesopotamians. Since I’ve been gone, like I said before, I didn’t have much time to work, but I had quite a bit of time to think. So what did I think about? My two stories of course!
As the title suggests, I may have gotten a bit ahead of myself. After a lengthy (but very inspiring and interesting) conversation with my mentor, Robert Whitehall, he suggested that I put a bit more of a plot into Lacerations in the Dirt. He said that the story was more of a divine lament, like many passages from the Odyssey, Iliad, or Aeneid. He thought that this story would be better, functionally, if it were placed into a context.
He and I came up with the idea of putting Cabrakan’s cry on a wall, and an archaeologist, on a tip from a couple of locals, discovering it. The purpose behind this is simply to add a more developed introduction into the context of Cabrakan’s rage and anguish. Some ideas I had for the wall were to have much of it inscribed in relatively fresh clay, to assert this idea that Cabrakan is only now at his breaking point.
I’ll be setting this portion of the story in a heavily wooded area of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico (The area native to the Mayans). This amateur archaeologist, expecting perhaps a small town (at best), and instead manages to find a tremendous threat upon humanity written by a giant, will be quite the ride. I’m quite excited to keep moving forward on my story. See you guys next week!
Image Source: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucatán_Peninsula>
For the past two weeks I’ve been gearing up to start writing my next story! Since the Mesopotamians are going to be my focus for this one, I decided to begin with some basic research on their culture and beliefs. So I’ve been reading Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia, an excellent overview (as the title would suggest) about Mesopotamian daily life and culture. My focus was, of course, on the religion section. But one subsection caught my eye: Sorcerers, Exorcists, and Diviners. This span of 20 or so pages was full of wonderful information about the Mesopotamian belief in magic.
This week had been a nightmare! I spent countless nights awake and trying to stay on top of all of my work while simultaneously making progress on my story. I got a little more research done on the Hero Twins, who are some of the antagonists of my story (although in traditional Mayan myth they are obviously considered heroes). But in significantly more exciting news: My first story is finished! It needs to be edited still but I’m going to be moving on to the Mesopotamians shortly.
This week I spent a majority of my time away from writing and dedicated myself more to learning about Mayan mythological themes and the broader ideas of Mayan belief. I found article Here that helped me tremendously with that. From the article I learned a lot about, not Zipacna or Cabrakan (who have been my primary focuses in past weeks), but the ubiquity of Mayan culture relating to their worship. Continue reading
A brief progress update:
My first story is beginning to find its way to the end of the writing phase. I think that it is structurally and stylistically complete, however, it needs more detail and description before I can enter the editing process.
The main focus on my post this week will be answers. Since my last post, a few questions have been raised that I thought I should clarify, so as to further explain my project:
I began getting into the writing phase of my story this week. I spent a good deal of time over the past seven days trying to come up with a good story to tell about Zipacna: I was going nowhere quickly. So after a few days of no inspiration I decided to further research not only more about the Mayan personification of the ground, but also his family. That’s when it hit me: Zipacna’s brother, Cabrakan, was god of mountains and earthquakes. I decided to write the story from Cabrakan’s perspective, talking about his worry for his brother’s health and welfare.
This Semester, I will be working on an independent project focusing on four major ancient religions: Mayan, Mesopotamian, Zoroastrianism, and Norse. My goal is to write about five to six short stories about selected characters from these various religions. My general style of writing is to explore the emotions of the characters, in order to create a narrative surrounding that. Each of their own unique experiences will be characterized by their relationship with other deities and with the people who the they govern. With this project, I hope to gain a better understanding of various ancient cultures, while simultaneously developing my skills as a writer. Continue reading