I know it’s been a little while, but the end of the school year caught up with me. I was also getting ready to sell my book and some felting I’ve been working on at our local Art in the Park — an annual event here in Kamloops on Canada Day. It was super fun. Here’s a picture from my booth.
Working on Betrayed
As much as I love Antigone, I am finding that I need a break from her, so I am going to spend the next little while working on another novel I have in the works called Betrayed (working title). This one is most definitely aimed at adults and is about Clytemnestra, who is the sister of Helen of Troy and was married to Agamemnon (the leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War). She’s an interesting character who is villianized in most of ancient literature because she took a consort while her husband was away at the Trojan War, then killed him upon his return. But, she does have her reasons… Her story has a lot of fantastic avenues to explore.
Prophecy is Half Price
Smashwords is doing a fun summer sale, so I’ve put Prophecy on for half price for July so I can participate. If you don’t know, Smashwords is a great site where independent authors can offer their books for sale in all of the major ereader formats. It’s free to join and there are thousands of amazing books to choose from. To get Prophecy at half price, go the my page here and use the coupon code SSW50. Feel free to share.
Greek Myth: Medea
My ten year old daughter read Prophecy recently and especially enjoyed the gory part where Oedipus pokes his eyes out with broaches. Yes, my daughter has a morbid sense of humour — but she was also asking about other gory myths and Medea came to mind. Her story isn’t one you find in any of the children’s collections of ancient myths and she was enthralled by it, so I thought I’d share it here. There are many variations — but in every one Medea is a colourful character. Here is a painting of Medea about to murder her children by Eugene Ferdinand Vicor Delacroix from 1862.
Medea is the daughter of King Aeetes of Colchis and is an enchantress. She meets and falls in love with Jason (of Jason and the Argonauts) when he visits Colchis in order to obtain the Golden Fleece. Medea offers to help Jason retrieve the Golden Fleece on the condition that if he succeeds that he will marry her. He agrees, and with Medea’s help, he performs all of the tasks necessary to get the Golden Fleece.
And here is where Medea’s story takes a terrible turn. In order to escape Colchis, Medea distracts her father from following them by killing and cutting up her brother and throwing pieces of his body overboard, knowing that her father will have to stop to gather them in order to give him a proper burial.
Medea and Jason do get away and Medea again uses her magic to keep them safe. Finally they get to Corinth where the couple gets married and have several children. They live happily for ten years in Corinth until Jason decides to marry Glauce, the daughter of Creon, who is the king of Corinth. Medea is upset by Jason’s plan and tells him so, but he argues that she is a barbarian and that he needs a respectable marriage — and that she can remain his consort.
As you can imagine, Medea is not happy about this plan and plots a hideous revenge. She poisons some golden robes and a coronet given to her as an heirloom from Helios — a gift she hopes will tempt Glauce despite the fact that they came from her. She even has her children deliver the robes. Medea’s plan works, and when Glauce puts on the robes, she is fatally poisoned, as is her father who tries to rescue her.
But, Medea is not done. In order to make her revenge on Jason truly complete, she must destroy his existing family, so she murders their children. Medea knows that she will suffer too, but it is worth it to her to see Jason devastated. In the end, she and her dead children escape in Helios’ chariot, leaving Jason behind, having lost everything.
So, there it is in a nutshell, one of the more terrible myths around.
I hope you are all enjoying your summer. Has anyone found some good summer reads? I have recently plunged into Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series (I don’t know why it took me so long to get to these, but they are fantastic). I am always on the lookout for good books to read, so feel free to email me.