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#FlashFiveFriday – Myths

This month Mr B and I are taking part in #FlashFiveFriday run by The Indie Exchange.

#FlashFiveFriday is a weekly flash fiction / flash blogging prompt.

The rules are very simple if you’d like to take part:

1) Write for no longer than five minutes
2) No upper or lower word limits
3) You must write something new
4) You can prepare your post ahead of time but the 5 minute limit still applies
5) If you add your blog post to the weekly linky you must visit five other blogs that week too to show your support

I am also taking part in NaBloPoMo August.

 

#FlashFiveFriday – Myths

Dave

Growing up, myths and legends for me meant either the Greek tales or the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Such stories have stayed with me into adulthood – I’ve even read all the stories in Thomas Malory’s Le Morte A’Arthur (about 500!), but since attending college my interests have broadened somewhat.

My first foray into writing was partly due to the discovery of the Norse myths of the Vikings. I’d never imagined that mythology could be so gritty yet so brilliant in equal measure. There was more realism to the Viking stories than the Greek tales for me.

My interest went even further towards the Icelandic sagas which were full of action, adventure, romance and intrigue. I finally braved the legendary poem Beowulf as well, though I was assisted somewhat by a translation from the poet, Seamus Heaney. For its age, Beowulf is a remarkable piece of literature and will stand up to many contemporary writers for centuries to come.

There is something forever fascinating about myths and legends. They helped inspire me to become a writer myself and in some ways I am building a mythology and legends myself, though it will never come to rival that of the past masters, I know that for certain.

 

 

Donna

I can’t say I’ve ever been a huge fan of myths and legends. When I read how passionate Mr B is about them, I know I’ll never quite embrace them with quite the same fervour. Nonetheless, there are stories that you hear in childhood that stay with you for a long time. The minotaur. Medusa.

When I was idly Googling to get a little inspiration for this piece (as you do!) I came across this site, which has amazing resources to encourage children to learn about myths and legends. Everything from a myth map to a story creator. I remember when I was at school and we did something ‘interactive’ – usually involving those little bean-filled cushions for some reason – it would fill me with delight. Do children still feel the same now? Or have computers and interactive programs become the norm?

It makes me wonder if the days of story time and bean-filled sacks will soon be the stuff of myth and legend. I hope not!

 

NaBloPoMo

Which is better — ice cream on a hot day or hot chocolate in winter?

Definitely hot chocolate in winter! There’s something wonderful about snuggling up with a good book and a hot drink, all toasty warm even when it’s bitter cold outside.!

Author: Donna Brown Donna is a longtime book lover and sometime book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short (or long) stories as and when inspiration hits and is married to fantasy author David M. Brown (Fezariu's Epiphany, A World Apart). She was also co-contributor to David's book, Man vs Cat, a humorous look at life with six rambunctious rescue cats. Donna has lived in many different areas of the UK over the last 30-something years but has remained in Yorkshire for the past decade. She ardently disputes the misnomer that 'It's grim up north'.

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  1. Donna
    Donna 3 years ago .Reply

    I don't really like mythology (you can read why I don't like Greek mythology in my post today). However, I recently read a contemporary novel that had some Egyptian mythology to it and I enjoyed that so maybe a I should broaden my horizons. After all, that's what reading is all about.

    • David M. Brown
      David M. Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Thanks for commenting Donna.

      I don't enjoy all mythology but I find it interesting to see the different perspectives. I have many more mythologies to discover on the TBR pile though I doubt any, for me, will rival the Norse myths.

  2. JC Andrijeski
    JC Andrijeski 3 years ago .Reply

    As usual, I just love the contrast between your two posts, and the different viewpoints they represent…funnily enough, I could relate to both in some ways. When I find myths I like, I love them, but a lot of them leave me cold, too. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • David M. Brown
      David M. Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Thanks for commenting.

      I love the variety in mythology and they are so good for the imagination. The Greek tales have some moral lessons as well.

  3. Gregory S. Lamb
    Gregory S. Lamb 3 years ago .Reply

    The public library system where I live (Multnomah County – Portland Oregon) still has story time for the little ones. It warms my heart to see them embrace the adventure of a good story and beg the reader for more in order to find out what happens next.Now that technology is more intuitive and user friendly, the computer tech industry has been bringing aboard "normal" people to translate to developers how ordinary mortals prefer to embrace and use technology. Little by little I no longer feel like the laptop or the lame software that came with it are so limited as to shape how I'm supposed to think when using them.All said, woe to the people I see attempting to use a handheld device while driving!

    • David M. Brown
      David M. Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Thanks for commenting Gregory.

      I'm glad story time still continues in schools. I think it's a great thing for the kids to have.

      Yes, modern technology and how we use it is frightening sometimes, especially your example of people driving while trying to work a device! I see that more often than I would like!

  4. vickie johnstone
    vickie johnstone 3 years ago .Reply

    The myth prompt stumped me too. I couldn't think of anything and then I remembered about reading Ovid's Methamorphosis (I hope that's spelt right) with Narcissus, all of those wood nymphs being turned to bark and Ariadne cos she got turned into a spiddie and I hate them!! Tho they do spin incredible webs. I liked the contrast between the two spun tales. It is fun creating a new world, but bizarre when you think about all those great writers who came before and who we can't hope to follow… I speak for myself anyway!! I hope playtime with fun things is still going. My fave part of Infant School was Friday afternoons when everyone had free time. There were toys, games and outfits to dress up in and a Wendy House. I also ran to grab the white rabbit costume. Once I couldn't get it fast enough and sulked like crazy. I also loved history as a kid, so I hope today's kids are learning their myths! :)

    • David M. Brown
      David M. Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Thanks for commenting Vickie.

      I'll have to read that one by Ovid. Sounds good.

      I agree that past writing masters will never be bettered, not by me anyway.

      Your playtime at school sounded really cool. I don't recall the same excitement where I attended :( We still had story time though which was always great.

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  6. alchemyofscrawl
    alchemyofscrawl 3 years ago .Reply

    I love the two sides of the same coin. Yes, Donna in school they still do interactive stuff with the small bean bags or a scrunched up ball of paper. :-)

    • David M. Brown
      David M. Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Thanks for commenting Coral.

      We're relieved the bean bags are still in use :)

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