Sticky #63

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Happy Easter! If you’ve been keeping up with Fie Eoin Fridays then you will probably recognize this sticky from Aleda’s Story #2. Aleda and her husband, Carrick, have just herded the Faye children out of Gaerlom to the relative safety of the mountains. But their ordeal is far from over, and Aleda has never been so far away from home.

I thought it was appropriate for today because Aleda is the Mother Goddess of the Seven Tribes. This Aleda is not named after the goddess – in fact, the goddess is named after her. I’ve always been intrigued by legends and myths, and it always seemed to me that some part of them were anchored in the truth. A truth that had been exaggerated and blown out of proportion over time. Aleda’s Story has been a fun way for me to explore how the legends and myths of the Seven Tribes (including Fie Eoin) might have some small basis in fact.

Have you explored the legends and myths of your WIP’s world? Could there be a hint of truth buried in there?

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Rebecca Enzor

Rebecca Enzor is a chemist in Charleston, SC who writes Young Adult and New Adult Fantasy and Magical Realism. Repped by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary.

8 thoughts on “Sticky #63”

  1. Love this sticky note excerpt!

    I did read some mythology for one of my novels…way back in the day, LOL! In my YA dystopian, I made up the mythology–kinda fun!

  2. You know how much I love myths. The fact that you have this level of thought and detail in your backstory is impressive!

    Have you read Elantris by Brandon Sanderson yet? I started reading it this morning. The book begins 10 years after the deities become damned. Fascinating.

    1. Way back when I first started writing FE one of my friends who was reading it was really into LoTR, and asked me about their gods. I hadn’t thought of it before that, but now it has enriched the story so much I’m glad she did 🙂

      Haven’t read Elantris yet, but it is on my to-read list. Let me know what you think, and I’ll bump it up (or down) a few spots 😉

  3. I’ve never truly explored myth and legends before in my writing–normally I write contemporary works. But I can see where writing fantasy or escapism type books that myth would be fun to explore. I love Hunger Games and to know she based the idea on Greek mythology (I think it was Greek. I could be wrong here). I learned something.

    To use that kind of history and weave it into fiction works, is a great way to learn.

    Great post.

    1. There are plenty of legends and myths for contemporary literature 🙂 Urban Legends, Ghost Stories, anything having to do with religion. It may not have a place in the novels you write, but it is there if you ever want to delve into it 🙂

      I didn’t know Hunger Games was based on Greek Mythology! No wonder I liked that series so much 🙂 (although, now that I think back on it, there certainly were quite a few hints…)

      Thank you for stopping by, Angela! I love your long comments. They always make me think 🙂

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