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Thank you once again for allowing me to dub your work. I have a few more planned to get out when I get more lines from other people, but here’s the one we finished today! I hope you enjoy it!!! Let me know if there are any other links to your content you would like me to put in the description! <3 

midnightstarlightwrites  asked:

Hi Kata. A family in the book im planning are descended from Greek mythology but aren't related to the Gods. They're my antagonists so they're rich, back stabby, greedy and full of hubris even towards their own kin. Im having trouble researching mortal Greek myths with families of people like that. Can you give me any suggestions? All I can think of is Sisyphus and I don't want to step on your toes!

Sorry this took so long to answer, I had to get all my notes in order.  You wouldn’t be stepping on my toes, and you CANNOT GO WRONG with all the wrongness of the House of Aeolus.  They are just totally fucked up from beginning to end and a lot of their most prominent members are on the Tartarus roll call.

Let’s do a brief overview, shall we?

Aeolus
Punished his son Macareus and his daughter Canace for incest by throwing his grandson (their issue) out a window to be torn apart by dogs.  Thus he was a kinslayer, possibly the greatest sin in Ancient Greece and went to Tartarus.

Sisyphus
Son of Aeolus.  Murdered house guests (one of the biggest no-nos in Ancient Greece as they were all about hospitality), raped his niece Tyro, tried to trick Persephone into releasing him from the underworld, got his wife Merope to skip certain funerary rites for him so he could con his way back to earth, trapped Thanatos in his own chains, captured Thanatos in a sack to keep death from happening.  Ultimately punished by Persephone and currently stuck rolling a rock up a hill for eternity.

Salmoneus
Brother of Sisyphus, son of Aeolus.  Murdered his subjects by throwing lightning bolt shaped spears at them from his chariot, which he’d set up on a wooden platform to mimic thunder. Pretended to be Zeus, was subsequently struck down by him.  In Tartarus, punishment not specified.

Athamas
Due to serious and continued shaming and philandering, his first wife Ino convinced him to kill his son by another mother, Phrixus, by way of human sacrifice, but Phrixus was rescued at the last minute by a fairly complex deus ex machina.  He was subsequently driven mad and murdered his legitimate son, Learchus.

Cretheus
Fathered several sons and daughters and seems to be the only one of the four major sons of Aeolus who didn’t fuck up extraordinarily.  He married his niece, Tyro, but that was something very common for royal Greek families who wanted to keep the bloodlines pure (and true of royal lineages before and after, ie. the 4-8th dynasties of Egypt, the Hapsburg family, etc.)  Ever wonder where the term “blue blood” comes from?  It’s because those of royal blood were so inbred that their skin was thin enough to see veins.  Hence, blue blood.

Tyro
Daughter of Salmoneus, wife of Cretheus, raped by Sisyphus who did so with the intent of begetting sons on her that would dethrone her father so Sisyphus could usurp his kingdom.  When Tyro found out, she murdered her sons by him.  She is the only singular female mentioned as a denizen of Tartarus (besides the Daenids).

Here’s a little aside to all this though:  The Aeolic branch of the Greek nation was Thessalonian, their descendant rulers were kings of Boeotia, and stories about them function about the same in mythology as the explanations about the lines of Ishmael and Lot function in the Hebrew Torah.  They’re not very flattering.  Tales about the House of Aeolus were written by Athenian authors in Attica, who were almost constantly at war with the Boeotians in pre-classical and classical times.

In the same respect, the descendants of Isaac (Israel) were constantly at war with the descendants of Lot and Ishmael, so of course they would tell unflattering stories about the founders of those tribes (Ishmael was born from a sex slave of Abraham, Lot conceived his nation by incest with his daughters).  By that same token, the most memorable and transcribed stories about the founders of the Aeolic branch of the Greek people would include their members all residing in Tartarus because those stories were written down by people who lived in Athens.

Mejhiren’s Overly Ambitious Fic Writing Goals for 2014 ;D

Character lexicon, just in case:

  • Jack = Mr. Everdeen, Katniss’s father
  • Alys/Alyssum Ebberfeld = Mrs. Everdeen, Katniss’s mother
  • Janek = Mr. Mellark, Peeta’s father
  • Raisa = Mrs. Mellark, Peeta’s mother

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When the Moon Fell in Love with the Sun. This one is front and center, of course, and at the very least, I want to finish Act Two this year. I’m estimating it will be another seven chapters, and it’ll bring readers up to the big twist/conflict (you think you know, but you don’t - unless you’ve read “East of the Sun and West of the Moon,” and even then I might manage to hoodwink you a little ;D) and launch them headlong into a third act that just might cause some whiplash after the relatively sedate pace of Acts One and Two. ;D

The Sleep of Paradise (The Blue Lagoon; Peeta/Katniss) For real this time! DandelionSunset and I got to talking about this after that wonderful ask from ijustwriteshungergames and we both miss and really want to continue that premise. (If anyone wasn’t here last winter when we were first tossing around the idea, this will be a co-written fic and here is the official teaser. :D)

More Fairy Tales of Panem. (If that’s all right with you guys, of course? ;D) Last spring I helped Everlarkrecs with the THG Fairy Tale Challenge, and my written contribution ended up being four oneshots and the beginning of a WIP. As I looked at the plot bunnies I want to tackle this year, I realized that several are fairy tale retellings and thought, “Why not just set aside a month somewhere and do another run of fairy tales?” I’d love to expand Fairy Tales of Panem into an anthology of sorts – the sort of thing one reads to tide them over after When the Moon is finished (or, more likely, while waiting for an update ;D). So here are the tales I’m thinking on/dabbling with:

  • The Crane Wife (Peeta/Katniss).ALLOB asked for this a hundred years ago, and I need to finish it before she sends eagles to eat my liver. :/ (P.S. Katniss is a swan, and a happy ending is assured.)
  • Snow White (Jack/Raisa, Peeta/Katniss). I posted the opening of this back in September and am kind of embarrassingly besotted with it. Jack is a grieving king and Raisa a baker’s widow; she serves as wet nurse to baby Katniss in a moment of need and becomes the new queen/stepmother – and of course, brings her three little blond boys to the palace with her…
  • Sapsorrow/Donkeyskin/Thousandfurs (Peeta/Katniss). I’ve had this kicking around my brain for a while and am aching to write a version myself. (I’m most familiar with/fond of “Sapsorrow” from the Jim Henson Storyteller series, which can be viewed here.) Think of it: Katniss and her beloved father facing the prospect of a forced marriage…gowns like the sun and moon and stars…a disguise made of all the furs to be found in the forest – and Peeta falling in love with every incarnation of Katniss. *sighs*
  • Cruel Sisters (Janek/Alys, Jack/Alys). The inspiring story is best known as “Cruel Sisters,” but you might also know it as Loreena McKennitt’s “The Bonny Swans.” Long story short: two young women (say, Raisa and Alys) are walking by a river and one pushes the other in, with the intent to drown her and steal her man. The drowning girl in the ballad meets a macabre end (as a harp of singing bones) while achieving a twisted sort of justice/revenge, but Mejhiren has much more fascinating plans for Alyssum Ebberfeld. (Which may or may not involve a village downriver and a black-haired boy…)
  • Continuation/Completion of A Many-Petaled Rose (Snow White and Rose Red; multi-Everlark). Because apparently people want this, for some silly reason. *grins like an idiot*

Further Tales of Panem. These might get added to Fairy Tales of Panem or become their own category (Myths of Panem?) or just sit on my hard drive as notes for a year or two. We’ll see how it goes. :D

  • The Huntress and the Honey-God (Cupid and Psyche; Peeta/Katniss with slight Janek/Alys) I posted a partial prologue for this last summer and would really love to continue/complete it. Raisa is a harvest goddess spin on Venus, Peeta is her youngest son with a gift for honey, and Katniss is his half-mortal playmate who steals his heart, with and without arrows. :D
  • Untitled Hades and Demeter fic (yes, Demeter, not Persephone - Jack/Alys, Janek/Alys). This came to me immediately after my car accident (so there’s one good thing about that day!), courtesy of that one throwaway line in WtM about “the king of the earth and the queen of its bounty.” Picture this: Jack is the immortal son of the earth itself and a gorgeous shapeshifting Titan (Ashpet as a sometimes-cougar or doe). He lives underground, has silver eyes, weeps diamonds, and can pluck ores from the earth at will. His father makes him companions (Seam folk) but he falls in love with Alys, who’s an aboveground goddess with powers of planting, etc., and they literally share the soil, which is important and angsty and sweet in turns. But of course, she’d be meant for Janek, but something about Jack would call to her, and exquisite complications would ensue.

Whew! That’s everything that comes to mind at present. We’ll see how far I get! ;D