Guest post: Building Your Extreme Pantheon Characters by TJ Perkins

TJ PerkinsTonight’s guest blog post, on the topic of mythic characters, is brought to you by Y.A. fantasy, mystery novelist and interviewee TJ Perkins.

Building Your Extreme Pantheon Characters

Okay, so you’ve got this great fantasy with great Gods and Goddesses ruling, or maybe they’re hidden entities throughout your story slightly affecting the lives of your characters, but…what about them?  You can’t just say there’s this ocean God that sinks ships; you need to build on that entity’s powers, background, etc.  So, let’s break this down:

Celtic Gods & Goddesses:

Flidhais – Irish Goddess of wild things and she was a shape-shifter

Brigit – A Triple Goddess – a Fire Goddess, a Battle Goddess and a Goddess of Water.  Any body of water is a connection to Her.  Does she have a special sword?  Special Armor?  What other attributes does she have?

Morrighen – Goddess of War, battle and fury. She will appear in Her Battle Crow aspect so She does shape-shifting, too.

Manannan Mac Lir – Patron of sailor and merchants.  His famed possessions include the yellow shaft, the red javelin and horse called Splendid Mane, and three swards name Retaliator, Great Fury and Little Fury.  He had a suit of armor that made him invisible and has the gift of immortality.

Norse Gods & Goddesses:

Freya – Ruler of the Valkyries.  Has a cloak of falcon feathers and is pulled in her chariot by two large blue cats.

Aegir – God of the seashore and ocean.  Similar to Neptune and has power over sea serpents and water monsters of all kinds.

Hel – Goddess of the dead and underworld.

Loki – God of mischief, trickery and cunning.  A master magician and conjurer as well as a shape-shifter.

Odin – the prime deity who gave his right eye for all knowledge.  He possesses vast strength and will power.  He is followed by a pair of ravens or wolves, (do you know their names?) and rides upon an eight-legged horse name Slepnir who represents time itself.

Thor – God of thunder, possesses a mighty hammer named Mjolnir.  He is the working-man’s god and rewards hard work.

This is just a few I have named and I encourage all of you to do research and find out more about the Gods and Goddesses.  If you want a Goddess, Elemental or Sprite of a tree, body of water, mountain, etc. Google it – you’ll be surprised of what you find.  Or create your own pantheon and borrow bits and pieces of powers and abilities from other deities.

The point is to expand on what the seen and unseen deities in your story are all about, what do they do, what is their background, how do they feel about things, do the items they posses also represent something even deeper, etc.

That’s all for now, so get those creative juices flowing and happy writing.

Thank you, TJ. Great to have you back!

TJ will be back in January talking about villains. 🙂

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front cover smallAward-winning author TJ Perkins is a well-respected author in the mystery / suspense genre. Her writing style has been compared to that of Mildred Wirt Benson A.K.A. Carolyn Keen (Nancy Drew).  Mystery books for ages 8-14 are Mystery of the Attic, On Forbidden Ground, Wound Too Tight and the first 5 books in the Kim & Kelly Mystery Series.

TJ has recently expanded into the world of fantasy for teens. Publisher Silver Leaf Books has contracted to release Shadow Legacy, a 5-book series of fantasy.  The first installment of this new exciting series, Art of the Ninja: Earth, is an award-winner and has been classified by readers and reviewers as a cross-genre of fantasy / manga. TJ lives in Baltimore, MD with her 2 cats and an imagination that’s bursting at the seams.

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Post-weekend Poetry 024: ‘Poem from Other World’ by Garden Urthark

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the twenty-fourth poem in this series.

This week’s piece is by poet, essayist, short story author and novelist Garden Urthark.

This poem is the final poem written by the hero, Moody Santo, in Garden Urthark’s Other World, an epic mystery in five parts that can be downloaded from Smashwords.  The poem, a sonnet, appears in the fourth part of Other World, which is entitled “Book of Afterlife.”

Let my love be darkness, let it be dark
Dark as a midnight sea.  I feel—I feel
The frantic waves rise upward in their arc
But to fall back to Earth again, and wheel
Back into dark.  O tumultuous One
Of Mysteries who made this sea of blood,
So take away all light from me, no sun
Controls my heart, nor makes it ebb or flood—
Not like the Moon, whose love I seek, whose face
I cannot touch, nor body kiss or hold,
Whose beauty all my yearning to embrace
Is not to reach, and soon I’ll be too old.
Such waves of darkness rise within my heart,
I weep such tears past finding out by art.

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Garden Urthark (Writer): A native of Washington, DC, and its suburbs, Garden Urthark wrote the Life Trilogy over a period of over thirty years, devoting over 18 years to Other World.

While a Visiting Student at Gallaudet University, where he worked part-time as an English tutor, he met his wife, Sung, who was one of the students he tutored.

Garden and Sung almost immediately began their collaboration on projects that would combine her art with his literary work.

Sung Kim (Artist):  Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Sung is deaf. She came to the United States to study art.

A graduate in Studio Art at Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts university in the world for deaf people, she married Garden Urthark and together they have a hearing son.

Sung’s artwork for the Life Trilogy includes reproductions of her oil on canvas paintings, paintings in acrylics, watercolors, and pencil drawings.

Portraits Deep in the Castle is available in paperback from Amazon.com; Other World is available as an eBook from Smashwords.

If you’d like to submit your poem (40 lines max) for consideration for Post-weekend Poetry take a look here.

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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays.

Various artistic opportunities

Below is a list of a few opportunities (in closing date order where applicable) for a variety of artists sent to me via email from http://www.creativenorthants.co.uk:

Dance4 is offering an internship from 18 July to 23 Sep to gain experience of working in the dance sector – http://www.dance4.co.uk. Deadline 30th June.

Training in Dance and Movement based work in dementia care, Northampton, UK on 3rd July (mailto:tinaheeley101@hotmail.com or call 07739315084) £20

Marketing for Makers Courses 2011 on 4 July at Ferrers Gallery, Staunton Harold, LE67 1RU see http://www.ferrersgallery.co.uk/coursesformakers.html

Performing Arts Network free event (talk by CEO of Curve/Edinburgh Festival show tips) 6 July, 5-7pm. Curve Theatre, Leicester LE1 1SB. http://pannetworkspring.eventbrite.com

Core Gallery Open Submission, international contemporary Arts Festival, South East London. http://www.coregallery.co.uk. Deadline: 10 July, 5pm

The BBC Performing Arts Fund now accepting applications for community dance project (deadline 12 July). See http://www.bbc.co.uk/performingartsfund/grants.

Writing your online profile, Wednesday 13 July, 6pm – 8pm. LCB Depot, Leicester LE1 1RE. Book at http://onlineprofile.eventbrite.com

Call for submissions: Frequency 2011 – Lincoln Festival of Digital Culture http://www.thresholdstudios.tv/frequency-2011 by 5pm Friday 15 July

The Upshot: East Midlands Creative Celebration Showcase (Diverse Visual & Performing Arts) Friday 15 July tel 0116 2533450 or email mailto:Mia@mainstreampartnership.co.uk.

An Introduction to the Games Industry: 21 & 22 July. Phoenix Square, Leicester, UK. http://www.phoenix.org.uk. Cost £60

Artist Call Out: Leicester Print Workshop (http://www.leicesterprintworkshop.com/news/14). Deadline for expressions: 5pm, 29 July

New 6-week Write Exposure Creative Writing Courses in Coalville, Leics, UK starting at the end of July (mailto:ches@writeexposure.co.uk) £50

Call for exhibition submissions to LCB Depot (a platform for emerging & professional artists) info@lcbdepot.co.uk – deadline 1st August.

Call for entries: Sculpture Competition (Oxford, Bath and London): http://www.artattheedge.org/competition. Deadline Monday 1 August, 2pm. Entry fee £10.

Promoting Your Music Online event Wednesday 10 August, 2pm-5pm. Studio 1, Embrace Arts, Lancaster Rd, Leicester LE1 7HA http://promotemusiconline.eventbrite.com

http://www.salonartprize.com offers £1000 prize money per category: Painting, Sculpture and Installation (including sound) and 2-D Media (ends 13.08)

2011 Aesthetica Creative Works Comp open (deadline end August) – Artwork & Photography, Poetry, Fiction (http://www.aestheticamagazine.com)

Marketing for Makers Courses 2011 on 12 Sept at Ferrers Gallery, Staunton Harold, LE67 1RU see http://www.ferrersgallery.co.uk/coursesformakers.html.

Child Protection Policy Writing : Review and Update Workshop
Thursday 15 September, 1pm-4.30pm. Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham. mailto:artsplan@artswork.org.uk

Call for Entries: World Event Young Artists – deadline 1st October (http://www.ukyoungartists.co.uk/content/weya-submission-now-open).

Bilston Craft Gallery is seeking innovative work in metal by national and regional makers… £4000 commission fee. http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/bilston/whats_on/004642.html

Leicestershire http://www.quirkycloset.com wants to make local artists and designers brands BIG (100 free “shop” spaces on the website).

CreativeCoffee Club is where creative people meet fortnightly on a Wednesday at Screen Lounge at Phoenix Square Digital Media Centre, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TJ. http://www.creativecoffeeleicester.com

Job opportunities based in the Midlands area, UK (http://www.themightycreatives.com/whats-new/jobs).

http://thrillskillsnchills.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html is a website “for writers of thrillers, crime, horror and mystery stories to share their short stories or flash fiction”.