Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Experiments with Mythology #2: The Hierarchy/Family Tree

in the last experiment with mythology, I presented my desire to create a mythology with inspirations from other mythologies. One inspiration I took was that of a hierarchy amongst the gods or a family tree. To begin, no gods will be born or conceived but made. Not all supernatural deities are gods, some will be spirits, others will be representatives, and some will just be mortals given immortality from natural death. The "family tree" in this case would be the relationships between creator and created and while some deities will be made from multiple creators, this is meant to show a joint effort in the creation of these deities. With that disclaimer out of the way, I'd like to present to you my current supernatural family tree:

                 Humans<-------------------Elder god--------------------------------------------|
                                                                 |                                                                  |
                                                    |-------------------------------|                                  Possession 
                                          Day                                 Night                                        |
                                                   |                                         |                                    The Great
                                          |----------|                          |----------|                                  Wolf
                                  God   Goddess                  God  Goddess                                |
                                    \/             \/                        \/            \/                                    |
                                      \-----------------------------------------/                                    \/
                                                                      |------------------------------|                  Eternal
                                                             4 Winds                       Hunter/Huntress-->Hunt
                                         |                                        |
              -----------------------------------------             |
              |                   |                 |                |             |
            North         South         East         West          |
                  |                   |                 |                |             |    
     Opportunity      Risk          Past         Future        |
                                                                                   of Man to Gods

While I'm open to including more to this hierarchy, this is I expect to be the final family tree for the mythology. Notice that only 11 deities are depicted. The tags that are underlines are descriptors and not individual deities. For example, there's no deity called Day that made a god and goddess but an elder god that made a god and goddess of day and also for night. these tags will be explained further in later "Experiments with Mythology." I plan on explaining each of the deities in groups going down the hierarchy starting with the elder god. Also, the list of deities I intend on keeping small. This is for ease of writing so that I don't run in to contradiction with more intricate mythologies. Many ancient mythologies have been around for millennium and thus have most of their deities and concepts worked out. I obviously don't have this kind of freedom and must do with a smaller range of deities. This will also be easier for readers since it will not require much background. For example, the Percy Jackson Series by Rick Roidan, he has a huge range of stories and characters to support his demi-god heroes and has all the fluidity that comes with it. I still expect to have plenty to work with since these deities will have very vague dominions and powers. Overall, I'm very pleased with this family tree and will go into detail each of them (except for humans) in later blog posts.

Class Work: What do I love to do?

What do I love to do?
What do you want to do?
What will you do to reinforce that tomorrow?

I could go on for days about all the things I love to do because there's a lot that I enjoy doing. From music to video games, I could spend a life time on all of them. But, most of them I understand to be hobbies. I loved playing clarinet in high school but I never had the drive to be the best clarinet player in the world. Just good enough to get the solo. With acting, I want to get better and better at every scene and with every turn, I'm always looking for something to do better, but I can see a happy life where I never act again. With computers and programming, I get it, its like second nature to me. Every work and every character makes art on a screen and how good code flows into itself without draw backs or cut offs, but to sit in front of a computer all day hassling over the crap code that just doesn't want to work and hear everyone who doesn't know how to do something and asks everyone else around them to help them, I wouldn't last a day. Then video games. I love playing any game i can get my hands on but only once because after that its gets boring. It becomes static and worthless. two things that i know I will never stop doing though is 1: telling stories and 2: dealing with social drama. I love telling a rich story with intrigue and new surprises. I love getting any story I can if its well told. I love going up to someone and reminiscing about old times but not enough to make a career. With social drama, I couldn't tell you why. when a friend has a problem in their lives and they come to me for advice or just to vent, I get excited. I'm hearing about their problematic lives, figuring out ways to help them uncoil the mess they have, to cut the strings that hold them or bring them back from rock bottom. The idea is beyond fascinating, it's the one thing I'm really truly passionate about. I hate the idea of being a therapist though. Learning every little detail about the human condition and listening to heart wrenching problems from people who are paying me to listen. no thank you.

What do I want to do? I want to write stories. I want to touch peoples hearts with a good story in the theaters, on a page, or by voice. I want to change peoples lives by spreading my ideas in print or video games. if i could tell stores for a living, I's happily do so

What will I do to reinforce this tomorrow? I already have. It's even on my blog. under "Experiments with mythology" and "Experiments with short stories" i'm creating the backgrounds and practicing plots for writing a novel. when or if I will finish, I don't know.