Mythology

The Arrogant Writer and the Beached Mermaid

Welcome once again to the Myth of the Week. I've been putting together a list of myth requests from those folks what answered the last couple of open calls, to make sure I don't forget any of the ones I can answer (sadly, I don't always have the answer. I wish that I did.) What… Continue reading The Arrogant Writer and the Beached Mermaid

Mythology

Why do some people stay on the train past the end of the line?

Monday as always is Mythology day, and it's that time once again. (And who expected we'd still be keeping this up all these weeks later?) Today's myth offering answers a question posed by a fellow called CrazyDave. And you know, I'm not about to mess with him. Guy's crazy. I was going to go with… Continue reading Why do some people stay on the train past the end of the line?

Mythology

The Songs of Books

It is Mythology Day once again, and today's comes from... [checks notes] um... hm. Super Battle Droid. Look, I'm not going to ask for a clarification. He (or she) might have a blaster. My skin is soft and remarkably unblasterproof. Anyhow, SBD's question is simple. Well, actually, it's somewhat convoluted: What really happens to the… Continue reading The Songs of Books

Mythology

What’s the real deal with gasoline prices?

Today, we have a myth as suggested by a fellow who goes by Channing, who I know by a couple of other names but "Channing" works as well as any. Channing asks: What really is the deal with gasoline prices? Half the time there’s some kind of patent price-jacking going on to coincide with major… Continue reading What’s the real deal with gasoline prices?

Mythology

Why is the sky over Los Angeles that particular color of yellowish grey?

And here we have the next of our little modern myths. This one is less digressive -- it also ended up being longer than I had initially thought, but it's shorter than the last and it's a lot more story driven. It also has a few asides here and there, but they're brief. Let me… Continue reading Why is the sky over Los Angeles that particular color of yellowish grey?

Mythology, Short Story

Calliope Jones and the Writer’s Cusp

It's Random Thursday yet again! It's time to elaborate on monday's myth a little. Well, really what we're doing is reprinting something I wrote in my Livejournal on my birthday back in 2005. Which actually requires a little backstory. Which seems weird, but there we are. I have the good fortune to have been born… Continue reading Calliope Jones and the Writer’s Cusp

Mythology

Why can we walk past beautiful artwork without noticing it?

This was one of those nice, simple myths that would be fun to write that turned into seventy five hundred words. Still, I had fun doing it, and that's a cool thing. If nothing else, it proves that yes, I am still a writer, and that's always good. Wednesday, when I described the premise to… Continue reading Why can we walk past beautiful artwork without noticing it?

Mythology

Why does Starbucks Coffee… um… maybe you should just read it.

It's monday, so it's time for our second myth of the modern world. I promise you they won't all be about coffee. I'm not obsessed or anything. Anyway, with a little luck I won't be sued over this one.... *** *** *** *** When amateur mythologists and fantasists try to populate their pantheons and philosophies… Continue reading Why does Starbucks Coffee… um… maybe you should just read it.

Mythology, Short Story

Introduction and Coffee

This is the first post in the Mythology of the Modern World: an encyclopedia of things unseen in modern day society. Or "look, in today's society, the nymphs and sirens who once wielded allure and song to draw sailors to their doom have cell phones and the internet like all the rest of us do.… Continue reading Introduction and Coffee