Monday, September 20, 2010

AN IMAGINATION FIRED BY MYTHICAL WORLDS


When I was a kid I loved stories set around myths. I don’t know how many books I’ve read in my lifetime on various pantheons of gods and goddesses. I loved the worlds set around them. Magic and lore. 

I've always loved Boris Vallejo's work.
My imagination was always fired by stories of mythical animals and things like the mythical world of fairies and elves of the Celtic lore. I collected pictures or checked books out of the library and drew or painted some of the pictures or pictures based on what I read from my imagination from these stories. Much of my artwork through my teen years involved women warriors with various magical creatures, some not from this world but from portals opening into alternate worlds. I made up a lot of stories about such worlds. To me finding and taming a magical creature always held a special appeal Hagrit (from Harry Potter) and I are kindred spirits. Probably because I had a close affinity to animals to begin with and just imagine one with magic or telepathy (which all my imagined creatures had). Lol!

Dragons have always held special place in my heart. I love them. I have a dragon mascot sitting on my computer in my office. I have posters too. I’m afraid I was highly incensed with the perception of dragons being something that brave knights killed. Uh, no. To me dragons were majestic and honorable. It wasn’t until I was well into adulthood that a friend, who was involved with astrology and in the process of learning all about the Chinese end of things, told me I was a dragon. Hmmm, okay, makes sense.

I was visiting my brother over the weekend and I talk about stories I think of or ideas—very normal for me because I always told the *little kids* stories as we grew up. They were my captive audience. They cheered ohh and aahhed and begged for more.

 My brother reminded me of a series of stories I made up and told to them about shifters like wolves and cougars, cats with magical powers, and my mighty dragon warriors. You know, I’d forgotten much of it until he reminded me of one his favorite stories. My other two brothers were there and reminded me of my stories of Merlin, King Arthur and the round table and the very unique knights. Women warriors also figured pretty prominently in these tales. It was fun listening to them recount various stories I told.

My son, who will be sixteen shortly, was all round eyed. He told them of the stories I’d tell him when he was three onward about Lobo the wolf. Lobo was the protector of Jake in all the stories and adventures. Of course, my son found all sorts of trouble and hairy situations to get into when he was little and I wished I had a Lobo to watch over him. Lobo was loosely based on my own half Husky/wolf, Micah. But unlike Micah, Lobo was telepathic. He then told them about this really cool story idea I had been talking about to him the past few months and this time he added elements to the story. Will I write it? I’m in the process of another one right now, but I do have this one and the world outlined, so yes, I probably will soon.

  • Don't you love imagination? So what fires your imagination?


Luis Royo is another favorite of mine and of course it's a woman warrior.





19 comments:

Elle J Rossi said...

Great blog post. I wish someone would have told me these types of stories when I was growing up. Obviously you told them well because your brothers and your son remember them vividly.

To answer your question, landscapes spark my imagination. I see desolate field highlighted by the colors of the fading sun. My mind turns it into a battlefield and it's almost always one against many.

I see people on the streets or in a coffee shop and my imagination builds stories about who they are, where they came from and what secrets they are hiding.

Any raspberry mocha today?

Tonya Kappes said...

Dragons are fun. Plus they can be what ever you want them to be. My imagination comes when I meditate. I'm able to let my mind float and just be.

Kat Sheridan said...

Sounds as if you need to be spending time jotting down all these ideas, and then developing them into mythical romances! My sense is that this is where your heart lies. As for the question, it's dwellings and storms that fire my imagination. Anything from a cottage to a castle gets me wondering about the lives going on behind those closed doors!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kat, you've always been a wise woman. It takes time and experimentation, doesn't it?

In storms all sorts of magic and mayhem can happen.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Elle, Raspberry Mocha? You bet!

I've always been a storyteller. Most of the time my parents wouldn't have a TV in the house and encouraged us to read, play games, draw and let our imagination run free. Telling stories entertainrd me and my sibs.

Landscapes can be really spark the imagination. I have to ask, are you one of those types that can tell a short story around people you see? I've always thought that was cool.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Tonya, you have to have time set aside to feed the imagination. I think that is especially true in today's busy world and juggling life, kids, husbands, and jobs.

Elle J Rossi said...

Yeah, Sia, I think so. I love to make up stories based on the look on someone's face or the car they're driving or an accent they may have. I definitely try to stay away from the obvious stereotype.

Olivia Cunning said...

Most of my best ideas come in vivid dreams. I think my brain churns around a bunch of unreleated stuff while I sleep and tries to logically connect them. A story is born!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A post after my own heart! And dig the pictures you selected. I've always dug fantasy.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alex, I have many more where those came from. I really have some cool dragon pics and like I said, I love Boris Vallejo's work and have quite a collection.

Nancy J. Parra said...

Hi Sia,

I love these pictures and this blog post. I used to tell my siblings stories all the time, too. :D
I always thought I was a tiger (chinese zodiac) but the sad news is that the chinese new year is after my birthday. That means I'm actually the tail end of an ox- sigh- not nearly as glamorous. ;)
I agree that dragons are lovely-I am a lover of dragon flies. Plus I swear my dog is telepathic. I wish I was as good at reading her mind as she is at reading mine.
Hope you have a great week. Cheers~

aries18 said...

Sia, this was a great post! It brought out so many things from so many different people, I was one who told stories to my sis and our cousins. I directed them in 'movies' if you will. It's the one thing all of us kids remember.

Firing my imagination? Houses, any houses, anywhere. People in cafes, on the street, in a crowd. Scenery of all kinds.

And I'm a dragon lover. Pern is my favorite place for the dragons and the characters. I wish I was a dragon in Chinese Zodiac, alas a lowly Tiger. heh

I agree with Pat, I think this is where your heart is too, paranormal romances seem to fit you perfectly. It's how I see you. With your name, your Celtic heritage, your hair, etc. Yep a Celtic warrior goddess for sure.

Needless to say, I enjoyed your post immensely. THis is the most I've written in ages.

Thanks
wanda

~Sia McKye~ said...

Why thank you, Wanda, for the vote of confidence.

Yes, I also *visit* Pern about every other year. LOVED her books.

Some houses or abandoned homesteads fire my imagination, too, so I see the appeal in the stories they could tell.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Nancy, I like the grace and beauty of Dragonflies too.

Telepathic dog? See, I knew there was a reason you're a favorite of mine. It WOULD be more fun if you could do the same. In my stories you can, lolol!

Other Lisa said...

Hmmm...I guess I am largely inspired by place and also by current events. I used to be a lot more mythological in my approach to things but not so much over the last few years. In the back of my mind I have a project I'd like to do based on some myths that aren't as well known as others, but who knows if I will ever get there?

~Sia McKye~ said...

Lisa, I like the way you're able to incorporate them into your stories. As to mythology, to me it's fascinating, although I don't know as much about Asian myths as I do about the others. I have a huge book that I love on Ancient Myths and Culture. I find it interesting when I note similarities, but differences are intriguing too. :-)

VA said...

I read Edith Hamilton's Mythology book as a kid and loved it. The elemental anthropomorphizing really connected with me. And the imagination? Well it's pretty fertile and doesn't require much to get it going. A few moments of the brain being at rest and it kicks in like a back up generator.

Topics that interested me were those that I could imagine myself in and generally involved the ocean since I was sequestered on a tiny island. :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Me too, which is probably why magical creatures were able to communicate with humans and have human qualities, rather just the animal instincts.

You just needed a set of gills or a cool sub to have a wild adventure.

Liza said...

Fun that your imagination circled back to you.