I was always daydreaming when I was growing up (still do in fact but now for entirely different reasons) and when my friends would call me back to order, I’d have a time catching up in the conversation. When I did, they said it was like a light bulb going off above my head like in a cartoon. When I was caught daydreaming they’d say, “Light bulb? What light bulb?”
(Shout out to you, HL Henrikson!)
Maybe it sounds mean but they didn’t mean it that way and I never took it that way. Those are some of my most endearing memories actually and over 10 years later I still think in terms of “Light bulb? What light bulb?”
I love those light bulb moments when I’m writing. It’s like a flash and BAM! The secrets of the universe (my universe anyway) are revealed to me! It’s exhilarating.
I’m delving into the sequel to my MS, Night’s Treasure, and trying to figure out what’s going to happen. But, since it revolves around Greek Mythology, I can’t do that on my own (have you tried to remember every single detail about Greek Mythology? HA! I know a lot but not nearly everything) so I’m back in the researching stage. Looking up deities and places and such, searching through the labyrinth of details. What can I use? How should I use it?
Thank goodness for pbskids.org. My son can be happily occupied in the computer next to mine at the library while I look up gads of information to save and peruse at my leisure later.
Hands up for Dinosaur Train, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Super Why! WOO!
So as I’m looking up information I find a tidbit and
Makes my skin tingle! It’s awesome when I uncover part of the story. Makes me want to sing Darth Maul’s Awesome song from Lego Star Wars Empire Strikes Out. It’s super easy to learn – you only have to say “Awesome” a bunch of times in tune with the Darth Maul theme song.
Yes, not only am I a Star Wars fan (not so much the prequel trilogy as the original trilogy though I do really like the CGI Clone Wars), I’m also a Lego fan. Do I rock or what!
As my son would say, “What.”
What kind of things have caused the light bulb moment so far? Hmm… Here are some tidbits:
Most of those names are familiar to most people but who/what on earth are the Keres?
The Keres (singular – Ker) are female death spirits. They sound a lot like ancient Greek vampires. And this before the onslaught of Bram Stoker no less. Awesome! The Keres are daughters of Nyx (goddess of night) and are described as “dark beings with gnashing teeth and claws and with a thirst for human blood. They would hover over the battlefield and search for dying and wounded men.”
The black Dooms gnashing their white teeth, grim-eyed, fierce, bloody, terrifying fought over the men who were dying for they were all longing to drink dark blood. As soon as they caught a man who had fallen or one newly wounded, one of them clasped her great claws around him and his soul went down to Hades, to chilly Tartarus. And when they had satisfied their hearts with human blood, they would throw that one behind them and rush back again into the battle and the tumult.” (Shield of Heracles – 248-57)
As much as I dislike feeding the vampire fad (and me being a vampire lover since childhood, huh, go figure), since the Keres are from Ancient Greek Mythology and therefore came loooooooooong before Transylvanian/Romanian/etc superstitions, I’m keeping this on my list of things I might play with in my story.
A mention of the keres was originally in the first book but I ended up taking it out during one of the rewrites. I never forgot them, however, and still want to use them. I just don’t know how yet.
What Greek Mythological deity/etc would you want to read about?