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Oh Yeah....

I really need to stay off of Amazon's website....

Today, while innocently looking at books on Celtic mythology that I know I won't pop for right now (scholarly and often out of print), I stumbled and ordered: The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition

Looks interesting...Gads, I'm such a mythology head.  Would it surprise you that I read all of the abridged version of the Golden Bough and From Primitives to Zen and  the Sacred Texts of the East's version of the Upanishads, and Robert Graves' the White Goddess and some Carl Jung before I was 17?  I know I had already gotten into the I Ching and some Taoism by that time as well....

Definitely a myth/comparative religions geek.


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Apr. 25th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
I own that book. It goes into a very detailed analysis of all major forms of character, from hero to trickster to mentor, etc.

The author (with Joseph Campbell's permission) used Campbell's life work as a basis to build this as a tool for writers. While I haven't sat down and read the entire book cover to cover, I do enjoy popping it open to random pages for inspiration. :)

And my origial work is now focusing in Celtic myth, and I'm using a section of The Tain as a base structure for the piece, specifically the Bulls of Connacht.


Mythology ROCKS!
Apr. 25th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
Yay for the Tain!

Oh, I have read huge amounts of Campbell. I've even read the Tain.

That's one reason I ordered the book, cause he pulls from Campbell. I'm playing with themes from Welsh stuff right now, drawn from the early strata, like Culwch and Olwen, and the Preideu Annwn, mixing it up with some other early stuff from the Norse, stirring well, and seeing what comes out....It may be separate works, cause I am having a battle with characters in my head who don't wanna play nice...LOL.
Apr. 25th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
lol! Yay Tain! Yay for the Welsh!

Of course I turned the bulls into men, but the battles are the same. And I have another story cooking that is heavy in the Norse and Viking realm.

I love writing, because I get to learn about all of these cool things as research. I just discovered a local New Age bookstore with a giant secion on Celtic myth and history, and an equally large section on mythology....it's my new heaven.


Apr. 25th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
That store would be very dangerous for my pocketbook...

When I was younger, it was the early strata of the Grail quest that had me fascinated. I even managed two papers in college that involved it...but now I'm interested in Cei and Bedwyr (Kay and Bedivere) who show up in the earliest layers of the Arthurian myth as THE major knights of Arthur's circle...there's not a lot of info, and most of the intact tales have been lost, but I'm having fun playing "Chase the fragments," cause my perverse muse wants to do something with them....I don't know how Arthurian it's gonna look when I'm through, but they will be at the bedrock of it...
Apr. 25th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
I didn't fall in love with Arthurian myth until I read Mary Stewart's The Crystal Cave...that sealed the deal and made me love Merlin (who I had never liked before).

I say chase the muse, bb....never know where it will lead. ;)

Oh...and here is the link to that bookstore (they have a large selection of Arthurian books as well....*coughhint* : http://pombookstore.com

I'm an enabler. I've accepted this fact, lol!
Apr. 25th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)

Yeah, the Crystal Cave rocks. I loved her series. But I got hooked on Arthur first by seeing "The Sword in the Stone" back when I was six or seven, and then later, discovering "The Once and Future King" and realizing that the first part was what they based The Sword in the Stone on....and maybe some exposure to some of the more standard stories as well...

My interest in the grail quest proper didn't come around until I started hitting the heavy duty scholarly stuff, and I got fascinated how the earlier Irish and Welsh legendary material got worked into it...And there was that woman who wrote the books based on the first four tales of the Mabinogian got me interested in finding the Mabinogian, and I was truly, truly hooked...between things like Stewart and finding the old mythic stuff, I was snared into something that would be a lifelong interest....

Enabler you are....LOL.
Apr. 25th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)

^discount books^ --i had dealt with them for over thirty years.

around some people i feel highly uneducated (after all i am really only little more than a high school graduate).
Apr. 25th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
Yep, Hamilton is wonderful. I discovered him long before he had a website....

I've got a lot of formal education, but the funny thing is, I have always learned more on my own than I did in class...Almost all my myth studies is a hobby of mine, although I got to use it in some classes...
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