I’ve done a bunch of reading this weekend, and it’s all stuff I wish I could use right now. I took a long walk to try to wrap my head around the palace system, and now I’m trying to wrap my head around Canaan mythology. It’s my hope to, once I’ve established the Greek mythology in the setting, introduce other gods and heroes from other mythologies of the areas around Greece. I’ve picked up a couple books, actually, and while I know Greek mythology has plenty of figures to base a story around, I want to try to capture the spirit of the age, not just a picture.

I don’t know that I want to necessarily include specific figures out of mythology, more than make references to their existence. I mean, part of using Greek mythology is to use the heroes, gods, and monsters, right? And that *is* what I want to do, it’s just that whenever I write a deliberately supernatural element, I find myself eventually rewriting it so that the character or effect is mundane. It just doesn’t feel right, yet. I haven’t even technically decided if there are supernatural creatures in the world, I mean, what you might call “races” in a fantasy world with dwarves and elves.

Canaanite mythology is just one of several different cultures I want to eventually incorporate. I also want to include Egyptian (of course), Indian, Slavic, and proto-Celtic mythology. And, of course, everything in between. I realize it’s going to take a lot of research, and I’ve already begun to do some preliminary reading on Wikipedia. Gotta start somewhere, right? I actually have a more extensive background knowledge of mythology than even I know. I just have to figure out where I stored it in my head. *chuckles*