This week, my goal is to write a short story about relational conflict whereby the character is struggling with someone else.  Last week I focused on Medusa and her inner conflict, and she was having a lovely little pity party, when Poseidon came up and told her that he would offer her goodies in return for sexual favours.  This has thrown my once naive heroine into a tailspin and further moral dilemmas, and more internal conflict, and it was actually a lovely twist.

This week, I want to focus on the relationship that Medusa had with Athena, which at the start was an adoring mortal looking up to a deity, then once she is cursed, the anger and hatred that she feels, and the sense of betrayal, the abandonment and resentment.  This week is going to be another week of searching within myself for those issues and writing about them.  The relationship that Athena had with Medusa was one of mutual respect until the lies of others brought about her downfall.  I think I will explore both parts of the relationship, the adoration before and the hurt afterwards.

Not only do I have this to write, but I also start my SoCNoC novel on Tuesday and I am really excited about writing it.  I have a game plan, I have my spot on the dining room table all picked out (it pretty much gets all day sun) and if it is raining, I have a spot beside the fire, so I am all set to go!

Words for  the Week

I have some interesting words this week, oh boy!

adumbrate a-DUHM-breyt, verb:

1. To foreshadow; prefigure.
2. To produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch.
3. To darken or conceal partially; overshadow.

shivaree SHIV-uh-ree, noun:

1. A mock serenade with kettles, pans, horns, and other noisemakers given for a newly married couple.
2. An elaborate, noisy celebration.

verb:
1. To serenade with a shivaree.

regnant REG-nuhnt, adjective:

1. Prevalent; widespread.
2. Reigning; ruling (usually used following the noun it modifies): a queen regnant.
3. Exercising authority, rule, or influence.

waxing WAK-sing, verb:

1. To increase in extent, quantity, intensity or power.
2. (Of the moon) to increase in the extent of its illuminated portion before the full moon.
3. To grow or become.

ethereal ih-THEER-ee-uhl, adjective:

1. Light, airy, or tenuous.
2. Extremely delicate or refined.
3. Heavenly or celestial.
4. Pertaining to the upper regions of space.
5. Chemistry. Pertaining to, containing, or resembling ethyl ether.

epoch EP-uhk, noun:

1. The beginning of a distinctive period in the history of anything.
2. A particular period of time marked by distinctive features or events.
3. A memorable date.
4. Geology. Any of several divisions of a geologic period during which a geologic series is formed. Compare age.
5. Astronomy. An arbitrarily fixed instant of time or date, usually the beginning of a century or half century, used as a reference in giving the elements of a planetary orbit or the like. b.The mean longitude of a planet as seen from the sun at such an instant or date.
6. Physics. The displacement from zero at zero time of a body undergoing simple harmonic motion.

scuttle SKUHT-l, verb:

1. To run with quick, hasty steps; scurry.

noun:
1. A deep bucket for carrying coal.
2. A small hatch or port in the deck, side, or bottom of a vessel.
3. A small hatchlike opening in a roof or ceiling.

verb:
1. To sink (a vessel) deliberately by opening seacocks or making openings in the bottom.
2. To abandon, withdraw from, or cause to be abandoned or destroyed.

noun:
1. A short, hurried run.

So here is to an interesting week in writing.

Creativity Workshop – Relational Conflict
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8 thoughts on “Creativity Workshop – Relational Conflict

  • May 31, 2010 at 11:11 am
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    Ha, epoch is my favourite word! It just makes me laugh, it’s so funny sounding :p

    I’m glad your Medusa/Posiedon thing turned out cool. I think this weeks story with Athena sounds great, so all the best with it!

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  • May 31, 2010 at 11:54 am
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    Epoch is going to be so appropriate in this weeks story! But then so is scuttle, ethereal, adumbrate, regnant and waxing – going to be an interesting week wordwise!

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  • May 31, 2010 at 12:05 pm
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    So glad to see you feeling positive once more, Karen. I hope you have a great week!

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    • May 31, 2010 at 12:53 pm
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      who would have thought that writing would be so therapeutic… OK, I guess everyone but I did 🙂

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  • May 31, 2010 at 3:46 pm
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    I’m editing a short story right now, and realized I used the word scuttle an inordinate amount of times. I guess all I can envision castle servants doing it scuttling. No sauntering, jogging or swaggering here.

    Your stories sound really cool. I love the idea of exploring some of those old myths from new perspectives. Medusa doesn’t get nearly the credit she deserves!

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    • May 31, 2010 at 5:15 pm
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      Funny how servants scuttle, the word reminds me of bugs – busy busy busy! They can of course scurry, scamper, dart, dash or rush, but it doesn’t have the same efficiency! Though I do like scurry!

      Yes, I have a documentary to thank for my new passion on Medusa, it investigated the various myths about how Medusa came into being, and then that in itself got the creative juices flowing, and I thought about her becoming a monster because of the anger and bitterness inside rather than being magically turned into one, and the story just evolved before I really knew what happened. I am quite excited about this one!

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  • June 2, 2010 at 5:09 am
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    Another, very interesting story idea! Creativity is AWESOME! 😀

    Also you have a great list of wonderful, mouth-watering words to use this week! Good luck with the workshop week ahead and also with socnoc! 🙂

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    • June 2, 2010 at 8:45 am
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      Yes, the words are proving to be interesting! Have started on the novel, having written my short story on Monday! Still needs some work, but I am happy with it where it is. It is showing the emotional turmoil that is going on. This story is going to be quite emotional I think.

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