How am I going to apply this to Medusa? Well, I am at the point in my novel where she has been deserted on an uninhabited island, and she is all alone. No one else there to help or assist her, and having led a sheltered life, she now has to survive. If she doesn’t, she will die. She is also facing more internal conflict because a part of her wants to die, but a part of her wants to live – so will be interesting to see how these will all work together.
Imagine that you have been put into a situation where you all of a sudden had to hunt and kill animals. Would you be able to do it to survive, or would you just subsist on vegetation? What about shelter, and clothing. Will you have to make your own? Because your clothing will eventually become rags on you. What about fire? Do you know how to make fire without matches or a lighter? Interesting things to be pondering.
Can anyone else suggest any other things that they would struggle with if they were deserted somewhere without any of lifes luxuries or conveniences? What would you miss the most?
I will write this as part of my novel, because novels are a collection of short stories that all
work together to form a larger story.
Words for the week:
threnody THREN-uh-dee, noun:
A poem, speech, or song of lamentation, esp. for the dead; dirge; funeral song.
oleaginous oh-lee-AJ-uh-nuhs, adjective:
1. Having the nature or qualities of oil.
2. Containing oil.
3. Producing oil.
4. Unctuous; fawning; smarmy.
goad GOHD, verb:
1. To prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; incite.
1. A stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for driving cattle, oxen, etc.; prod.
2. Anything that pricks or wounds like such a stick.
3. Something that encourages, urges, or drives; a stimulus.
swain SWEYN, noun:
1. A male admirer or lover.
2. A country lad.
3. A country gallant.
Manichean man-i-KEE-uhn, adjective:
1. Pertaining to a strongly dualistic worldview.
2. Of or pertaining to the Manicheans or their doctrines.
1. An adherent of the dualistic religious system of Manes, a combination of gnostic Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and various other elements, with a basic doctrine of a conflict between light and dark.
penumbra pi-NUHM-bruh, noun:
1. An area in which something exists to an uncertain degree.
2. Astronomy. The partial or imperfect shadow outside the complete shadow of an opaque body, as a planet, where the light from the source of illumination is only partly cut off.
3. The grayish marginal portion of a sunspot.
bathos BEY-thos, noun:
1. Triteness or triviality in style.
2. A ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace; anticlimax.
3. Insincere pathos; sentimentality; mawkishness.
Man, these words are getting just about impossible! I could threnody about them for some time, commiserating until goaded into action with my writing about oleaginous gods with swain like temperament, but with a manichean personality, but that could bring a penumbra to my story which could bring about a bathos!
Yip, I’m gonna need all the luck I can get for this weeks words!