{Guest Post & Giveaway} The Gods Must Be Crazy

By: | Jun 7, 2012




I am handing the blog over today to the writing team Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman who write the SIRENZ Series. They have a great guest post for you and a giveaway at the bottom, so be sure to check it out!!!!!!

Sirenz Back in Fashion FINAL
In Sirenz, boarding school roomies Meg and Shar learned the hazards of making a deal with Hades, Lord of the Underworld. The wearing of a Tiffany's diamond ring in Sirenz Back In Fashion reactivates their contract, they find themselves back in his employ as sirens. And things are a little different this time; Shar is whisked off to the Underworld to play hostess as the dark god attempts to win her affections, while Meg is stuck topside, obligated to send spoiled rich girl Paulina Swanson to the Underworld. Hot gods, mere mortals and the Underworld have their secrets. Will Meg and Shar ever ditch Hades, and keep their wardrobes and souls intact?

THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY
Seers, Amazons, Heroes and Titans… Greek myth is full—and we mean FULL—of colorful characters and creatures. Thanks to 6th grade Language Arts and Clash of the Titans, we know all about the big ones—Zeus, Hera, and of course, our beloved Hades… One of the things we tried to do is to incorporate some of the lesser know deities and demi-deities into the Sirenz story--and there are MANY. A quick trip to Wikipedia will provide you with a full list (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Greek_mythological_figures), but here’s an interesting collection of some of them (please note that list and descriptions are from Wikipedia)…

There are plenty of Titans to Clash…
  • Hyperion, Titan of light and dad to Helios (the sun), Selene (the moon) and Eos (the dawn).
  • Cronus, The leader of the Titans, who overthrew his father Uranus only to be overthrown in turn by his son, Zeus. Not to be confused with Chronos, the god of time.
  • Oceanus, Titan of the all-encircling river Oceanus around the earth—big surprise here.
  • Phoebe, Titan of the "bright" intellect and prophecy, and consort of Koios.
  • Rhea, Titan of female fertility, motherhood, and generation. She is the sister and consort of Cronus, and mother of Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Hera, Demeter and Hestia.
  • Themis, Titan of divine law and order.
  • Asteria, Titan of nocturnal oracles and falling stars—pretty!
  • Astraeus, Titan of stars and planets, and the art of astrology.
  • Atlas, Titan forced to carry the sky upon his shoulders—sucks to be him
  • Epimetheus, Titan of afterthought and the father of excuses—we can see why he’s important!
  • Helios, Titan of the sun and guardian of oaths.
  • Prometheus, Titan of forethought and crafty counsel, and creator of mankind.
  • Selene, Titan of the moon.
  • Styx, Titan of the Underworld river Styx and personification of hatred.
Maybe some Giants for, you know, some big-time drama…
  • Agrius, a man-eating Thracian giant who was half-man and half-bear—yipes!
  • Argus Panoptes, a hundred-eyed giant tasked with guarding over Io
  • Cyclopes, a tribe of one-eyed, man-eating giants who shepherded flocks of sheep on the island of Sicily. Polyphemus was a cyclops who briefly captured Odysseus and his men, only to be overcome and blinded by the hero
  • The Gegenees, a tribe of six-armed giants fought by the Argonauts on Bear Mountain in Mysia
  • Geryon , a three-bodied, four-winged giant who dwelt on the red island of Erytheia
  • The Laestrygonians, a tribe of man-eating giants encountered by Odysseus on his travels
  • Orion, a giant huntsman whom Zeus made a constellation—now he’s a star(s)!
  • Typhon, a monstrous immortal storm-giant who was defeated and imprisoned in the pits of Tartarus
The Inmates of Tartarus—or, It *really* sucks to be you…
  • The Daiaides, forty-nine daughters of Danaus who murdered their husbands and were condemned to an eternity of carrying water in leaky jugs
  • Ixion, a king of the Lapiths who attempted to rape Hera and was bound to a flaming wheel in Tartarus
  • Sisyphus, a king of Thessaly who attempted to cheat death and was sentenced to an eternity of rolling a boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down
  • Tantalus, a king of Anatolia who butchered his son Pelops and served him as a meal to the gods; he was punished with the torment of starvation, food and drink eternally dangling just out of reach
And other gods and demi-gods, a short list …
  • Harmonia (Ἁρμονία), goddess of harmony and concord
  • Hebe (Ήβη), goddess of youth
  • Hedone (Ἡδονή), spirit of pleasure, enjoyment and delight
  • Hybris (Ὕβρις), spirit of outrageous behaviour
  • Hypnos (Ὕπνος), god of sleep
  • Mania (Μανία), spirit or spirits of madness, insanity and frenzy
  • Moirai, or "Fates" Clotho, the spinner of the life thread, Lachesis, the measurer of the life thread and Atropos—the one with the scissors.
  • Moros (Μόρος), spirit of doom
  • Nemesis (Νέμεσις), goddess of revenge, balance, righteous indignation and retribution
  • Nike (Νίκη), goddess of victory
  • Techne (Τέχνη), personification of art and skill
  • Angelos (Ἄγγελος), a daughter of Zeus and Hera who became an underworld goddess
  • Hecate (Ἑκάτη), goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy
  • Lampades (Λαμπάδες), torch-bearing Underworld nymphs
  • Menoetes (Μενοίτης), an Underworld spirit who herded the cattle of Hades
  • Nyx (Νύξ), the primeval goddess of night
  • Thanatos (Θάνατος), spirit of death and minister of Hades
  • Charybdis (Χάρυβδις), a sea monster and spirit of whirlpools and the tide
  • Delphin (Δέλφιν), the leader of the dolphins, Poseidon placed him in the sky as the constellation Delphin
  • Gorgons (Γοργόνες), three monstrous sea spirits, Stheno, Euryale, and our fave, and the only mortal of the three, Medusa
  • Harpies (Ηάρπυιαι), winged spirits of sudden, sharp gusts of wind
  • Hippocampi (ἱπποκαμπος), the horses of the sea they are half horse with the tail of a fish
  • Ichthyocentaurs (Ιχθυοκένταυροι), a pair of centaurine sea-gods with the upper bodies of men, the lower fore-parts of horses, ending in the serpentine tails of fish
  • Karkinos (Καρκίνος), a giant crab who allied itself with the Hydra against Heracles. When it died, Hera placed it in the sky as the constellation Cancer.
  • Ladon (Λάδων), a hundred-headed sea serpent who guarded the western reaches of the sea, and the island and golden apples of the Hesperides
  • Proteus (Πρωτεύς), a shape-shifting, prophetic old sea god, and the herdsman of Poseidon's seals
  • Scylla (Σκύλλα), monstrous sea goddess
  • Triton (Τρίτων), fish-tailed son and herald of Poseidon
  • Aeolus (Aiolos) (Αίολος), god of the winds.
  • Aether (Αιθήρ), primeval god of the upper air
  • Chaos (Χάος), the nothingness from which all else sprang, she also represented the lower atmosphere which surrounded the earth
  • Iris (Ίρις), goddess of the rainbow and divine messenger
  • Centaurs (Κένταυροι), a race of half-man, half-horse beings
  • Dryades (Δρυάδες), tree and forest nymphs
  • Gaia (Γαία), primeval goddess of the earth
  • Hephaestus (Ήφαιστος), god of metalworking
  • Maenades (μαινάδες), crazed nymphs in the retinue of Dionysus
  • Hygieia (Υγεία), goddess of cleanliness and good health
  • Panacea, goddess of healing
  • Circe, goddess-witch of Aeaea
  • Harpocrates, god of silence
And we’re not going to even go into the mortals, who have their own copious list. Who do you think should be included in the next Sirenz adventure? Don’t be limited by what you see here! Leave us a comment with your choice—it *may* be incorporated into the story (which will also earn you a hallowed place in the acknowledgments!) AND you’ll win an amazing Sirenz prize pack!

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Nat: When not playing with pointed objects, Natalie Zaman is usually writing. She lives in central New Jersey with her family and several fine looking chickens.
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Char: Lover of sparkly things, Char doesn't have as many shoes as she'd like, but wouldn't have time to wear them anyway with her three boys, husband, cat with issues, demented squirrels and insistent characters all demanding her time. She is represented by Natalie Lakosil of the Bradford Literary Agency and is hoping to get all her characters into print just so they'll be quiet.
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7 comments:

  1. Harpocrates, the god of silence might be nice. I just love it when my house is totally quiet, and I can just read and relax. Of course this rarely happens with 6 of us living here. But when it does, and the house is silent, I am in bliss.

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  2. I would want to be Hedone. Who wouldn't want to be the spirit of pleasure, enjoyment and delight? Sounds like a winner to me!

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  3. I would say Angelos the underworld just sounds interesting.

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  4. I would be Asteria because being the Goddess of nocturnal oracles and falling stars would be fitting for a night owl like me.

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  5. I would be Hypnos cuz I really need sleep lol

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  6. Panacea the goddess of healing be interesting to be able to heal and help

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  7. I would love to be Hecate. Ever since i was young, I'd dream about magic and witchcraft. If i was that goddess i'd be blessed everyday. (dontforgetlinda@memyshelfandi.com)

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