Blog Backstory: The Ancient World, Myths, and Filling the Blanks

Got caught up in a whirlwind of offline crazies, so I’ve got no short or snippet to share yet. But just to keep this going, here’s another backstory post. ūüėČ

Running parallel to my fascination with the stars is my fascination for the ancient world and its myths. I started out with Greek mythology, then moved on to Norse and pretty much everything else that has “ancient” stamped on it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no expert and I don’t have all the gods and goddesses and creatures and history memorized. I’m no archaeologist and I’d probably be too scared to actually explore uncharted territories. But I love seeing old (er, classic?) architecture, I dream of traveling to Stonehenge and Machu Picchu and the Giza Pyramids, I gobble up books about Atlantis and lost civilizations… you get the drift.

Now you know why this project of mine is called Prometheus’ Fire. It was inspired by the myth – how Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to man. But now you also know I like all sorts of ancient stuff, so will that manifest itself in the course of the project? Absolutely! (In fact, this is like the ultimate fusion of all the stories I’ve ever attempted to write. And, not gonna lie, I want to build a Harry Potter-esque universe, where the stories never end. 😍)

On top of that, I’m the type who likes speculating and reading between the lines and filling in the blanks. I mean, I used to write fanfiction – if only because it allowed me to delve into the obscurities, where I feel countless possibilities lie waiting. I wrote alternate endings, backstories for minor characters, scenes from someone else’s point of view, prequels. And with myths, it’s really not so different.

One last tidbit: in trying to think of a differentiating factor for my project (there are too many stories of the mythological sort out there after all), I decided to sprinkle it with the local flavor. I’m from the Philippines, and I couldn’t resist drawing inspiration from the history and culture that’s all around me. Self-segmenting vampires, anyone?

So there you go. Prometheus’ Fire will be a modern tale with ancient roots. There’ll be myths and superstition and crazy adventures. Interested yet? 😁

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Blog Backstory: “When I Grow Up, I Want to Work at NASA”

I have always been fascinated by the stars. As a child I collected National Geographic magazines, bugging my parents to buy me every single one that had anything to do with the universe. I especially loved those that had covers of swirling galaxies and countless stars.

Not surprisingly, my dream was to become an astrophysicist and work at NASA.

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In high school, our science textbooks featured successful Filipino scientists in every chapter. Early in my first year,¬†I scanned my textbook frantically, flipping from one chapter to another, hopeful and excited to find a kindred spirit. But to my dismay, none of them worked at NASA. That was when it dawned on¬†me that my dream would be difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. I was a only a little girl from a third world country, who trudged through her¬†academic years on scholarship grants. Maybe¬†I was smart enough, but the endeavor would be expensive, and I couldn’t ask that from my parents.

So I abandoned my NASA dream, but not my love for the stars. My father introduced me to the Star Wars novels, and I went crazy over them. While my schoolmates were all about Sweet Valley High, I was engrossed in science fiction, fantasy, mythology and action-adventure books. When the Internet started taking hold in the Philippines, I wasn’t¬†chatting over mIRC as most teens my age were doing; instead, I was lurking in Yahoo! Groups, easing into the world of roleplaying. And writing fanfiction.

It’s been a decade or so since, and here I am. Finally brave enough to start embracing what has been my real dream all along – to be a writer.

You might be thinking: “Wait, what? From a scientist to a¬†writer? That’s such a big leap!”

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But it really isn’t. The characteristics of scientists aren’t too different from writers. Scientists are curious, open-minded, keen observers, resourceful, purposeful, good communicators, persistent, creative, critical thinkers and courageous.

So are writers.

I might never travel to Mars, but I sure can write a story about it.

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What’s this blog for, then?

I’m currently working on a series I’ve come to call Prometheus’ Fire. The story has taken on different forms during the years, and now¬†it’s finally¬†coming together (I literally merged several ideas).¬†But instead of outright publishing the first book, I’m going to start with posting short stories here¬†–¬†hence the name Stories of the Fire. You’ll get glimpses of¬†the world I’ve built, I’ll introduce you to my babies, and¬†you can join in the adventures by leaving feedback and participating in the interactive bits I’ll be putting up every now and then.

I’m excited to start writing the special content, but I’m even more thrilled¬†that I’m officially opening up this universe to all of you.

So please don’t be a stranger, and say hello! I’m glad to have you on board. ūüėČ

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