I’ve always loved the sea, and especially the mythical creatures who live there. Another love of mine is Greek mythology. Given the geography of Greece, it’s no surprise they have so many myths that involve sea voyages and sea creatures in Poseidon’s dominion. One of my favorite compilations of sea-faring tales comes from Homer’s Odyssey. In that book, we meet sirens, cyclops, lotus-eaters, Scylla and Charybdis, among many others. So, when my publisher put out a call for an anthology featuring sea creature romance stories, I had the perfect story in mind–an update of one of my favorite tales from the Odyssey–Odysseus vs. the sirens.
According to Homer, the sirens were females whose enchanting songs would lure ships onto the rocks and sink them. Odysseus wanted to hear their songs but obviously could not endanger his ship or his men. Determined nonetheless, he had his men tie him to the mast of the ship so he could not escape and do harm. His crew, however, wore earplugs of some sort to block out the singing.
Wow, I wanted to retell that story, only in a more contemporary setting. Not terribly difficult.
- Odysseus became Otis
- Circe, a temptress and Homer’s lover for a year, I merged with one of the sirens to create my story’s heroine, Circe the siren. Like that alliteration? I did.
- Where else could the book be set but in Homer, Alaska.
- Instead of being on his own odyssey, Otis is a fisherman aboard the vessel The Calypso (the name of another character from The Odyssey).
- Poseidon plays himself in my story and for fun I gave him a one-eyed merman as a sycophantic accountant (because I always tip my hat to accounting in my stories).
- Also as a nod to Homer, I created a little coffee shop called “The Lotus-Eaters Cafe”.
I’ll admit, it’s these homages to the classics I’ve always loved that make being a writer a truly enjoyable experience.
Now, hopefully I’ve either whet your appetite for Homer’s Odyssey or for my story, “The Sweetest Song” which is part of a four-author anthology called Tidal Whispers. If the former, you can download it for free using this link:
Homer’s Odyssey (Kindle format) <<–If you don’t use a Kindle, download Calibre software (free) to convert from MOBI format to other formats such as EPUB.
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