Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ancient Greek Lunar Months of Maimakterion and Poseideon

Maimakterion (lunar month from our current November to December) began the winter season. Thus, citizens prayed to Zeus to calm his blustering winds. A sheep was sacrificed and it's fleece considered magical.

Maimakterion gave way to Poseideon (lunar month from December to January). The eighth day of the lunar month was sacred to, who else... Poseidon!

A festival waged on in his honor recognizing the importance of the sea. It is interesting to note that the number eight was significant to Poseidon. The festival honoring him was held on the eighth day of the month. Eight letters spelled Poseidon. Later, the planet named Neptune (Poseidon's Roman equivalent), was the eighth planet from the sun.

In the last half of Poseideon, A Dionysian festival was held, including a procession of men carrying phallus, men carrying cakes, and revelling singers. An icon of the God of Libation was brought into the city's center to represent Dionysis coming.

Toward the end of the month, another larger festival roared to life in which women danced around a giant phallus. Later in the evening, men were admitted and a great orgy took place for the remainder of the night. And we wonder where we got our wild New Year's Eve celebrations from?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Author Kelly Gay, Interview and Giveaway

Enchanting Urban Fantasy Author Kelly Gay stopped by Susan Adrian's blog to talk about her debut novel (on shelves now!), THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS. And there's a contest and giveaway involved... what could be better?

Kelly Gay will surely become one of my favorite authors because we have kindred spirits... she was reading Herodotus when she was TEN YEARS OLD!!! That's hot!!!

So click here to go read her interview. And then, you can enter to when a copy of her debut book! Be thinking about this before you enter to win a copy of her book... What's Your Favorite Mythological Character?

Of course mine is Kheiron, the mythic centaur trainer and mentor to many of the legendary heroes.

Monday, December 14, 2009

A Double Shot Of Espresso, with a side of Award Nomination!!

Today is a great day! I feel like I've been injected with a double shot of espresso.
I have been taking a break from the @OfKingsAndGods Saga.

In October, I had been furiously editing on Caenus 2.0, tentatively named Caenus And The Return To Ares' Alter (the first book in the series was Caenus And The Quiver Of Artemis.

Then in November I shifted gears to launch my alter ego, @ScottNoir-- Scott Noir's Smoldering Prose who writes Steam-Up-Your-Glasses Romance.

It was during November (National Novel Writing Month- NaNoWriMo) that I participated in and won NaNoWriMo. penning 50,000 words in less than 30 days!! Here's a link to my event recap. Now in December I'm reconnecting with friends and family after a tumultuous estrangement in November. Anyone who participated in NaNoWriMo knows what I'm talking about. A writer can spend great spans of time in solitary confinement, writing their little heart away.

Sooo, today a couple of things happened that gave me a little shot in the arm. First I hit 1,000 tweets on my @OfKingsAndGods Twitter page. That's a milestone of sorts. And, sure... there are others who tweet way more than I do. But I'm proud of my production. My tweets are quality. I'm not just hooked up to some automated tweeter.

Secondly, I recently discovered that my debut novel, Caenus And The Quiver Of Artemis had been nominated for a the 2009 Cybils Award for YA Fantasy and Science Fiction. Wooo-Hooo!!! I am humbled and honored to be mentioned in the same breath with some of the books and authors on the list!!

Happy!! Happy!! What a way to celebrate a recently observed birthday... 39 years strong and young am I. Cheers to all and enjoy your Holiday Season!