Living Jewels

These days, pulled as I am between various projects, I feel like Persephone – no, not my cat – the goddess who lived between worlds because she had dined on the fruit of the Underworld and ever after could never be fully at home in either world.

Persephone and Pomegranates

I’ve finished a rough draft of the novel, possibly novels, I’ve been working on since April.  I’ve written a proposal and given it to my agent.  Now I’m reviewing the treasure chest of future projects.  Looking at the omens, I think the next one is likely to be Firekeeper-related, so I’m sinking myself into that world and those characters.

I’m also considering a short story.  This not as contradictory as it may sound.  I tend to get fidgety if I’m not writing, so doing something short is a good way to let my creativity relax so my subconscious is freed up.

This doesn’t mean I won’t be working on other promised projects.  Asphodel – my first original, self-published project – is still on track for release early next year.  The new cover art for the e-books of Changer and Changer’s Daughter is just about ready.  I have several e-book reprints in the works.  However, if all I did was editorial and administrative, I’d be unpleasant to live with.

In most retellings of the Persephone myth, the fruit she dined on was a pomegranate.  I have a thriving pomegranate shrub in my yard.  Seen from the outside, the fruit doesn’t look like much, but when you crack it open, it shines like jewels.

Nice when metaphor and reality fit so neatly, isn’t it?


3 Responses to “Living Jewels”

  1. futurespastsite Says:

    You HAVE been busy. Makes me feel like a piker.

  2. James M. Six Says:

    I’ve often wondered what the lesson was about the pomegranate. Did accepting food from a captor signify acceptance? Were there other Greek tales about the dangers of accepting food from the dead? Something else?
    So many things I’d like to know and never enough time to find the answers.

    • janelindskold Says:

      In many myths and legends, eating the food of another world (Faerie, for example) binds you to that world in some way. Beware!

      Interestingly, just how much of that pomegranate Persephone ate changes according to who is telling the story. Most modern accounts say six seeds, but older sources say three seeds, and I’ve come across some that say “segments” rather than seeds, which, when you think about it, is a big difference.

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