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Things I want you to know. UPDATED 20 OCTOBER 2013.

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Apr. 15th, 2014

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Firstly, signal-boosting dirty-diana's rant about spoilers and theater accessibility. Go read it.

Second, I would like to know if a conversation on using religious stories in fic is happening or has happened. It's something I've been thinking about while writing about Norse myths (which are part of the basis for a religion that is not mine) and considering how best to make fictional use of Christianity (which is my religion). I don't know if I have enough definite ideas yet to write about it.

Mythic Time and Christianity

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I'd like to begin by acknowledging that there are a vast number of religious groups using the term Christian to describe themselves, and that not everyone is all that theologically mainstream, and we don't all agree on everything. Or on anything.

So, for those who aren't familiar, mythic time is a concept that is important both to academic mythologists and to (probably among many others) Asatruar. The idea is that mythic time is somehow outside of normal, linear time. E.g., Loki is not yet bound, has already escaped, is bound, and will never be bound. Confused yet? So am I.

So Asatruar need to explain this concept to those who don't understand it already, and they tend to use analogies. And their analogies tend to boil down to "it's exactly like Christianity."

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So I read Ragnarok, by A.S. Byatt

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Quite a while ago. I've been considering what, if anything, I might say about it ever since.

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J&D fanfic: Artifact Run

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Title: Artifact Run
Fandom: Jak and Daxter
Summary: In a world where Damas never lost his son, about ten years after the Daystar came and the world survived its trial, Mar goes on an artifact run.
Warnings: No standard warnings apply.
Disclaimers: This is a work of fiction. I do not own Jak and Daxter.
Notes: For my genprompt bingo card's prompt Desert, for au100's prompt #70: Storm, and for my cottoncandy bingo card's WILD CARD square (filled with prompt #6: Adventure/Quest).

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Arbitrary Norse Myth Timeline

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Here's the linear version. Still no flowchart. See also the not-so-linear Norse Myth timeline. Also remember that timelining myths is like pinning jelly to a wall.

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Mar. 31st, 2014

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I like lb_lee's A Family of Fools, written for this current writeathon, the Foolathon, which is still happening, so go over there and leave prompts.

Norse Myth Timeline

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Norse myth doesn't have a timeline. There's a squidgy, difficult-to-understand concept called mythic time that applies to the myths as myths (or as religious texts). If, however you want to view the myths as stories and use them for fanfic, you need some kind of chronology. That's why I made a flowchart.

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Please tell me this exists already.

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It would be nice if a searchable kenning database existed. It would be searchable by the first letter of the kenning, by the normal name of the person or object it’s a kenning for, and maybe by number of syllables (but that would be difficult, as pronunciation will vary from dialect to dialect). It would list its sources, but the database itself would be in English and the kennings listed would be translated. It would take a fairly broad definition of kennings, including everything from alternate names to adjectives that make the meter work. It would include all the old kennings (e.g., whale-road for sea) and as many modern ones (e.g., transgender god for Loki) as feasible.

Does this exist or do I have to make it myself?

Myth, Religion, Story: not at all alike

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There’s an enormous difference between conceiving of Norse (or any other) myth as a set of stories and conceiving of it as a religious statement about How Things Are. These two ways of looking at it involve different sets of acceptable character motivations; different understandings of time and sequence and causality; different acceptable worldbuilding; and different moral judgments of any given story. For instance, someone who takes the myths as the basis for a religion may believe that Loki is bound and also available to act as he does in the other myths, or that he’s not bound because that might not be in the original stories, but that it’s totally reasonable to include the binding in your conception of him because it doesn’t have to be true to be relevant. Asatru logic is not narrative logic, and neither of those is Bizarre Academic Mythologist Logic, which is the third way of looking at it.

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