Here’s something that should put your mind at ease:
I, George Saoulidis, give you permission to have a black/asian/latinx/whatever Achilles in your story. I also retroactively give you permission to have any possible combination of skin colour/sexuality/hero name from the Greek epics.
How the fuck can I possibly give permission for something like that, you might ask?
That’s my point. The same way that it’s nobody’s business to give you permission to do something like this, nobody can stop you from doing it either.
The Greek epics do not belong to me, you, or any other Greek in the world. They belong to everybody. So much so that the words “public domain” are too puny to describe them. They’re infused into our culture, shaped the very pathways in our brains. They have inspired endless creators for literal millennia (pause and let that sink in for a moment.)
So, do you want to take a popular myth and make it your own? Are you inspired by Odysseus or Achilles or Zeus and want to see yourself in their shoes, and you also happen to not be white and male? Do you want to cosplay as them, write about them, make films and games and VR experiences about them? Do you want to create and have found inspiration in the most influential and badass mythology of all time?
By all means, go for it.
That won’t mean that I’ll like your story. It won’t mean I’ll spend money on your story. If it objectively sucks, I’ll happily tear you a new one. Or worse, I’ll just ignore it. But if the story is good, if your vision is great, if your interpretation is modern and touches the souls of those around you, then go for it.
Nobody’s stopping you. Not me. Certainly not Homer.
This is a short update on our future. Things have changed in the publishing world, and we’ve grown a lot these past couple of years.
We’re reviewing what we’ve done and what we haven’t done. We needed to, cause there’s now 5000 of you.
Yup. Five. Thousand. Mythographers. How awesome is that?
The serialized format that was popular 2 years ago is gone now. So we’re revamping some series into the classic trilogy format. Namely, Maniai Case Files and Heartbreaker. Expect those to be fattened up, you’ll get an email when that happens. If you delete the file from your ereader and redownload you’ll get the new version.
Upcoming titles and draft chapters are up on Patreon. If you want the polished stuff, do nothing and shop on Amazon or the other retailers from us. But if you want to be in all the crazy, read draft chapters, give feedback and get heard, get on Patreon and open the bags of Aeolus.
You seem to really like the omnibus, Myth Gods Tech. It was an afterthought for us but it seems to be quite popular. Maybe it’s the big letters or something. We’ll update it soon with our new content and keep it DLC enabled, meaning that you can redownload it and it will contain the updated version. If you bought it, there’s no added cost, ever.
We’re consolidating our social media channels. The most active accounts are on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If you’re on there, follow us so you get all the new stuff and the offers. If you want to hang out, we also have a chat room on Discord (Unmoderated, probably NSFW.)
We’ve started new partnerships with excellent artists in various fields. Narrators, illustrators (check out Antune Sketch.)
We messed up the Mystery Loot Chest but it was funny and you seemed to like it, so we’re keeping it. It was a 2 a.m. brain fart that worked out nicely. We’re giving a hint on the Loot Chest page on what to expect inside. It will always be an unpublished short story, taking place somewhere near our other stories. For now it’s the same first chest, but we’ll let you know when it updates.
We’re ditching Kindle Unlimited, or Kindle Select. We know some people really like Amazon’s Unlimited offer, but it requires exclusivity and we just can’t do that. The world is big, bigger than just the US. We tried it out, it didn’t fit our goals and now we’re rolling everything out of it. For non KU members this changes nothing. For KU members, well, we can’t do anything unless the exclusivity clause is lifted. Boo hoo. Send your woes to Amazon in email format.
We actually prefer that you buy from the major retailers, cause that gets the algorithms rolling. But for various reasons we have the same stories available on our site.
In the future, we will offer variant covers that will not be available on any retailer.
Regarding Kindle Unlimited titles: We are experimenting with KU distribution. That, called Kindle Select, has an exclusivity clause that prevents us from even selling on our own site. Only Amazon stores are allowed. We generally don’t like that but as soon as the titles shift out of select we will update the products here.
We now accept cryptocurrency. Complete your checkout as normal, and you can choose from Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum or Monero. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org after sending payment to verify the transaction and get your files.
Psyche was born so beautiful that she was worshipped as a new incarnation of Venus, the goddess of love. But human lovers were too intimidated to approach her, and Apollo recommended her father abandon her on a crag where she would marry “a cruel and savage, serpent-like winged evil.”
But Psyche’s story ended up being much more interesting. Brendan Pelsue shares the myth of Cupid and Psyche in this excellent video from TED-ed:
A symbol has power, as any occultist or marketeer will tell you. Symbols evolve and change in meaning over time, for example the Nazi swastika used to mean eternity and well-being, now it means oppression and fascism.
Our general idea is that we are trying to create something that doesn’t exist, regarding modern interpretations of ancient Greek myths. Our basis for the idea is that, if enough people know about it, it becomes somewhat real (that is the whole backstory in our god complex universe).
When you see people debating their favourite team, or Apple vs Android, or Batman Vs Superman you begin to see that what is real is a rather fuzzy term. Is Superman real? Of course not. Does the whole world know about him? Hell yes. Do people empathize with him? It seems so.
So, we decided to use the messy picture of black ink forming on paper, in something vaguely resembling the letter M. It’s actually funny how our mind can still recognize the letter even though it looks so wrong. Our minds automatically go into pattern recognition mode and interpret what they see, sometimes denying facts and reality to present us what we want to see. It is also the basis for the Rorschach test, in which it doesn’t really matter what you say but how the psychologist interprets it in relation to your mind.
Is this so important that it is worth a post about it? Not really, but I believe it will help our avid readers/viewers to grasp our mentality. Our work is filled with ancient symbolism and peppered with some brand-new ones that we made up. Some of you will find it interesting. The rest will struggle to grasp the meaning of the following sentence:
“Have you ever tried to turn off your brain’s reading mode and simply stare at a book page?“