15 March, 2023

A is for Ameinias

I guess it makes sense to kick off these weekly alphabet posts with a nod to Ameinias, who was the inspiration for the first Ghosts and Tea sequel that'll be out on June 1. 

In Greek mythology, Ameinias was a young man who fell in love with the beautiful Beotian hunter Narcissus, who had already spurned his male suitors, according to the version of Narcissus's myth by Conon (Narrations, 24) [1] ... Narcissus also spurned Ameinias and gave him a sword. The latter committed suicide at Narcissus's doorstep after being rejected by him. He had prayed to Nemesis to give Narcissus a lesson for all the pain he provoked. Narcissus walked by a pool of water and decided to drink some. He saw his reflection, became entranced by it, and killed himself because he could not have his object of desire, [2] or gazing endlessly at the image, he slowly pined away and was transformed by the nymphs into a narcissus flower. Others say he was instead filled with remorse and killed himself beside the pool—and from his dying life's blood the flower was born. [3] Wikipedia

The book in this case has its own take on the Narcissus - Ameinias connection, and it's not overtly stated. The important elements are all there, but the focus of the book is really about Freddy and the gang figuring out the ghosts' backstory and coming up with a plan (always a nutty one in the end) for helping them move on past the "veil-thing", as Prue calls it.

Narcissus is a favorite myth to mine for story ideas, and heaven knows I've sucked it dry by now. However! This book's been a fun one to write, and I do hope the nod to our tragic heartbroken lad comes through nicely. 

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