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It’s not where he appears, it’s when.

What if you’re born during another time, grew up in the 21st century and then were thrust back into the past? Confused? So is architect, Evan Chronis.

Evan, drawn by screams, ventures out to his backyard and sees blood trickling down the limestone stairs. He steps off the veranda and finds himself in the days of great and marvellous power, a time when the gods ruled the universe.

To return to the 21st century life he longs for, he must risk his life in search of powerful, treasured relics older than the Holy Grail. But what he finds might be more than he expected.

Will Evan find the relics and return home or will he remain forever stuck in a world so different from his own?

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The Search for Atlantis

Plato’s Atlantis was the precursor to his epic and quantifiable exposition The Republic, a discourse on the ideal society. How government should run, the election of public servants, the laws and the behaviour of its citizens—men. Women were mentioned but weren’t considered as major players in workings of the social order. So was Plato writing about a civilisation that once existed or did he make it all up to create a moralistic story? It is this driving quest that has stirred the imaginations of storytellers and historians for hundreds of years. Was Atlantis a real place?

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The Elusive Location of Atlantis Part 2

In the previous post, The Elusive Location of Atlantis Part 1, I wrote about the possible locations of Atlantis, and the strongest theory to emerge was it was in the Atlantic Ocean. The Piri Reis Map of 1513 is perhaps where we should start. Piri Reis was an Admiral with the Turkish Navy and collected maps of the day as well as much older charts. His world map was a compilation based on one Columbus used for his journeys as well as “antique” versions he had in his collection. According to sources, his collections were those that survived the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria. It was alleged these maps were based on ancient charts and may have dated back to the time of Atlantis. The only portion that has survived is of North and South America, Greenland and Antarctica, which hadn’t been discovered by the then explorers at the time or when Piri Reis drew the map.

Athanasius Kircher's map of Atlantis, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. From Mundus Subterraneus 1669, published in Amsterdam. The map is oriented with south at the top. Wikipedia

Athanasius Kircher’s map of Atlantis, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. From Mundus Subterraneus 1669, published in Amsterdam. The map is oriented with south at the top.

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The Process

When I first started writing The Legacy, the basic plot was about a group of Atlanteans travelling the known world and to learn how world has evolved. I had just returned from a Contiki trip of Europe so the idea of a mythical people travelling through the ancient world was to whet my own appetite. If I couldn’t do it in reality why not create one. The plot has changed significantly and a much better story.

I also got smarter and attended writing workshops. There I learnt to set out my story in scenes giving the plot room to grow and expand, just like a garden. I read and read, both fiction and non-fiction books. Books on Atlantis, Ancient Greece, books by ancient writers. You get the picture. With regards to fiction, I like to read a variety of genres but do focus on Historical Fiction and Historical Fantasy.

Plotting out the scenes is an interesting process and just like my characters, the story doesn’t always follow exactly what I have planned. New storylines enter and diverge creating a subtle change in the narrative. Just as in life, a decision you make takes us on different journeys. That’s what makes writing so exciting. I just don’t know what is going to happen next.

Life as an emerging writer

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The most difficult thing about deciding what you really want to do, is doing it. Working full-time as a secondary teacher did not give me a lot of time to pursue my dream but nothing was going to stop me from trying. So every school holidays, where possible, I would write. Not easy when there are other commitments plus having a life! Once home from work, it was difficult to be creative. After spending a day teaching there is not much juice left in the brain. Day after day spent thinking of ways to make lessons interesting and fun. I had nothing left to give both mentally and physically.

My first book will never see the light of day. It is locked away in my filing cabinet as reminder of my first attempt at writing a full manuscript. The theme of the book was about the myth of Atlantis, the rest well, a romantic view of life. Despite this I still wanted to write so I changed the storyline to one about Atlanteans travelling the world and seeing it through their eyes. Feeling proud about it I sent the manuscript off to an assessment agency. Thinking  I had written the next best thing, well to say the least it was disheartening when I got the report back. I don’t remember the exact wording but the assessor stated the story was a travelogue of the ancient world with no real storyline. Ouch!

Hmmm… food for thought.