The Myth of Cupid and Psyche

I decided to do a series of background posts to go along with the release of PAINTED BLIND.  The obvious place to start is with the myth. I was planning to include a page in the book with information about the myth, but I decided too late, and it didn’t make it in. This is what it would have said:

“The myth of Cupid and Psyche originally appeared in The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius in the second century AD, although it is believed that the tale existed before. Since that time Cupid and Psyche have been the subject of numerous stories and works of art.

Although a Roman myth, I chose to use the Greek names of the gods because they are generally more familiar to young adults.”

One of my favorite retellings of the myth is in this picture book by M. Charlotte Croft (which is available on Amazon). I take this book with me on school visits to familiarize students with the myth. I like it because the pictures are gorgeous and it covers all the important plot points, including the happy ending. (Some versions don’t have a happy ending.)

For a basic overview of the myth, check out the wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupid_and_Psyche

To read the text, head over here: http://pitt.edu/~dash/cupid.html

Next post: Cupid and Psyche in art. The beautiful, the not so beautiful, and the strange.

 

 

 

One Step Closer

We are one step closer to the print release of PAINTED BLIND. I have the review proof in my hands. I am so pleased with the look and feel of the book. It was fun to sit down and read, holding the actual book for the first time. By mistake the publisher sent two copies instead of one, so I had my husband deliver the second to my mom’s office. I know she is as excited as I am (maybe more).

It would be available in a week or so IF I hadn’t found corrections that need to be made. As it is, probably two or three weeks, depending on how quickly they get the print files updated. The suspense is killing me. In the meantime, I am thinking up fun giveaways for the weeks after the release, so check back for announcements.

Young Author’s Day

I was very happy to be invited to speak at Young Author’s Day at a local elementary school. Young Author’s is close to my heart because it was my favorite thing about elementary school. Here it is much different than when I was in elementary school. They don’t spend a month having every child craft a story, but I am happy that they are still encouraging kids to write.

 

Another elementary school is having their Young Author’s Day next Friday, and they have asked me to come and talk about writing and goals. 

There is one advantage to elementary school (as opposed to high school visits) …. The younger kids always have LOTS of questions.

 

A Tasty Beginning

I am excited to announce the upcoming release of “A Taste Test,” a FREE sampler book available on Smashwords. It contains sample chapters of seven YA books and one complete YA short story. It’s a great way to try out new books and authors with NO financial commitment.

I have to tell you, I am so impressed with these authors, and I feel privileged to have PAINTED BLIND included with their work. I hope you will look for this free ebook and kick off your summer reading early!

Boys, Books & Bikes

This picture was too fun not to share. This is our weekly home school book group. The weather today was so nice, I couldn’t make them go inside. Currently the boys are reading Leven Thumps by Obert Skye, Torn by Margaret Peterson Haddix, and the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini. With a classroom like this, who wouldn’t love home school?