Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Stories About Atlantis
The deadline is coming up for Pill Hill's Atlantis Anthology! I checked on Duotrope and they only have 3 responses pending. So I'm thinking that maybe I have a good chance? At least it's not a hundred! (Like Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Clarkesworld) Does anyone want to write an Atlantis story and submit it as well?
I'm halfway through my story. It took me about a month to think of all the different ways an island can sink in the ocean and why. And then I had to think of which perspective to write the story from: Explorers finding the island underwater? Mermaids that live under the sea? I finally decided to write the story from the perspective of a girl living on the doomed island.
I thought I'd throw in Poseidon to make it more interesting!
Here is the blurb:
When Marina's brother sets sail during a storm, Marina makes a deal with Poseidon to save him: her hand in marriage for her brother's life. Left with a pearl ring, Marina must wait for Poseidon's return. While in the marketplace, she meets a young temple guard that assures her she is safe from his wraith. Tempted by his love, she kisses him and the sea rises up as Poseidon gets his revenge.
Here's the first paragraph:
The surf churned bubbles in the sand and whale-sung elegies rode the wind. Marina peered through the seashell charms hanging in the window of her beach hut and watched her brother’s fishing boat disappear over the horizon, riding the tidal waves out to sea. He’d been reckless before, but this time he tempted the gods with foolish abandon. Emptiness rose in the pit of her stomach with the ill omens. She knew she’d never see him alive again.
What would you choose to write about if you were to write an Atlantis tale? What do you find interesting about the lost continent?