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SUPER IMPORTANT PERCY JACKSON NEWS!!!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 21, 2013, 3:27 PM
  • Mood: Excited
HOLY MOTHER OF GODS UNCLE RICK ANNOUNCED THAT HE IS WRITING A NEW PERCY JACKSON SERIES!!!! OMG I THINK I JUST DIED :iconicantplz:I think I've fainted.

An excerpt:  And I will announce this here for the first time, right now I'm working on a new book of the Greek myths, told from Percy Jackson's point of view. My hope is to offer the original stories, but told in a modern perspective that appeals to our kids today. I decided to set aside the earlier anthologies, as much as I love them – Hamilton, D'Aulaires, Evslin, Greene – because the writing is a little dated. Instead, I've leapfrogged straight back to the primary sources. I'm using Ovid, Hesiod, Homer and many others, and trying to cast the entire scope of Greek mythology afresh. John Rocco, who does my covers, is illustrating, and we're hoping to create something that's going to be useful in your libraries and classrooms.

Anyway, one of my goals is to include lesser-known myths along with the ones kids often hear. Most anthologies only offer a taste of what's available in the primary sources. While researching for the book, I came across one particular myth I'd never heard before, the story of Erisikhthon and Demeter's sacred grove. Erisikhthon tries to cut down Demeter's sacred trees and is cursed with eternal hunger.

As I was writing down this story, and it struck me: this is a myth about addiction. It perfectly captures the obsession and heartbreak of someone who devotes his life to chasing a need that can't be satisfied. Erisikhthon loses his possessions, his pride, his house just to buy food that can never fill him. Finally he's even willing to sell his own daughter to serve his need. It's absolutely tragic, and it's absolutely timely. Why are we not reading this myth with our middle school and high school kids? The story certainly struck me in a very personal way. Addiction is something I have seen in my friends, my family, and certainly in the lives of my students. And here it is, captured in a myth that is three thousand years old.

MY SOUL JUST RESURFACED FROM THE DEPTHS OF TARTARUS :iconlaexplodeplz:

read the entry here: rickriordan.blogspot.com/

I'M JUST GOING TO GO AND DIE SOMEWHERE NOW :iconomghappyplz:

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megafan118 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Oh ok
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missmady Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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megafan118 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Why do you call him uncle rick is he your uncle couse that would be cool
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missmady Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no, it's just a fandom term. Someone on Twitter messaged Rick and asked if we could call him uncle rick and he said yes, so now everyone calls him that :D
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Awlyn Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*OMG Fangirling moment* gasp!gasp! :DDD
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missmady Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsqueeeeplz:
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Sunchild9 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I've read that myth it scared me then and it scares me now. *shivers*
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missmady Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Sunchild9 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
It's scary...
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missmady Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
why?
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