W is for Wonderful Warrior Women

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyA world of warrior women inspired the city-state of Kymora in my fantasy Hunter Moon. The Greek mythology about the Amazons often gets a simple description about fierce, matriarchal soldiers with only war on their minds. Here’s another description.

They maintained their population by having children with war captives or with high status officers with whom they made, er, special arrangements. People have speculated for, well, forever, whether they were real or not. This recent Smithsonian article includes an archeological find that I found fascinating and inspiring, after the brief discussion of Wonder Woman. 😀 (I was going to be Wonder Woman and fly that invisible jet and use the lasso of truth and use my powers for good…)

Wait, let’s back up. I mean, back up to when I got the real inspiration for Hunter Moon, not all the way back in time to ancient Greece.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyAlmost a million years ago, when I was an English teacher, I wrote in my spare time and bled on the page. One of my co-workers joked that dating men would be easier if she could rent and return them like movies at Blockbluster. The idea took root in my head like a little seed and grew and changed. I wrote a short story, but it wasn’t enough.

The characters grew and became chatty, especially Marce and sometimes Kevan. The story grew darker and richer, and life stuff happened to me. I stopped writing for awhile.

Marce is a warrior (whether she likes it or not), and she wouldn’t give up. She told me her story—all the time. Then she sent Kevan to talk, too, to tell me his side of the story.

The relentless warrior that she is returned me to writing—over a decade after that first inspiration. This warrior woman in my head taught me how to fight for my dreams, how to be a warrior, how to bleed on the page again.

I’ve put Marce’s tale down a few times to let her story mature, just as I have as a writer. It’s not the story I started, but life wouldn’t have it any other way.

Do you think the Amazon myth is based in fact? What dreams have you fought for?

6 comments on… “W is for Wonderful Warrior Women”

  1. That’s very cool about the amazon women. I sort of remember seeing that news story, too. So glad you came back to writing. 🙂 Writing is the dream I have fought for, too. 🙂

    • Diana Beebe

      It’s really cool to think that warrior women were not the figment of some guy’s imagination. 🙂

      I’m glad I started writing again, too! Now, I hope to fight for it as much as you have. <3

  2. There wasn’t a comment option here yesterday! And now it’s back. Yes, I’ve seen weird vegetables. Gardening runs in our family, though not through me. I have brown thumbs. And fingers. Plants shrink away from me. LOL

    • Diana Beebe

      Not sure how I turned off the comments yesterday. *shakes head*

      Plants run away from your presence, huh? LOL

  3. I love the original inspiration for your story – and I’m totally with your co-worker on that one! It’s cool how some stories just have to be told. I have one that’s been harassing me for a long time. One of these days I’ll feel like I’m ready to write it.

    • Diana Beebe

      You should write your story! I’ve learned that that kind of inspiration won’t leave you alone until it’s been written.

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