researching and writing
explorations and discoveries for personal interest, but documented
enough to present here.
ANCIENT GREECE - EPIC POEMS, THE
ODYSSEY AND ILIAD
I came across some debate about whether the Trojan
really fit the presumed location where archeologists say Troy was
located. Apparently it has been debated even since ancient times. I
actually took up the Iliad to see for myself, and found something
interest - the strongest support for the Trojans were the "Lycians" and
the river Scamander sometimes had the name Xanthos. But there was a
Xanthos in Lycia (on the southwest side of today's Turkey) So it seemed
to me that the compiler of the epic joined together two tales, one at
the Hellespont and the other at Lycia. I theorized that the
disrepancies observed about the Trojan War, arise because the epic poem
actually describes the Lycian location. See my results - including maps.
Lycian Troy (3.4 mb)
original discovery that actual Trojan War occured in Ancient Lycia)
My second curiosity was inspired from encountering once again
information suggesting the Odyssey
contained legends from northern Europe. I discovered that ancient Roman
historian in his Germania, mentions that there was a belief in Germania
that Odysseus wandered in northern Europe. Notably, a large whirlpool,
Charydis, can only have been the one at the south end of the Lofoten
Islands of Norway. This plus other evidence DID seem to point to the
Odyssey describing northern Europe to the north of Britain and the
Northern Origins and a Different Author than Homer (0.8 mb)
(Further proof to a belief even in ancient times that Odysseus'
adventures occurred in northern Europe)
MISCELLANEOUS RESEARCH THAT BECAME
BACKGROUND TO NOVEL_WRITING
Research and writing needs some purpose. While sometimes the
result can be creating an article and publishing it as a pdf document,
some research does not lend itself easily to a cold scholarly article.
But I discovered that my research into the historic past could become
the backdrop to a historic novel. But I cannot show incomplete novels
on this website, so I can only present two instances of novels I have
written that were preceded by a great deal of research.
into culture and events in the late Victorian Age in eastern Canada and
I became fascinated how the developments in the late 1800's set the
foundations for much of what we have today - oil lamp use lead to
electric lamp use, horse drawn carriages lead to the way autos, taxi's
etc were used, telegraphy and newspapers were the beginning of mass
media, and let us not forget the steam engine and the railway building
fever of the time. So, I digested it all, and then wrote a novel
into what I had discovered (without the reader realizing I was
depicting the actual historic past.) Since most historic novels have
only superficial ties to reality, this novel is much more true to the
real past than a reader might think.
of the Wilderness
large novel, following the life of an orphan girl who appears to have
Native origins, but is raised in the household of a Harvard educated
railway construction civi engineer.
into the possible future of Climage Change
When discussions grew about Climate Change, I thought to upgrade my
knowledge of the subject. When the Young Adult "Hunger Games" books and
movies appeared, I was annoyed that it depicted a future that did not
look like a true future, but it looked like North Korea moved a half
century into the future, or a World War 2 scenario repeated with
futuristic things. I was then surprised, when I looked into it, that
nobody had written an honest novel about the future, where the greatest
adversary was the Environment. So that lead me to resarch the more
probable future by projecting all current trends, including resistance
to accepting abandoning fossil fuels. To make it interesting for me, I
imagined a story taking place 1000 years in the future. The damage of
Climate Change has occurred. But since nobody wants to read a negative
story, humankind has finally got its act together and taken initiatives
(Green Lungs Initiatives) to draw down the greenhouse gases in the
atmosphere. This is the backdriop only. I place an adventure in that
setting using the YA female heroine. In this future time, with weather
being dominant in peoples lives the
traditional Native deity of storms, Thunderbird, rules supreme. It is a
short novel compared to Abbi, but I hope to continue it in Book Two and
Three, all the while also having it a justification for research.
Book One brings our heroine, Riia
Greenthistle, into a tradition of aboriginal (Innat) youth competition
for the prize of being declared Son or Daughter of Thunderbird.
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SUBTRACTED, IN TIME, WHEN
THEY REACH A PRESENTABLE FORM
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author: A.Paabo, Box 478,
Apsley, Ont., Canada
2013 (c) A. Pääbo.