Don't you love myths & legends? I do! I think they can be particularly fun when writing fantasy although they could make for some fun scenes in other genres too, including contemporary.
I spent the past weekend with my family in Bear Lake. This is a lake/town on the Utah/Idaho border. It is absolutely beautiful and one of my favorite places to visit. However, they have a legend or myth about the "Bear Lake Monster." (Interesting article here.)
For those of you who have been around for a while, you know that I have a slight (okay, maybe more than slight) fear of the water. This fear mostly has to do with the ocean, because I can't help but wonder what's beneath me waiting to eat me. In the case of the Bear Lake Monster, it might just pull me under and drown me first, BUT STILL!
You will be proud to know that I made it the whole trip without ever freaking out about this monster or worrying about whether or not it was going to surface and whip me off the wave runner and keep me for dinner. Until I fell in. *sigh*
I guess I'm just more comfortable with my feet on the ground. I swam to the sea doo faster than you can blink and tried to get on as fast as possible without causing a huge scene or letting my husband see how serious my phobia is. (I would never live it down.)
However, it provided me with a fun topic for today's post so I am thankful for that. My current work is a YA fantasy and I have taken certain myths and legends and brought them to life within it. I LOVE IT! It is so much fun to make these things real... and who knows... maybe they are *bites nails* As long as I don't have to encounter any of them in outside of my book, I am totally cool with them existing.
So how 'bout you? Do you have a myth or legend that you're particularly fond of? Have you ever used one in your book, somehow?