First Official Teaser for Thalia’s Musings 3

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr, you might already know that I finished the rough draft of Thalia’s Musings 3 on Friday! Now it’s on to the rewrites and beta. Here’s a teaser to tide you over for now:

It’s been two years since Thalia last heard from the Fates. She has a new mission from Athena: keep Beroe, daughter of Adonis and Aphrodite, alive. Poseidon wants to make Beroe his new queen and use her as leverage to gain a seat at Zeus’ court. Dionysus wants to marry Beroe and give her a life of hedonistic bliss in his forest. Beroe wants to battle for her own hand and join Artemis’ hunters. And Zeus wants Beroe out of the way because she holds the memories of the dead and claims she’s seen him kill Hera.

All the more reason for Thalia to keep a secret she’s discovered: Hera’s in love. With the mortal King Ixion. And they may have been set up by Athena.

Can Thalia save the people she cares about from becoming collateral damage in Athena’s revolution? Will the revolution succeed before everything comes unraveled?

Believe it or not, Beroe (whose name rhymes with Carraway) is not a popular subject in the art world, at least according to my internet searches. I’d think more people would want to draw, paint, or sculpt Aphrodite and Adonis’ daughter. Anyway, here’s an image of how I’ve cast Beroe and her parents in my head.

Aphrodite, Adonis, and Beroe, played by Christina Hendricks, Chord Overstreet, and Katee Sackhoff in my delusional mind


I’ll be announcing an official title by the end of the month, so keep watching for more updates!

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Casting Thalia’s Musings: The Underworld

Disclaimer: There is currently no plan in the works to bring Thalia’s Musings to film or television. None of these actors have been contacted about such a project. This is pure fantastical speculation on the part of an indie author with delusions of grandeur. Please don’t sue me.

If you recall, this casting series was inspired by a Next Big Thing blog tour that I participated in last week. Today the indie author that I tagged, Carol Parsons, posted her Next Big Thing interview about the latest book in her Journals of Peregrine series. This feel-good sci-fi adventure series is available on Amazon and Barnes and NobleGo read about it!

Okay, back to Thalia. We’ve cast Thalia herself, the Twelve Olympians including Apollo, and the rest of the Olympian Court. On to the realm of Hades. First up: The Iron Queen.

PERSEPHONE: Kate Beckinsale, star of the Underworld film series, is my choice for the Queen of the Underworld.

Kate Beckinsale (Source: Underworld Wikia)

In this post I cast Evangeline Lilly as Persephone’s mother, Demeter. I can see the family resemblance. Beckinsale is actually older than Lilly, but shut up no she’s not oh my gods she’s a real vampire.

HADES: The Iron Queen needs a dark King. The natural choice is Shane Brolly, aka Kraven, Kate Beckinsale’s fellow Underworld vampire.

Shane Brolly (Source: Underworld Wikia)

They make a very pretty Power Couple of Darkness.

ADONIS: Chord Overstreet, currently playing Sam Evans, your average nice Christian teenage stripper next door, on Glee.

Chord Overstreet, who is totes legal (Source: Glee Wikia)

Yeah, he’s adopted.

MNEMOSYNEMorena Bacarrin, perhaps most famous as Inara Serra on Firefly and Serenity.

Morena Baccarin (Source: Firefly Wikia)

Besides the fact that she looks perfect for the part, Morena has the right aura for a maternal Lady-of-the-Lake Mystery-goddess archetype.

MINTHE: Mila Kunis, recently seen in Ted.

Mila Kunis (Source: Wikipedia)

I cannot stand Mila Kunis. I have no idea why. She just annoys me. Maybe it’s because she got to do a love scene with Natalie Portman and I didn’t. Anyway, for whatever reason, it would greatly amuse me to see Kate Beckenvamp turn Mila into a sprig of mint.

Next up: Casting the Muses!

Casting Thalia’s Musings: The Olympian Court

Disclaimer: There is currently no plan in the works to bring Thalia’s Musings to film or television. None of these actors have been contacted about such a project. This is pure fantastical speculation on the part of an indie author with delusions of grandeur. Please don’t sue me.

Welcome to the latest adventure in Hollywood delusions. Now that I’ve cast The Twelve, time to do the rest of the Olympians. To see who I cast as Thalia herself, see this post. To see my choices for some of the less-royal Olympians, read on.

ERIS: Summer Glau, who keeps showing up in awesome shows that Fox keeps canceling.

Summer Glau (Source: Wikipedia)

If you’ve seen Summer as River Tam in Firefly and Serenity, you know nobody can do cray cray like her. She was born for the role of the Goddess of Discord. As a Browncoat bonus, she’d be playing the daughter of former Firefly costar Nathan Fillion. And how adorable would she be tagging along after Josh Holloway’s Ares wanting to play army?

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Casting Thalia’s Musings: The Twelve Olympians

Disclaimer: There is currently no plan in the works to bring Thalia’s Musings to film or television. None of these actors have been contacted about such a project. This is pure fantastical speculation on the part of an indie author with delusions of grandeur. Please don’t sue me.

Welcome to the first of my Casting Thalia’s Musings posts! Join me as I compile my dream cast for a Thalia’s Musings film project that will certainly not exist in reality any time in the near future. If you want to see who I’d cast as Thalia, Apollo, and Calliope, click here. If you want to see who I’d cast as the Twelve Olympians, scroll down.

ZEUS: Nathan Fillion, currently on Castle, also known for Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, and being awesome.

Nathan Fillion (Source: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
Nathan Fillion (Source: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)

Fillion usually plays a roguish good guy, but as Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible, he showed that he could play a complete tool. I think with the right director, he could turn comic douchebag up to magnificent bastard. Come on, don’t we all want to see a White-Haired Pretty Boy Nathan Fillion hold up his fists and say “These are not the lighting bolt”?

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The Next Big Thing: Thalia’s Musings

Thanks to fellow indie author A.M. Day for tagging me in her Next Big Thing post. Check out her Greek-mythology-inspired urban fantasy, Throne of Olympus!

1. What is the working title of your book?

The series title is Thalia’s Musings. The first book is A Snag in the Tapestry, and the second is Snarled Threads. The third volume, which is just in the outline stage, is untitled.

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?

This line, from The Greek Myths by Robert Graves:

Having learned his lesson [after killing the Cyclops], [Apollo] thereafter preached moderation in all things: the phrases ‘Know thyself!’ and ‘Nothing in excess!’ were always on his lips. He brought the Muses down from their home on Mount Helicon to Delphi, tamed their wild frenzy, and led them in formal and decorous dances.

I thought that sounded like all kinds of comedy and drama waiting to happen. And Thalia, who is conveniently paired with Apollo in one myth, has always been my favorite muse. Hence the short story that became the first chapter of A Snag in the Tapestry.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

The series is a fantasy dramedy. I’d put Snarled Threads under gay and lesbian, but not A Snag in the Tapestry so much since there are no prominent same-sex relationships. In A Snag in the Tapestry, Apollo’s bisexuality is only referred to, and Artemis and Athena’s will-they-or-won’t-they thing is just background stuff. In Snarled Threads, Apollo romances Adonis (who is also bisexual), and Artemis and Athena’s relationship takes center stage. Making one book gayer than the other was never a conscious decision. I’ve always just taken the story where it wanted to go, and will continue to do so.

4. Which actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?

I had way too much fun with this question. I ended up casting pretty much everybody, and Thalia’s Musings has a huuuuuuuuge cast of characters. For now I’ll give you the leads.

As Thalia, Beth Riesgraf, most well-known as Parker from TNT’s Leverage.

Beth Riesgraf

She’d need black hair and brown contacts, of course, but she plays a cloudcuckoolander well enough to pull off the character. And if her short film A Standard Story is any indication, Beth is insane in real life, too. This delights me to no end.

As Apollo, Jesse Spencer, aka Doctor Robert Chase aka Beautiful Blond Aussie Dude from House.

Jesse Spencer

The hair would be a bit longer – just past the shoulders – and his face would be completely smooth.

As Calliope, Anne Hathaway, most recently seen as Selina “Catwoman” Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises.

Anne Hathaway

I think she and Beth could look like sisters with the right makeup.

Want to see who I cast as the rest of the Pantheon? Watch for more posts under the tag “Thalia’s Musings casting”.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Thalia the Muse of Comedy observes the comedy, drama, and tragedy of the ancient Greek Pantheon – but when she becomes more than a mere observer, the Fates take notice.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

The series started as a webseries and is still available online for free. A Snag in the Tapestry and Snarled Threads were published independently for Kindle and NOOK. I’ll follow the same model with future volumes – publish them in serial format on the website for free, and sell them in complete volumes for e-readers.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I think the rough draft for A Snag in the Tapestry took about two and a half months. Snarled Threads had a lot of starts and stops because of health and other interruptions I was dealing with, so it’s hard to estimate how much actual writing time went into it.

8. What other books would you compare this story to?

I want to say the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan because it’s a mythology-based series people have actually heard of, but beyond the use of Greek gods as characters, they’re nothing alike. One review said A Snag in the Tapestry felt like watching Friends or Cougar Town set on Mount Olympus. I prefer Scrubs or How I Met Your Mother, but okay.

9. Who or what inspired you to write the book?

I did. I totally didn’t mean that. Thalia inspired it. Really. Let the record show that I am totes giving my Muse proper credit. I hate herding sheep.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Have you ever read another book that spoofed Aristophanes and Lady Gaga in the same gag? No, you have not.

Watch for this author’s Next Big Thing post next week:

Carol Parsons