Good Omens

During the month of August, I’m participating in the Writer’s Tarot Challenge.

Day 10: Medusa’s Mask: Draw a vice for your hero and a virtue for your villain

This summer my daughters and I participated in the Maricopa County Summer Reading Challenge. For reading 1,000 minutes or more this summer, we each earned a free book. The one I chose for myself was Good Omens after I noticed it was co-written by one of my favorite authors, Terry Pratchett, and one of the most famous authors in contemporary fiction, Neil Gaiman.

Pratchett and Gaiman turn the world on its head in this book, making nuns who are nurses in hospitals into jib-jabbering devotees of Satan. They also make works of chaos and torment into valorous achievements by demons. It is a satire of the human impulse toward religiosity and religious belief. As a religious person, I find the book both hysterical and humbling.

As for my novel? I pulled the High Priestess for my hero, and the Two of Athames for my villain. In my novel, my protagonist likes to go it alone, but the more she relies on herself, the more clouded her judgment/intuition can become. She’s a profound thinker, and she thinks herself into spirals of thought that are, in important ways, detached from reality. There are several figures in my novel who are symbols of authority with whom Medley clashes now and again. Their virtue is that, by drawing her into conversation, they force her to acknowledge alternate worldviews. She is not the be-all and end-all of wisdom, as smart and thoughtful as she is. She has more to learn, even from those she dislikes, and that grates her nerves to no end.

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