Writing for me is learning, and I have been digging deep into Greek mythology lately as I dive into work on my next novel. I feel like I have been in a rut, and I have decided to challenge myself now to create a bigger, deeper and more complex TG story than any I have ever made. I know this much– the story will feature Zeus, King of the Gods and the embodiment of male virility, being stripped of his manhood and turned into a goddess, now the goddess of marriage and females while Hera becomes King of the Gods in his place.
I have always done research for my stories, whether it was researching the cities and locations, looking up recipes and police procedures, the impact of different drugs or even the history of the bra. But this time I have delved deep into Greek mythology and done more research than ever, reading primary source myths, looking back over texts I had read before, like Metamorphosis, and reading up on the views on mythology by thinkers such as Otto Rank, Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud.
I am looking at these stories and characters as archetypes who ruled over aspects of the masculine and feminine, and I am going to explore slowly, carefully, and very deliberately what will happen when the God Zeus, most powerful of all male figures, finds himself gradually turning into a goddess, and now the goddess of marriage and females.
Hera, meanwhile, will become more and more the essence of the virile man, and I will explore the changes in her as well as she gains and loses in her own transformation.
The Greek myths have also been of interest to me. Early on, when i was very young, I was attracted mostly by the shape changing. As someone who was never comfortable in my own skin I always loved the idea of being able to transform into an animal of some sort, of being freed of the burden of myself.
But the universe portrayed by the Greeks also offers a lot to me as a writer now. The Greek Gods are epic fuck ups and prone to surrender to their passions far more than to any kind of logic. Justice is capricious and even non-existent. People who really did nothing wrong get turned into flowers or statues, deer or warthogs. Gods who do everything wrong suffer no consequences.
And the relationships are fraught with dysfunction. Zeus raped Hera, his sister, and she married him out of shame. She once drugged him and helped the other Gods tie him down as part of a plot to overthrow his rule and he changed in her the sky and made her suffer. How fun it will be to explore their relationship as Zeus finds firm young breasts blossoming on his chest, as he grows smaller and weaker, while Hera gets bigger and stronger. How will Zeus react as he finds himself losing his power as God of the sky and Lord of Lightning, and instead finds himself the goddess of marriage, and the object of his husband’s lust?
My process for these stories involves many things including the creation of images and art that I am inspired to make as I write and which in turn inspires the writing. The image at the top of this article came about because as I was researching the story I kept seeing this image of a statue of Zeus in transition, now with his own breasts, and I just had to make it. I will be making more.
I also look to other sources, music, videos, films, and right now I have entered kind of a fevered state where I am just writing, writing, writing, making art, looking at movies. It’s kind of a creative obsession, which is when I am at my happiest.
The idea of writing something with the Greek Gods first occurred to me sometime ago, when I thought I might a story in which the Greek Gods are reincarnated in modern times as gender reversed versions of themselves. Gods reborn in modern times has been done before in comic books and TV shows like The All-Mighty Johnsons, but even though I made some artwork I didn’t feel as excited by it as a do now. Here’s one image I made back then:
But the idea didn’t ignite, and it just kind of floated around in my mind until I decided instead to set the story back in ancient times and to create what, to me, would be a new series of Greek legends, ones which featured those traditional Greek Gods facing a genderfluid moment together. I would even go so far as to say my ambition is to create a religious text for genderfluid people using these iconic figures of masculinity and femininity from the ancient world.
I want to do something epic, something I have never done. I am excited by the challenge and the possibility that I will fail, but I know also that I won’t be bored.
I hope to have some readers who can say the same thing.